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In today's fast-paced world, simplifying beauty routines has become a trend.

From perfecting eyebrows to enhancing the natural color and shape of lips, and even waking up with fluttery lashes sans mascara, semi-permanent makeup procedures offer a convenient solution. This is especially beneficial for those who are constantly on the go and struggle to find time for extensive makeup routines.

These procedures not only save time and effort but also provide long-lasting results. Here are three popular semi-permanent makeup procedures that can elevate your beauty routine.

1. Microblading

Microblading is a semi-permanent tattooing technique that transforms sparse eyebrows into defined, natural-looking arches. During the procedure, tiny hair-like strokes are made while pigment is deposited into the skin's epidermal layer. While the initial appointment can take up to two hours, the results last one to two years with minimal upkeep, according to Trillium Creek Dermatology.

The process begins with eyebrow mapping to determine the desired shape, and then a numbing cream is applied to minimize discomfort during the procedure. Aftercare involves avoiding water contact for 10 days to ensure proper healing. 

While the initial boldness fades over time, a touch-up appointment six weeks later ensures long-lasting results.

2. Lip Blushing

Lip blushing enhances lip color and shape through semi-permanent tattooing. Using a tiny blade, pigment is deposited into the lips and along the lip line to create a fuller, more defined appearance. While the procedure typically lasts about an hour, the results can last up to two years, as per Cleveland Clinic.

During the procedure, a topical anesthetic is applied. The technician then works to achieve the desired lip shape and color, layering ink until the perfect result is achieved. 

3. Eyelash Extensions

Eyelash extensions offer voluminous, fluttery lashes without the need for daily mascara application. Unlike traditional false lashes, extensions are meticulously attached to each natural lash, offering a more natural look and longer-lasting results. 

The type of extension varies depending on personal preference and budget, with options including silk, mink, or synthetic fibers. With proper care, extensions can last six weeks to two months, according to All About Vision.