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Permanent Makeup How Long Does it Last

Permanent makeup machine and pigments
Permanent makeup machine and pigments

Women have always known the power of makeup. However, nowadays women with busy lives don’t always have the time to apply regular makeup cosmetics. Because we are always looking for faster solutions this inspires people to get permanent makeup.

During a permanent makeup, the procedure machine with a needle penetrates superficial layers of the skin with pigment. Permanent Makeup results depend on the pigmented area and method used. The darker color and more pigment layers the longer results.

Usually, the cosmetic pigment should stay in the skin for about 1-5 years. Older women can benefit even longer because their skin renewal process takes longer.

Long-lasting results certainly depend on several factors, clients' skin type, lifestyle, general health but also pigment type, and micro-pigmentation technique.

10 Factors that Decide About Results

Permanent makeup procedure for face
Permanent makeup procedure for face

Skin Type

Dry Skin - is characterized by a lack of moisture, resulting in tightness and even flaking. Appears dull in the cheeks and eyes area. Skin that feels and looks rough. Severe scaling and peeling. Fine lines and crack. With this skin type micropigmentation lasts the longest.

Normal Skin - has a good balance of moisture, small pores, and even tone. Is generally neither dry nor oily. All methods of micro-pigmentation are suitable for normal skin types.

Oily Skin - it appears shiny or greasy, pores seem enlarged and are visible. Looks thicker and paler. It’s prone to various forms of acne, especially in the T-Zone (forehead, nose, and chin). Oily skin requires special treatment. The pigment will fade a little quicker and clients need more touch-ups. That’s why the machine shading method (Powder, Ombre Style) is more recommended for people with oily to very oily skin.

Skin Undertone

A layer of cells in darker skin is thinner and has a higher concentration of cells than in white skin. Black skin appears thicker than other skin because of more cells per layer. Black skin is prone to hypertrophic scars and keloids. When injured while healing, the melanocytes tend to:

Hyperpigmentation - skin produces more melanin, creates darker pigmentation area

Hypopigmentation - skin produces less pigment, creates white areas generally, permanent makeup fades faster on clients with darker skin tone.


There are two types of pigment used in Permanent Makeup Organic vs. Inorganic. Major permanent cosmetic manufacturers use both colorants in their pigments.

Pigments for Permanent Makeup are tested in the laboratory by doctors and specialists to make sure they are completely safe.

Pigment fades over time, because of the skin natural exfoliation process.

To keep fresh color touch-up session is recommended usually after one to two years.

Pigments used for permanent makeup are thinner than pigments used for a tattoo, so the color is not that intense and fades over time.

Permanent Makeup Device

Prices of machines vary from a couple of hundred dollars to thousands of dollars. The most precise is a machine with a single acupuncture needle.

Professional pigmentation requires extreme safety and reliability. Tried and tested the quality of equipment used for procedures helps to achieve long-term customer retention.

Machine vs Manual Technique

Manual techniques like microblading show shorter-lasting results than machine micropigmentation and worse pigment retention. The manual technique involves a higher risk of scarring or complications like infections.

Clients Age

During micropigmentation technician "opens the skin" and the area should be treated with special care. Healing time depends on the client's age.

Age-related differences in wound healing have been clearly documented.

In younger client's cases, keratinization takes about 28 days, that’s why their results last shorter than on older clients, where the process takes 60-70 days.

Skin reaction

Depositing the pigment with a needle causes the transportation of immune cells into the wound and immune system reaction.

The body's immune system treats the pigment particles as an intruder and starts to get rid of them.

Each client has a different healing ability. That’s something that neither technician nor client can't control.

Permanent Makeup Touch up Session

It is important to keep the distance between the initial session and the touch-up session.

The second session after 1-2 months is necessary to check the healed results and intensify the pigment.


Permanent Makeup aftercare is essential to proper healing and for the best results.

It is very important to follow the aftercare instructions of your technician as closely as possible to avoid any complications like infection, skin damage, or loss of color.

Health Problems and Use of Medications

Remember to be honest with your technician about all health issues.

The negative impact of some medications causes longer healing and is considered as a contradiction to the procedure.


Permanent makeup is a great way to simplify your morning routine.

Pigmented area fades over time, however, it is a very individual thing. Depends on how well you will take care of it. It is recommended to use sunscreen and avoid harsh products.

A permanent makeup fading process can be accelerated with laser removal or special liquid saline remover. We do not recommend the camouflage technique for covering old permanent makeup.