What is Cosmetic Tattooing?  

Cosmetic tattooing is a popular treatment involving the insertion of colour pigments into the superficial dermis layer of the skin. The process has instant results and improves the appearance of the features. In addition, the method also adds definition to the skin. Cosmetic tattooing has long-lasting results that will last for several years before a touch-up is needed.


Simply put, cosmetic tattooing treatments define the lips, brows, and cheeks. The process ensures that the client’s appearance remains natural while enhancing facial features. However, it is essential to note that all cosmetic tattoos will fade after some time. The fading means the client will need to redo the procedure eventually. Because they fade, many countries do not allow cosmetic tattooing procedures to be advertised as permanent, and salons often describe the treatment as semi-permanent to change the shape and colour of the lips, brows or add colour to the cheeks.

Several natural processes affect the time before the tattooed makeup begins to fade. These factors include exposure to the sun and the natural turnover process of skin cell growth. To make the best of your cosmetic tattooing, always make sure you wear sunscreen before going outside.

Cosmetic tattooing can also be helpful after medical procedures; it is then referred to as medical tattooing. Medical tattooing is often used for patients who have undergone procedures such as brow lifts. It is also used on patients who have undergone breast augmentation surgery or a mastectomy. 

Cosmetic tattooing is done using a small tattooing machine which is purpose-made for this type of treatment. Using tattoo machines, safe pigments are inserted into the skin’s dermis. This process is expertly regulated to ensure the client does not suffer adverse effects. Trained professionals will ensure they use suitable needles and machines to complete the job and ensure the client is happy with the result.

Cosmetic tattooing is a safe treatment for almost anyone, from young to old. Before the tattoo session begins, the client is taken through a process which tests for an allergy to the pigment. Once the client passes this process, the tattooing can commence. 

Cosmetic tattooing is perfect for clients who wish to:

  • Naturally, enhance their features.
  • Explore other alternatives to wearing makeup.
  • Have fuller eyebrows.
  • Enhance their features following facial surgery.
  • Save time applying makeup.

There is minimal discomfort during and after a cosmetic tattooing procedure. The technician applies a topical aesthetic which is of high quality. The technician usually uses the most potent numbing cream for the brow and lip areas. The cream ensures that the area to work on is numb during the procedure. 

Directly after the procedure, clients will experience that the area which has been worked on is red and swollen. The redness will mostly subside within a few hours. After several days the tattoos will begin to darken. The darkening happens as the pigment starts to mature and settle in. After a few weeks, the client will see the full effects of their cosmetic tattoos. Most salons offer a top-up session after one month to make any adjustments desired by the client.