How to Correct Bad Permanent Makeup


Permanent makeup is just that. It is a tattoo of the eyebrows, eyeliner, lip liner and eye shadow--the makeup that most women use every day. The problem with permanent makeup (outside of the risks of infection, allergic reaction and the makeup’s going out of fashion) is that a bad permanent makeup job can be difficult to impossible to fix, depending on the location of the mistake. Fortunately, there are ways to correct bad permanent makeup jobs. Unfortunately, these solutions are neither easy nor comfortable.

Improve the mistake with color. Some permanent makeup artists can alter the bad makeup with a little color. This method involves a little extra pain but is the simplest way to correct bad permanent makeup. It is possible to have a tattoo “graft” over light makeup. The artist tattoos over the previous coloring with a pigment that matches your skin tone. The result is a faux return to your natural skin tone.

Remove it. Several treatments with a laser, saltwater solution or dermabrasion can remove most if not all of the permanent makeup. The outcomes depend on the colors used in the permanent makeup and the location of the tattoo or makeup. Dermatologists are hesitant to use laser treatment on and around the eyes, for example. Inks that are high in green and blue tints are difficult to impossible to remove.

Find a reputable permanent tattoo artist for reapplication. The person who removed your makeup may know of some very reliable artists to reapply. Do your research to find a person who is skilled in both tattooing and cosmetics. All permanent ink artists must be licensed by the state in which they live. Contact the local health department to find a certified permanent makeup and/or tattoo artist in your area.

Inspect the premises and ask for references. A good permanent makeup artist, especially those specializing in makeup correction, should have pictures of faces that they have created. Do not solicit an artist until you’ve seen their past work. Make sure that the person’s skin tone and makeup colors match. Also, look at lines and how well the permanent makeup is “blended” on the face. It must look like makeup and a “tattoo.”

Tips & Warnings

  • Never attempt permanent makeup removal without the assistance of a dermatologist. Many things can go wrong when removing the pigment from your body, like an infection, which a dermatologist is trained to handle.

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