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How Long Does Permanent Make Up Last?

Women have been using various forms of makeup to enhance their natural beauty since the very start of civilization. Clearly, women have always known the power of makeup. However, modern women with busy lives don’t always have the time to apply makeup, which means we’re always looking for shortcuts. At Amachi MedSpa in Marietta, GA we believe women can skip certain steps completely when they take advantage of the many benefits of permanent makeup.

How Long Does Permanent Makeup Last?

If you’re thinking about using this treatment as a way to save yourself time in front of the mirror every day, then you’re probably keen to know how long this treatment will last. After all, something that is supposed to save you time should save you time for a while.

Luckily, the longevity of permanent makeup is considerable. On average, permanent makeup can last for three to five years per treatment, and that’s three to five years of a breezy daily beauty routine!

What Causes Fading?

Although this makeup lasts for a long time, that doesn’t mean it lasts forever. In fact, depending on where the pigment is placed, some makeup fades sooner than others. For example, permanent pigment placed on the eyeline or the lash line can usually last for about one to three years, while pigment placed directly on the skin can take five years to fade.

But what is it that causes fading in the first place? We can attribute fading to a few factors, such as your skin type, your age, how well your skin reacts to pigment, the amount of sun exposure you have, and the types of products that you use on your skin. Some of these are factors that you have no control over, while others are general lifestyle choices that can shorten or extend results.

How Can You Extend Results?

Fading might be inevitable, but is there a way to extend results? Absolutely. You can take full advantage of this treatment by making certain skincare choices. For example, using the proper SPF and sun protection measures can protect your skin, and the makeup pigment in your skin, from being bleached by UV rays. Choosing the right skin products is also important, so it is important to avoid using strong acids or Retinols in your daily skincare.

Is there anything else you should know about this treatment? We’re happy to fill you in on the details.

Permanent Makeup 101

Using makeup to enhance beauty began in the ancient world, but when did permanent pigmentation begin? It’s an interesting question, and the fact is that permanent application of makeup on the face has a longer history than many would first assume. The first documented case of makeup being applied permanently on the face was in 1902 by a tattoo artist in England. Since then, applying pigment permanently to the face has evolved into the streamlined version we know today, which does not necessitate a trip to a tattoo parlor.

What Is It?

What is permanent pigmentation? Most people compare this permanent type of makeup to a tattoo, and they aren’t wrong. Traditional tattooing and tattooing makeup are similar practices that use many of the same techniques. The difference, of course, is that tattoos create artwork on the body, while tattooing makeup uses flesh-colored tones and is deliberately placed to seem natural. In fact, most people can’t tell the difference between regular makeup that has been applied to look natural and tattooed makeup that enhances your natural appearance.

How Does It Work?

When people think about tattooing makeup on the face, they tend to conjure up images that might be more at home at a tattoo parlor. However, depending on the treatment being used, your imagination probably isn’t too far off the mark. Permanently applying makeup to the face does work like traditional tattooing in the sense that it requires pigments placed into the skin by a machine-operated needle. There is some variation in the methods of applying this treatment depending on where the pigment is being placed and the intended results.

What Can It Help With?

This treatment can help with many appearance-related concerns. In fact, since this treatment is intended to enhance your appearance in a natural-looking way, there are several issues that can be corrected with this treatment, including:

  • Uneven skin pigment
  • Thin lips
  • Pale lips
  • Thin lash line
  • Sparse eyebrows
  • Hair loss

However, enhancing your natural appearance doesn’t have to be the only reason to seek this treatment. Many women try this treatment as a way to avoid the hassle of constantly applying makeup or checking the way makeup looks throughout the day. Treatments that provide pigment to the lash line, lip line, and the face act as a substitute for eyeliner, lipstick, and foundation, and they look natural rather than dry or oily the way traditional makeup can look.

Are There Different Types of Permanent Makeup?

Yes, there are several types of makeup that can be applied permanently. In fact, permanent makeup is something of an umbrella term that refers to cosmetic tattooing, meaning it is the placement of pigment in the skin intended for beauty rather than art. At our office, we specialize in different techniques, including:

Skin Camouflage

Skin camouflage is a technique that uses flesh-toned pigment to correct the skin complexion. You can think of skin camouflage as being equivalent to a full-coverage foundation. This treatment can be applied anywhere on the face, particularly in areas that have light spots, dark spots, sun damage, or scarring. This treatment can be immensely helpful for those who have pigment-related concerns on their skin, such as damage caused by injury, skin abnormalities, or skin diseases.

