Myth Busting - 5 things you need to know about Semi Permanent Make Up

Busting myths… What exactly is Semi Permanent Make Up?

Ok, for those in the know, this probably seems like a crazy thing to write about.

However, I am often asked the same questions so I thought I’d give you a blog which busts some myths!

Myth #1 – Semi Permanent Make Up uses the same ink as normal tattooing

False – Semi permanent makeup involves breaking the skin with a sterile needle and implanting tiny molecules of pigment into the dermal layer of the skin. This hypoallergenic pigment consists of natural iron oxide and some residue can remain in the skin up to 5 years later.

Myth #2 – The effects of semi permanent make up will last for many years

Partly true – The longevity of Semi Permanent Make Up depends on many factors, skin type, skin care products, lifestyle and sun exposure all play a big part in how long your SPMU treatment will last. As a general rule of thumb, you should expect to have a top-up or colour boost every 9 to 18 months to keep your eyebrows, lips or eyeliner looking fresh.

Myth #3 – Anyone can have SPMU, it is suitable for all skin types and tones.

False – Sadly not every skin type is suitable to receive a Semi Permanent Make Up treatment. Oily skin will hold pigment less strongly. Younger clients will need more regular top ups, clients who take medication may find their SPMU fades more quickly and those of us with a darker skin tone may end up with hyper pigmented areas, especially on lips.

It is critical that you research your technician fully to ensure they are well trained and able to give appropriate advice on how a SPMU treatment may react on your individual skin tone and type.

SPMU treatments are an expensive treatment to have and you should have all the facts about whether your expectations are likely to be met before you part with your cash.

Myth #4 – People with allergies cannot have Semi Permanent Make Up.

False – As long as a patch test is applied and causes no reaction, there is no reason not to proceed with a treatment. In fact, SPMU can be a fantastic solution for clients who suffer from hayfever and other allergies. No more smudged eyeliner every time you sneeze!

Myth #5 – Having Semi Permanent Make Up applied hurts!

Partly true – I’m nothing if not honest and I have to say this one is sometimes true to an extent. It depends very much on a clients natural pain threshold. We do use topical anaesthetics to ensure the client is as comfortable as possible and the treatments are generally quite quick!

Semi permanent makeup can be a fantastic way to enhance your natural features and the benefits far outweigh any discomfort felt. A good technician will allow enough time during a procedure to ensure that you are as comfortable as possible and they will work with you to make the treatment as pleasant as possible.

So there you have it, five common myths well and truly busted! Have I missed anything out? Please leave me a comment if you want to know more…


Five top tips to think about before getting semi permanent make up

Semi permanent make up is increasing in popularity at an alarming rate.

Many people are realising that it is now possible to look as polished as those A-list celebrities we see on the red carpet, and at a price which is affordable.

But the simple fact is that having SPMU applied is an invasive procedure which carries risks as well as benefits. Our industry remains largely unregulated and this means it is imperative to do your research before booking a treatment.

Today’s blog gives you five top tips to make choosing your SPMU technician a simple task. These tips are based on the questions I receive most often in my clinic in Hertfordshire.

Top Tips #1 – Safety and Hygiene

The first thing to bear in mind is that whenever the skin is opened, there is a risk of infection.

Infection can costerile SPMU needle cartridgesme from many sources and that’s why any SPMU technician who has been properly trained and is insured will stick to the following rules, every time, without question.

Sterile, single use needle cartridges, supplied in individual packaging.

Each cartridge should have a Lot number and expiry date.

Recognised, branded pigments which are hypoallergenic and contain completely natural minerals. Pigment bottles should also be printed with a Lot number and expiry date.

A fully clean and sterile set-up. Barrier film should be present on the machine and wire used to connect the hand-piece. The technician should wear gloves and a face mask.

Patch testing. You should always be offered a patch test prior to any treatment taking place. Even if you’ve had tattoo’s or SPMU treatments previously.

