Make up you can wake up in

For most women in the UK, applying make-up in the morning is like getting dressed or having breakfast – it’s just part of the normal routine. But what if you didn’t have to spend a fortune on regularly buying beauty products or spend hours prettifying yourself? What if you woke up every day with your make-up looking as fresh as a character from a TV show?

It may be possible, if you opt for semi-permanent make-up. One woman who investigated this area a few years ago and has since become an expert on it is Debra Robson-Lawrence. Based in her discreet Harley Street clinic, Robson-Lawrence pioneered semi-permanent make-up over 20 years ago and these days is acknowledged as a leader in her field. She is sought out by everyone from actresses desiring high-definition perfection right through to women who’ve lost their eyebrows through chemotherapy or alopecia and who want to look their confident best again.

Cosmetic surgeon Dr Rajiv Grover has described Robson-Lawrence as having “a magic touch”.

So, what is semi-permanent make-up? It’s easy for Hollywood horror stories to spring to mind when you think of this form of make-up. But we’ve come a long way since the days of bold and scary-looking tattooed-on eyebrows. These days the whole point is that it’s subtle enough to make you simply look fresher and prettier, which is the main reason that it’s good to visit a practitioner who really knows what they’re doing.

Semi-permanent make-up can be an option for a number of looks including enhancing brows, contouring and defining lips or adding a flattering infusion of rosiness to lips that are grey or have a lifeless appearance. It can even be used to successfully recreate the appearance of eyelashes – a godsend for anyone who has lost their own eyelashes through alopecia or cancer, or for burns patients.

Robson-Lawrence has trademarked a micro-pigmentation technique called Fame (Facial Aesthetic Micro Enhancement), which is ultra-delicate.

The clinic also has a technique that can be used for optical nipple and areola reconstruction in women who’ve had implants after partial or total mastectomies. Ten per cent of the cost of each reconstructive procedure is donated to Breast Cancer Care. 
So if you fancy turning back the clock a few years or simply correcting a few flaws, then semi-permanent make-up may well be worth considering.