How long does it take to do Permanent Makeup?

How long it takes depends on a couple of things:
1) What type of tattoo machine is used.
A. Fastest is the coil machine. It is the powerful
machine used by body art tattooists.
B. Medium powered rotary machine is most often used
by permanent makeup technicians.
C. Slowest is the hand tap method. No power to it.
2) What method is used to numb area.

The hand tap method requires multiple visits to implant an amount of pigment comparable to the amount an electric machine can implant in one session. The difference is like comparing using a sewing machine or using a needle & thread. The amount of correctly implanted pigment and the type of pigment are the two main factors that determine how long the permanent makeup will last. I use a rotary machine.

Adequate control of pain and bleeding allows a permanent makeup artist to implant the amount of pigment needed for longevity.

Appointment time for permanent makeup procedures vary depending on which procedure it is. Time spent filling out paperwork, discussing styles and colours, pre-marking brows, lips or eyes numbing time, and working time have to be considered. Consultation time for permanent eyebrows is 2 hours; working time is about an hour. Appointment time for eyeliner is a few hours, working time is a couple of hours depending on the thickness and style. It takes longer to get started on eyeliner, and there is more stop, wipe, & rinse during the procedure. Appointment time for lips is at least that much. If touchups are needed appointment time is normally half.

How long does permanent makeup last?
Permanent makeup will fade off over the years. While this may be disappointing to some people, others may be more comfortable with this knowledge. The average time span between touchups is 12 – 18 months.  Occasionally a person can be found who has had their permanent makeup over 10 years, but it is a rare occasion. There are other people who need a touchup after six months. The disappearing permanent makeup is faded by UV rays, pigment removal by the body via ducts in eyelash and eyebrow hair follicles, possibly body chemistry, anti-aging products applied to the face, cellular turnover – rejuvenation, etc. Lighter colors fade faster than darker colors. Permanent makeup lasts longer on older women because they aren’t out playing in the sun as much, and their cellular turnover rate is slower. The bright side to “permanent” makeup fading off is that it makes it easier to change color, shape, and placement over the years.How long the permanent makeup lasts also varies with who did it. Differences among permanent makeup artists include 1) technique, 2) amount of pigment implanted, and 3) type of pigments used. The technique must implant the pigment at the correct level. Sometimes artists are not sure what the correct level is, or want to avoid hurting the client. The correct needle depth has slight differences in various age groups, skin types, and area being worked on. The amount of pigment implanted must be sufficient. Rush jobs are usually gone or mostly gone before a year has passed. Minute for minute, an electric machine will implant more than manual hand tap. Sometimes less pigment is implanted for a light or barely there look, as is the case with lash enhancement. The type of pigment has a lot to do with how long the permanent makeup will last. Pigments made by one manufacturer may work better for permanent makeup than another’s. The pigment brand chosen for use by a permanent makeup artist is influenced by the beliefs of their instructor, who was influenced by their own instructor. Like other types of sales, pigment manufacturers have their pitch and mud throwing.

Permanent Makeup Prices
The prices for permanent makeup eyebrows, eyeliner, and lips vary among permanent makeup artists. Price comparison in permanent makeup = apples and oranges since artists are not doing the same thing the same way. Other factors considered include skill and experience, time involved, number of visits typically required for the result, facility/overhead expenses etc

Clients should get enjoyment from their permanent makeup application. Permanent makeup services are not different than any other cosmetic service. When botox, lip filler, or chemical peel effects are wearing off, full price is paid to do it again. After the free touchup period, I give a reduced price on returning eyebrow clients, but not on eyeliner or lips due to time involved.

Permanent makeup eyebrows cost differs from eyeliner despite the fact that it is a larger area. Permanent makeup eyeliner takes more prep time and procedure time. I price eyeliner according to the thickness requested. Some have low rates but are just giving little strips for that price and may not be implanting enough for longevity.

Specials and discounts are more often for the benefit of the business than for the customer. Two basics on why businesses have sales are 1) needs business, and 2) sell what is not selling. The monthly special is to create a sense of urgency to jump in there. The group discount is another example of relying on someone else to round up customers. The makeup might also look like it was a discount, done in record time. There will always be people who choose a lawyer, surgeon, or hair stylist by calling around to find the best price. Everyone gets a piece of the pie.