Insurance companies have recognised the importance of this and many warn that the technician will not be covered if they neglect to provide a patch test. This is why most SPMU technicians will insist on giving you a patch test, even if you don’t want one!

Top Tips #2 – Skin type and pigments

While most people can happily have an SPMU treatment, there are some things which should be considered.

It is not possible for a darker natural skin tone to be lightened with SPMU treatments

If a client has a lot of blue tones in their lip (for example, a client who has Indian heritage) the choice of lip colour will be limited to coral shades which contain lots of warm toned pigment. This is because, as the pigment fades over time, the cool tones remain in the skin and can give a blue-toned lip-line.

The colour you see in the pigment bottle is not necessarily the colour which shows in your skin.
All pigments, once implanted, are affected by the skin’s natural tone. This means that the final colour which remains after the healing process has taken place will pick up elements from your own skin tone.

SPMU will fade by up to 40% after the first and second treatments
Your technician should have experience of choosing the right shade for you to ensure the healed colour is what you’ve asked for. In general there are such a wide range of pigments and ranges that there is likely to be a shade which is right for you. Do ask your chosen technician whether they’ve worked on clients with similar skin tones and requests as experience is very important when dealing with complex requests.

Top Tips #3 – Lasting effects

While the general rule of thumb is that SPMU treatments last between 9 to 18 months, this varies hugely between clients. There are so many things which can affect the permanency of SPMU treatments. These include;

  • Age
  • Lifestyle
  • Sun exposure
  • Medication
  • Skin type

SPMU hertfordshireIn general, an older client will need less regular colour boosts. If you protect the treated area from sun exposure by applying total sun-block or wearing a hat, your colour will last longer. Medication can have an effect on pigment retention and adhering to the after-care advice your technician gives you will help the healing process complete correctly.

The main thing to remember is that, although all SPMU will fade over time, you will be left with pigment residue in the skin for many, many years.

Top Tips #4 – Cost

(Or… ‘buy cheap, buy twice’!)
Most SPMU treatments should cost at least £200. If you are offered SPMU or microblading for a cheaper price, please, please, please ask why it’s so cheap.

A safe treatment that lasts and looks beautiful will cost the technician almost this much to deliver. If they say they can do it cheaper, they are likely to be cutting corners somewhere and that puts your safety and appearance at risk.

You may end up with a costly removal or correction bill or even worse, a serious health issue which you didn’t have before.

If you want to know more about the actual costs involved in delivering a safe and well-executed SPMU procedure, have a read of this blog!

Of course, you will always pay more for expertise and a highly experienced technician could cost up to £600 or even more. If you’ve done your research and you love the technician’s work, believe me, it’s worth every single penny!

Top Tips #5 – Experience and expertise

Finally, please research your chosen technician fully. A good technician should be able to share plenty of before and after images with you and will always be happy to answer as many questions as it takes for you to part with your hard earned cash!

The best way to be completely comfortable is to get recommendations from people you know and trust who have been treated by the technician you’re interested in.

Some questions to ask would be:

      • Who did you train with and how long ago?
      • Where do you buy your pigments and needles from?
      • What happens if I am not happy with the results?
      • Are you insured? (And can I see your paperwork please!)

A good technician will never mind you asking these things and most will welcome the opportunity to talk through your chosen treatment fully.

I am always happy to offer advice if you’ve come up against something you don’t understand or want to check, please comment below if you think I can help.

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The importance of patch testing for semi permanent make up

Why is patch testing for semi permanent make up…

…so important?

Well, earlier this week, a client who I had booked an appointment for, arrived at my Hemel Hempstead clinic ready for a new set of eyebrows.

Nothing unusual there you might think, and you’d be quite right, under usual circumstances. However, this particular client mentioned that after her patch test, she had experienced some mild stinging and redness at the site where the pigment had been applied behind her ear.

We discussed the reasons why I may not be able to treat her and she was very understanding. We decided to try patch testing with a different pigment as sometimes this can make a difference to the outcome. Sadly, she reacted to the new pigment too and once we’d had a chat and decided not to proceed, I refunded her deposit and we parted company, both of us happy with the decision and outcome.

