Right now, semi-permanent makeup (cosmetic tattoos or micropigmentation) are all the rage. Find out what can be done and what to expect.
Thought that tattoos are the reserve of bad boys and seedy downtown tattoo parlours? Think again. Cosmetic tattooing is a fast-growing trend in the beauty industry, with thousands of South African women getting semi-permanent makeup done every year.
Microblading your eyebrows
In particular, microblading, where hair-like strokes are used to fill in eyebrows, has been trending over the past 12 months.
But, says Bertha Leonard, owner of Capri Beauty in Brackenfell, the options are endless. “Eyebrows can be done with a more solid fill, lips can be done with a defining lip liner or a full lip colour, and eyeliners can be done in numerous shades and styles.” The team at Capri also sometimes do beauty spots.
“I chose microblading because the technique mimics the eyebrow hairs, making it look very natural,” says Delicia Krause, an account manager from Cape Town who experienced eyebrow hair loss due to a thyroid disorder.
According to Delicia, it’s the best thing she’s ever done for herself.
Our very own Your Family Editor, Janine Collins, has also had her eyebrows mircobladed.
“I went for microblading after a brow guru made up by brows for me at an event. Seeing the difference that a structured brow look could make piqued my interest. But I did know I didn’t have 10 minutes to spend doing them everyday. Enter Manuela Incendario from Flawlesscosmetics.co.za . In two sessions six weeks apart my brows were shaped, filled out and sculpted. Microblading can be a painful process, so local anaesthetic is essential and tolerance will depend on your pain threshold. You could liken it to tattooing in terms of pain. My brows don’t need any attention for a good for 12-18 months, and I find I can wear less make-up in general now.” says Janine.
The benefits of semi-permanent makeup
Here’s what cosmetic tattoos can do for you:
- They save time. Once the tattoo is done, you don’t have to battle to apply eyeliner every morning or spend ages getting your eyebrows looking just right.
- You wake up beautiful. After you’ve had permanent cosmetics done, you’ll always wake up with perfectly shaped eyebrows or a hint of colour on your lips.
- Your make-up stays intact. If you’re a swimmer, athlete or sports enthusiast, cosmetic tattoos can make you look good while you train or compete.
- It’s a solution if you’re allergic to make-up. Many women can’t use make-up because it causes eye or skin irritations. Can you relate? Then you’ve found your answer.
- It makes up for hair loss. Semi-permanent makeup can make up for hair loss following illness or medical treatment.
Like with all procedures, cosmetic tattooing is not without its risks. If not cared for properly, it’s possible to get an infection in the area, says Leonard.
Cosmetic tattoos also trigger an allergic reaction in some people, which is why it’s important to first have a patch test done. Note, also, that the colour will fade within 2-3 years, depending on your lifestyle and skin.
Keen to give cosmetic tattooing a go? Prices vary greatly from salon to salon, but here’s what you can expect:
- Single eyeliner (top or bottom): R600 – R1200
- Double eyeliner (top and bottom): R1200 – R2500
- Solid eyebrow colour: R800 – R1800
- Microblading: R1500 – R2900
- Lip liner: R1500 – R2200
- Full lip colour: R2000 – R3800
Feature: Carine Visagie