The Pros and Cons of Permanent Makeup

Maybe you have unsteady hands or poor eyesight that make it difficult for you to apply eyeliner, lipstick or other cosmetics. Perhaps you have medical reasons to add pigmentation to certain areas of your body. Or perhaps you lead a busy life with little time to do your makeup, or can’t find makeup that lasts long enough on your skin.

If any of these are true, you may have considered looking into permanent makeup as a solution. But you probably wonder exactly how it works, or if permanent makeup is even safe. Many also question if permanent eyeliner, for example, can be removed once it’s applied.

When considering whether or not this type of procedure is worth it, it’s usually the word “permanent” that creates pause. Interestingly this can be the best (or potentially the worst) aspect of the procedure depending on certain factors.

Permanent Makeup Pros and Cons


  • It’s convenient. The most obvious benefit of permanent makeup is that you won’t have to carefully apply your makeup each day. For that reason, it’s a great choice for older women, busy women, athletes (especially swimmers), and anyone else who’s tired of spending precious time in front of the mirror.
  • It will save you time. Every minute counts, especially when you’re rushing to get to work in the morning!
  • It won’t smudge or wipe off. Have you ever looked in the mirror to find that you have raccoon eyes? Or maybe you accidentally wiped off half an eyebrow without realizing it? With permanent makeup, you won’t ever have to worry about smudging, smearing, or wiping!
  • It can be tailored to your preferences. Permanent makeup is available in a variety of colors, thicknesses, and styles, so you can carefully choose the right look for your needs.
  • It can improve your confidence. If you’re self-conscious about your breast scars or areola repigmentation, permanent makeup can change your entire outlook.


  • It’s permanent. If you like to change your makeup look every few weeks, permanent makeup is not for you. You will have this tattoo for the rest of your life, so you must be absolutely certain that you love it. It should be a classic style, not a trendy fad. It should be carefully considered, not requested spur-of-the-moment. And finally, it should be applied by an attentive professional who will ensure that the look you want is the look you get.
  • It can pose safety concerns. Like all tattoos, permanent makeup can cause allergic reactions or skin infections, but the risk is very small. At DermaHealth Laser & Skin Care Clinic, we use sterilized, one time use equipment to reduce the risk of infection.
  • It can be painful. Since we’re talking about tattoos, it should be obvious that the procedure can hurt a bit. We use anesthetics to help with the comfort of the procedure, both before and during.
  • It can be expensive. Of course this will depend on the procedure you choose and the size of the area, but permanent makeup certainly isn’t as cheap as drugstore makeup.
  • If you add up all the money you spend on certain cosmetics, however, you might find it comparable in the long run.
  • It can fade. Permanent makeup, like most all tattoos, can fade over time. Years from now, you may have to deal with faded eyeliner or a repeat procedure, to darken the line.

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