Guide to permanent make-up: advantages, disadvantages and prices

Guide to permanent make-up: advantages, disadvantages and prices

Many women will know it: Apply makeup during the morning routine, touch up during the day, and remove makeup in the evening hours. Permanent make-up promises to remedy this situation, and in principle the basic idea behind it sounds very convincing.

A permanent make-up lasts between two and three years. A one-time thing that makes daily make-up and make-up removal unnecessary and simply looks and lasts well in all weathers. But before a permanent makeup should answer some questions, because this method is not risk-free, associated with costs and has not only advantages. Our editorial team has compiled a guide for you that deals with the most important basic questions, the cost factor, the risk and the benefits of permanent make-up and provides comprehensive information.

What is permanent make-up, how does it work and what are the advantages??

Permanent make-up can apply and replace all or part of conventional make-up for a period of two to three years with one treatment. Among the most popular permanent make-up are eyebrow tracing, eyebrow thickening, lip contour tracing, scar concealment or artificial birthmark placement, and eyelid line drawing.

In principle, permanent makeup works like a conventional tattoo, which is why the term tattoo makeup is occasionally used. However, the needles used are much finer than those used for ordinary body tattoos; moreover, the color pigments are only injected into the epidermis. That is why permanent make-up fades after two to three years, depending on the area of application. As color pigment mineral or synthetic colors are used, the color shades can be chosen arbitrarily.

Among the advantages of permanent makeup is the fact that it eliminates the need for daily makeup and makeup removal; it also provides a consistent look that lasts in all conditions and weather, including vacations, swimming on a dream beach, or scuba diving. In addition, the procedure is relatively painless.

Permanent Makeup. As the name of the makeup suggests, it is permanent. (Image: carol.anne /

Permanent Make-up. As the name of the makeup suggests, it is permanent. (Image: carol.anne /

What are the risks of permanent makeup and for whom it is generally unsuitable?

As the name of the makeup suggests, it is permanent. This brings advantages, but can also be problematic. For the fact that the permanent make-up lasts between two and three years, it becomes inflexible. Before a treatment, interested parties should therefore be aware that fashion trends can sometimes change quickly, this then of course also applies to make-up styles.

Furthermore, the injected color pigments fade over time, so may need to be refreshed again. Permanent make-up is not suitable for people who are prone to allergic reactions, for diabetics and people who need to take medication such as antibiotics or anticoagulants. Another risk is the professional staff performing the treatment. Here it is important to inform oneself in advance in detail in order to take only serious offers and to protect oneself from scams.

Preparation phase: What I can do myself before the treatment

Before the actual procedure, you should think about what permanent make-up is, how much it costs, whether it is absolutely necessary and who should apply it. Permanent make-up can be very useful and also look appealing, however, if done unprofessionally, it can look terrible. Therefore it is important to be advised by a dermatologist or a cosmetician.

References should be taken into consideration, also the execution, result and price should be discussed in detail in advance and recorded in writing. A cost estimate is important, this gives information about the exact price, the color pigments used and the services performed. A control visit, which takes place after approximately two weeks, should be included in the price. Professional service providers use mineral color pigments, these are harmless to health.

Obligatory during the treatment is the wearing of disposable surgical gloves and a certificate confirming the sterilization of the used needles by a laboratory. Avoid providers who advertise very low prices. Give yourself a cooling-off period before the procedure and weigh up the costs and benefits.

Approximate cost of a permanent makeover

A professional permanent makeup has its price. This is due to various factors. A permanent make-up justifies the price by the training of the specialized personnel, the necessary equipment (needles, color pigments etc.), and the cost of the permanent make-up.), the pure working hours as well as the detailed consultation.

An eyebrow thickening costs between 290 and 365 CHF (240 to 300 euros), an eyebrow full drawing about 340 to 390 CHF (280 to 320 euros). For a lip contour you will pay about 350 to 390 CHF (280 to 320 Euro).

An eyeliner costs about CHF 230 to 265 (190 to 220 euros) on the upper eyelid, and between CHF 145 and 195 (120 to 160 euros) on the lower eyelid. A beauty spot will cost around 60 CHF (50 Euro). However, it is important to note that treatment should never be chosen based on price – professionalism and trust should always be paramount. Keep in mind that a low price has to be realized somehow and that, unfortunately, savings are usually made in the wrong places here. Conversely, a high price does not automatically mean quality.

Article image: © carol.anne –

Guide to permanent make-up: advantages, disadvantages and prices

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