Is there an age limit to Permanent Makeup?

by | May 29, 2024

I have clients who are interested in gifting Permanent Makeup brows, eyeliner and lips for their elderly mothers.  

 
Here is a scenario.
My mother is 80 years old, her vision and steadiness of her hands are decreasing.  She is having difficulty putting on makeup around her eyes and gets easily frustrated.  Even worse, she draws skinny harsh lines for brows.   Is she too old for Cosmetic Tattoo, Permanent Makeup?
 
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No matter how old or young we are, we all want to look presentable.  For those who think that once you turn 70 or 80, you won’t care about your looks…Think again!  If you care how you look now, you are more likely to Always care.  After all, we are living longer and staying more active.  Social events help us feel connected and alive.  And if you want to look good?  GAME ON!!!  It is true, age is just a number.  It’s how you feel that counts.
 

When we consider permanent makeup for older skin, we need to assess the elasticity and thickness of their skin.  There are many products that can help temporarily hydrate and firm skin.  However, a large factor in aging of skin relies on our overall lifestyle and genetics.  Sun worshippers tend to wrinkle earlier in life.  And the less melanin you have, (fair skin), women tend to have drier skin.  Therefore, the answer to “is my mother too old for Permanent Makeup?” varies for each client and some Permanent makeup procedures are better than others for aging skin.  Clients with extremely thin skin do not make an ideal candidate, especially around the eyes.  Ask your Permanent Makeup Artist do a quick consult prior to booking an appt.  One of the easier ways to gauge the thickness of your skin is to close one eye.  Zoom in on the skin above. your lashes to the crease of your lower lid.  Can you clearly see purple or green veins.  If the answer is “Yes”, be careful with eyeliner procedures.   Opt for brows and lips.

As we age, our skin produce less collagen.  As a result, our skin decreases in volume and elasticity.   This is where Fillers and Botox can help maintain the structure of our face.  Juvederm, Restylane, Voluma.  Microblading tool is not ideal for thin skin.  The cutting motion is too aggressive and invasive for aging skin.  Inquire about Permanent Makeup Artists that use SofTap or the rotary machine.  They tend to do better with aging skin.

 
San Ramon, CA