The long and the short of it is that this is why we carry out patch testing for semi permanent make up. This is why it is so important. And this is why you should always, always, always agree to a patch test if it is offered and why you should ask for one if it is not.

If your semi permanent make up technician doesn’t offer a patch test, you should question why.

It doesn’t mean that they are necessarily a poor technician, or that their insurance won’t be valid should there be a problem. Many of my SPMU colleagues do not routinely carry out patch testing for semi permanent make up, and that is their choice.

We talk a lot about the technician’s responsibility to their client. I wholeheartedly agree that it is my responsibility to ensure my clients understand fully their chosen treatment, what is involved and what the risks are. However, it is your responsibility as the client to ensure you are 100% happy to go ahead with a treatment and also to ensure you understand your options and the problems that might occur.

Patch testing for semi permanent make up is a simple way to eliminate one of the major issues, being stuck with semi permanent make up which is sore, uncomfortable and unsightly during the healing process.

And it’s not just the look and feel that can be affected in the short-term. If you have an allergy to a product, whether it be hair dye, moisturising cream or semi permanent pigments, it can cause long-term health issues which will never go away.

Is this really the price you want to pay for beauty?

So, as a public service to my clients, here are a few images of what a negative patch test can look like… (they’re not too icky, promise!)

Semi permanent make up Hertfordshire patch test

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Botox, fillers and semi permanent make up – The low down

On Tuesday, I had an interesting chat with a new client…

…She was interested to know about the affects of fillers and Botox on semi permanent make up.

I thought it made a great blog topic so here it is Kim, just for you and your friend who was asking… The low down on Botox, fillers and how these  treatments can work alongside semi permanent make up.

You might be surprised by the amount of people you know who secretly have this type of anti aging treatment, even in good old Hemel Hempstead where I run my clinic from.

But let me tell you, there are a huge amount of people now having a sneaky injection of Botox or a tiny touch of lip filler and you’d never know unless they told you.

It is possible to use both Botox and/or fillers alongside semi permanent make up treatments to achieve a very effective finished look but it is worth bearing a few things in mind.

Botox and Semi Permanent Make Up

It is generally a good idea to have your semi permanent make up applied before you have Botox for the first time. Or at the very least, wait until it requires topping up to have your SPMU treatment carried out.

The reason for this is that semi permanent make up pigments remain in the skin for far longer than any injectable anti-aging treatment.

If a technician carries out a SPMU treatment without being told that the client has had Botox, it can seriously affect the placement of the pigment. This could mean that as the Botox wears off, you are left with brows that are incorrectly placed or eyeliner that droops.

This is manageable if you keep having Botox top-ups, but if you become immune (which does occasionally happen) or simply choose to stop topping your Botox up, it can be a big problem.

The clinic in which I work also has a visiting aesthetic Doctor who is qualified to carry out various non surgical aesthetic procedures.

If you think you might want both semi permanent make up and Botox, we can work together to define a treatment plan for you to ensure you are able to have both, and achieve great results.

At the very least, you should always wait for 21 days either before or after having injectable anti-aging treatments to have a semi permanent makeup treatment carried out.

If you do choose to have both cosmetically enhanced eyebrows and Botox, ask your aesthetic Doctor or Botox nurse (props to the lovely Lucy – my own Botox angel!) about a non-surgical eyebrow lift.

Here, Botox is used to freeze the muscles in the forehead in a very precise way which lifts the brow.

The result is sometimes called ‘The Diablo Effect’ or, as I prefer to call my very own non surgical eyebrow treatment on my tattooed brows ‘The Jack Nicholson Eyebrow’!

I speak from experience when I say it is a highly effective way of expressing your dissatisfaction in a non-verbal way when your child spills their breakfast on the floor and you are due in the clinic in 20 minutes…!

Fillers and Semi Permanent Make Up

Fillers, such as Restylane are a fantastic anti-aging product. They generally contain hyaluronic acid, a substance which naturally occurs in our bodies.

