Digital method of semi-permanent makeup uses a machine very similar to a standard tattoo machine, it has a pen like hand tool and needles attach in various sizes and configurations which create different styles and results. The machine vibrates making a gentle buzzing noise, similar to an electric toothbrush and pushes the tiny needle in and out of the hand tool, gently held against the skin the needles accurately inject pigment into the skin in tiny dots. Lots of different styles can be created by using different needles and techniques, changing the speed of the machine and the hand stroke will change the amount of pigment that is implanted.
By opting for a tiny single needle, increasing the machine speed and working very slowly technicians can create individual hair strokes like manual Microbladed strokes, but by slowing the speed of the machine and using a faster “whipping” hand technique (similar to sketching a pencil drawing) will create a very soft powdery or ombré effect.
The digital method is a lot more exact, the technician can gauge their pressure and depth a lot easier than manual, the pigment is injected in tiny dots rather than channels that are cut so there is far less chance of scarring although scabbing is more common with powder styles. With skill the technician will add layers of pigment increasing the intensity of the style.
Semi-Permanent makeup can last between 9 months up to 5 years, but depends on a number of factors, these include skin type, age, skin condition, medical conditions, medication and the general life style of the client.