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Does Cosmetic Tattoo Fade?

Cosmetic tattooing, also called permanent makeup (PMU), has delivered many benefits to women of all ages. The ability to semi-permanently enhance your appearance, while achieving a natural look, holds much appeal. Cosmetic tattoos can be helpful for a range of reasons. Looking to wake up with your liner, brows, or lips already correctly done each day? Every kind of cosmetic face tattoo you can get and how they work — or don’t work, in some cases.

You’ve just rolled out of bed. Your blowout is intact. You grab a bottle of Soylent, throw on yesterday’s jeans, and get out of the house in under three minutes. Either you’re living in 2069 and have purchased a Jaclyn Hill x Google in-home makeup artist…or you have a face full of semi-permanent cosmetic tattoos.

Chances are, you’ve already heard of microblading. Thanks to an exponentially exploding interest in brows over the past few years, the eyebrow-tattooing technique has gone practically mainstream. But brows are just the beginning. Cosmetic makeup artists are also inking on freckles, lip colours, and more — making it possible to wake up with a face full of makeup even here in 2019. But as cosmetic ink gets more common, it’s important to remember that the critical term in semi-permanent makeup is “permanent.” Looking for eyebrow tattoo salon? Look no further,Cosmetic Tattoo by Rach got you covered.

“Clients come in and say, ‘I’d never get a body tattoo,’ and in my mind, I’m like, ‘You know you’re tattooing your face right now,'” laughs Kendra Bray, owner of New York City salon Better Brows & Beauty. Here’s exactly what you need to know about microblading, lip blushing, blush tattoos, eyeliner tattoos, freckle tattoos, and scar camouflage before the moment that needle hits your face.

Cosmetic tattoos are increasing in popularity as techniques and results improve. However, when the beauty procedure first became popular over a decade ago, the ink wouldn’t always appear natural. Some people were left with misshapen and dark eyebrows, lips, and eyes after trusting treatments. Even those who were happy with their results at first noticed that as time went on and the ink faded, the cosmetic tattoo would make the skin appear blotchy and discoloured. It’s one thing to have an unwanted tattoo, but when it’s on your face, it can be incredibly uncomfortable to be in public. If you find yourself unhappy with your cosmetic ink, you aren’t alone. Here are some of your options.

What Is Cosmetic Tattooing ?​

Cosmetic tattooing, also called Semi-Permanent Makeup or Micropigmentation, is the process of implanting colour pigment beneath the surface of the skin by means of a tiny, sterile, disposable needle to produce the appearance of cosmetic makeup or to enhance the natural features of the face.

permanent eyeliner tattoo

Cosmetic tattooing can help:

  • busy people save time by removing the need to apply makeup on a daily basis
  • correct a physical issue or flaw such as over-plucked eyebrows, eyebrow scars, pale and unevenly coloured lips, or eyes with little definition
  • women who struggle to apply their makeup because of low vision or watery eyes
  • Suppose you want your makeup to last. Sometimes makeup doesn’t even last for a full day or an entire event.

What’s The Difference Between Cosmetic Tattooing And Standard Body Tattooing? 

The purpose of Cosmetic Tattooing is to enhance the natural features of a client. Cosmetic tattooing is softer and more subtle – it is meant to be a natural-looking beauty enhancement. Body tattoos use ink, while cosmetic tattoo procedures involve only iron-oxide based pigments. These pigments are designed to fade over time gently. Fading is desired as it allows the technician to make changes to colour and shape over the years as the client’s natural colouration and facial changes occur.

Artistic or decorative body tattoos are made to last. They are bold and bright. They are body art and often make a statement or tell a story. Body tattoos use bright, bold ink which is designed to last, though they do fade with sun exposure and alter with skin changes over time. See more of our  eyebrow tattoo services. 

Cosmetic tattoos, on the other hand, are used to enhance your natural facial features and need to fade as the face changes. What suits you today may not suit you in three years’ time. For example, if your eyebrow tattoo lasts forever, as your eyes droop so will your eyebrows. If the tattoo fades, you can achieve a lift when you have your eyebrows re-tattooed. Cosmetic tattoos, therefore, use a pigment rather than ink. The stains come in softer tertiary colours which is essential because subtlety is critical in cosmetic tattooing.

Body tattoo ink is implanted into the subcutaneous tissue; in other words, the fat layer that lies under the skin, making it permanent. Cosmetic tattoo pigment is injected into the dermis, the second layer of the skin, hence it generally doesn’t last more than five years.

Are our cosmetic tattoo pigments natural or safe?

