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Permanent Make Up Frequently Asked Questions

Terry Schrimpf has been applying permanent make-up on clients since 2010.  She is licensed by So Natural Institute of Permanent Cosmetics for the application of Eyeliner and Eyebrows.




What is "Permanent Cosmetics"?

Permanent Cosmetics, also referred to as micro-pigmentation, cosmetic tattooing or dermal-pigmentation, is a process whereby completely natural pigments are implanted beneath the epidermis (top layer of skin), into the dermal layer (second layer of skin), by micro insertion. This technique has been medically developed and specifically designed for a safe permanent make up application.

The pigments used have been specially formulated for cosmetic application. Not to be compared with traditional tattooing, in which permanent skin dyes and inks are placed into the skin.


Who would benefit from Permanent Cosmetics?

Everyone from the young to the elderly, who desire a natural enhancement to their appearance.


Those who:

  • Are fashion conscious.

  • Want to save time each day.

  • Have to look their best in the professional world.

  • Have sparse, or very light eyebrows.

  • Are allergic to cosmetics.

  • Have ultra-sensitive eyes.

  • Wear contact lenses.

  • Have sparse lashes.

  • Have visual limitations.

  • Have unsteady or arthritic hands.

  • Often engage in strenuous activity.

  • Entertainers, actresses and models.

  • Want to look naturally beautiful, always.

  • Want the convenience of make-up that won't smudge, smear or wear off.


Does the procedure hurt?

This may vary according to each individual's pain threshold, however, topical anesthetics are used to numb the area and minimize discomfort.  Most people describe a mild pricking sensation.


Is it safe?

Allergic reactions to permanent cosmetic procedures are extremely rare. The cosmetic pigments are made from completely natural ingredients, and disposable sterile needles and surgical gloves are used for each procedure. However, micro-pigmentation is a skin invasive procedure. It is extremely important to consult an experienced professional technician who is licensed, qualified and conscientious.


How long does each procedure take?

Times vary according to the individual's sensitivity, hydration, density, elasticity, and overall condition of the skin.


How many appointments will be necessary?

Four to six weeks after the initial application, a follow-up visit may be
required to perfect the lines or color. This visit does not require as much
time as the initial procedure.

What procedures are offered?

  • Eyebrows

  • Eyeliner (top and/or bottom)


Are Permanent Cosmetics truly permanent?

A variety of factors influence the longevity of Permanent Cosmetics.

Ultra-violet exposure from sun or tanning booths, various drugs, excessively dry skin, and smoking are all factors that may affect this.

Alpha- hydroxy, Retin-A, and glycolic acid must be kept away from treated areas. These kinds of substances slough away top layers of the skin and eventually the layer that the pigment has been implanted into. Use of these kinds of substances will require additional maintenance in years to come. Sunblock on eyebrows, sunglasses for eyeliner, and SPF on lips will greatly prolong the effective life of these procedures.


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