Recently I was able to sit down with Rose a certified permanent makeup technician from Bellagio Clinic in Chandler, Arizona and get the real facts about permanent makeup. One of the first questions I asked Rose was, “Why do you do permanent makeup or how did you get into doing it.” I asked this because one I was curious and two I like to understand the person I am interviewing on a slightly more personal level than just asking them generic questions. Rose’s response to my question was very simple but really said a lot about her passion for her job. She said, “I was attending aesthetics school and absolution loved the idea of giving people a look that can make them feel confident and look great without having to put eye makeup on. I personally would rather walk naked through a public place then go without my makeup for the day. It is because of this that I know how woman feel about their makeup and wanted to do something to help them feel great about themselves.”
Once I had heard her first answer I knew she was the perfect interview choice and I was extremely excited to get on to the next question. The rest of the interview went like this:
Questions: What is permanent makeup and is it really permanent?
Rose: Permanent make up is cosmetic tattooing and is essentially putting color into the top layer of the skin. One of the biggest misconceptions about permanent makeup is that people do think it is permanent. In reality permanent makeup is semi-permanent and lasts on average from three to five years. You will know it is time for a touch up when it begins to fade or change in color.
Question: When I was reading about permanent makeup it said something about “soft tap” can you explain that to me?
Rose: At Bellagio Clinic we use soft tap when it comes to permanent makeup. Soft tap is doing permanent makeup by hand instead of using a machine. When you use soft tap you are holding a needle and applying the color without any electronics. The benefit to soft tap is that you have more control of the needle and you can control how deep it pierces the skin. With a machine it can go in too deep which can cause bleeding, scaring and more pain than is necessary.
Question: You said something about pain, how much does it hurt and if it does hurt what are the benefits of getting it done?
Rose: Yes it does hurt but at a really gradual level. The first pass over the skin does cause some discomfort but it is bearable. I have never had anyone get up and leave or want to stop because it hurts too badly. The benefits are that permanent makeup offers a natural enhancement and gives them a really natural look when they wake up or are doing literally anything.
Question: What if I get permanent makeup and don’t like it or they mess up on it? Can anything be done to take it off?
Rose: Yes! If the mistake is made during the procedure then the technician can do a dry tap, which is letting the needle without color on it go into the mistake and letting you bleed out the ink that was there. It sounds bad but it really isn’t that big of a deal. If your makeup needs to be fixed any time after the procedure then a salt water tap can be used. This works like the dry tap except salt water is used on the needle and the salt will settle under the pigment on your skin and this will remove the color.
Question: Who gets permanent makeup and what should everyone know about permanent makeup?
Rose: Everyone from 18 to 90 get permanent makeup. I see people from literally every walk of life come in and have permanent makeup put on but some of the most common are woman who can’t see to put on their makeup and don’t have to worry about it at all. Everyone should know that permanent makeup is a building process and not just a quick fix. You will need a touch up after your initial procedure and then if you want it thicker you will need to have it put on more than once to really get the results you want.
Question: If I get permanent makeup will there be after effects on my skin?
Rose: The day of the procedure it will look natural but the morning after it will be puffy. At first it will be scabbed up and will appear darker but that will go away rather quickly.
Doing this interview I had so much fun and Rose answered every question I had about permanent makeup. So for those of you who were considering getting it done or for those who just wanted more information I really hope that you were able to learn as much as I did from our expert permanent makeup technician.
For more information about permanent makeup or to schedule your free consultations calls Bellagio Clinic at 480-788-5621 or visit our website http://www.bellagiomedspa.com.