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Pros & Cons of Permanent Eyebrows

author image Kay Ireland
Kay Ireland specializes in health, fitness and lifestyle topics. She is a support worker in the neonatal intensive care and antepartum units of her local hospital and recently became a certified group fitness instructor.
Pros & Cons of Permanent Eyebrows
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Permanent makeup such as tattooed eyebrows may seem like a good, time-saving idea. Women with sparse or nonexistent brows may be swayed by the fact that permanent makeup can give the look of eyebrows without having to fuss with pencils and brushes. But permanent makeup is not without cons, and these should be carefully weighed against the pros before making a decision.

Pro: Time

Having your eyebrows permanently tattooed on can shorten your makeup routine. When you apply your brows with makeup, it takes time to draw them on with the eyebrow pencil and then fill them with eyebrow corrector. Tattooed brows remove that aspect of your makeup routine.

Con: Pain

Anyone who has had a tattoo done can attest to the fact that it has a degree of pain involved. Having permanent eyebrows tattooed on the delicate skin above the eyes can be a painful process. However, the pain is short-lived, as the eyebrow area is fairly small and quick to do.

Pro: Defined Face

Permanent eyebrows are sought after because of the way they can define a face. A well-placed, well-shaped brow can make the face look thinner and more polished and even help to make eyes look wider. Some women may even choose to remove their natural brows altogether in favor of permanent ones that are easier to maintain and care for.

Con: Changing Styles

While the eyebrow shape that you choose today may be very much en vogue, changing styles may render your permanent eyebrows out of date and dowdy. Decades ago, perfectly shaped brows were the fashion, but the trends have changed and gravitated toward larger and more unkempt brows at times. Choosing one shape of brow may be in fashion today but not tomorrow.

Pro: Hair Loss Correction

Some women and men suffer from a condition called alopecia, which causes them to lose all of the hair on their bodies, including the hair from their eyebrows. Permanent makeup can help them to restore their eyebrows by giving the right color and shape, helping to camouflage the condition.

Con: Infection and Sensitivity

Getting tattooed eyebrows could cause some infection and problems when you are finished. Some women develop keloids, or puffy scars, after having this treatment done. If you have a history of sensitive skin and scarring, this may not be a good choice for you.

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