Which Permanent Makeup Pigment

Line Is Right For Me?

Permanent makeup, also known as micropigmentation, has become increasingly popular in recent years. This cosmetic procedure involves the application of pigments to enhance or correct various facial features, such as eyebrows, eyeliner, and lip colour.


It can be confusing when searching for PMU supplies to know which to go for - there is NO PERFECT pigment for PMU or ink work, but when it comes to choosing the right pigment and making killer beauty looks for your permanent makeup clients, there are two main types to consider: organic and inorganic pigments.

Organic Pigments

Organic pigments are derived from carbon. Carbon based permanent makeup pigments and inks are known for their vibrant colours and are often used in traditional tattooing too. In permanent makeup, organic pigments are favoured for their ability to implant easily into the skin, the smaller particle size of carbon in the PMU Pigment allows easy implantation. This is both good and bad… in some ways it can make these pigments easy to work with BUT can also make it easy to oversaturate a PMU eyebrow.

Organic pigments tend to fade less quickly than in-organic pigments (again due to the carbon). This can be an advantage for those wanting long lasting permanent makeup, but not so good when adjustments need to be made over time….like warming up the colour of the brows as pigment ages. Because organic pigments have an element of carbon, and often have carbon black, there is a tendency for this black to be the “ruling” tone, and brows can become more ashy over time.


Organic pigments are great for resistant or oily skins. Li Pigments Organic range is called LOADED! And for good reason… Li Loaded is highly concentrated, carbon based, great for resistant skins. *** Use with caution, especially if you are a beginner to the world of permanent makeup and pigments *** Other carbon based ranges include Permablend, Brow Daddy and Tina Davies.


In-Organic Pigments

Inorganic pigments, on the other hand, are made from iron oxides. They are also known for their long-lasting properties. Inorganic pigments like Li Aqua tend to have the ability to maintain their colour without healing too ashy in the skin over time. This is because they do not contain carbon black, and this tone does not rule as the colour ages in the skin.

Inorganic pigments tend to have a much kinder fade off in the skin, with less longevity - which is great for being able to make adjustments to shape and colour. In the past they were known for fading off to red rather than their organic pigment cousins that fade off to grey…. BUT in reality good modern brands like Li Pigments Aqua range this is not a problem. Inorganic pigments like Monica Ivani range, LI Aqua & Li Aqua Euro tend to react really well under laser too, so if there is a pair that need removal it is much easier job usually.


Fading Over Time

Regardless of whether you choose an Organic range like Li Aqua, Li Aqua Euro, Monica Ivani or Inorganic pigments like Li Loaded for your permanent makeup, it is important to understand how they will fade over time. All permanent makeup fades to some extent, and the rate of fading can depend on factors such as the type of pigment used, the area being treated, and your skin type.


In-organic pigments tend to fade more quickly than organic pigments, which can be an advantage if you want to change your look or update your makeup over time, or adjust with colour corrections. Organic pigments tend to last longer and require fewer touch-ups, but they can also look more artificial, end up grey and ashy over time and may be more difficult to remove if needed.


Ultimately, the choice between organic and inorganic pigments for permanent makeup will depend on your individual needs and preferences. It is important to choose a reputable and experienced permanent makeup artist who can help guide you in selecting the right pigment for your skin tone and desired outcome.

Help & Advice

By taking the time to research and choose the right pigment, you can achieve a beautiful and long-lasting result that enhances your clients natural beauty.


If you are a PMU Professional or Artist, Monica Ivani Pigments, Li Aqua and Li Loaded can be purchased in our shop! Please send us a message if you would like more information on how to trial our range!