Ann Wong
July 09, 2013

The Top 10 Perils of Permanent Makeup

Growing up surrounded by Asian ladies that indulged in tattooing their makeup, I know a thing or two about botched permanent makeup.

One of my mother’s first guilty pleasures after getting a job in Canada was tattooing her eyebrows and lash lines. Back then there were too few permanent makeup artists that were truly great at their art and too many unlicensed old Vietnamese ladies offering their services in their basements. The pigments and techniques used were often less than safe. So for my mother and many Asian ladies I knew, their lives became a constant cycle of fixing botched eyebrows and retouching their greening lash lines.

Permanent makeup, also known as micropigmentation, has come a long way since then. It’s now safer: there are more options for natural pigments that don’t turn green or blue, better regulation by public health authorities and more training for technicians. But it still isn’t perfect. If you’re not careful, you could end up with garish — and permanent — mistakes.

There are lots of good reasons to get permanent makeup (you can look great without spending 20 minutes putting on your face!) but there are still a lot of dangers. Here are 10 reasons to be cautious about getting inked.

1. The color fades over time and, depending on the original pigment color, can turn green, blue or orange.
2. As you age your eyebrows will droop and so will your perma-eyebrows — making you look perma-sad.
3. Get a poor artist and it might look like you used a Sharpie marker on your face.

Permanent lipliner makeup disaster

Via: Chicago Permanent Makeup

4. Once you pick your eyebrow shape, you can’t change it. Ever.
5. It’s damn painful! You will bleed.
6. Although you may have chosen permanent eyeliner to stop looking like a raccoon when your eyeliner bleeds, you may still look like a raccoon.
7. Any ink near your eyes can’t be fixed with tattoo removal procedures because the area is too delicate and sensitive. Once it’s there, it’s there forever.
8. You may end up looking like a clown. If that’s your style, great. If not…
9. You might end up with a permanent mustache.

botched permanent lipliner

Photo Credit: 9News National

10. You might get an infection if the technician goes too deep or uses improperly sterilized equipment.

permanen eyebrows makeup infection

Via: Chicago Permanent Makeip

Choose your technician wisely! Don’t trust every person who calls herself a permanent makeup artist. Look for artists affiliated with a doctor or plastic surgeon. Sure, it will cost you a lot more — but have I mentioned tattoos are permanent? This is one area of your beauty regimen where you don’t want to cheap out. And make sure you do a lot of research on the artist. Ask to see her training and certification, testimonials and real client pictures. The last thing you want is to end up in a gallery of botched ink jobs that leaves the whole world laughing at you.