Los Angeles Times: Image
Sunday, March 27, 2011 | latimes.com/image
Naked Cosmetics, based in Los Angeles, has recently developed a procedure called Micro-Art semi-permanent makeup that can make lips appear fuller. An acupuncture needle is used to deposit nontoxic mineral pigments just below the skin’s surface to create a new extended lip line, which is then filled in. Semi-permanent pigments or tattoo inks do not have to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration, although the pigments in this procedure have been sanctioned for use by the European Medicines Agency. The process is different from other permanent makeup tattoos because it uses ultra-fine needles and mineral-based pigments that are healthier for the skin and retain their color longer. It takes about an hour and costs $1,000 for results that last up to three years. Salons offering Micro-Art can be found at www.naked-cosmetics.net.