This article was originally published in St. Joseph Women’s Magazine, April/May 2004.
By Kathy Michael Wise
Feeling beautiful is an attitude. When you feel good about yourself, you shine to others. I’ve had the opportunity to watch permanent cosmetics make-up significantly change the lives of my clients. They feel better about themselves, and gain confidence in the way they look. Let’s face it, beauty may only be skin deep, but the way one feels about themselves runs deeper. Permanent cosmetic make-up is safe and a convenient way to always look and feel your best.
The focal point of the face is the eyes, often referred to as the “Windows to the Soul.” Our eyes communicate our feelings to the world. How many times have we heard, or said “I can see it on your eyes. They flash with fire when we are angry, and sparkle with delight when we are happy. Thanks to our eyes, we can experience the visual wonders of the world. No wonder they are the most looked upon feature, and the focal point of the face.
I have spent many hours enhancing the eyes for those that seek to optimize this important feature in a permanent fashion. While many clients prefer a soft natural look, others want to make a more dramatic statement. Whatever the preference, eyeliner is a must. Every client has a different shape to her eyes. Some are small, others big and round, while some have a perfect almond shape. Properly applied eyeliner can make a small eyes look bigger, and help wide set eyes look closer. Permanent cosmetics eyeliner can enhance and define the shape of the eye, bring out the natural eye color, give lift, make the whites of the eyes look whiter and clearer, make the lashes look thicker, and create a more youthful appearance. The most common colors are black, charcoal, and brown, followed by blue, green or a combination. The thickness of the line is always the choice of the client.
Because the eyebrows frame the face, permanent eyebrows are also one of the most popular of all permanent cosmetic procedures. When we create the right shape it can give the face a natural lift and open up the eyes, taking years off the face for a mature client. Properly applied, permanent cosmetic eyebrows can make a wide face look narrower and a narrow face look wider. The client will never have to worry that they have drawn in uneven brows, or that they have smudged or worn off. Permanent brows are also more natural than penciled eyebrows. “No longer do I have to carry around an eyebrow pencil and reapply several times a day. No longer do I look in the mirror at midday and see that my make-up has melted away. What a difference!” said Bobbi, a permanent cosmetics client.
In addition to the eye area, permanent lip color gives your face a fresh look all the time. Lips can be made larger, even out an uneven lip line, or just enhance your natural look. How many of you want to have fuller lips, but don’t want to do collagen every few months to keep the look. Permanent cosmetics can make your lips look fuller permanently. Any color can be used, from subtle to dramatic. Most lip colors chosen are soft shades that compliment your skin tone. The permanent cosmetics are applied underneath your skin so any shade of topical makeup you want to put over the top will work.
Anyone can benefit from permanent cosmetics. It is especially beneficial to people who can’t wear cosmetics due to skin sensitivities or allergies. Active people who want to look their best for activities such as swimming, hiking, or aerobics. Also, those who may have a difficulty applying make-up daily because of poor eyesight, unsteady hands or motor impairments such as arthritis or multiple sclerosis are perfect candidates. And of course busy individuals with little time to spend on their makeup.
One common misconception about permanent cosmetics is permanency. This makeup color, like all other pigment molecules is affected by environmental factors. Unlike a body tattoo that is often protected from UV exposure of the sun, the face is always exposed. Over time bleaching or fading and skin exfoliation will occur. Clients that spend a lot of time in the sun or in tanning beds will need re-enhancement more often those those who don’t. Color is also a factor in the need for re-enhancement. The lighter the color of permanent cosmetics chosen, the quicker it will fade. Color refreshing every one to two years seems to be the norm especially for eyebrow coloration and lips. Eyeliner, being darker holds longer.
In addition to permanent cosmetic makeup, I also offer several ways to improve the condition and look of your skin.
Microdermabrasion is a progressive, non-surgical, treatment that propels natural crystals onto the surface of the skin for a gentle epidermal abrasion that reveals newer, healthier, younger skin. It is used to treat a wide variety of skin problems including sun damage, uneven tones and textures, fine lines and wrinkles, blackheads and pimples, enlarged pores, skin discolorations, age spots and some stretch marks.
Intense Pulse Light Therapy is becoming one of the hottest treatments in skincare. It helps reduce wrinkles, lines, and folds. Age spots and sun damage are minimized. Coarse skin becomes smoother, and large pores reduced. It also promotes collagen production leading to a more youthful skin, and encourages a natural moisturization.
One Minute Face Lift is an excellent skin resurfacing treatment. It contains 30% glycolic acid, and is perfect for skin suffering from psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, rosacia, sun damage, acne lesions, per-op laser and face lift surgeries, and wrinkles.
Vita-C Firming Lift Mask is an advanced non-surgical face-lift treatment that firms and tightens the skin. It improves the skin texture and helps restore a youthful appearance to the face and neck.
When doing all four treatments together you will instantly see and feel the difference in the skin- a more radiant, firmer, and youthful you! There is no down time; this can be done on a lunch break, and go right back to work.
Look good is feeling good. Visit me at a You’nique Image Salon and let me improve your quality of life. I can help you look and feel your very best. You can do your extreme or natural look make over with Permanent Cosmetic Make-up by Kathy. You deserve it!