If you want to save time in the morning, or if you can’t see as well as you used to when looking in the mirror, or your hands are unsteady, permanent cosmetics may lift your spirits.
“Permanent cosmetics give people the look they want, if they have thinning eyebrows or are having trouble applying makeup,” says Kim Foster, owner of Permanent Cosmetic Clinic, 421 S. Mulford Road, Suite 203. “It just makes people feel better because they can get up and run to the store without looking sick or like they just got out of bed. The result is soft and natural, as if they put it on themselves.”
Foster has been in the beauty industry for 40 years and has offered permanent cosmetics since 2003. She has worked at her current location since 2008.
Foster spends a lot of time dispelling myths about permanent cosmetics. She says they’re not harsh and are not a “tattoo for the face.”
“People are always surprised how natural they look,” she says. “The color is made from pigment, not ink, as used in body art. Depending on your age, skin type, skin care and lifestyle, the permanent cosmetic should be touched up every one to two years. People can continue to use makeup for a more dramatic look. The permanent cosmetics are not meant to totally replace makeup.”
The most common requests Foster gets are for permanent eyebrows, eyeliners and full lip color.
When it comes to choosing colors for the brows, eyelids and lips, Foster recommends going with what you’re used to wearing. This isn’t a time for drastic change.
“People know what they want and what they like. Our techniques just help people not have to work so hard at getting the look they want,” she says.
Especially with brows, there are several techniques that can be used. Foster prefers a “feathering” technique that goes deeper, gives the technician better control and produces a softer, more natural look.
Most procedures take about 60 to 90 minutes and require two applications, about six weeks apart. Foster works on an appointment-only basis and offers free consultations over the phone or in person. Learn more by calling (815) 229-8120. ❚