Semi-permanent makeup has been gaining more and more popularity in the past few years to help define and accentuate features, minimise the appearance of flaws and help to save time in people’s morning routines. There are various types of semi-permanent makeup that you can choose including semi-permanent lip blush which gives the appearance of wearing lipstick.
Semi-permanent lip liner has been around for a while and it is popular because it gives lips definition and can make them appear fuller but the advantage of lip blush is that it is an all-over colour so it gives the impression of more colourful, healthy lips whilst giving definition and shape. Semi-permanent makeup, also known as micro-pigmentation, is applied by implanting pigment into the skin, much like having a tattoo but closer to the skin’s surface.
Before you have your treatment done, you can discuss the kind of result you are looking for with your practitioner who will go through various options and discuss what will suit you. Your lips are an extremely sensitive area, but a numbing agent will be applied, as with all semi-permanent makeup treatments. It is recommended that you wait at least two weeks before having semi-permanent lip blush applied if you have had IPL laser hair removal, electrolysis, waxing, bleaching or dermal fillers on or around the area. If you suffer from cold sores, it is also recommended that you use an anti-herpes medication such as Zovirax for a week prior and a week after treatment. This is because the treatment, whilst not causing infections at all, can trigger outbreaks in people who are already prone to them.
Whilst your lips are healing, apply a very thin layer of Bepanthen or Vaseline every day and make sure you don’t scratch or pick at them. Your lips may look very dark to start with but the pigment will settle and become lighter. Remember to wear a lip balm with UV protection to stop the pigment from being broken down by the sun.
After time, micro-pigmentation will fade naturally and it should last between nine and eighteen months and then you can decide whether or not you want it retouched. Your lips will look fuller, more defined and more youthful looking without you having to apply makeup every day.