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 Post subject: Permanent Makeup
PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2013 9:40 am 
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Has anyone had any experience with permanent makeup? I over-plucked my eyebrows as a teenager, so in September 2011 took the plunge and had permanent makeup on my eyebrows (using vegan ink). The thing is, they aren't holding well and I am looking at having them done for the 4th time (Sept 2011, touchup a few months later, touchup again in August 2012). It is becoming a money pit and I wonder if it's typical or whether the salon isn't doing them properly?


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 Post subject: Re: Permanent Makeup
PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2013 12:48 pm 
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I've had eyeliner on my top lids done twice in the last 10 years SM, by two different technicians, using two different methods of application. Mine also need to be re-inked, again. Both technicians told me that this would happen. The first said it would last 5-10 years, (it started fading after 2) and the other said it would last 3-4 years. Both claimed the amount of time before it fades depends on sun exposure, as well as individual genetic differences. The second one said it also depends a lot on the quality of the ink used.

Both women also told me to apply sunscreen religiously. I am outside a lot, wear hats, and wear sunscreen on the rest of my face. But come on, it's EYELINER, right next to my EYEBALL- there is no way I will be applying sunscreen on my upper eye-lid right next to my eyeball. But maybe this would help you in your situation? I would also think that having to get it re-done 4 times in 2 years isn't right. Was the first touch-up free? I wonder if you would have better luck at a different facility?

It seems odd, because my other tattoo, (on my leg) that is almost 20 years old, still looks great. I am just guessing, but perhaps it has something to do with the fact that they can't use as much ink to begin with? I don't know if I will re-ink again, or not. Anyway, to answer your question, in my experience it seems typical to have to re-ink, but not as much as you've had to do in a short amount of time.

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 Post subject: Re: Permanent Makeup
PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2013 1:48 pm 
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I can ask my sister-in-law, she does permanent makeup for a living....I'll report back.

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 Post subject: Re: Permanent Makeup
PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2013 3:22 pm 
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I looked into it but I hear of/see the fading so much I figure it was not worth it.

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 Post subject: Re: Permanent Makeup
PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2013 5:21 pm 
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My SIL says that it all depends on the person's skin and the ink used. A once a year touch up is normal. Age also plays a factor as a younger person's skin regenerates faster.

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 Post subject: Re: Permanent Makeup
PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:03 am 
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Tenacious LD wrote:
Both women also told me to apply sunscreen religiously. I am outside a lot, wear hats, and wear sunscreen on the rest of my face. But come on, it's EYELINER, right next to my EYEBALL- there is no way I will be applying sunscreen on my upper eye-lid right next to my eyeball. But maybe this would help you in your situation? I would also think that having to get it re-done 4 times in 2 years isn't right. Was the first touch-up free? I wonder if you would have better luck at a different facility?


When I'm outside I usually wear a hat so sun exposure isn't really an issue. The first touch up was free and she has given me a reduced rate on the others because she knows I'm not happy and no doubt wants to keep me as a customer. The problem is, there aren't that many salons around here and her work was the best that I saw. Plus, she was really co-operative when I told her it had to be vegan ink.

I'm wondering if I should have her darken them slightly this time, maybe part of the problem is the color is too light to begin with. I assume your eyeliner was really dark?

Thanks for the feedback everyone!!!!


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