Removing Permanent Makeup: How It Works!

Written by Dr. Evelyn Sterling

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Always perfectly styled? That would be great.

However, many women do not want to waste too much time in front of the mirror and therefore opt for permanent makeup. As long as you feel comfortable with it and permanent makeup is the right choice for you, it poses no problem. But what if the beautician botched the makeup or you no longer like it after a while?

Always having a perfect eyeliner, always full lashes and eyebrows: Permanent makeup can be used in various ways. If it’s well done and the person is satisfied with it, there are no objections to permanent makeup.

However, it looks bad when one is not satisfied with the result or wants to return to the natural look after some time. Because permanent makeup lasts up to ten years, only then does it slowly fade. For those who don’t want to wait that long to have it removed, we’ve summarized the options for having permanent makeup removed.

Removing Permanent Makeup: Here’s How!

1. With a Laser

You can consider yourself lucky if you or the beautician notice during the treatment that the permanent makeup is not symmetrical or the eyeliner on one eye is a bit too thick or too thin. However, if the mishap is only noticed after the treatment, the only option is usually to visit a beauty clinic. There, a cosmetic surgeon can laser off the makeup. In most cases, one or two sessions are enough, but it can still be quite expensive.

Health insurance does not cover these laser treatments, meaning you have to pay out of pocket. The prices for a laser treatment vary greatly and can range between 80 and 400 euros. However, it is always recommended to go to a recognized or at least very well-rated doctor, as you certainly don’t want to be dissatisfied with the removal as well. Those who have had their eyebrows beautified with permanent makeup should inform themselves well beforehand. Some color compositions are very difficult to remove with a laser.

2. With the Remover Technique

Another method is the Remover Technique, which originates from America. This removal uses a special paste that causes a chemical reaction on the skin. This paste is often based on fruit acid. It is applied to the affected areas, repelling the color pigments and removing them from the organism. However, this treatment cannot be used for permanent eye makeup, as contact of the eye’s conjunctiva with the acid could be too dangerous. The Remover Technique, however, is suitable for removing microblading on the eyebrows or on the lips. The makeup can usually be removed after the first session. The cost can range between 80 and 200 euros.

3. Through Camouflage

Camouflage nmight sound strange at first, but in this case, it’s not about covering the makeup with a green camouflage pattern, but rather overpainting the permanent makeup with a pigment color to correct it. However, this does not really remove the makeup. Another downside: In the worst case, the pigment color can mix with the old color, leading to discoloration. The problem is: If the camouflage also goes wrong, a laser usually can’t help anymore, as too light colors cannot be removed by the laser. An eyeliner correction with camouflage starts at about 50 euros.