People often ask if cosmetic tattoo pigments are natural, but I believe what they really should ask is if they are safe. After all, the most dangerous poisons in the world are born. We also don’t want to tax our natural resources to decorate ourselves.

Natural ingredients and vegetable pigments or food colouring are not considered safe as they can provoke an allergic reaction. For this reason, cosmetic tattoo pigments are often synthetic. 

There are, however, two types of stains that are used:

  • Organic pigments, made from lakes pigments
  • Inorganic pigments, made from iron and zinc oxides.

Organic pigments (or lakes) are carbon-based and can dissolve in water in the body. They are therefore coated in a metallic substance, or oxide, which prevents them from dissolving in the body. The coating isolates the pigment from the body, making it safe. Even though this coat reduces the risk of an allergic reaction, organic pigments are more likely to cause an allergic reaction than inorganic pigments. Organic pigments also seem to fade faster than inorganic pigments.

Inorganic pigments are generally synthetically produced metals (or oxides). Iron oxides are the most common and are considered stable and non-toxic, making them safe to use. In general, people don’t seem to react to iron oxide.

Pigments are ground into a fine powder, which is then suspended in glycerine, distilled water and alcohol as they need to be in a liquid form to be implanted under the skin. The size of these molecules is at least 6 microns to prevent the pigment from spreading.

Each procedure is done under strict sanitation and sterilization rules. A well-trained, certified technician administers each new procedure using disposable needles and parts. All pigments are iron-oxide based and contain FDA approved ingredients for cosmetic use.

The pigments used in Cosmetic Tattooing come in a variety of colours specially formulated with iron oxide, an ingredient safe for the skin. I do not use pigments made from organic ingredients, such as vegetables as they have a high risk of carrying bacteria and causing allergic reactions. Because colour is implanted just underneath the dermal layer of the skin, the resulting shade is soft and muted, unlike regular cosmetic makeup that sits on the surface of the skin.

BioTouch pigments come in a variety of colours specially formulated with iron oxide, an ingredient safe for the skin. We do not use pigments made from organic ingredients, such as vegetables as they have a high risk of carrying bacteria and causing allergic reactions. Because colour is implanted just underneath the dermal layer of the skin, the resulting shade is soft and muted, unlike regular cosmetic makeup that sits on the surface of the skin.

Does It Hurt?

A highly-effective, topical anesthetic cream and gel are used for numbing before and during your procedure. Pain threshold levels vary from person to person, and every effort is made to ensure you remain comfortable for the entirety of the procedure.

A highly-effective, topical anesthetic cream and gel are used for numbing before and during your procedure. Pain threshold levels vary from person to person, and every effort is made to ensure you remain comfortable for the entirety of the procedure.

How Long Does Cosmetic Tattooing Last?

The treatment is permanent and will not wash off. However, it will fade over time and may need a retouch every 1- 5 years. Frequency of touch-ups depends on a number of factors including the pigment colour used (lighter colours fade faster), lifestyle (sun exposure), iron deficiency (your body absorbs iron-oxide as a supplement), and if any chemical peels come into contact with treated areas. Touch-ups are normal for Cosmetic Tattooing procedures, with each new procedure requiring two visits—the initial procedure followed by a free touch-up procedure within one year.Our exclusive range of eyebrow tattoo services  will help you in eyebrow microblading, feathering or hair stroke eyebrow tattooing procedures. 

The treatment is considered semi-permanent and will not wash off; however, it will fade over time and may need a touch-up every 6-18 months. Frequency of touch-ups depends on several factors including the pigment colour used (lighter colours fade faster), lifestyle (sun exposure), iron deficiency (your body absorbs iron-oxide as a supplement), and if any chemical peels come into contact with treated areas. Please note that final results can not be guaranteed as each unique skin type will hold pigments differently and break down at different rates. We will re-evaluate how your skin has received the pigment at your touch-up appointment and make any changes necessary. Touch-ups are normal for cosmetic tattoo procedures, with each new procedure requiring two visits—the initial procedure followed by a touch-up procedure about two months later. Previously tattooed eyebrows may require one or two additional appointments and rarely achieve similar results to those who have no previous tattoo work.

microblading eyebrow tattoo

Many factors determine how long it takes for a cosmetic tattoo to fade. The initial colour will be bright and dark, settling over four weeks. During this time, any dying and dead skin cells above the implanted tattoo will slough off revealing the actual colour beneath. The final result won’t be visible until after this four week healing period.

The pigment particles, which are too large to be taken away by the blood capillaries, will be trapped in the collagen of the skin. Over time the collagen and elastin reduce resulting in a faded or blurred tattoo.

Colours fade at different rates. Therefore brown (which is made of red, blue and yellow) can change colour. If your eyebrows become, either red or blue a colour corrector can be applied to bring them back to brown.

