Traditional Tattoos V Permanent Makeup

Is a tattoo different from permanent makeup?

This is a valid question because many people are under the impression that both are the same or at least are so similar that there is hardly any difference between the two. In some ways they are similar. The artist puts inks or pigments under the skin into the dermal layer of some type of needle device.

Let’s take a look at some of the differences. Creating a tattoo is an art form and designing great body art in vivid colors on an ankle, back, face or leg is vastly different from the face of a woman.

Working on delicate areas of the face such as eyelids, lips, or brows requires a completely different approach. Permanent makeup is not about vibrant colors and striking effects. The skill in relation to permanent makeup is to enhance natural beauty and not to overpower.

Our skin has many different layers. When receiving a tattoo the skin is quite deeply penetrated, whereas the process of permanent makeup will only reach as far as the second or third layer of the skin.

Getting a tattoo can also be associated with considerable pain. It has still some macho connotations. No pain no gain, or in this case no pain no tattoo.

With permanent makeup, the skin is prepped with a topical solution. This makes the pain very minimal with permanent makeup.

If you ask someone that went to a tattoo artist why they wanted a tattoo, they will probably tell you they wanted to express themselves or they wanted to become unique. It is a powerful form of self-expression.

The reasons for wanting permanent makeup are very different. It’s a confidence booster. It raises self-esteem or brings it back altogether. It is a time saver. It gives us the guarantee that we will look and feel our best at all times, no matter how hectic our day is. It’s even a money saver.