Permanent lip color and eyeliner

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Updated: 1/14/2003 11:29 am
Permanent cosmetics are a tattooing process by which natural pigments are inserted into the skin, reducing or eliminating the need to apply makeup. They may be sought for convenience, to improve a facial feature's shape, or as a solution for those with allergies who can't wear makeup. The procedures are relatively simple, and most can be done in an hour, requiring only topical anesthetic. One common application is the use of permanent lip color. The lips may be outlined with tiny dots of pigment to create a fuller appearance, define the border, alter the shape, or disguise scars around the mouth. The overall color of the lips may also be enhanced with pigments ranging from natural to bright tones. The tattooing process is also used to create permanent eyeliner at the base of the eyelashes. To achieve this effect, thousands of tiny sites along the lash line are implanted with a dark pigment. Both men and women can benefit from this technique, especially those with blonde lashes. After the procedure, you may experience a little swelling, though it usually goes away rapidly. If you're considering permanent makeup, be sure to choose a technician carefully. Most states have few, if any, regulations concerning the application of tattoos.

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