Stay Snatched.

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Ever feel like no matter how much setting spray you use, your makeup just doesn’t last the night? Well there may be a solution for you: tattoo/permanent makeup. Tattooing “makeup” onto your interest areas has been around for a lot longer than you may realize. Evidence suggests it dates back about 5,000 years, but that’s ancient history. The rise in popularity of the more modern version of tattooing makeup really began in the late 1970’s with the application of permanent coloring of the lips, eyebrows and even creating the effect of eyeliner. 

Permanent makeup, as it’s better known, is very similar to tattooing, but it isn’t exactly the same. Due to the fact that it is more of a procedure than an accessory, there are more specific techniques and tools that microbladers use to give you that 24/7 glam. Some key differences between the two are easily shown with the process of permanent eyebrow filling. Eyebrows are one of the key features on your face and making sure they look snatched is a must. Now, you can get the same desired effect with either microblading or tattooing, but there are some major differences when it comes to longevity and overall appearance. 

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Specifically for eyebrow fills, microblading has more of a natural look than tattooing due to the techniques used. Microblading pigment is applied with a special, finer-tipped tool that is designed to create the more thin and natural look of actual hair, and while both ink and pigment are applied to the second layer of skin, the epidermis, the microblading pigment only lasts from six months to a year while tattooed eyebrows last forever. With that, the colored pigment the technician uses as compared to regular ink an everyday tattoo artist may use also creates a different result. Tattoo ink will eventually fade into a bluish/green color, compared to the pigment that is designed to fade into a lighter version of the original color in microblading, which leaves a less unnatural shade to the brows as time goes on. This being said, however, there is a huge difference to how long either will last, so it really is up to the customer which option they want to go with. 

A lot of people want to know how safe these procedures are. With any type of injection or alteration to the body — especially something like a tattoo or microblading where you are puncturing the skin — it is important to know the risks and possible effects of going through with it. Both procedures comply with the regulations under the Centre for Disease Control (CDC), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and are completely safe as long as the correct precautions are taken by technicians. The use of sterile needles and films to protect the patient from injection or transference of any bacteria should be used always, so as long as preventative measures such as these (and others) are used, there should be no risk of post-infection. 

Some of the most popular permanent makeup is lip liner, lipstick, eyeliner, eyeshadow and eyebrows so if any of those options interest you, don’t be afraid to go check some places out. The idea of waking up in the morning, washing your face and then heading out the door may sound pretty appealing to a crowd as busy as Penn Staters. 


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