Looking for permanent makeup in Columbia, SC?

Stop searching, you’re in the right place.

If you love makeup but hate applying it or taking it off, you’re probably a good candidate for permanent makeup.

You probably have a lot of questions and that’s okay.

In this post, I will explain exactly what permanent makeup is and why you’ve been missing out all these years. Let’s get started.

Permanent Makeup in Columbia, SC

powder brows

Powder brows is the latest craze in the realm of permanent makeup. Its style is meant to look like compact makeup eyebrows. Artist: Ruth Armistead, Skin and Brows Redefined, Columbia, SC.

Permanent makeup, or permanent cosmetics, is a branch of micropigmentation.

Micropigmentation involves placing pigment into the skin with a needle to enhance natural features. For example, scalp micropigmentation creates the illusion of hair follicles and areola tattoo helps breast cancer survivors reconstruct their breasts.

Most commonly micropigmentation is used to create a makeup effect in what is known as permanent makeup, or PMU.

Is it a tattoo? No, not really.

Artistic tattoos are meant to decorate the body in a noticeable way while micropigmentation is meant to intensify features. Therefore, permanent makeup can be done on:

  • eyebrows to make them seem fuller
  • on eyelids as eyeliner
  • on the lips as lip color

Another benefit of permanent makeup is that it gives you the look without having to redo it every day.

When you wash your face, your permanent makeup eyebrows will still be there.

No risk waking up looking like a raccoon with smeared eyeliner. Permanent eyeliner gives you fancy, smear-proof eyeliner.

And lip color? Permanent makeup lips gives you luscious lip color that is more fade-proof than any lipstick.

How is it done?

To do permanent makeup we need a permanent makeup machine. It looks similar to an artistic tattoo machine, but instead of ink, it uses pigments that are more subtle, lighter and especially designed for facial use.

The micropigmentation machine is electric and uses a variety of needles depending on the desired effect. For brow enhancement, for example, the artist dips the needle in the pigment and creates fine strokes or shading on the brow.

What is the difference with microblading?

microblading columbia sc

Notice the difference between microblading and powder brows? While powder brows goes for a compact, made up look, microblading is more subtle and can pass off as natural brow hair.

Many people confuse permanent makeup with microblading, so let’s set the record straight: they are not the same thing.

Microblading is a technique that is done with a handheld, non-electric tool called the microblade. The tool looks similar to an exacto knife, or a regular pen with a slopped blade made up of tiny needles at the end.

The artist doing microblading dips the tool in the pigment and proceeds to draw on the brow area, creating the illusion of fine, crisp hairs.

The difference of machine brows and microblading then comes down to the tools

Microblading is manual and creates only one look, and machine work is electric and creates a variety of looks.

Machine brows can be any technique, like ombré brows, powder brows, 3D brows, combination.

However, microblading is only one look and is only for the eyebrows.

You might also be wondering why microblading is said to be semi-permanent.

The microblade tool is not electric, so it relies on manual pressure to deposit pigment. If the pressure is too much, there is risk of scarring. To prevent this, the artist must apply the pigment only on the outermost layer of the skin. For this reason we consider microblading to be “semi-permanent.”

When an artist does “machine brows,” on the other hand, they use the electric machine which deposits pigment into a deeper layer of the skin. The machine’s needle moves up and down very fast and deposits the pigment by puncturing, rather than scraping the skin. Because the needle penetrates the skin a bit more than a manual tool, machine brows last longer than microblading.

Skin And Brows Redefined Permanent Makeup in Columbia, SC

You’re in luck! At Skin And Brows Redefined we are experts in permanent makeup.

Our founder, Ruth Armistead, has completed over 12 permanent makeup trainings. Moreover, she is devoted to client satisfaction.

Permanent makeup is for you if you want to:

  • Ditch your eyebrow pencils and eyeliner and save 10 – 20 minutes every morning
  • Improve the appearance of sparse or very light eyebrows
  • Get luscious-looking lips that stay rosy 24/7
  • Enhance your lash line so it looks like you’re always wearing mascara

What Should I Expect After Booking My Appointment?

During your appointment with us, Ruth, or the artist you choose, will first explain the procedure. You will also read and sign some forms and then we will proceed with the consultation part of your appointment.

During this first part, the artist will measure out your eyebrows and come up with a unique design most flattering for your features. You will be able to see the difference between what would draw yourself and what the artist will draw. Clients are often shocked to find they’ve been drawing their eyebrows uneven for years!

If you are having lips or eyeliner the procedure is the same. The artist will draw with a pencil the proposed design and you will be able to make suggestions depending on what you like best.

Preparation & Procedure

After the mapping or pre-design, we will pre-numb the area. We use topical anesthetic that is strong enough so you don’t feel a thing. Some clients even doze off, can you believe it?

Once the area is numb enough, we can begin the micropigmentation process. This usually takes about one hour.

After the permanent makeup eyebrows are done, you can look at yourself in the mirror! This is usually the most exciting part of the appointment and some clients even cry of joy!

We will explain your aftercare routine so you take the best care possible during the healing stage. You can now go home and rest or take a million selfies with your new eyebrows. Send us all the selfies you’d like, we love them!

We hope to see you soon at Skin & Brows Redefined.