Getting permanent makeup done is a rather big decision. Not as big as deciding to go under the knife for a little plastic touch up, but big in the sense that there are still a few things to consider. If you’ve never undergone any similar procedures then you likely have a few questions. And, you in the right place for all the answers.

From before the appointment to afterward, here’s a step-by-step guide to everything about permanent makeup:

Before deciding

Long before you sit down in the chair to do a little permanent touch-up there are things you’ll have to consider. Firstly, you need to make sure that you thoroughly research any of the places you have in mind for the procedure. A great place to start is online reviews. Women who under-go permanent makeup procedures will be quick to post about their experiences online, whether good or bad so take note of what people say.

You’ll also want to look for a place which offers insurance in the form of liability insurance. This means that should anything go wrong, you’ll be covered and compensated. These places pay a lot of money to have the insurance and they will want to make sure they never need to pay out for botched procedures. The next thing you need to look for is a sterile environment. An unclean workspace could very well mean that your makeup might get infected, and this will leave you with scars.

Once you have selected a place and are happy with their cover, and their cleanliness you need to make sure that you arrive about 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment. This will give you enough time to make sure that you feel comfortable. You’ll also have ample time to sit with the beautician to discuss which procedures you want to undergo.

Deciding on a procedure

Many skilled technicians offer permanent makeup on the eyes, eyebrows, and lips. Be sure that you know which you’d like on the day and tell your technician. Permanent eyeliner is great for enhancing the overall look of the eye. It will bring out the colour of the eye in much the same way as non-permanent eyeliner does. Permanent eyebrows are a technique used to create the illusion of perfect eyebrows through a simple tattoo process.

Permanent makeup on the lips is one of the most common procedures undertaken by women. This is usually done when women hit the age of 40 and over. During this time the natural plump pinkness of the lips begins to fade which causes the lips to look thinner and smaller. Permanent makeup on the lips ensures that your youthful elegance of the lips lasts much longer.

Afterwards

There is usually no downtime after undergoing a permanent makeup procedure. The area which you chose for the procedure would be tender to the touch and you may even have a few scabs as the makeup heals into your skin. Your new makeup can last up to four years depending on how well you look after it.