Permanent makeup is a tattoo that is painful and looks harsh on the face. Heavy gauge needles are used to penetrate deep into the skin, causing bleeding, bruising, scabbing, scarring and downtime. MicroArt, on the other hand, provides the most natural results, so natural that even men wear it!
BELOW ARE THE 10 MAIN DIFFERENCES
#1: THE RESULTS
MicroArt: Natural, youthful-looking results that last up to three years. As MicroArt gradually fades, it can be redone or touched up as the skin ages and styles change.
Permanent Makeup: Heavy, unnatural look with harsh colors that change over time, but can be removed with laser surgery or corrected with MicroArt.
#2: THE PROCEDURE
MicroArt: Each pair of eyebrows are custom designed to achieve the optimal look, focusing attention on the eyes. Individual hairs are layered onto the skin, creating perfect results.
Permanent Makeup: Solid, unnatural line, colors often change, can only be corrected with laser removal or MicroArt’s camouflaging techniques.
MicroArt: Precisely placed in the lashes, creating a fuller more natural appearance.
Permanent Makeup: Thick line above lashes.
MicroArt: Lips are shaped, lined and the color is enhanced and blended.
Permanent Makeup: Usually only lip liner, extremely painful on full lips.
#3: THE EQUIPMENT
MicroArt: State-of-the-art technology. Costs $15,000, used only by licensed Micro Artists™. Features a single acupuncture needle that gently vibrates on the outer layer of the skin for extreme precision.
MicroArt technology uses a single acupuncture needle as thin as a human hair that vibrates on the dermal layer of the skin 80 to 100 times per second. Therefore, the results are extremely precise. This level of precision is obtained by using state-of-the-art equipment created exclusively for MicroArt. As the acupuncture needle gently vibrates on the outer layer of the skin MicroArt’s nontoxic mineral-based pigments are absorbed.
Permanent Makeup: Uses standard tattoo equipment, which is available to purchase by anyone without training for $200 and up. Needle: 3 -14 heavy gauge needles are used simultaneously to aggressively puncture the skin.
Because permanent makeup uses a standard tattoo gun, the process of penetrating deep into the skin to place these inks, which are often toxic, will often cause bleeding, bruising, scabbing, scarring and downtime. This makes the procedure painful and the results harsh and unnatural in appearance.
#4: THE PRODUCTS
MicroArt has a wide selection of colors that gradually fade over three years and do not change into other colors. Pigments are mineral based, non-toxic and cost ten times more than tattoo inks.
Permanent Makeup uses inexpensive tattoo inks, which are sometimes toxic, can, cause allergic reactions and often fade to orange, blue and green.
#5: THE PAIN
MicroArt: Minimal discomfort (similar to waxing), no bruising, only slight swelling in some clients that disappears in about an hour. No downtime.
Permanent Makeup: Extremely painful, heavy bleeding, scabbing and bruising often occurs. Swelling lasts for many days. Recovery time can last weeks.
#6: THE ARTIST
MicroArt: Licensed by MicroArt and fully insured. Micro Artists™ complete an initial six-month, full-time intensive training with the annual evaluation required for re-licensing. Furthermore, each Micro Artist™ has to meet all company standards before being licensed, which are the most stringent in the industry.
Permanent Makeup: Primarily non-regulated with little to no training. Self-determined skill set with no continued education or licensing required. Permanent makeup training is not regulated by the state and training, if any, is only a few days at most. Their training, the tattoo inks used and the quality of their equipment all create the harsh look commonly associated with permanent makeup.
#7: THE COLORS
MicroArt: Mineral-based pigment colors are customized for each client to achieve the flawless look. Colors do not change over time and will gradually fade away if the client prefers, or can be refreshed and updated to the client’s desires with a simple MicroArt touch-up procedure.
Permanent Makeup inks: Can be toxic and result in allergic reactions. The colors are unnatural and change over time into green, orange or blue. Usually, on the eyeliner, black inks change to blue or green. Over time, as the skin ages, people end up with a thick blue line that stretches and separates from the lash line as the delicate skin around the eyes age.
#8: THE VALUE
MicroArt lasts up to 3 years, so as the skin ages and fashions change, clients have the ability to update their style.
Permanent Makeup: Unnatural look that will add time and expense to correct with MicroArt.
#9: THE SIDE EFFECTS
MicroArt: Virtually none! No bruising, only slight swelling in some clients that disappears in about an hour. No downtime.
Permanent Makeup: Extremely painful, heavy bleeding and bruising often occurs. Swelling lasts for many days. Recovery time can last weeks.
#10: THE PRICING
MicroArt: $1,000 per area. Price includes the design, the procedure, a second touch up procedure two weeks later to perfect the color and shape, and complete aftercare products. Price reflects superior quality pigments, equipment, training and final results.
Permanent Makeup: $100 and up. The cheaper alternative to MicroArt due to cheaper inks, equipment, unregulated training and licensing; all of which produce harsh results.