What is Semi Permanent Make-up and Other FAQs?

Semi permanent makeup has lots of names. It’s also known as spmu, permanent make-up, cosmetic make-up, and micropigmentation. Semi permanent make-up procedures have been successfully undertaken for many years creating make-up looks that lasts. Pigment is implanted into the dermal layer of the skin, a little more than 1-2mm below the skin surface, using a state of art digital machine designed specifically for the cosmetic and medical market, which is very different to conventional machines and inks used in regular tattoo clinics. The spmu treatment lasts around 18 months to 5 years and is carried out in accordance to strict health and safety protocols using single use sterile needle cartridges.

Whether you  are looking to improve the appearance of both your face and your body, a procedure of semi permanent make-up, medical tattooing, tattoo removal or targeted needling will provide a natural outcome that is both subtle and effective.

Semi permanent make-up and who benefits?

For perfectly balanced and shaped eyebrows, for a lipstick that stays put and for non-smudge eyeliner semi permanent make-up is every woman’s answer.  Coloured pigments are implanted into the skin to replicate make-up that last 24/7, creating beautiful and fresh make-up looks that last all day every day, slowly fading with time.

Whether you are 18 or 88 I have a treatment that will not only simplify your make-up routine but improve your confidence, self esteem and look.  I aim to create a subtle change that will have your friends guessing your newest beauty secret – what’s not to like?

How is this Semi-Permanent and not Permanent?

A conventional tattoo is implanted into the skin at 3.5mm, below the exfoliating layers of the skin whereas spmu is implanted at around 1-2mm depending on the area of the skin where colour is being implanted. Other factors include the inks (pigments) which are being implanted. A permanent tattooist would use inks that contain carbon, and carbon does not leave the skin easily whereas spmu tattooists use inks that contain oxides which do.

How Long Does It Last and Factors that Affect Stability?

Ideally spmu lasts around 18 months to 5 years. It is important that it fades out as adjustments to the makeup is needed as clients age over the years, ie skin colour and texture change with age so the colour will need adjusting to suit each client. Also the skin around the eyes and brows loses elasticity and ropes as we age, so tails on brows need adjusting to lift and open the eye.

Does It Hurt?

Topical anaesthetic is used on all procedures. I use Emla cream initially, followed by a mixture of LMX4 and Xlyocaine. Emla cream is used first, for a good 30 mins, to really numb the untreated area before any treatment is carried out. Obviously each person’s pain threshold is different, it’s generally considered uncomfortable rather than painful. Some people actually find it’s nowhere near as uncomfortable as they initially thought.

How Long is a Brow, Eyeliner or Lip Procedure?

I usually allocate 2 hours for each procedure. This allows plenty of time for the anaesthetic to work, for a discussion on the client’s requirements and setting expectations, colour selection and the actual procedure. More of the time is spent preparing for the treatment. The actual tattooing doesn’t take that long, but it’s not rushed, as we want it just right!

Who Has Semi-Permanent Makeup?

  • People who have none or little time to apply or re-apply conventional make-up.

  • People with none asymmetrical features, finer top lip, fuller bottom lip or vice versa, uneven eyebrows, over-plucked eyebrows, and eyes too close together or too far apart for example.

  • People who sweat; ladies going through the menopause suffering hot flushes

  • People with allergies to conventional make-up.

  • Sports enthusiasts.

  • Spectacle wearers who have difficulty applying make-up.

  • Lack of definition to lip or eyes or brows.

  • Alopecia sufferers or cancer patients with no brows or lashes.

  • Even men seeking subtle grooming can benefit from a brow treatment.

Men and Women that like to look their best at all times