Hello! | Semi-permanent makeup: why it might be right for you

Hello! Magazine Semi-Permanent Makeup

Always in a rush? It could be a game changer…

If you removed makeup application from your morning routine, how many extra minutes would you be able to steal under the covers? Rolling out of bed and dashing out the door sans an ill-fated winged eyeliner incident is becoming a handy reality for many.

Semi-permanent makeup is a form of tattooing, capable of allowing you to sport a fully ‘done’ face – with no products necessary.


We spoke to celebrity micropigmentation and microblading artist Tracie Giles to find out everything you need to know about semi-permanent eye makeup.

What is permanent eyeliner?

“Just like with conventional eyeliner, there are lots of different styles of permanent eyeliner – from a subtle lash enhancer, to a more dramatic liquid-look liner, to a beautiful smokey whipshaded eyeliner. All of these techniques are achieved using a digital tattooing machine, which uses an electronically powered handpiece and needle to implant pigment into the skin.”

What are the benefits of permanent eyeliner?

“Achieving the perfect eyeliner with conventional makeup is almost impossible – clients need to understand and be able to achieve the correct shape and style for their eyes and to be able to draw perfectly symmetrical eyeliner every time. With permanent eyeliner, clients wake up every day with expertly applied eyeliner that enhances their eyes, is perfectly symmetrical, creates the illusion of fuller lashes and is designed in a shape and style that complements their natural features – saving them time and energy.”


Seeking the perfect pout? Tracie’s south-west London clinic also offers services for people wanting to add some long-lasting colour onto their lips.

What is lip tattooing?

“For lip tattooing or lip blushing we use a digital tattooing machine and needle, similar to a conventional tattoo machine but much less aggressive, to tattoo a beautiful, borderless blush of colour across the lips, correcting the shape and adding fullness, volume and definition.”

What are the benefits of lip tattooing?

“Lip blushing creates a full blush of colour across the lips – essentially a permanent lipstick in the perfect shade designed just for you. Perfect lipstick all day, every day, without the hassle of reapplying conventional lipstick is a major benefit for clients, but it isn’t the only one! Lip blushing adds definition, creates the illusion of volume and can also be used to correct any asymmetry or pigmentation in the lips and to disguise scarring – for example scarring caused by cleft lip surgery.”


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