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Frequently Asked Questions

Semi-Permanent or Permanent makeup explained:

Semi-permanent make-up is now generally referred to as permanent makeup. This section explains how it works and how it is applied.

semi-permanent makeup is well established and a proven safe beauty procedure. The make-up is perfectly safe and has been approved by doctors and very favorably reviewed by many respected beauty writers. Specially formulated pigments are placed in the upper layers of the dermis where it can remain for up to five years. A virtually limitless choice of colour of pigment can be chosen from or by mixing colours created, ensuring a perfectly natural or vibrant looking cosmetic effect is created. At Pretty Permanent Make-up we use only superior cosmetic pigments, many of them organic, that are safe, backed by scientific integrity and provide long term colour stability.

How long does Semi-Permanent make-up last?

semi-permanent make-up is considered permanent since the implanted pigment cannot be washed off and remains perfectly applied. In time however fading will occur and some or the entire colour will need to be reapplied and a colour boost should be taken annually to ensure your make up remains fresh and properly defined.

Does the treatment hurt?

For most people it is not a problem. For others it can be a little uncomfortable depending on the individual’s pain threshold. However anesthetic creams are applied prior to treatment and continued throughout to keep any discomfort to a minimum. At Pretty Permanent Make-up we never rush a client through but ensure adequate time is given for maximum pain relief. Many clients are very surprised at how little discomfort they experience.

Do not book in for a treatment when you have your period - experience has shown that you are much more sensitive at this time of the month and treatment is best avoided.

Is Semi-Permanent make-up safe?

Yes, the strictest hygiene and sterilisation standards are followed and pre-packed, sterile needle cartridges are used for each client. No chemicals are used, only minerals and glycerine. Clients are offered an allergy test prior to treatment, though this can be waivered in the majority of cases clients with some acute or chronic medical conditions or those known to be highly allergic would need a test 24hours prior to treatment.

Who can benefit from semi-permanent make-up?

  • Anyone and everyone who desires a natural enhancement that gives freedom from the daily application of make-up.
  • Alopecia sufferers who have lost some or all their facial hair including eyebrows or eyelashes.
  • Chemotherapy patients who may loose facial hair would benefit from semi-permanent make-up before or after treatment.
  • Vision impaired people who have difficulty applying make-up.
  • People with unsteady hands who cannot apply make-up through Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinsons Disease etc.
  • Anyone of the millions of people who suffer various allergic or sensitive reactions to conventional make-up.
  • Professional women and men, entertainers, media figures, models, actresses. People who need to look their best all the time.

Semi-permanent make-up after care procedures

You may resume your normal activities straight after treatment. There will be a slight tenderness, swelling and redness to the area which will normally cease in 24 hours. In rare cases there may also be some bruising. The treated area will always appear darker immediately after the treatment this will lighten and soften over the next week to 10 days. There may be slight flaking over the area during healing.

A review appointment is included in the price of your initial application of pigment, This needs to be taken within 3 months and is used for any finishing touches that may be required to adjust shape, colour or density.

We highly recommend that you return to the clinic once a year to maintain your investment.

Other guidelines for getting the best from your permanent makeup will be given to you after your treatment.


  • Treated area will be more exact, dark and intense when first treated.
  • The skin will take 5-10 days to return to normal.
  • It is normal to loose 1/3 of the colour during this initial period.
  • Always use a sunscreen on make-up to prevent colour change and loss.

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