“Despite the adjective “permanent,” a cosmetic tattoo is just as likely to fade as any other kind of tattoo.”

Cosmetic Tattooing: Say Goodbye to Makeup

Do you dream of rolling out of bed looking gorgeous? If so, cosmetic tattooing, also known as permanent make-up and micropigmentation might be for you.

Posted: 10 August 16

Team Costhetics has noticed that this approach to beauty has become more popular in recent years. We wanted to know why, and here’s what we learned.

Necessity, the Mother of Cosmetic Tattooing

Cosmetic tattooing first came to prominence in the early 1980’s. At that time, it was used almost exclusively to help people who had lost their eyebrows (and other hair) to alopecia (female baldness). Over time, cosmetic tattooing became a viable solution for anyone with trouble putting on make-up due to a health condition (like arthritis), as well as for burns victims, and individuals with Parkinson’s disease.

Most recently, cosmetic tattooing has been embraced by

  • People who are allergic to traditional cosmetics
  • Individuals with skin sensitivities
  • Athletes who want to look great during a competition
  • Active individuals who want to look good swimming, in aerobics class, etc.

Not to mention

  • People who simply want to spend less time putting on make-up.

Top 7 Cosmetic Tattoos

Most of us are familiar with permanent makeup for the face. Thanks to celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Victoria Beckham, and Madonna we’ve learnt about

  • Tattooed eyebrows
  • Tattooed eyeliner (upper and lower)
  • Tattooed lips (lip liner, lip colour)

Less well known, but equally effective is cosmetic tattooing for

  • Scar camouflage
  • Beauty marks
  • Hair imitation
  • Areola re-pigmentation

Cosmetic tattooing is a unisex treatment. Male celebrities including Dustin Hoffman and Nicholas Cage are rumoured to have gone under the needle.

Downside of Permanent Make-Up

Despite the adjective “permanent,” a cosmetic tattoo is just as likely to fade as any other kind of tattoo. Additionally, adverse reactions to micropigmentation include

  • Infections from dirty needles
  • Allergic reactions to the permanent dyes
  • Scarring
  • Buyer’s regret

Another risk associated with cosmetic tattooing has to do with moles. When permanent make-up extends over a mole, it may be difficult for an individual (and his/her doctor) to identify any changes that could signal an increased possibility of the mole becoming cancerous.

Team Costhetics knows that choosing a registered, experienced tattooist can help reduce the risk of these complications. Here in Australia, the laws governing cosmetic tattooing are different in each state or territory. Be sure that the tattooist you choose is registered.

That’s all folks!

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