Topical anesthetics have been developed especially for permanent makeup procedures. These creams and gels are applied to the desired area before and during the procedure to assure you of the most comfortable experience possible. Some people describe the sensation as a “tingling” feeling. However most people still experience some discomfort, especially for lip color procedures. How much pain? On the scale of 1-10, you will usually be somewhere between a 0-3. Rarely is anything stronger that a Tylenol necessary for the discomfort and you won’t have to miss work or take off to recover.