De Tangling the Lingo- What Exactly is Permanent Makeup?

What exactly is Permanent Makeup?

Microblading, Nanoblading, Semi Permanent Makeup, Permanent Make up, Permanent Cosmetics, Cosmetic Tattooing, Micropigmentation are all different terms commonly used for various 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 Permanent 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 use a multiple award winning premium product range to give you the most natural realistic looking results you can get and they are also animal and vegan friendly.

As opposed to some cheap "inks" which can be picked up on ebay, these contain no nasties and are of pharmaceutical grade- so are perfect for people who have sensitivity to regular cosmetic products.


There are several reasons why people opt to have PMU - 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).


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.


We have advanced techniques and are skilled in selecting a variety of needles to produce everything from a super fine hairstroke as you would get with a Microblade, through to different shading techniques; whether you want a bit more depth and body to your brow or a fully made up power brow!


If you have any questions in relation to permanent makeup, feel free to email esteticapermanentcosmetics@outlook.com or contact on 07714 433257.

We're always happy to answer your questions.


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Helen x