Often it is used in the lip to create fullness and tackle asymmetry. Most of us have slightly uneven lips and this can become more prominent as we age.

While semi permanent lip liner and blush can deal with small imperfections, sometimes a little extra help is required to really smooth things out.

It is important to carry out semi permanent lip treatments on ‘virgin’ skin (or just before your top-up is due if you already have fillers) and then have the filler implanted afterwards to deal with any areas where it is not possible to improve with pigment.

Carried out together as part of a careful treatment plan, the results can be absolutely stunning.

So again, if you have lip filler and want a semi permanent make up treatment, its best to have the SPMU done first and the filler no less than 21 days afterwards.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that having SPMU on recently filled lips can make the treatment more painful which of course is something I like to avoid where possible!

One key thing to remember when it comes to fillers is that it is possible to correct misplacement with an enzyme injection which dissolves the hyaluronic acid over a day or two. So, if a mistake does occur, it can be reasonably simple, although still costly, to rectify.

This is less possible if SPMU is incorrectly applied over filled lips. Generally, as the filler dissolves and it becomes apparent that the lip liner or blush has been incorrectly placed, laser or Rejuvi removal will be required for correction.

So there you have it. The low down on Botox and fillers and how they can work alongside semi permanent make up to give you that youthful look desired by so many people.

And if you decide (like some of my clients do) that Botox isn’t for you, then you can always opt for a Meso Vytal treatment which plumps and smooths the skin beautifully.

It’s not as invasive as fillers or Botox if you don’t like the finished look, but still gives stunning results. Have a look at my special offer page for money off your next facial!

Semi permanent make up healed lip liner and blush

Semi Permanent Lip Liner – Smudge free lips… forever.

Semi permanent lip liner is certainly growing in popularity…

…and while it can be a good alternative to having fillers injected, it can also be a fantastic complimentary treatment.

Although many of the clients I see in the Hemel Hempstead based clinic I work from express an interest in having semi permanent lip liner applied, a much smaller proportion of them actually book the treatment when compared to semi permanent eyebrows.

Personally, I think this is because they assume it is going to be quite painful. Having had my own lips treated recently by my fellow SPMU technician Sophie D I can assure any nervous prospective clients that it really isn’t!

Semi permanent make up technicians are trained extensively in the use of topical anaesthetics to help minimise any discomfort and while the first pass of the needle can be a little uncomfortable, once the skin is broken and more of the good stuff is applied, the pain is quite literally non existent… And I am a MASSIVE wimp!

The second reason I believe clients hesitate is that they are worried they are going to be left with lips that are a single colour forever. Or that they won’t be able to change their lip colour depending on their mood.

This is simply not true. Your lips, like the rest of your skin, has its own natural colour and this influences how the pigment appears once it is cosmetically tattooed into the epidermis.

Even a semi permanent lip liner pigment which is a deep dark red in the bottle will fade by up to 50% as it heals. It will also appear almost opaque once it is healed under the top layer of skin.

While a semi permanent lip line will help to stop your traditional lipstick migrating, it is possible to cover it with a different shade which still gives you plenty of options. The over-all benefit of a semi permanent lip liner is that, as your lipstick wears off throughout the day, you will still be left with defined lips with a crisp, sharp line.

And of course, should you choose to not wear lipstick at all, the semi permanent make up pigment will ensure your lips still stand out beautifully.

You can have a look at my own semi permanent lip liner healing journey right here as I created a montage to share with prospective clients.

Semi Permanent Lip Liner in Hemel Hempstead

Finally, I wanted to address the different types of Semi Permanent make up which can be chosen. Generally, you have a choice of three types.

Lip Liner

We outline the lip completely with a strong line, a little like you would do yourself with a lip liner pencil. Imperfections in the lip line can be corrected and the cupids bow, sharply defined. Clients who opt for this treatment usually wear lipstick daily but have an uneven lip line meaning they are given freedom from carrying a lip pencil with them and re-applying often.

