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Are Permanent Makeup Tattoos Worth The Money?

permanent makeup tattoosPerfect cat’s eye eyeliner and a delicate arched brow with a red lip are classic makeup basics. They’ve been worn by the best of Hollywood sirens, including stars of the past like Marilyn Monroe.

A seasoned pro can put this “face” on in a just a minute or two, but for most of us it takes a decent amount of time, even if you don’t have to take it all off and redo it.

But what if you could just wake up with the makeup already on and head out the door? This is a real possibility due to permanent makeup tattoos. Yes, believe it or not, people tattoo makeup to their face.

This may seem a simple solution to shorten your everyday routine, but it is a very expensive procedure that if done wrong you’d have to spend even more to have it removed with a laser.

Are permanent makeup tattoos worth the money? Here are some factors to consider before you get your makeup inked on for good.

Pros of Permanent Makeup Tattoos

You Never Have to Apply Makeup

If you don’t plan to wear a full face of makeup most of the time anyway, the most you might need to apply is eyeshadow, mascara and lip gloss. What might have taken you a half hour or more now only takes 15 minutes. This time savings could add up significantly if you use it wisely.

Go Natural

Even on the days where you don’t apply any makeup and decide to “go natural” you’ll still have perfectly shaped eyebrows or a hint of eye-liner.

Permanent makeup artists strive to create the most natural looking makeup they can so you can simply add to it with your daily routine. This way it’s not gaudy when you want to look natural.

Avoid Itchy Eyes and Other Allergy Symptoms

Permanent makeup tattoos offer an alternative for those with skin conditions, sensitive skin or allergies. If you have severe skin allergies or other conditions, finding a makeup that won’t irritate your skin can be a nightmare. Permanent makeup tattoos can be a solution for that and save you money so you don’t have to buy and try several brands of makeup before finding one that works for your sensitive skin.

Cut Down on Regular Makeup Costs

Not only will you save time by not having to apply all of your makeup everyday, you could save money on makeup too. According to Mint, the average woman spends $15,000 on makeup in her lifetime. The cost of permanent makeup tattoos can vary greatly, but even spending $500 on a one-time tattoo could save money if you are a regular applier of makeup.

Cons of Permanent Makeup Tattoos

It’s Costly Up-Front

Just getting your eyebrows tattooed can cost around $500 or more and the cost of eyeliner depends on how heavy you want it applied. If you want anesthetics to be used with your procedure, the price goes up even more. Most of the time anesthetics are recommended as your lips and eyes are very sensitive skin. You may save money in the long-run by tattooing your makeup on, but it is costly up-front.

It’s a Surgical Procedure

As stated, your face is one of the most sensitive parts of your body and getting it tattooed is painful. Most people opt for anesthetics as it numbs the skin and their pain is less during the procedure. But even then, healing from permanent makeup tattoos can last a week or more. You may have to take time off from work to heal, resulting in lost wages.

Mistakes are Expensive

If it’s screwed up, it’s screwed up. Unsymmetrical eyebrows look funny and unnatural. As it is permanent pigment, makeup tattoos can’t be easily fixed. You’ll have to pay more to get it removed with a laser, and then pay again to have it re-done if you are that brave.

Touchups Are Needed

Most people who get permanent makeup tattoos have to go in for yearly touchups. As pigment is injected only in to the skin, it does tend to fade faster than regular tattoos.  Thus touch-ups are recommended every 12-18 months. The cost of touch-ups starts at about $100. Add that cost to the expensive upfront cost and whatever you are still spending on skin care and makeup and you may find that permanent makeup tattoos aren’t really worth the cost and risks.

Before you decide to get your eyebrows tattooed on, do your homework and decide if it’s really worth the costs and medical risks. Methods of permanent makeup tattoos have definitely improved over the years, making it a more viable option for your makeup routine.

 

Have you ever considered getting permanent makeup tattoos? What’s holding you back?

 

Photo courtesy of: Edgie168

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Kayla is a mid-20s single girl living in the Midwest, USA. She is focused on paying off her consumer and student loans, while simplifying her life and closet. You can join her on her journey at ShoeaholicNoMore or follow her on Twitter.

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