Permanent Eye Makeup

by Charlotte Wood
(last updated April 4, 2016)

After gaining momentum in the past few decades, permanent eye makeup (makeup tattoos), is now a more sought after alternative to traditional cosmetics. Women can get tattoos for eyeliner, eyebrows, and lip liner, among others. The process is painful and expensive, the eventual result not even lasting ten years. Is it really worth the saved 10 minutes in the morning?

The process itself comes with many risks, some of which include potential "allergies to pigments, formation of scars, granulomas and keloids, skin cracking, peeling, blistering, and local infection" (Wikipedia). I don't know if those risks, especially if occurring on my face, would be worth the "convenience" of permanent makeup. Aside from the risks involved with applying the permanent makeup, removal is even more painful and expensive than the initial procedure. Even if you decide not to have the embedded eyebrows removed, the color of the tattoos fades after about ten years and a touchup would be needed, incurring more pain and cost.

Permanent eye makeup, besides being painful and expensive, also has uneasiness about it. Regular makeup enhances features as does permanent makeup, but it's much less defacing. Having tattoos on your face really is permanent and I believe, an indelible distortion of the face. Traditional makeup does alter the way you look, but you can take it off—it's a temporary alteration that's really not that dramatic anyway. Permanent makeup on the other hand changes the way you actually look; its effect is different than that of removable cosmetics. Over time, as I've seen with some I know, the face starts to look somewhat unnatural, plastic-like. Isn't that what Barbie has: makeup that doesn't come off? Barbie is a doll, a plastic, unrealistic toy.. Humans were not made to look like toys. Makeup should look natural and while permanent makeup may appear natural at first, over time that façade dwindles leaving unattractive shadows of what once was.

I don't think that ten or fifteen minutes in the morning to put on makeup is that big a deal. Even if you have allergies to normal cosmetics, it is possible to find ones suited for your skin type. With all that permanent makeup involves—expense, risk of scarring and other complications, pain, defacement—I don't see the benefit other than saved time. How far are women willing to go to achieve this twisted sense of beauty?

MORE FROM CHARLOTTE

Tips for Ironing when Packing Ironed Clothes

When you go on vacation, it's inevitable that your clothes will get wrinkly, regardless of whether you ironed them previous ...

Discover More

Recognizing Financial Scams

Financial scams can be found everywhere and if you're not careful you could find yourself in a tight financial bind because ...

Discover More

Filing a Tax Extension

Filing taxes is never fun, especially when you're hard pressed for time. Fortunately the government allows you to file an ...

Discover More
More Beauty Tips

Expert Eye Makeup

Is there a way to look fabulous without your own personal makeup artist? With a few simple steps and following the basic ...

Discover More

Getting Rid of Dark Circles under Your Eyes

While the dark circles may be a completely natural and normal part of life, they are something that does embarrass us and ...

Discover More

Super Sizing Your Eyes

Tired of your regular make-up routine? Try making your eyes pop to give yourself a whole new look.

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured beauty tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is 9 + 4?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


Videos

Subscribe to the Tips.Net channel:

Visit the Tips.Net channel on YouTube

Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured beauty tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)