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Semi-permanent Make Up – Understanding Pigments

Post by: Jess PR
Post Date: 12/02/2016

A huge part of being a skilled semi-permanent make up is to match up their clients colouring perfectly. For this they must have a skilled understanding and an artistic eye for the different range of individual skin tones and how the pigments will look when they are healed.

Harley Street based, award winning semi-permanent makeup artist, Sian Dellar only use pigments from well-known companies. These pigments are all organic, hypo-allergenic and derived from natural sources.

Sian advises, 

“It is worth checking with your technician where they have sourced their pigments from. There are plenty of fake pigments on the market, especially for sale on the internet, therefore you must always do your due diligence on your practitioner and the pigments they use before. All professional technicians won’t mind disclosing where their products come from as badly sourced pigment can cause a reaction in the skin that migrates beyond the area implanted or the skin can fail to hold it properly”. 

In the press lately it has been noted that some people have complained about an orange after colour. Sian says,

“This shouldn’t happen. Often when you hear people complaining about orange tones in their eyebrows, it often means the therapist has overloaded the warm tones to the skin that turn the brows orange or they may have used pigments with iron oxide which the body cannot break down.” 

When it comes to deciding on a colour for your eyebrows, lips or eyeliner, your semi-permanent make up technician should always discuss your options fully.  Research on the technician, their experience and what pigments they use plays a huge part in your final result. Trust is a huge part of the consultation process and you should be comfortable that your technician knows what they are doing.

You will usually find that during a consultation, your technician will spend a lot of time staring at your face. It is a very essential part of the process to ensure the correct pigment mix is chosen. Your technician will be assessing lots of elements of your skin tone. They will consider the colour of your eyes and look for underlying colour tones, such as red or blues or yellows. They may ask what colours you think suit you the best and it is always a great idea to take along your favourite pieces of make up to a semi-permanent make up consultation. These preferred colours are usually most loved for a reason.

Whichever pigments are finally used, it will most likely be a custom blend, created especially for you. This is why so much semi-permanent make up is referred to as ‘bespoke’, because when it comes to semi-permanent make up it really is not the case that one size fits all.

What is Microblading

Microblading (or eyebrow embroidery) is a relatively new, manual method of applying semi-permanent makeup.

A very fine blade is used to deposit pigment into the epidermis and because the colour is implanted closer to the surface of the outer layer of skin, the strokes appear crisp and very fine.

This method is ideal for anyone wanting to enhance the look of their eyebrows with realistic looking, hair-like strokes, regardless of how thick or sparse the eyebrows are naturally.

People suffering from alopecia, trichotillomania or any other condition that causes hair loss benefit greatly from Microblading, as well as people who simply aren’t happy with their eyebrows. Microblading isn’t only reserved for thin, sparse brows—even if you’ve been blessed with naturally full ones, microblading can enhance what’s already there.

The pigments used have been formulated to match your original eyebrow colour, and if the eyebrows are still present, blend perfectly to match. The results are a natural, flawless, fuller looking brow.

The Microblading results can last anywhere from 12 to 18 months, depending on different factors affecting the procedure. However, a touch up once a year is recommended to retain the shape and colour.

Prices start from £595.00.

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