Permanent Makeup: The Pros and Cons You Should Be Aware Of

Social media dictate beauty standards that are almost impossible to meet. Everybody wants to look pretty as soon as they wake up. Applying makeup daily can be tiring. Even though it does not require a lot of time, sometimes you just need to rush out of the house without it.

This is one reason permanent makeup became so popular. A demand for it is getting higher among people who are not satisfied with some of their facial features.

However, it has its advantages and disadvantages.

The Pros of Permanent Makeup


If you apply makeup every day, you probably know that sometimes it is just not your makeup day. Either your eyeliner is not on point or your brows look uneven, you just can’t make them look good. If you opt for permanent makeup, you don’t have to worry about this.


Permanent makeup is, in fact, semi-permanent, which means it fades with time. It is similar to a tattoo. Permanent makeup treatments involve the injection of the ink, but it doesn't go as deep. That is why the ink fades away with time.

The treatments last for a couple of years. This is a great option in case you change your mind or the trend changes. You don’t get stuck with one look forever.

Microbladed eyebrows last for 2-3 years. If done well, you will not have to bother with them every morning. There are different kinds of microblading, such as ombre brows, feather brows, microshading. Make sure you choose the one that fits you best.

Also, if you decide for permanent eyeliner treatment, you will have that makeup look every day for up to three years, depending on the quality of the ink. With permanent lipstick treatment, you are set for 3 to 5 years.

Corrects imperfections

If you are not satisfied with the shape of your lips, or you think they are too thin, permanent makeup is there to help you. Your lips will look fuller with treatments such as permanent lipstick. Thin and sparse eyebrows can be changed with microblading treatment. Also, there is a treatment called scalp micropigmentation which is very popular among balding men.

Saves time

You can sleep longer now, knowing that you don’t have to apply mascara every day because your eyelashes look long and thick due to lash extensions or lash lift treatment.


Makeup tends to follow trends. While thin eyebrows were popular in the 90s, thick and bushy brows are modern for some time now. You can get them with microblading treatments.  Also, freckles seem to be fashionable and permanent makeup can provide them to the people who don’t have them.


The Cons of Permanent Makeup

Risk of infections

It is important to choose a good salon and an artist who works with sterile equipment and who has a lot of satisfied customers. The best way to find an artist is to ask your friends for recommendations and do thorough research online.

Wrong treatment

Some treatments are not suitable for all skin types. If you have oily skin, check if the treatment you choose is right for you or you should try something else.

Unsatisfying results

You might not get what you hoped for. That is why it is important to research and find out everything you need to know about the treatment. Make sure you have all the information about the procedure, the aftercare and touch ups, who is it for, how to choose an artist and the cost. 

Hard to remove

Hard and pricey, but not impossible. Certain products and lasers can remove permanent makeup in case you dislike it. Since it is not very easy and can cost more than the initial treatment, choose the artist wisely and get well informed about the healing and the aftercare.


Permanent makeup has a lot of advantages and it is no wonder it’s so popular. All the risks and disadvantages of it can be avoided if you prepare and research PMU treatments beforehand and choose a good artist.

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