Lip Liner and Blush

We outline the lip as described above and blush the semi permanent pigment through the lip, about 3mm to 5mm towards the centre of the mouth depending on the clients natural lip fullness. This gives a softer result. A lip liner and blush is suitable to be worn without any other temporary colour on the lip.

Full Lip

The Lip is outlined as described above and the colour is impanted through the whole lip, well into the center of the mouth. Sometimes a small area right in the middle of the top and bottom lips is left without colour to give the illusion of fullness. A full lip semi permanent make up treatment is most requested by clients who have lost natural colour in their lip. For those people who swim or go to the gym often, this too can be the perfect choice.

I hope this blog has helped you decide whether a semi permanent lip liner treatment is right for you. I’ve added a little video clip of how the procedure is actually carried out for those people who like to research fully what is involved before committing to a treatment!

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Semi permanent eyeliner hemel hempstead

Semi Permanent Eyeliner – How it’s done

If you would like semi permanent eyeliner to highlight your eyes beautifully…

…but are a little nervous about the process, today’s blog should help put your fears to rest.

The application of semi permanent eyeliner is actually a fairly simple task. It is one of the fastest treatments which you can have done, a top liner usually takes just 20 minutes and if you’re having the bottom liner done too, you’re usually ready to go in about 40 minutes.

Semi permanent eyeliner is a fantastic choice for those of us with busy lifestyles. Being able to swim or go to the gym without the fear of smudging your liner is great, especially if you like to do those activities before work or in your lunch break.

Being ready to head straight back to your desk with just a quick sweep of your powder brush is certainly a plus point.

Correctly applied semi permanent eyeliner really helps to define the eyes. In addition, it usually resists fading the best of all semi permanent make up treatments.

However, many of my clients tell me that, while they do want the procedure done, they are nervous about what happens and how much it might hurt.

Most people know that we use topical anaesthetics to numb the area which is to be cosmetically tattooed, pain isn’t really the issue here.

It’s the sensation of the needle vibrating close to the eye and the way in which your skin must be stretched during the treatment which is sometimes a little difficult to get use to.

Having carried out many semi permanent eyeliner treatments, I am aware of these two facts. I always explain to my clients what I’m doing, well before I actually do it. I know that lying on the couch with your eyes closed can make you feel a bit vulnerable and my aim is always to make the treatments as relaxing as possible.

Once my client has had their eye drops administered, I ask them to close their eyes. They then keep them closed for the duration of the treatment. I apply anaesthetic to the lid and under eye area and allow several minutes for it to begin to work.

During this time I usually chat to my client and tell them what I am doing. When I begin the treatment, and before I touch the skin with the needle, I explain that I will place pigment in the first lash or two so that my client can feel the sensation before I get going properly.

I encourage my client to tell me if they’re uncomfortable, have any concerns or if they need a break. I find this approach means my client is as relaxed as possible and I can complete the application of the semi permanent eyeliner more quickly.

Of course, there is no substitute for actually seeing how semi permanent eyeliner is applied so I’ve added a short video to this blog so you can see for yourself exactly what happens!

You will notice the technician uses a combination of side to side and tapping motions to implant the coloured pigment into the lash line. The lid is stretched and held taut to help keep the line straight and occasionally the client is asked to open her eye during the procedure. All these techniques are completely normal and are necessary to ensure a nice crisp, symmetrical liner.

I hope you enjoy the video :)

Semi Permanent Eyeliner

Semi permanent eyeliner – A world of possibilities

It goes without saying that having semi permanent eyeliner applied means…

…no more smudged lines or make up that rubs off during the day. Imagine opening your eyes in the morning and having your eyeliner still looking as crisp and freshly applied as when it was first implanted!

However, one of the best things about having semi permanent eyeliner applied is the sheer number of possibilities open to the client when choosing the final look. In today’s blog, I’m going to take a look at the different types of liner you can have applied and the pro’s and con’s of each.

