Permanent Cosmetics and Laser Tattoo Removal

​Mastering the Art of Permanent Makeup: Useful Advice for a Beginner

There are plenty of adverts on the web offering permanent makeup study programmes. It is important to make the right choice as the quality of education, the depth of theoretical training and the number of practical classes will directly affect the quality of your future work.

If you are interested in permanent makeup from the professional perspective and feel like learning how to perform cosmetic tattooing, this article will help you to distinguish a proper tutor or choose the right course to study.

Here is some practical advice for a beginner:

The basic course of studies should not be too short or very cheap. Otherwise, you will be instructed by a recent student trying to raise some money at your expense! A licence or a certificate is not enough to conduct training - personal working experience is what that counts. A permanent makeup artist needs at least 2 years of constant practice to work out his or her own education strategy.

This should be an extended course providing an insight into the fundamentals of medical training (hygiene, dermatology, anesthesia), colour theory and makeup, technological training (types of professional permanent makeup equipment, its disassembly and assembly procedures, working with needles, etc), as well as legal and marketing issues.

Besides the theoretical background during the course, the practical instruction should be given as well. At least 10-15 procedures should be performed on several models with different skin and face types, with and without the trainer's assistance. Individual training or training in a pair with another student should be preferred.

At the end of studies, you should be able to answer the following questions:

- what is the difference between permanent makeup and conventional tattooing;
- what equipment and pigments are used for cosmetic tattooing (as distinct from those used by tattoo artists);
- what techniques are there for performing permanent makeup for lips, eyes and eyebrows;
- how to camouflage skin defects and create a beauty spot with the help micropigmentation;
- how to mix various shades of pigments to get this or that tint and how to define a skin tone (coloristics);
- how to choose the right pigment manufacturer;
- how to design eyebrow shape, lip contour and eyeliner based on the client’s face symmetry and how to draw a sketch by means of conventional makeup prior to the permanent makeup procedure;
- what kinds of permanent makeup equipment and devices are there and how are they operated (technological training);
- how to arrange the workplace in compliance with hygiene requirements (sanitation procedures);
- in what ways anesthetics should be used to make the procedure more comfortable for the client (basic medical training);
- what are the post-treatment effects and what aftercare instructions a patient should follow during the skin regeneration process;
- how to communicate with clients in a difficult or conflict situation, how to held a consultation session and answer typical questions related to permanent cosmetics;
- what are follow-up and touch-up sessions and why are they necessary.

No doubts, a nurse, an artist or a visagist will master the art of permanent makeup far more quickly and easily. However, even without artistry or clinical background, one can do very well if she or he has a steady hand and “artful eye”, as well as a great desire to learn.

To finish a course of studies in permanent makeup is not enough. To achieve high proficiency and gain extensive knowledge, one should never stop the learning process. Practise as much as you can, refine your technique and visit workshops, conferences and seminars - and you will be a great success soon!