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The History of Permanent Cosmetics

Tattoos were brought to Europe by English sailors who traveled through the Polynesian islands, and the word was eventually added to the dictionary. A tattoo is a mark made on the skin by inserting a pigment or ink underneath. In technical terms, it’s known as dermal pigmentation. Usually, tattoos are used as a means of body modification or decoration.

Here’s all you need to know about cosmetic tattoos:

Permanent cosmetics

Tattoos are sometimes used to replicate hair, eyebrows, lipstick, or eyeliner as a part of permanent cosmetics. Medical professionals also use cosmetic tattoos to disguise discolorations on the skin, such as vitiligo and scars. The technique can also be used to enhance or restore a women’s areolas after a mastectomy or breast surgery.

Permanent cosmetic technicians need special training and education along with a mixture of technical and artistic skills to produce an aesthetically pleasing final look. Permanent cosmetics are often also referred to as cosmetic tattooing, micro pigmentation, or derma pigmentation.


The art of micro pigmentation has been around for thousands of years. Many bodies uncovered through archeological practices have tattoos as old as 3000 B.C. Many Nubian and Egyptian mummies are tattooed, and there are traces of tattooing being a common part of Greek, Aztec, and Mayan cultures as well. This tradition has persisted over the centuries and is often used to create prestige and beauty and to differentiate oneself from the rest.

Modern cosmetic tattoos

Sutherland Macdonald was the first tattoo artist who applied permanent makeup at his tattoo parlor in 1902. He was well-known for being able to tattoo a delicate rosy complexion onto his clients. The “London fad” eventually crossed the Atlantic and was further developed by George Burchett, who described how women unknowingly got tattoos in the form of complexion treatments in his memoirs.

Today, permanent makeup has evolved to consist of safer dyes that fade more naturally compared to before. Pigments used to fade to green, requiring people to cover them up with actual makeup until they faded completely. Different techniques also emulate current makeup trends and beauty standards, such as individual hair strokes for eyebrows instead one, thin line.

Some modern cosmetic tattoo techniques include:

  • Microblading: This technique involves the use of a thin blade that creates micro-cuts on the eyebrows to inject a mixture of pigments to emulate hair strands. This gives a natural look that can last for many months and can even out, darken, or elongate the brows.
  • Eyeliner: Permanent eyeliner is applied along the lash line to recreate the look of traditional eyeliner.
  • Lip blushing: This technique enhances the fullness, symmetry, shape, and color of the lips.

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