The increasing popularity of permanent cosmetics procedures has attracted not only highly skilled professional make-up artists but also many opportunistic or young practitioners without any background in make-up or adequate formal training in permanent cosmetic techniques. Armed with inexpensive equipment, a set of “one-size-fits-all” stencils and a limited choice of pigment shades, some practitioners often produce work that does not complement the client’s face and may even look totally out of place. Although their prices are frequently cheaper, the correction of their unfortunate results is neither cheap nor easy.
Permanent Makeup is truly an art, not just a process. Your goal should be to find a permanent make up artist, not just a technician. Your results will be only as good as the artist you choose. Regulations vary widely from state to state, and consumers need to educate themselves before deciding on where to go. How can you tell if your permanent cosmetics technician is a qualified professional or not?
Choose your technician carefully, by considering their training, experience, and examples of their previous work. Check for licensing, certifications, and full compliance with state and local regulations. Be sure they have liability insurance.
You should never shop for price in this matter. This is your face, and a bargain price is not a bargain if the end result is less than satisfactory. There are many technicians performing these services who have had inadequate training or limited experience.
You want natural soft cosmetics that enhance your face without being too bold or overdone. Color knowledge is one of the most important factors to a quality application of permanent cosmetics. Just look at all the regular cosmetics on the market to see how important color is. You want an artist who understands skin tones and colors that will enhance your natural features.
Techniques vary for different results, so make sure you ask if the artist is capable of giving you the look you want. You want an artist who can do corrections, alterations and camouflage. The talent and experience of the practitioner makes all the difference in finished look. Look for someone who will give you soft, natural results.
Take time to check out the artist you are contemplating for services. It is well worth the extra time spent to be assured of quality permanent make up that you can enjoy for years to come. Remember, word-of-mouth recommendations from very satisfied friends or associates who have had the procedure you are contemplating are usually the best guides.
Here are the primary determining factors:
Years of experience
Before and after photos
Price (usually too low of a price indicates inexperience)