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Permanent Makeup

Types of Permanent Makeup

The most common areas for people to get permanent makeup are the eyebrows, lips, cheeks and eyelids. Eyebrows are a common area for permanent makeup application because hair loss conditions and aging can cause people to lose the hair above their eyes. Applying eyebrows each day can be a hassle, and they can easily smudge. Procedures for eyebrows can range from a few strokes of pigment where hair is missing to fully coloring in the missing brow.

Permanent eyeliner is a popular procedure because putting on eyeliner can be difficult without a steady hand, and it often smudges or wears off during the day. Technicians can lightly apply permanent eyeliner to give you a very subtle look, or they can apply it thicker to give you a more dramatic, defined line around your entire eye.

People with dry lips, lips with little definition, or those who simply want more color in their lips are good candidates for permanent lip makeup. Permanent lipliner can provide a good base for lipstick and make lips appear more distinct.

Although it's less common than the other permanent makeup procedures, some patients choose permanent blush to give their cheeks a perpetual healthy glow. However, this procedure doesn't work well on people who spend a lot of time in the sun -- ultraviolet rays can interact with the pigmentation to make the skin look unnatural [source: Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals].

No matter what permanent makeup procedure you select, you'll probably need to see your permanent makeup artist for a touch-up within six weeks of application. Keep reading to learn more about these technicians.