A few years ago, permanent makeup—tattooing on rouged lips or inking on eyebrows, for example—may have been laughed off as one of those crazy beauty fads that a handful of rich, desperate woman bought into. For most, the thought of eyeliner or lipliner tattoos probably conjures images of aged drag queen beauty. Shudder.
Apparently, however, there have been both some gross misunderstandings about the field, as well as advances. MyFashionLife talked with Sarah Jagger, a semi-permanent makeup artist to stars, whose approach to the procedure sounds much more rational, and quite honestly, awesome in principle. Yes, Jagger uses a needle and describes her work as “similar to tattooing,” but she doesn’t poke your skin with drastic ink.Explains Jagger on her website, the substance used isn’t as harsh and fades over time: “Hypoallergenic mineral pigments are implanted into the shallow dermal layers of the skin. This means that the results only last around twelve months. Shades are blended to compliment every individual’s coloring and every effort is made to create natural looking results.”
And what about human error? Lord knows each time we apply liquid eyeliner it ends up all over the place. She explains to MyFashionLife, “There is some very good equipment available now. Most semi-permanent makeup artists have swapped their hand held, manual tattoo pens for high- tech digital systems that ensure a safer way of working with more predictable results.”
You have to admit, the idea of going to the gym and looking done-up is pretty appealing. As for the price … there are no real specifics which, sigh, indicates that getting inked (or pigmented, or whatever), is probably expensive. The only clue on Jagger’s site: “Prices are comparable to wrinkle injections and dermal fillers such as Botox and Restylane.” That’s pretty vague considering Botox shots can vary from $250 to $500 per injection, and that the process is ongoing, so people often spend much more than that.