Fashion & Beauty

When Makeup is a Problem – Tattoos Instead?

Tattoos are a surprising new solution to replace makeup when you can’t apply cosmetics yourself. Women who’ve lost eyebrows through cancer treatments or accidents and disabled women with limited mobility have found it helpful. Other women use it simply to improve their appearance.

Of course, it’s important to thoroughly research the providers — and the inks. The American Academy of Micropigmentation
gives information to tell you what to expect and what to watch for.

Here are their top 10 questions to ask about permanent makeup:

  1. Ask about your professional’s background and training.
  2. Ask how long they have been doing micropigmentation (semi-permanent cosmetics).
  3. Ask if they have passed any examinations for Board Certification by the Academy.
  4. Ask if they use disposable needles. This is especially important to your safety and welfare.
  5. Ask if they were trained by an instructor who is Board Certified by the American Academy of Micropigmentation.
  6. Ask what pigments they use. Iron oxides and titanium dioxide are the least likely to cause problems. Some synthetic organic pigments are okay, but make sure there has never been an allergic reaction. If a technician states they use “vegetable-based” pigments or dyes that is a red flag because there is no such thing used for coloring the face. Note: You can have an MRI safely after permanent makeup. Questions? go to: http://www.mrisafety.com.
  7. Ask if your makeup is “permanent” or if it will fade. If they insist your makeup is permanent and will not fade, then consider consulting a second professional. All colors soften and fade over time and need to be refreshed every year or two in most cases – especially eyebrow colors with muted browns, golds and grays.
  8. Ask if your technician can offer you advanced procedures like color correction, hairstrokes for your brows, pleasing lip colors and eyeliner that won’t turn “tattoo” blue.
  9. Ask your technician if their eyeliner colors contain any ink (Pelikan Ink). Inks are fine for traditional tattoos. However, if used for eyeliner, inks have been known to migrate or spread under the skin and look like a permanent bruise.
  10. Ask about pain control. Injections of local anesthetic should not be used for permanent makeup. Topicals work well, are safe and don’t need a doctor. Occasionally, a dental block may help control pain but rarely is required for lip procedures.

See their Consumer Rights Statement: http://www.micropigmentation.org/consumer/consumer.php

The New York Times Story on Tattoos as Makeup: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/24/fashion/24SKIN.html?_r=1&scp=2&sq=tattoos&st=cse

By: Sajata Robinson

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