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Minnesota, Permanent vs. Semi-Permanent Makeup

Tuesday, February 9th, 2021

Today’s beauty industry is all about semi-permanent pigment. What is semi-permanent makeup and how is it different from permanent makeup? It’s fascinating to know that permanent makeup has been around for centuries. In fact, archeological evidence shows that permanent makeup existed during the Stone Age in 3300 BC. The process involved in semi-permanent makeup and permanent makeup is the same. The artist will instill pigment on your skin’s dermis.

A lot of people turn to permanent makeup for many reasons. Many of them say it saves them time, money, and effort. We’ve surveyed dozens of women and they are crazy over permanent makeup because one, they are not satisfied with the results of doing their own makeup. Two, they have yet to find a good makeup brand that will give them the look they want to achieve. And three, they want to reduce the time they spend doing their makeup. These three reasons explain why permanent makeup is such a big hit. Some people also like the idea of having a base look before going full-out glamorous. And then others are allergic to certain chemical components found in makeup and they want something that doesn’t trigger an allergic reaction. Whatever the reason, permanent makeup is an excellent solution to all these concerns.

One of the most asked questions beauty experts receive is if permanent makeup is the same as semi-permanent makeup. Let’s find out.

Comparing Permanent and Semi-Permanent Makeup

Technically, both terms are the same and are considered permanent because even if you wash your face with soap and water, the makeup will still stay on your skin for several years depending on how well you care for your skin. However, over time, the pigment will slowly fade away. As we age, our skin changes and the fading is an advantage because your artist can make adjustments to adapt to your current skin to make it look flattering.

Advancements in research and technology led to the discovery of a more advanced form of permanent makeup. Back then, artists used carbon-based tattoo ink. Although it lasts longer, it also turns into an unflattering shade. Today’s pigments are specially formulated to blend beautifully with your facial skin. It’s important to highlight that the skin on your face is significantly different from the skin found on the rest of your body so the pigment has to be designed in such a way that it can be tweaked whenever necessary.

To answer your question if semi-permanent makeup is any different from permanent makeup the answer is no. They are the same. Some people prefer to call it semi-permanent while others call it permanent. Either way, they are the same. Some examples of permanent makeup include microblading, lip tattoo, and permanent eyeliner among others. Microblading is a makeup technique that fills in scarce and patchy eyebrows to give them more volume. The artist uses subtle strokes that mimic hair strands on your eyebrows to increase their boldness and volume. Lip tattoo is also another popular permanent makeup technique where red pigments are embedded on your lips to define its shape and give it a reddish hue. The eyeliner is also the same, pigment is embedded on your lids to enhance your eyes.


Permanent makeup can stay on your skin for years but it can fade quickly if you don’t take good care of your skin. The products you apply to your skin and the amount of sun exposure you have will negatively affect the color of the pigment. We recommend you stay away from products containing retinoids as it causes the pigment to fade quickly as well as other facial treatments like lasers, waxing and chemical peels.