Beauty Marks

There is one trend in beauty that has been around for decades, and that is a well-placed beauty mark to enhance your appearance. Tattooing beauty marks and freckles on the face is a trend that is becoming more popular since the last decade. A beauty mark can lend an air of sensuality to a woman, while freckles can make a woman appear playful, mischievous, or even innocent. This treatment can enhance beauty marks or freckles you already have or create beauty marks and freckles where you want them.


Microblading is another treatment that has found its popularity in the trend of having full, natural-looking eyebrows. Microblading helps enhance the shape of eyebrows as well as create a fuller effect by using a technique that mimics the way hair on the eyebrow grows. This particular treatment is ideal for women who have sparse eyebrow hairs or who would like to correct the overall shape of the brow.

Powdery Brow

Powdery brow is a treatment that is specific to our office. This treatment creates a softer, natural-looking appearance to the eyebrow by using a gentler pigment. Many patients compare this treatment to eyebrow powders, which rest lightly on the brow to make the eyebrow look fuller. Powdery brow is an ideal treatment for women who have naturally full brows but who would like a better definition to their color.


Permanent eyeliner is a treatment that applies pigment to the upper and lower lash line. Applying traditional eyeliner can be hit and miss for many women, especially as all eyeliner is susceptible to smudges that are difficult to fix. Permanent eyeliner can enhance the natural shape of your eye and the thickness of your eyelashes. Depending on the shape of your eye and your appearance goals, we can explore how thin or thick we should apply the permanent eyeliner as well as the general shape of the treatment.

Lip Liner and Color

Permanent lip liner and color are two treatments that go hand in hand; the lip liner can be used to correct the appearance of thin or asymmetrical lips, while the color can enhance the natural shade of your lips to make them darker or fuller. Traditional lip liner and lipstick can be difficult to apply well and can also smudge onto your teeth or any cups you use. Permanent lip liner and color can make your lips look plush and pretty all hours of the day.

Scalp Pigmentation

Scalp pigmentation is a type of treatment that applies small hair-like pigment to any areas of your hair that are thinning, particularly around the hairline. This is a treatment that is ideal for women who are experiencing mild-to-moderate hair loss, as this treatment can make hair look thicker and mask some loss. We tend to see this treatment combined with hair transplants or other cosmetic hair treatments for the best possible results.

3D Areola

3D areola is a treatment that creates an artificial nipple with flesh-toned pigments. While this treatment is usually for those who have had a mastectomy or other breast reconstruction procedures, some women who are not satisfied with the shape or appearance of the areola also seek this as a corrective treatment.

Body Art Removal

We also offer permanent body art removal treatment. Unlike the treatments listed above, body art removal does not use a pigment. Instead, it uses a pigment removal solution that binds to pigment already in the skin to “dissolve” the pigment away. Body art removal treatment is ideal for patients who are not qualified for energy-based tattoo removal or who would prefer a gentler type of treatment. This treatment can be used on virtually any tattoo, regardless of size or depth of pigment.

Does This Treatment Interfere With Other Cosmetic Treatments?

To a certain extent, having a treatment that permanently applies pigment to the skin will interfere with future cosmetic treatments. There will be some limitations to the types of treatments you will be able to have.

For example, you might not be able to use chemical peels or certain facial treatments if you have permanent skin camouflage on the face. Some energy-based skin resurfacing treatments may also not be recommended, as some laser treatments are designed to lift all types of pigment from the skin. There may also be some products that you are not allowed to use, such as Retinol-based skincare.

Are You an Ideal Candidate?

The majority of patients who are interested in this treatment are good candidates. Prospective patients who are qualified for this treatment include those who do not have a current skin disease, allergies to the pigments used for treatment, and who are not satisfied with their overall appearance. You may be an ideal candidate if you want to:

  • Enhance your natural beauty
  • Correct pigment loss
  • Have fuller eyebrows or lips
  • Create beauty marks or artificial nipples
  • Remove other tattoos

Let Permanent Makeup Be Your Breezy Beauty Solution!

If you’re tired of constantly applying makeup and want to save yourself some time, take a page from Cleopatra’s book and look into different options for makeup. It’s time to let permanent makeup be your solution for breezy beauty. If you think you are a good candidate for this treatment, please contact Amachi MedSpa in Marietta, GA to schedule your treatment today!

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