How To Choose Your Permanent Makeup Technician

How To Choose Your Permanent Makeup Technician
June 19, 2015

Many women spend much of their time in the morning applying makeup in order to accentuate their features and improve their looks. If you happen to be one of these women, you should consider undergoing receiving permanent makeup services from a skilled permanent makeup technician. As you can likely imagine, there are many benefits of having permanent lipliner, lip color, eyeliner, and eyebrow coloring. Not only will you save a considerable amount of time in the morning, but you will also look just as good when you wake up in the morning as you did when you went to sleep in the evening.

However, as the field of permanent cosmetics is fairly new, you should put lots of care and attention into picking the right permanent makeup technician. Here are a few tips that will help you do just that with relatively little difficulty.


One factor that that should play role in your decision when it comes to choosing a permanent makeup technician is price. In most cases, the cost of a procedure performed by a permanent makeup technician will cost no less than $400, but no more than $800. If the procedure happens to be quite advanced, you may have to pay $150 to $250 per hour. When it comes to permanent makeup procedures, the truth is you should be paying at least a few hundred dollars. If you aren’t paying a lot of money for a procedure, there is likely something very wrong.

Ideally, you should choose the very best permanent makeup technician you can afford. It can be tempting to go for the cheapest permanent cosmetics technician available. If you fail to resist to this temptation, while you will likely save a considerable amount of money, you may end up being very unhappy with the results of the procedure. Usually, if the price of a permanent cosmetics procedure is exceedingly cheap, this is an indication of a lack of experience or skill on the part of the permanent makeup technician.

A permanent makeup technician who charges a very low price for his or her services will likely fail to use proper sterilization and good equipment. When it comes to permanent cosmetics procedures, not only are your looks at stake, but also your safety. Only a well-paid technician can afford to use sterile, quality equipment while still making a profit.

The price your permanent makeup technician charges should include one follow-up visit at the very least. Some technicians include two follow-up visits in the price that they charge for their services. If a technician does not include a follow-up visit or two in the price they charge, their services are below the care standards of the permanent makeup industry. Find a new technician promptly. In most cases, the results of a permanent makeup procedure will not be completely perfect, no matter how skilled your technician happens to be. Therefore, you will likely need to return to your technician for some touch-ups to perfect the look.

Also, the price that your technician charges should include the cost of the use of over-the-counter anesthetics. These topical anesthetics will be used to minimize the discomfort and pain that may be associated with the procedure.

Therefore, while price is certainly an important factor in choosing your permanent makeup technician, it should not be the only factor that plays a role in your decision. You do not have the means to price shop when a permanent cosmetics procedure will alter your looks for the rest of your life. If you feel tempted to go for the cheapest option when it comes to permanent cosmetics, remind yourself that you will have to live with your decision for the rest of your life.

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Experience and Background

Ideally, your permanent makeup technician should have plenty of experience with permanent cosmetics procedures. Before you pay for the services of a permanent makeup technician, you should inquire about their background and experience in the field.

Ensure that you do not allow a new student to perform a permanent cosmetics procedure on you. Choose a technician who has been in the industry for at least a few years and inquire about how many procedures they’ve done. Do not choose an inexperienced permanent makeup technician who has performed very few procedures. If a permanent makeup technician has performed many procedures, take a look at their portfolio to see the quality of the procedures. Just because a technician has performed many procedures does not mean the quality of all the procedures are up to par with your expectations.

The permanent makeup technician you hire should meet all the training and license requirements of your state. Each state has different requirements that a technician must fulfill in order to be allowed to perform permanent cosmetics procedures. In some states, the license for permanent cosmetics falls under the broader license regulations for tattooers. On the other hand, other states have separate licenses for the field of permanent cosmetics. There are even some states that don’t regulate this field at all. If you happen to live in such a state, you must take it upon yourself to select a good technician in-state, or you should consider traveling to another state to undergo the procedure.

Almost every state board that offers a license for the permanent cosmetics field require technicians to complete a minimum amount of training hours in-school. This requirement can be as minimal as just one or two days in some states. Other states, on the flip side, require more than 300 hours of training to get licensed. If your state’s regulations for the permanent makeup field is minimal or nonexistent, you should consider traveling to another state with more stringent requirements.

