Cosmetic tattooing permanently adds pigment to the skin in a way that resembles makeup. For example, permanent color can be added to the lips to resemble lipstick, to the eyes to resemble eyeliner, and to the cheeks to resemble blush. Cosmetic tattooing is performed for medical reasons as well. For those who’ve lost their eyebrows due to illness or old age, this process provides a permanent solution by drawing them on or filling in what’s there.
While it may sound like a great idea to be able to wake up and look flawless, the results can look cartoonish if the tattoo isn’t done properly. Immediately after the tattoo, the results will be dark and unflattering. Over time, like any tattoo, the ink will begin to fade—especially on the face, where natural oils are produced.