Permanent Makeup has Evolved Since the ‘90s

The advancements of permanent have made vast improvements since the ‘90s, using a technique involving filling areas of eyebrows with tiny pigmentations.

The idea of permanent makeup has long had a stigma attached to it. While tattooing has been around for thousands of years, there was a period in the ‘90s where people got their eyebrows, lip liner, and even their eyeliner permanently tattooed on their faces – often with mixed results.

It wasn’t uncommon during that time to see eyebrows have a wonky shape and a noticeable blue tinge to them. Or an overly thick, harsh outline of the lips. A Google image search of “permanent makeup gone wrong” yields plenty of pictures to turn the curious away. It’s little wonder that people were wary of going the permanent route for their makeup for a long time.

The techniques, however, have improved dramatically since then. Rather than tattooing eyebrows the way a regular tattoo is done, using ink and multiple needles, the area is filled with tiny pigmentations in a process called microblading. The fake faded eyebrows of the 20th century are a thing of the past, as the pigment is made to look like individual hairs, rather than just solid colour. The more natural looking hair approach is becoming very popular in today’s fashion trends.

Despite the fact that it’s considered permanent makeup, microblading isn’t actually permanent. The pigment fades over time, and much like a regular tattoo, needs to be touched up. The Ink & Arch studio in Kelowna provides microblading services and even a training course for those wanting to get into the permanent makeup game. With microblading growing in popularity, those with the right training will be able to capitalize on the trend.

Those thinking about getting permanent makeup don’t have to worry about winding up on some internet listicle – it’s definitely not the process it used to be.

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