What Is The Difference Between Permanent Makeup And Tattoo?

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Permanent makeup is often confused with tattooing, and some people who aren’t extremely keen on the most recent developments in the world of beauty may dismiss it as being too radical or too avant-garde. 

There are numerous distinctions between the two methods, although both involve injecting color into the skin to produce the desired effect. However, this is the only aspect of the process that makes them comparable. Here’s a comparison of permanent makeup and tattoos, including an explanation of the key distinctions and parallels between the two.

The Tattoo Artist And The Cosmetologist

Tattoo artists have been practicing their craft for a significant amount of time. They are skilled artists, and for the majority of them, tattooing is their sole source of income and the full-time occupation they hold. 

Although formal education is not required to become a tattooist per se, in most states in order to become a registered professional, you are required to complete a certain period of time working as an apprentice under an experienced and approved artist, in addition to a specified number of tattoos.

Becoming a permanent makeup artist is possible by completing a course at a beauty school or certified training center. Although the requirements to become a permanent makeup artist differ from one state or country to the next, a cosmetology degree might be necessary for some of the classes, but it won’t be for others.

The term “permanent makeup” refers to a wide variety of cosmetic enhancements, including microblading, powder eyebrows, permanent eyeliner, and even lip color. These are just some of the procedures that fall under this category. Cosmetologists will need to take individual classes in each of these areas because they are each their own distinct fields. 

After successfully completing one of the courses that last for a few days, they will be able to begin working almost immediately. Experience is the only way to truly hone a skill, but even the most fundamental training can get cosmetologists to the point where they are qualified.

The Distinct Method Employed

There is a widespread misunderstanding that permanent makeup is the same thing as getting a face tattoo. In point of fact, the approaches are quite distinct from one another. Let’s take a moment to discuss human anatomy. 

There are three skin layers:

  • The epidermis, which is the topmost layer and is where makeup is applied.
  • The dermis, which is composed of fibrous tissue and includes hair follicles and oil glands.
  • The hypodermis, which is composed of part connective tissue and part fat. 

Makeup is applied to the epidermis.

Pigments that are used for permanent makeup are implanted into the epidermis of the skin, whereas tattoo ink is injected into the dermis, which is a deeper layer of the skin. This is the justification:

  • Getting a tattoo is significantly more excruciating, and
  • Permanent makeup does not last a lifetime, whereas tattoos do. Though they may need to be touched up occasionally.

The results of microblading can last for up to two years, while those of permanent eyeliner needs to be touched up after approximately one year, and the color of permanent lip blush can last for up to five years.

The Tools And Equipment

Tattooing also calls for the use of specialized equipment, in contrast to applying permanent makeup. The coil tattoo machine is by far the most popular type, while the rotary machine is used by only a small percentage of tattoo artists. 

Permanent makeup, in contrast, hand, is almost always done with a rotary machine rather than a standard one because rotary machines have needles that are thinner and offer greater precision. The diameter of a needle used for tattooing is typically either 0.30 or 0.40 millimeters, whereas the diameter of needles being used for permanent makeup ranges from 0.18 to 0.28 millimeters.

Tattoo Ink Vs Pigments

Getting permanent makeup applied does not necessarily entail getting tattoos. Ink is what is infused into the skin during the process of tattooing, while pigments are what is used for permanent makeup. Iron oxides are the pigments that are used, and they are typically mixed with water and glycerine.

Pigments are mixed with a solvent called a carrier, as well as a number of chemicals like lead, chromium, nickel, and titanium dioxide, to create tattoo ink. The examples are endless. The pigments used in permanent makeup are typically black, brown in a variety of tones, and various shades of red for lip blushing. Tattoo ink, on the other hand, can be any color.

It is much more likely (although it is still uncommon) to have an allergic response to tattoo ink when compared to pigments. This is because tattoo ink is composed of a complex mixture of a large number of different ingredients. 

In either scenario, it is wise to select a skilled artist and a salon or tattoo parlor that has been properly licensed and maintains a satisfactory level of cleanliness. Inquiring about the constituent parts of the tattoo ink that will be applied is also not a bad idea.

Henna is another option that is more natural than pigments, and it is worthy of being mentioned here. Be warned, however, that the effects of henna brows will only last for a much shorter period of time.

The Procedure Of Healing

PMU requires slightly less time to heal than other tattoo removal methods because the procedure itself is less intrusive and the pigment is not injected as deeply into the skin as it is during traditional tattooing. In any event, it is essential to monitor the skin for any potential adverse reactions, which may take the form of a rash, swelling, or redness. In either scenario, you will additionally need to carry out a series of aftercare procedures.


Depending on the specific shade and brand used, the longevity varies from person to person. However, certain colors might not fade for up to 10 years. The majority of hues last three to five years. Retouching on a regular basis is strongly advised to keep the desired appearance.

Permanent makeup and tattoos both have a set lifespan. To maintain the quality and duration, it is best to select the tattoo equipment that is most appropriate for it. Contact Fierce Aesthetics Med Spa – 365  Beauty For your permanent makeup needs. 

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