What is Fade Factor and why is it important in permanent makeup? Permanent Makeup and Microblading is often called ‘semi-permanent’ due to the fact that the pigments used do naturally fade over time. The reason why we use the term ‘permanent makeup’ at K.B Pro® is because no matter how much the pigment fades, there will always be tiny remnants of it left within the skin.
Some people see the fade factor of PMU pigments as a bad thing, but in fact, it’s actually a great thing! Why? Allow us to explain…
Over the years it’s inevitable that fashions and tastes change. The look we loved a year ago many not necessarily be the look that we love now, and the style we chose a few years ago may not suit our face shape now either. For example, perhaps our brow area has dropped a little with the natural ageing process and we’d like to lift our brow arches to give a lifted effect to our eyes. Thanks to the fading of the pigment, this is possible without the need for a pigment removal processes beforehand. This is great news as we are subjecting our skin to less trauma (and saving our bank balance too!) by staying away from laser treatments or other forms of removal.
So, why do pigments fade but traditional tattoo ink seems to stay put? Permanent Makeup pigments are made from much smaller molecules than the molecules that traditional tattoo inks are made from. This means that PMU pigments fade and shrink after a length of time in the skin, becoming less intense. This is what enables us to make changes much easier and ensures that we can continue to make our clients feel great time after time by altering their look to suit their face.