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By: Laura Moss on Feb. 28, 2011, 11:25 a.m.
woman getting permanent eyeliner tattooed

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Get permanent makeup

Hold on to your lipstick: The average woman spends $14,000 on makeup in her lifetime. You could always give up the concealer and eye shadow and opt for the natural look, but if you’re one of those people whose eyeliner would have to be pried from her cold dead fingers, there’s another option: permanent makeup.

This cosmetic technique involves the permanent pigmentation of the skin, or tattoos, to produce the results of makeup on the face, lips and eyelids. These procedures cost $200 to $800 depending on the clinic, so you could conceivably save a lot of money by getting your makeup tattooed onto your face. However, as with any tattoo, you run the risk of allergic reaction and infection. But if you’re certain you’ll always want those bright red lips, then maybe it’s time to ditch the tube and embrace the needle.