What Exactly are Permanent Cosmetics and microblading?

Updated: Aug 21, 2019

What exactly is permanent cosmetics?

Microblading, semi permanent makeup, permanent make up, permanent cosmetics, cosmetic tattooing are all different terms commonly used for forms of the same treatment- so it can be a little confusing!

Why are there so many names for the same thing?

Some people refer to it as semi permanent makeup (SPMU) as the colour does start to fade after approximately 12-18 months. Whilst this is the case, even years down the line, there will still be tiny molecules of pigment left in the skin; which is why it is also referred to as permament makeup/cosmetics (PMU). I use the latter term.

So what exactly is it?

In its purest sense, PMU is a form of tattooing. As opposed to a "regular" tattoo which uses an ink and goes right into the dermal layer of skin, PMU uses a natural pigment and is placed just under the epidermal layer of skin, in the very top layer of the dermis. The pigment is designed to fade over time- this gives you flexibility to change the colour and shape in line with the body's natural ageing process.

I only use KB Pro pigments, a multiple award winning range developed by Karen Betts- one of the world's leading figures in cosmetic tattooing. These premium products give you the most natural realistic lookng results you can get and are also animal and vegan friendly.

They contain no nasties and are of pharmaceutical grade- so are perfect for people who have sensitivity to regular cosmetic products.

No cheap ebay inks in my clinic!

There are several reasons why peope opt to have permanent cosmetics- see my blog on this topic.

How does it work?

PMU can be undertaken with either a machine, which uses an electronic handpiece- looking a little like a pen; or by a manual, handheld tool ( a microblade). See the picturesabove for an idea of what they look like.

The key differences in these two methods are that the Microblade is drawn through the skin, depositing pigment into the tiny channels which are created to mimic realistic looking hairstrokes.

With the machine, the needle within the disposable cartridge vibrates up and down at approximately 120 times per second. This pushes pigment into the skin, so you are left with a more vibrant colour than you would get with the microblade.

An advanced technician such as myself will be skilled in using a variety of needles with their machine, which will enable them to achieve everything from a super fine hairstroke as you would get with a Microblade, through to different shading tehniques; whether you want a bit more depth and body to your brow or a fully made up power brow!

For more detail on whether microblading or machine technique brows, keep an eye out for my upcoming blogs. Knowledge is power!

If you have any questions in relation to permanent makeup, or want to send me a picture of your brows for advice-feel free to ring or message me on 07714 433257.

You can visit my Facebook page, Estetica Permanent Cosmetics to follow my work or on Instagram: Estetica_Permanent_Cosmetics.

Helen x