What’s the difference between permanent makeup and semi-permanent makeup?


Technically, permanent cosmetics procedures are considered permanent because the color is implanted into the upper reticular part of the dermal layer of the skin and cannot be washed off. However, as with any tattoo, fading can and often does occur, requiring periodic maintenance, color re-enhancement or color refreshing.

Permanent makeup and permanent cosmetics are terms widely used in America while in places such as Australia, semi-permanent makeup is used to explicitly prevent false advertising. “Semi-permanent” means that it is long-lasting, and this makes sense because the skin grows out just like your hair and nails and dead skin cells are shedding all the time. Your skin is living tissue that’s subject to change from various external and internal factors. When placed into the skin, any color will also become susceptible to change, most commonly fading.

In a recent survey of cosmetic tattoo professionals, 85% maintain that cosmetically tattooed eyebrows, for example, will require a touched-up every 1-3 years.

Thus, in light of clinical observation and scientific evidence, it is important to qualify the use of the word “permanent” and make sure that clients understand the need for additional color enhancements in the future should they wish to maintain their tattooed makeup. No matter what we call it, many people will continue to need and want the benefits of long-lasting cosmetically tattooed makeup, even if it is only semi-permanent.

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