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Permanent Makeup Pigments - The Magical Concoctions That Transform Your Look

Updated: Oct 22, 2023

Hello Beauty Enthusiasts!

Today, let's explore the fascinating world of Permanent Makeup pigments, including the magical concoctions that transform your look, brought to you by Rita Makmak Beauty. These pigments are a blend of art and science, providing stunning results that last. But before we dive in, let's understand the key differences between Permanent Makeup pigments and tattoo ink.

Understanding the Difference:

  • Permanent Makeup pigments are designed to be retained by the skin for a period and eventually break down and get absorbed by the body. In contrast, tattoo ink remains in the skin indefinitely, though its color may change over time.

Now, let's introduce you to the three main types of Permanent Makeup pigments:

1. Iron Oxide Pigments:

  • Iron oxide pigments are commonly used in the Permanent Makeup industry, although they are not my preferred choice. Here's what you need to know:

  • They are the most widely used pigments.

  • Some iron oxide pigments can be unstable and may not retain their color when inserted under the skin.

  • To address color changes, companies supplying iron oxide pigments have developed color-rectifying techniques.

  • Interestingly, there have been reports of individuals experiencing discomfort, such as burning pain, in areas with Permanent Makeup during MRI scans. Iron oxides in the pigment react to magnetic fields and radio waves used in MRIs, causing this sensation.

2. Inorganic Pigments:

  • Inorganic pigments are derived from ores and are generally well-tolerated. However, not all colors can be obtained from this source, so additional metals may be used. Nowadays, inorganic pigments are often a combination of organic and iron oxide elements.

3. Organic Pigments:

  • Organic pigments were traditionally derived from living organisms, such as plants or animals, and are carbon derivatives. However, some organic pigments made from plant extracts can lead to severe allergic reactions.

  • Today, most colors are synthetically created in labs, blending carbon with various substances, including nitrogen, hydrogen, and oxygen. These ratios are adjusted to modify colors.

  • Organic pigments often contain alumina hydroxide, which is insoluble and helps with color retention and skin penetration. Modern organic pigments are hypo-allergenic due to the presence of alumina hydroxide, preventing direct tissue reactions.

A Final Note on Safety:

  • The world of Permanent Makeup is still a gray area in terms of regulations in many states. Therefore, it's crucial to choose your PMU artist carefully!

  • As a client, you have every right to inquire about the brand of pigments used and their ingredients.

  • Don't hesitate to ask questions before the procedure to ensure your peace of mind and safety.

Remember, Permanent Makeup is not just about beauty; it's about the science and artistry of pigments that can enhance your natural features. Embrace this transformative journey with knowledge and confidence! 😊

Sincerely, 😊

Rita Makmak - Permanent Makeup Artist

Your Beauty Is My Passion

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