Cosmetics are a temporary way of enhancing your natural features, but did you know there are permanent options available as well? Permanent cosmetics also known as micro pigmentation provides solutions that can add simplicity to your daily beauty regime. Also, for individuals with specific concerns that are somewhat major in nature such as scaring, can be remedied with corrective techniques as well. Permanent makeup is of course permanent, and requires care and research to guarantee you receive the best possible results.
If you or someone you know is considering having this procedure done, Olga Lucia Ramirez of Roslyn Heights is the expert to confide in. Her national accreditations make her a leading instructor in the field. Our time together was enlightening and educational, and that is for good reason. I had plenty of questions for her.
MA: Olga, what is the main reason why people seek the application of permanent cosmetics?
OL: There are a few reasons why women and men have the procedure. The first reason is not specifically about image or beauty; it is more about self esteem and boosting confidence. Permanent cosmetics can create symmetry if an individual has uneven features, and can also replace lost skin color from hypo-pigmented scars. In addition, it’s also a great way to permanently enhance your eyes, lips and brows without having to reapply your makeup each day.
MA: Does the procedure have any additional benefits besides corrective pigmentation or enhancement?
OL: Yes, when the needle comes into contact with the skin, it activates a process that can fill in wrinkles, known as fibro blast. When the needle penetrates the dermis layer, it causes an injury and this results in a regeneration of collagen in the skin which then fills in the wrinkles. This is excellent for feathering and whistle lines around the lips.
MA: What type of feeling or sensation does one feel while getting the procedure? Basically, is it painful?
OL: No, but realistically it is uncomfortable. Every single person has their own threshold for pain, and it varies when it comes to levels of sensitivity, but overall it is not a painful procedure.
MA: Permanent is permanent, and with so many people providing this service, how do you guarantee the job is perfect, you get the best of the best, and overall, complete satisfaction?
OL: First, schedule a consultation with the potential artist. Be sure you confirm they have a valid license to perform the service. Also, ask how long they have been doing permanent makeup, request a portfolio of their own work, and request referrals. Lastly, a true professional will do a mock design to provide you with an idea of the shape and design they are recommending. Remember, to do permanent cosmetics requires artistic ability, and you want to make sure they have the skills necessary to create a perfect shape without using a stencil that suits your facial structure and features.
MA: The next big question most people will have is pricing. What are the average costs for permanent makeup services here on Long Island and in Manhattan?
OL: Prices vary depending on what you are having done. Brows can range from $700 to $1000 while eye liner can cost between $500 and $700. The price for lip lining can cost between $1200 and $1500, and reconstruction or corrective micro pigmentation can range from $1500 and up. Do not make your decisions based on prices because the individuals who charge less do it because they may lack the proper qualifications and skills to perform the services, and therefore cannot demand industry standards. As appealing as the thought of saving money can be, remember, you get what you pay for.
MA: Olga, do you have any more bits of advice or tips for the readers looking into the subject?
OL: When choosing the colors to be applied, be sure they are appropriate for your skin tone and never use black for the eye brows because it is too hard and severe in appearance. Browns from light to dark are great for brows. If getting eye liner, stay with true black, coals and browns. I love to use a soft pink when lining the lips for subtle and natural definition, but deeper colors can be used as well if you wish for a more defined look. Lastly, if the color changes or fades over time it can be retouched.
You can find out more about Olga Lucia of Roslyn Heights and the expert services she provides at www.pcosmetics.com
Permanent makeup can be highly beneficial for anyone looking to enhance facial features or correct a skin concern. It is important that if you do decide to source a professional, be educated and smart when shopping around.