The Difference between Permanent Make-Up and Semi-Permanent Make-Up

Permanent make-up is a new beauty treatment that is taking the world by storm. This new technique is making many more people’s lives easier. It makes the need to constantly apply and reapply make-up completely null-and-void. Otherwise known as cosmetic tattooing, it essentially replaces make-up by making changes and covering up: thin eyebrows, thin lips and scars – acne or otherwise. Usually applied around the lips, eyes and even the breasts it is now a completely trusted option for beauty upkeep everywhere. However, this treatment is not just for make-up, it is also used for other things such as nipple or breast construction after surgery.

A treatment like this will shave so much time and inconvenience of someone’s day. Gone is the fear that you have smudged your make-up, or that is has been ruined by the weather. There is no need to keep a mirror handy anymore as you can rest assured that your make-up looks perfect and is in no need for a re-touch. The only thing that will be able to remove your permanent make-up is a laser tattoo treatment over a series of sessions.

But what many people do not know, is that there are two kinds of this treatment: Permanent and Semi-Permanent. Here are the biggest differences between the two:

Permanent Make-up

  • This is done with a tattoo gun
  • It can only be removed with a laser tattoo treatment
  • Pigments change over time and end up looking grey or green
  • It does not look as natural as semi-permanent make-up
  • As the skin ages the colour could shift and end up looking blurry
  • It takes time to look good and settle within the skin

Semi-Permanent Make-up


  • The skin will naturally shed the coloured pigmentation after a year or so
  • As it fades after time, the client will not need laser removal treatment
  • The pigment is applied to the epidermis layers
  • The dye used during this treatment is natural and hypoallergenic: less chance of allergies
  • The recovery time is much quicker than permanent make-up: a week at most
  • This option looks a lot more natural than permanent make-up does. This is because the semi-permanent make-up artist does not use heavy strokes like other tattoo artists and instead uses light strokes to dye the pigmentations in the superficial layers of the skin.

Most people are leaning towards semi-permanent make-up as opposed to permanent make-up, all because of the aforementioned pros and cons. While permanent make-up does have its upsides, semi-permanent make-up is a lot less risky. Plus, it is less expensive to have it removed if you don’t like it as it sheds away naturally.

If this is something you feel you could be interested in, it is simple to book a consultation at your nearest beauty clinic.