Lash Enhancement

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Many of my clients are looking for a simple enhancement to their lashes. This is a thin line added at the base of the lash-line on the top and/or bottom of the lids. It looks very subtle and is barely noticeable. In fact, it simply looks as though the natural lashes are thicker and darker. The pigment line starts at the first outer lash and ends at the last inner lash.

The Pro’s

  • Very natural and subtle
  • Enhances the natural lash line meaning daily mascara application is unnecessary
  • A great choice for clients who want to try semi permanent eyeliner for the first time, it can be made more dramatic in the future

The Con’s

  • Not particularly dramatic
  • Limited colour choice – usually matte black is the way to go

Thick or Latino 

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The next step up from a simple lash enhancement is a thicker liner, sometimes called a Latino semi permanent eyeliner. A thicker line is implanted in the same place as a lash enhancement, but the line is made thicker and extends more deeply onto the top lid.  It is possible to extend the tail of the liner beyond the final outer lash but this must be done with care and consideration as it can look a little too dramatic for daytime wear.

The bottom liner is usually kept simple and fine to provide balance and symmetry.

The Pro’s

  • Gives a more dramatic look
  • Only requires a simple eye shadow application to change the look from day to night time wear
  • Extends the size of the eye, great for smaller or deep set eyes when applied to the top only

The Con’s

  • Best suited to daily make-up wearers
  • More maintenance required, regular top-ups are needed to keep the top line crisp
  • Colour can migrate further into the top lid giving a smoky finish


Colour semi permanent eyeliner








Coloured eyeliner is a pretty big step to commit to when considering to have semi permanent eyeliner implanted, but it can be the perfect choice to really make your eyes pop. For those of us who prefer a more subtle look, choosing a dark liner with a hint of colour can be a good compromise. It is possible to add a drop or two of complimentary colour to a black base to give just a hint of your chosen shade.

Brown eyes look stunning with a navy blue liner while green eyeliner can make green or blue eyes stand out. If you do choose a black liner, there are choices to make here too. If you are you looking for a soft smoky look or a glossy black liner, both of these effects are possible if the correct pigment is selected.

In general, try and steer clear of brown semi permanent eyeliner as this can fade to red which can make eyes appear tired, a look which is best avoided!

The Pro’s

  • Coloured eyeliner can really make your eyes stand out
  • Very suitable for day time wear, the colour can be highlighted with a liquid liner applied just above the tattoo
  • Is very good for opening up a smaller or more deepset eye

The Con’s

  • Not great if you like to change your make-up look regularly
  • Best to avoid fashion shades, choose a colour which will always compliment your natural eye colour
  • Can fade more quickly and require more regular top-ups than black liner

And finally…

Whatever look you choose, make sure you research your procedure fully before you commit. Take plenty of time to discuss things with your semi permanent make up technician who should be able to answer any questions you have before you begin.

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Bollywood Eyebrows – Wow Brow!

These fantastic Bollywood eyebrows were created especially for my lovely client…

And I love them!

She came to me asking for a dramatic change from her sparse eyebrows and we worked for a long time to create a striking new look for her. She described the type of brow she wanted as ‘Bollywood eyebrows’ and by that I took it to mean dark, sleek and arched.

The initial consultation took longer than usual. Of course, this was absolutely fine as I always book plenty of time for an eyebrow appointment. Its important to take plenty of time drawing the brow on and getting it just right when making such a big change.

Once the shape and colour had been decided, I used a combination of techniques, powdered brow and hairstrokes, to give a strong look that will definitely last well for several years.

As with many of my clients, she was quite surprised at how dark her eyebrows were after the treatment and looking at these pictures you can see why… what a transformation!

Bollywood eyebrows are a big commitment so, I was thrilled to get the following text from her a few days after her second treatment.

Bollywood Eyebrows - client text

Another happy customer!

If you are looking for dramatic Bollywood eyebrows then doing your research is so important. I always encourage my clients to spend a good amount of time looking at the type of eyebrow they think they want. If you want to bring pictures to the consultation or even email them to me before we meet, this is great too. I can make sure I’m fully prepared to give you the look you’re after.

