Permanent Makeup for Seniors: Is There an Age Limit for PMU?

By Katarina V.| Last updated on February 1, 2023
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⏱️ 6 min read

Semi-permanent makeup has already established itself as a range of procedures that can significantly improve the lives of all women and men, no matter their profession or age.

There is no age limit to permanent makeup. Its benefits are universal, and it’s a life-saver for anyone who wastes time reapplying makeup every day, or has some insecurity they would like to fix.

But more mature skin has some special properties and has to be treated in a certain way. This means some the procedures have to be adapted a bit to give great result of permanent makeup for seniors.

Let’s take a look at what treatments are available to mature clients and what their benefits are.

What Is Permanent Makeup?​

Permanent makeup implies a wide range of procedures that imitate the results of applying regular makeup by injecting pigments of natural origins into the skin.

The most popular treatments are semi-permanent brow tattoos that come is several styles.

Other procedures include:

  • permanent eyeliner and eyelash enhancement
  • lip blushing
  • micropigmentation – procedures aimed at correcting skin discoloration
  • scalp micropigmentation – procedures aimed at camouflaging sparse hair.

What Can Permanent Makeup Do for Older Women?​

The most obvious benefit of semi-permanent makeup is the fact there’s no need to apply regular makeup every day for 1.5 to 3 years. This is how long PMU effects last, after which they fade out if you don’t touch them up.

PMU is useful for saving time, but it could also make the lives of older women easier in other ways. Deteriorating eyesight can make makeup application complicated and frustrating, as can hand tremor, the two essentially harmless, but annoying symptoms of ageing.

As we age, the notion of body image and the desire to look (and feel) our best doesn’t vanish, nor should it. Permanent makeup for the mature woman can have great physical and psychological benefits and boost the quality of life.

What Can Permanent Makeup Do for Older Women?Image source: Instagram @truebeautypmu

Physical Effects of Permanent Makeup for Seniors​

With age, the body goes through numerous changes. Unfortunately, our looks suffer as a result.

Creative use of permanent makeup for seniors can be a way to slow down and reverse the aging process, at least to a certain point. The most obvious sign of aging is hair loss and thinning that affects the scalp, but also eyelashes and eyebrows. The next most obvious change has to do with complexion and the color of lips.

Luckily, these permanent makeup procedures can fix these issues:

Semi-Permanent Eyebrow Tattoo​

Microblading has been a huge trend in the past few years, but its spin off are now equally popular, and some of them are better suited for mature skin. Let’s explore the options.


Microblading implies using a manual tool for drawing on hair-like strokes that blend with the natural hairs (if there are any), or recreate the whole arch from scratch, modifying its shape.

The shape of the brow arch can do wonders to a face. It can lift all the features and give a younger look overall. Helen Mirren is the best example! This senior Hollywood celebrity is a major advocate  for microblading, which reconstructed her sparse brows.

However, microblading is not always a good option for mature clients.

Older skin is generally quite thin and the fine lines blur the strokes, so microblading can a) cause permanent scarring with its manual technique, and b) give unsatisfactory results – the strokes can become a blurry mess.

So although it’s not impossible if your skin is not too thin, you might want to consider the alternatives.

To get a complete overview of microblading treatment, visit our Ultimate Guide to Microblading Eyebrows.

Microblading for old skinImage source: Instagram @naturallookbyeva

Powder Brows

A much better alternative than microblading for seniors is powder brows.

Done with an electric device, this technique is safer for mature skin, and it gives better results.

However, the effects are different from microblading because there are no strokes drawn, juts a powdery shade that looks like wearing brow makeup. That’s why some seniors are reluctant to go for it out of fear that it won’t look natural. But if done right, powder brows for older ladies can look great.

To get a complete overview of the powder brows treatment, visit our Ultimate Guide to Powder Brows.

Powder brows for old skinImage source: Instagram @laura_basili_pmu

Combo or Hybrid Brows

Combo brows are done by combining microblading strokes and some shading for a powder brows effect. More subtle and more natural than just powder brows, combo brows give the effect of natural brows enhanced just a bit with a soft shade.

The shade disguises the blurriness of the strokes, plus it gives an extra enhancement.

Combo brows for old skin
Image source: Instagram @studio.bel

Eyelash enhancement​

A style of permanent eyeliner called eyelash enhancement is a great way to open up the eyes and give them a dose of femininity without looking over the top.

This procedure means darkening the lash line by blending dark pigments into it. It gives the lash back the volume and the color they often lose with age. As there are no harsh lines but rather shading, this look is appropriate for any age group and for every situation.

To find out more about the treatment, visit our Ultimate Guide to Permanent Eyeliner.

Permanent Eyeliner for older skinImage source: @jadejeffordpmu

Lip Blush​

Lips lose their natural color with age. Lip blushing can color them into any shade you want, although most mature women opt for natural, subtle flesh-colored tones. Skilled permanent makeup artists can also make them look fuller and give them the illusion of volume, which is another feature lost with age.

To learn more about the treatment, visit our Semi Permanent Lip Tattoo page. 

Lip blush for old skinImage source: Instagram @laurenspringspmu

Scalp Micropigmentation​

Balding and receding hair is a process that targets a large percentage of men and some women and can cause a significant drop in self-confidence.

Scalp micropigmentation is a permanent makeup treatment for seniors that implies injecting pigment into the scalp in numerous dots that create an illusion of a buzzcut, or densify longer but sparse hair. So it works for clients who don’t have hair at all, or for clients who need a volume boost.

To get a complete overview of a SMP treatment, visit our Ultimate Guide to Scalp Micropigmentation.

Scalp micropigmentation for old peopleImage source: Instagram @scalpmicroscotland

Psychological Effects of Permanent Makeup for Seniors​

Permanent makeup has as much positive effect on the psyche as it does on our look.

In today’s beauty-obsessed world, body image is a universal struggle that affects women and men of all ages. While some people get increasingly comfortable with their bodies with age, many people develop new insecurities.

A study shows that permanent makeup for older women can give them a huge boost in confidence:

‘This study seems to confirm that for these older women, body image remains important, especially qualities of the face.’

So, contrary to the popular belief, women of a certain age still very much care about their looks and enjoy highlighting their femininity. It can also relieve their frustration with some common issues that impede makeup application, like poor eyesight and trembling hands.

Final word​

Permanent makeup is a great way for older women and men to minimize or reverse some of the effect of ageing. It can give you back your brows, youthful rosy lips, enhance your lash line, or volumize your hair.

So for anyone struggling with insecurities related with aging, or anyone who just wants to maximize their femininity, semi-permanent makeup is a practical way to boost your confidence!

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