When I first heard of permanent make-up, I have to admit I thought it was an intriguing idea, essentially tattooing on eyeliner, lip color, and other make-up and eliminating that early-morning application. No more smears, running make-up, or trying to hold my hand steady! Permanent eyeliner is the most common procedure, followed by eyebrows and lip color.
On second thought…sharp needles near my eyes? In my lip? That sounds more like a scene from the horror movie Saw than a luxury beauty treatment.
So I clicked over to Web MD, which conveniently enough has an article, How Safe is Permanent Make-Up? Turns out, not very. How do these possible side effects sound: creeping color, swelling, infection, allergic reactions, masses that form inside tissue around a foreign substance, scarring, and in severe cases, disfigurement that impairs speech and eating?
I’ll pass. And if you need another voice of reason, here’s Charles S. Zwerling, MD, who says of permanent make-up, “What I’ve seen has been very poorly done. You can’t be sure what the color is going to do, and if you get an allergic reaction, you’re dealing with a large surface area. You’re talking about major reconstructive face surgery.”
All this to skimp on make-up application every morning?