What is Permanent Makeup?
Permanent Makeup, also referred to as micro-pigmentation, cosmetic tattooing or dermal-pigmentation, is a process whereby completely natural pigments are implanted beneath the epidermis (top layer of skin), into the dermal layer (second layer of skin), by micro insertion. This technique has been medically developed and specifically designed for a safe permanent application. 

The pigments used have been specially formulated for cosmetic application. These are not to be compared with traditional tattooing, in which permanent skin dyes and inks are placed into the skin.

Who would benefit from Permanent Cosmetics?

Everyone from the young to the elderly, who desire a natural enhancement to their appearance!

Those who:
Are cancer survivors.
Are fashion conscious.
Want to save time each day.
Have to look their best in the professional world.
Have sparse, or very light eyebrows.
Are allergic to cosmetics.
Have ultra-sensitive eyes.
Wear contact lenses.
Have sparse lashes.
Have visual limitations.
Have unsteady or arthritic hands.
Often engage in strenuous activity.
Want to look naturally beautiful, always.
Want the convenience of make-up that won’t smudge, smear or wear off.

How do I choose the right practitioner for my procedure?

We cannot emphasize enough how important it is for you to understand the different types of cosmetic procedures and how to qualify someone to help you reach your goals!  Please read our page on SELECTING THE RIGHT PRACTITIONER.

Does the procedure hurt?

In the most delicate areas, some discomfort may be experienced. The use of topical anesthetic helps to lessen any discomfort. If you are apprehensive and would like to take medication prescribed by your physician prior to your appointment, we have no objections but will not provide you with any prescription medications. Everyone has a different threshold of pain but we find that overall the discomfort is short lived in exchange for the long term reward that you get from the procedure.

Is it safe?

Allergic reactions to permanent cosmetic procedures are extremely rare. The cosmetic pigments are made from completely natural ingredients, and disposable sterile needles and surgical gloves are used for each procedure. However, micro-pigmentation is a skin invasive procedure. It is extremely important to consult an experienced professional technician who is licensed, qualified and conscientious. As a Registered Nurse, I can walk you through all these considerations to address any concerns you might have.

What About Sterilization, Sanitation, And Infection risk?

Please be assured that, with my nursing background, I place the highest priority on your health and safety. Sanitary surroundings, sterile equipment, disposable needles, and quality products are a must.

How long does each procedure take?

Times vary according to the individual’s sensitivity, hydration, density, elasticity, and overall condition of the skin.

Allowing time for anesthetics to take effect, implanting of the pigment, and some final fine tuning of the procedure, average time for the initial visit is as follows:

1 – 2 hours for eyeliner, eyebrows or lipliner.

2 + hours for full lip color or areola repigmentation.

How many appointments will be necessary?

Six to eight weeks after the initial application, a follow-up visit may be required to perfect the lines or color. This visit usually does not require as much time as the initial procedure.

What services do you offer?

I specialize in permanent makeup, skin treatments, and paramedical treatments. Please browse my SERVICES section

How much does permanent cosmetic make up cost?

The average cost per procedure varies somewhat depending on the area being treated, but usually averages between $250-$450. Check the SERVICES section.

Remember, the cost of the procedure should not be the most important issue when consulting a potential technician. Since what you are contemplating will be a permanent application, the most important factors to consider are the training, skill, expertise and artistic ability of the technician! I have the training, experience and nursing background to safely bring you a result that you will love for years to come!

Is Permanent Make-up Really Permanent?

Although some fading may occur, the pigment will remain in the skin forever. A color enhancement may be desired after 4-6 years.  It is essential that a sun block be applied over the permanent make-up area at any time that you are exposed to the sun or a tanning bed. Also, chlorine is a bleach and continuous exposure can cause pigments to fade or change tint. Many skin rejuvenation products and processes such as retin-a, alpha-hydroxy, laser resurfacing, chemical peels and micro dermabrasion can also cause premature fading of pigment.

Are There Any Precautions That Should Be Taken Before Any Procedure?

I will provide you with a complete pre-care set of guidelines specific to any cosmetic procedure. For lips, if you have ever had fever blisters we suggest that you obtain a prescription for Zovirax or Valtrex capsules from your physician and begin taking them two days prior to the procedure (5 days total). Also, to lessen inflammation, Benadryl is recommended the morning before and the evening following the procedure.

What Can I Expect Immediately Following A Procedure?

I approach this process with great care. The results immediately following the procedure will look somewhat darker and more pronounced than desired. Within the week, the excess pigment is sloughed off, leaving a soft natural look. Right afterwards, you may experience slight swelling and redness but only minimal discomfort. I will provide you with written guidelines for post-procedure care.

Ready to Get Started?

Tired of spending hours applying makeup? Contact me today for your FREE consultation!



415 East Main Street, Livingston, TN 38570 (in Stonehouse Day Spa)


5411 Peavine Road, Crossville, TN 38571  (in Fairfield Glade)


Lasting Impressions Permanent Cosmetics
Meichelle Knoblock, RN, LTA

Hours are by appointment only