With traditional tattoos, the ink is placed in the layer of the skin known the dermis or even deeper to the subcutis. Tattoos are indeed permanent and will not disappear.
Semi-Permanent Makeup is the newest innovation for beauty and is an upgrade from cosmetic tattoos. The biggest difference is that semi-permanent makeup is NOT permanent. Semi-permanent makeup is less invasive because it is placed under the top layer of the skin, the epidermis.
Another big difference is that semi-permanent makeup uses pigments from naturally derived mineral origins and the color composition is made to fade over time with no discoloration. The shade only gets lighter and lighter through the exfoliation of the epidermis.
Semi-permanent makeup lasts about 1-3 years, depending on skin metabolism, type, and the environment. The major benefit of semi-permanent make-up is that you don’t have to commit to the same look for the rest of your life.
Alana Hartman, SPCP