The tattoo will also fade more rapidly if exposed to the sun or if exfoliators such as hydroxy acids and retinoids are used over the tattoo area. All cosmetic tattoos will fade with time. Eyeliner tattoos tend to last the longest, lasting up to five years before requiring a touch-up. Lip tattoos can last between two to five years. Eyebrow tattoos will require touch-ups every one to three years. The tattoo should not be touched up unless it has faded more than 50% to avoid over-processing the skin. It’s best to wait as long as possible between touch-ups.

Why Does Permanent Makeup Fade?

Many factors contribute to how quickly permanent makeup fades, such as timely touch-up treatments, your skin type, how frequently you exfoliate, the colour of the ink used, quality of service performed, sun exposure, and more. There is no proven time table to determine how long it will last, but over the years, you will get an idea of how frequently you will need touch-ups. Generally, for lighter colours like blonde permanent eyebrow tattoos, touch-ups may be needed every 12 months. Darker colours can last much longer, needing touch-ups usually only every 2-3 years.

Permanent makeup, like all tattoos, fades over time. Because the pigment used for permanent makeup is slightly different than the regular tattoo ink, it fades faster than the average tattoo on other parts of the body. This special ink was purposefully designed to be less harsh looking and fades gradually, as the areas where permanent makeup is often applied sensitively. Because a person’s facial look and trends change, they may want to adjust their permanent makeup to suit their current preference.

As mentioned above, the colours are designed to slowly fade, to not be too noticeable. This allows colour and style to be changed as a person matures, dyes their hair, etc. Of course, changes can only be made within reason. For example, it would be very difficult to turn dark brown eyebrows blonde even after they have faded significantly, which is why it is essential to consider the colour you want to go with care. Our skilled permanent makeup artists at NovaLine Permanent Cosmetics are happy to make suggestions for you if you’re unsure what colour to choose.Check out eyebrow tattoo page which has everything you might need near you.

When you first get your tattoo, the colour will be darker than it will be once it heals. As the swelling subsides and the colour softens, the true colour of your tattoo will be more apparent, which is likely much closer to the colour you originally chose. Nearly invisible and very small scabs may appear, it is important to let them heal and shed on their own, so your permanent makeup heals property. The peeling process takes about ten days, the total healing time for skin is 28 days, after which time you may have a follow-up visit with your artist to make sure it healed well. Adjustments can be made after a month if necessary as well.

After your first touch up appointment, you’ll need to get touch-ups with your artist whenever you would like to define the tattoo again. This is what makes permanent makeup so convenient: very little maintenance is required. Imagine only getting your eyebrows, lips, and eyeliner done once every 1-3 years! On top of that, it looks perfect all of the time, and you can even apply makeup over your tattoos if you would like to change your look temporarily.

Cosmetic tattooing is a fine and precise treatment that is designed to leave you with your most beautiful brows. The fading that occurs shortly after the procedure takes place in a completely normal part of the process. Cosmetic tattoos will fade over time. Here are a few reasons why:

THE INK

This is because we use biodegradable pigments, as opposed to the non-biodegradable ink used in body tattoos. The ink used in body tattoos is not as stable as the biodegradable pigments we use, and they may change colour or blur over time.

SKIN TYPE

Skin types may also play a role in cosmetic tattooing. Oily skin tends to blur easier, as the skin is porous and likely to require more frequent perfecting sessions than drier skin types. Bonus tip: Oily skins are at risk of pigment rejection and are prone to pigment fanning into each other when micro bladed. For this reason, we would suggest Ombre or Powdered Cosmetic tattooing for the eyebrows.

THE METHOD

Cosmetic tattooing is implanted more superficially than traditional tattoos, and skin on our face also renews approximately every 40 days. The tattoo will lighten slightly as the skin is renewed continuously. Our faces are also exposed to environmental elements as well as daily skincare and skincare treatments, which may speed up the cell renewal process. However, there are benefits to cosmetic tattooing fading. A key benefit is as we age, and our face shapes change, the fading tattoos will compliment your face for years and years to come.

cosmetic full lip tattoo

THE EXPERIENCE

Fading after your first appointment is also very normal. When brows are healing, they may scab, itch and completely disappear – this is normal! Don’t be alarmed!!! Your skin is trying to heal just like it would a regular wound. This stage is called the “ghosting stage” the skin underneath may look pink/red or even ashy as it heals. Once the skin has healed at approximately 28 days post-treatment, the pigment used will push through revealing what may look like a patchy brow, this is corrected at the perfecting session when reinforcement pigmented strokes or shade will be performed.

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