Once you have explained the look you want to achieve and we’ve discussed your options, I will take some measurements and photo’s and draw the bows on with pencil so you can check what they will look like. We don’t tattoo until you are completely happy.

With this type of treatment for you eyebrows, it is really important to come back for the second treatment. Its a two step process, the first treatment will define the over-all shape and placement and the second will add the detail for the finished look.

Semi permanent make up lip liner and blush

Lipstick Tattoo = Luscious Lips!

Hello! I really had to take a few moments to show you the latest lipstick tattoo I created.

My client came to me wanting a natural looking semi permanent lipstick tattoo with a slight blush. She has the most beautiful lips to begin with so a little enhancement is all they really needed.

We chose a pigment which I know will fade to a pale pinkish tone, it will make her lips stand out a little more and if she wants to simply wear a little bit of gloss, they won’t look obvious.

Semi Permanent Lipstick Tattoo

Once I’d finished and my client looked in the mirror, it was clear that she was worried about the depth of colour. I reassured her and away she went. Later that day I received a message…

Semi Permanent Lipstick Tattoo text one

A few days later, I received another message with a picture of the healing lipstick tattoo this time…

Semi Permanent Lipstick Tattoo two days healed

I’ve since seen my client and her lips have faded even further to a beautiful soft and neutral finish, exactly what she asked for. At her second treatment we will make slight adjustments to the line and colour to give the final finish which will last for around 12 to 18 months before it needs topping up again.

Lipstick tattoos behave quite differently depending on the client. In some cases the pigment can fade to such an extent it looks as though there is no colour left. Where the client has asked for a very natural look they might decide they don’t want to have any more work done. However, it is really important to come back for the second appointment, even if the colour looks ok. It is still possible to achieve a natural look when applying more colour.

Failing to have the second treatment can mean the treated area fades much more quickly. Also, although its hard to see, often the line will be slightly ‘broken’ in places. This can be due to how the clients skin has held the pigment and even that the technician has missed a bit… yes, it does happen!

The healing process for lipstick tattoo’s is the same as for eyeliner and eyebrows. It is important to keep the area as dry as possible for 48 hours. Some clients report that their lips feel slightly chapped during this time so I always give them a little sachet of Vitamin A & D cream which helps.

On a final note, I love doing a lipstick tattoo, its so satisfying to see a clients lips beautifully defined when they’re healed. And… no more lipstick smudges on your wine glass… who could ask for more?!


Semi Permanent Make Up For Men

I’ve been pondering

over the emerging market of semi permanent make up for men. I’m honestly not sure how I feel about it.

We all know that women spend a small fortune every year on beauty products, make up, treatments and all manner of things to make themselves look younger and more beautiful. However, men are definitely getting in on the act.

In 2014, the hair and beauty industry was worth £7.1 billion to the UK economy and it’s not just the girls who are spending their cash on looking good.

This is why it perhaps isn’t a huge surprise to learn that semi permanent make up treatments are being developed for men who are just as keen as women to look good all the time.

The application of tattooed hair strokes to the head, which started as a medical treatment offered to men who had lost their hair through chemotherapy or alopecia, is now readily available for anyone who wishes to disguise male pattern baldness. A very natural result can be achieved by a skilled semi permanent make-up artist.

It is clearly a natural next step for men to ask their technician to take a look at their eyebrows too. A traditional plucking or waxing technique applied to a man’s brow can look a little, well… obvious for the want of a better word. However, a few well placed hair strokes through the brow can give the illusion of fullness without making the client look as if they have been playing about in someone’s make up case!

And now, men have started to ask for other treatments, such as eyelash enhancements. Eyelash tinting is becoming an accepted practice among men so why not a subtle line placed in the lashes to make the eyes really stand out.

So, is this really the next step for men to take, and more importantly, wouldn’t it be great to know they were getting such subtle work done that none of us would ever really know?