The technician you choose to perform your permanent makeup procedure should have undergone bloodborne pathogens training. This class teaches permanent makeup technicians, who perform invasive procedures, how to perform procedures safely and avoid cross-contamination between patients. The requirements when it comes to this class will vary vastly from state-to-state. In fact, in certain states, such as California, the requirements vary from county-to-county. Upon completion of a bloodborne pathogens class, the technician will receive a certificate. Therefore, you should have the technician show this certificate to you as proof. In some states, you may be able to contact the local or state Health Department to determine if a technician has truly taken this class, as tattoo artists are required to register with the Health Department in certain states and counties. Permanent makeup does qualify as tattoos, no matter what other people may try to tell you.

Since the field of permanent cosmetics is relatively recent and new, you should look for a technician who takes the time and effort to undergo training on a regular basis. This field changes drastically very quickly. Therefore, you need a technician with skills that are current.

If you want to undergo a procedure for permanent lip color, it is essential that you find a technician who is very skilled and experienced in performing this procedure. Due to the sensitivity of the lips in comparison to the rest of the face, lip work is far more advanced than permanent eyebrow or eyeliner procedures. Before you agree to undergo a permanent lip color procedure, you should have a close look at the picture portfolio of the technician. Permanent cheek blush and eyeshadow procedures are the most difficult permanent cosmetics procedures of all. Therefore, if you want to have one of these procedures done, select a technician that has been in the field for many years with good results to show for all their experience.

Take it upon yourself to evaluate the skill of your permanent makeup technician. The purpose of a permanent makeup procedure is to have permanent soft cosmetics tattooed onto your face in order to enhance your features. The permanent cosmetics should not be too bold or over-the-top. The look should ideally be as natural as possible. In order to determine if a technician is capable of creating this natural look for you, ask him or her to quickly draw a set of brows onto a blank piece of paper. The technician should use natural hair-like strokes in order to draw the set of eyebrows, which should look like they came out of a drawn portrait or picture. If your technician passes this test, he or she can likely give you the soft, natural results you desire.

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Working Environment

While you certainly want the results of the permanent cosmetics procedure to be beautiful and natural-looking, you should also keep your safety in mind when it comes to choosing a permanent makeup technician. A technician can be incredibly skilled when it comes to performing procedures, but if he or she does not have your safety in mind, you should not hire him or her.

In order to ensure your health and safety, you should visit the site where the procedure will be performed. Make sure the site meets the standards for hygiene and physical cleanliness set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The premises should have both hot and cold running water in more rooms than just the restroom. The procedure should be performed in a private room especially for permanent makeup procedures. There should be no contaminants in the room that may be able to circulate in the air. An example of a contaminant includes acrylic nail dust.

The permanent cosmetics technician should be clean and neat in terms of appearance. They should put on new gloves before performing a procedure on a new client. They should should also replace the sheets on their chair or bed for each client. The nails of the technician should be short and clean. Most important of all, the technician should use sterilized equipment and new needles for every single client.


As mentioned above, you should ask to see many photos of patients who have undergone procedures. Make sure the photos that you’re looking at aren’t purchased or retrieved from the Internet.

The portfolio should include both “before” and “after” photos. Ideally, the “after” photos of the patients should be taken after the healing process. As you likely know, the appearance of the work done will change over time, especially during the healing process. When you look at the photos, you should ensure that the results you see in the “after” photos match the look you’re going for. Based on the photos, you should gauge whether your technician has a good eye for bone structure and face shapes. They should also have a talent for detail, symmetry, and use of color. A common issue with permanent makeup procedures is colors turning khaki, orange, or grey as they fade. A skilled technician will be able to blend colors properly to prevent this fading.

You should also take the time to read the testimonials. While the testimonials should largely be taken with a grain of salt, they will provide some insight into the quality of the procedures and what you can expect in terms of results.

Ask the technician to give you the contact information of past patients, so that you can phone them for some first hand feedback. If the technician is hesitant to do so, take it as a sign that you possibly should look for another technician.

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When it comes to choosing the best permanent makeup technician, there are many things you should consider, such as price, background, experience, the working environment of the technician, and the portfolio of past work. Permanent makeup procedures are tattoo procedures, which means the results will last forever. Therefore, it is in your best interest to do as much research as possible in order to pick a permanent makeup technician who is perfect for the job. Not only are your looks at stake when you have a technician perform a permanent makeup procedure on you, but so is your health, as permanent makeup procedures are considered rather invasive in nature.