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Should You Upgrade to Permanent Makeup?


What if you woke up every day with a perfectly made-up face? Imagine: you could jump out of bed and get out the door in minutes flat. This may sound like a fantasy, but thanks to permanent makeup, a more streamlined morning routine is within reach. Unfortunately, not all permanent makeup treatments are what they’re cracked up to be. Keep reading to learn more about the pros and cons of permanent makeup, and how you can streamline your makeup routine for brows with the help of Toppik Brow Building Fibers (no needles required!).

What Is Permanent Makeup?

Permanent makeup is cosmetic tattooing. Like body tattooing, it uses needles to insert pigment into your skin. The tattoos mimic makeup, so most clients seek them out to streamline their beauty routines. However, some people choose to get permanent makeup for reconstructive purposes, such as concealing scars.

Most permanent makeup treatments performed these days are permanent in the sense that they can’t be washed off, but will eventually fade within one to two years.

Like any kind of tattoo, all forms of permanent makeup carry the risk of infection. If you’re considering permanent makeup, make sure you ask your doctor about any potential risks or complications so you have all the facts before you try it.

Applying permanent makeup to eyebrows

Types of Permanent Makeup

Permanent Eyebrows

Permanent eyebrows are tattooed eyebrows. This is one of the oldest forms of permanent makeup, and can create the illusion of thicker, bolder eyebrows. Unlike the other forms of permanent makeup on our list, this one actually sticks around—some report up to four years or more.

However, eyebrow permanent makeup does not age well. Over time, the ink may change color or even start to blur. Also, as your face ages, your eyebrows can change shape and even slightly shift positions. As a result, over time, your permanent eyebrows may no longer be in the same place as your natural brows!


Microblading is an updated version of permanent eyebrows, and is the most popular form of permanent makeup. This modern technique deposits ink into the brow area in micro strokes, creating thicker brows that look very natural.

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However, microblading your eyebrows is not a truly permanent solution. Microbladed eyebrows usually last 12 to 18 months before you need a touch-up. And if you have oily skin, microblading may not work for you at all.

Another risk: if you don’t love your microbladed brows, you’ll have to wait at least a year before they fade.

Other Permanent Cosmetics

When it comes to permanent makeup treatments, eyebrows are just the tip of the iceberg. Other types of permanent cosmetics include freckles, lip blushing, permanent eyeliner, and scar camouflage. However, these treatments are much less common than microblading or permanent eyebrows.

How to Streamline Your Eyebrow Makeup Routine with Brow Filler Fibers

Did you notice that the most popular permanent makeup treatments on this list are all about eyebrows? That’s because eyebrows are arguably your most prominent facial feature. They accentuate your eyes, define the shape of your face, and play an important role in your facial expressions. Grooming eyebrows really well can also be tricky, as anyone who’s ever over-tweezed their brows will tell you. But for those of you who regularly groom and style your eyebrows, you know what a big difference beautiful, bold brows can make to your appearance!

But if you don’t want to take the plunge into permanent makeup, but you are looking to streamline your morning makeup routine, we recommend starting with your brows. After you do your brows, you can evaluate where or even if you need any more makeup. You might be surprised how little you need once your brows are on fleek!

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The complete Toppik Brow Building Fibers Set

While brow gels and pencils can help define and groom brows, if you want fuller and thicker-looking brows, turn to the Toppik Brow Building Fibers Set. Toppik Brow Building Fibers thicken and fill in patchy spots in brows with tiny fibers made with keratin proteins, the same material that your natural brow hairs are made from. As a result, your brows will look more natural than if you had used a conventional pencil, powder or gel. And adding dramatic, bold brows will help accentuate your eyes.

How to Apply Toppik Brow Building Fibers

Start by applying the Brow Conditioning Wax to your eyebrows using the angled side of the Dual-End Brush. Then insert the rounded side of the brush into the fibers and gently tap the fibers into place on the brows. In two easy steps, the Toppik Brow Building Fibers Set can make even the thinnest eyebrows look naturally thick and full.

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Before (left) and After (right) results from Toppik Brow Building Fibers

Have you ever considered permanent makeup? Why or why not? Let us know in the comments section below!

Colleen Welsch is a freelance beauty writer and blogger specializing in hair care, hair growth education and beauty.

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