Permanent Makeup Touchups

I give a 3 month time frame in which clients may return for adjustments or perfections. Ideally touchups are done 4 – 6 weeks after the last procedure because the area has to be thoroughly healed.

Eyebrows may need a touchup for a variety of reasons. The brows may need additional strokes to fill it in more, or maybe an area didn’t take well. The color may need an adjustment, or the client may wish to have the brows darkened. Other reasons include things like one tail looks longer, one looks like it is in closer to the nose, one looks thinner, etc. These are all minor imperfections that are easily fixed on a touchup visit. Later, when the brows are fading and you just need “layering” or additional strokes (or a warm-up, cool down or color change), it is a £250. Small adjustments can be made with placement / position over the years as needed to compensate for the aging process.

Eyeliner touchups are limited to reasons like if an area didn’t take well, or there is some imperfection. Otherwise, too many clients would request a touchup because they like it and want more of it – thicker and darker than originally asked for. Sometimes it is because a client requested defined, then wanted smudgy, or wants to add a colour.

Lips usually do need a touchup after the first healing process then 12 – 18 months later, when it is time to redo it, it is charged at half price.

Colour Adjustments
Permanent makeup colours can be modified or changed. On the first procedure, the permanent makeup pigment colour + your skin pigment colour = final pigment colour. (Two persons choosing the same pigment colour will look similar but not identical) On additional procedures, when you apply a different colour over an existing colour, it will blend to create a new color. First pigment colour + skin pigment colour + second pigment colour = final pigment colour.

Technician inexperience
Permanent makeup colour results are not an exact science. Results are a combination of experience, education, best guess, and luck. Pigment companies sell lots of colors, but experienced permanent makeup artists learn to add a pinch of this and a dash of that to make the color turn out right for each client. It takes years of observation of various colours used on various skin tones to know what to expect from the colours. The artist needs to know how a colour looked after several months and after several years. If the client wasn’t thrilled with the artist the first time around, the client goes somewhere else the next time, and the first artist doesn’t have a clue what is happening with the colours and keeps doing the same thing the same way. Some manufacturers make better pigments, but even within the best, there are certain colours experience teaches one to steer away from. Correcting colors is easier than getting it right the first time. Manufacturers make pre-mixed color correction bottles.
Daytime / Night time Makeup, Indoor / Outdoor MakeupMakeup and skin tones might look fine in front of the bathroom mirror at home, but then looks too pink/red and harsh outdoors, bluish at the office, and greenish at the restaurant. Residential lighting is typically “warm” and has a red or yellow cast. Office lighting is typically “cool” and has a blue or green cast. The colour of light, whether indoor or outdoor, natural or artificial, has a colour temperature expressed in Kelvins (K) to describe the warm to cool tone. A Colour Rendering Index (CRI) is a method for describing the effect of a light source on the colour appearance of objects or people on a scale of 0-100. It gets worse! The colour of the lighting is further complicated by colour reflections or light waves bouncing off walls, furniture, and carpet. Pictures taken in outdoor light uaually show exaggerated reds and pinks in facial skin. Pictures taken outdoors but in the shade will usually look blue. Surround yourself with plants for green skin tones. As you know, facial skin tones are affected by the color of your clothing. We all have certain colours we do or don’t look good in. Eye colour can look different with colour of clothing. Skin tones, topical makeup, and permanent makeup are all affected by environmental lighting, and permanent makeup is affected by skin tones.
The permanent makeup is in the upper dermis layer. The epidermis is on top of the permanent makeup, so you are looking through a thin layer of skin to see it. This thin layer of skin has reddish, bluish, or whatever colour of skin tones, so it is like looking through a sheer curtain of whatever colour. A permanent makeup artist considers skin tones when applying permanent makeup, but the permanent makeup color hue and luminance will be affected by environmental lighting. Skin tones and topical makeup are affected as well, but people accept and excuse it. When someone tells friends that they have permanent makeup, it is placed under extreme scrutiny due to fascination that it is a makeup tattoo. Light intensity is another variable. Makeup may look too strong in bright light, or not strong enough in low light. Since permanent makeup does not have a dimmer switch, there may be times when you need to tone it down with powder under bright light, or beef it up with more makeup on top for low intensity lighting. Colour selections are ultimately the client’s choice.