Before you gasp in shock or roll those pretty eyes, just think about the number of times you woke up each morning wishing you looked flawless, and ready to go? I know… vanity is a big sin of mine, so kill me for always wanting to look nice and put together. Yet I can’t help but ask myself what does that really mean? In a world of microblading, eyelash extensions, acrylic nails, hair extensions, botox, filler, implants and what not… how far would you, me or anyone else go… to look… good for lack of better word? And if in this trail of thoughts has ever, like ever… the thought of permanent makeup crossed your mind?

If you’re a person who spends hours in front of a mirror in a desperate attempt to get everything looking just right, from eyeliner to make up to lipstick, you know how frustrating all this lost time can be. For that reason, the concept of permanent makeup is something that might be quite enticing. And yet such a thing is no longer a science-fiction concept. It is a cosmetic procedure that is widely practiced and can indeed be something that provides the answers to that morning routine conundrum. The fact that it isn’t quite as permanent as the name might suggest and does require occasional stops to reapply the makeup shouldn’t dissuade you from investigating if it’s the right thing for you.

Once you have decided that you’re going to go ahead with the permanent makeup procedure for some part of your face, your next choice is picking out a provider who handles the practice. This can be a tricky proposition, especially if you live in a rural area and your choices are limited. But it is an important decision to make. Even though it is a relatively harmless procedure, you are still dealing with needles around the face, so it shouldn’t be taken lightly. Ideally, you’ll be able to find a provider up to date on microblading eyebrows and all permanent makeup techniques. Here are some of the things you should be seeking in a provider.

1.Top Credentials

Just like you wouldn’t trust someone to apply tattoos to your body without first knowing that they are experts in the procedure, so too should you be vigilant about making sure that your permanent makeup provider is a licensed professional with excellent qualifications. Make sure they can provide evidence of this for you and be ready to check that evidence yourself if need be by referring to the program or school where they make have studied.

2. Excellent Reviews

You’ll often find websites that tell you all about the customers who have gone through the permanent makeup process and come out with outstanding results that they have achieved. There may even be before and after pictures for you to see. But the bottom line is that no provider is going to advertise bad reviews or put up pictures of procedures gone wrong. Get your feedback from a third party, ideally someone you know and trust.

3. Substance Over Style

Again, the website of the company or medical professional in question isn’t always the best place to get your information. This is especially true if what you see on the site are unlikely promises, such as one that says their permanent procedures don’t require a second visit down the line. If, however, the website is upfront with the reader about the realities of the situation and promise nothing more than a job expertly done by qualified professionals, you could indeed be onto a place on which you can rely.

Remember that when a place seems too good to be true, it sometimes is. But there are those providers of permanent makeup who can really make a difference in your appearance with the minimal discomfort to you; you just need to know the right ways of finding them.

It’s a funny business this chase for perfection isn’t it? So where do you stand, or better yet, where do you cross the line, if you do? Personally I haven’t gone past the hair extensions and fake nails. That’s not to say I ain’t up for more in the future. Be as that may… I’m not a permanent makeup kinda person, because I don’t believe in beauty trends and making them permanent…. However, you know what they say in fashion? Never say never.

Your turn.

xoxo D.

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