Common Permanent Makeup Mistakes

Written by: Sally Hayes Date of published: .

Waking up in the morning and not having to go through a rigorous and lengthy makeup routine is a dream of many women. Whether it was years ago or more recently when you underwent a permanent makeup routine, if you are unhappy with the results, there is hope.

Unnatural Eyebrows

Perfecting their eyebrows is a task that many women have struggled with for years, so they turn to permanent makeup in hopes that they will never have to deal with this issue again. However, drawn-on eyebrows can look unnatural if they are not done correctly. They might be too harsh or the wrong color; in fact, they might turn out not matching with your hair shade at all. Makeup artists may also craft them in a way that draws too much attention to that area of the face. Eyebrows are challenging as hair has a texture that is difficult to emulate.

Uneven Eyeliner

When it comes to their eyeliner, many women opt for a dark shade like black, so mistakes are extremely noticeable and not easy to cover up when it goes awry. Eyeliner might be uneven on the top lids, lower lids or inner lids. It may even extend more to one side than it does to the other.

Fading Color

While some permanent makeup may fade naturally over time, you still paid for a service and expect the results to have a decent amount of lasting power. One major mistake is using methods, techniques and equipment that do not allow the makeup to last very long. This situation is problematic because the results are not what you expected, but it can have an aesthetic effect as well. For example, if the color fades on one side of your face but not the other, you can have a difficult time making them match with your own home makeup techniques.

Lipstick Colors

Imagine having to walk around the rest of your life with your lips a color you do not like. Adding color to your lips can be risky because if the shade is not exactly what you had in-mind, then you are stuck with these lips until you can get them fixed. Having this permanent makeup problem repaired can mean that you opt for a more subtle shade in the future or you work with a professional who delivers the exact colors that he or she promises as opposed to a shade that is just “in the family.”

Off-Target Lipliner

Not only is living with a terrible lipstick color a fashion faux-pas, but so is having lip liner on that was done incorrectly. As with lipstick, the color might not be what was advertised. An even larger problem emerges when the lipliner is put on crooked. This could mean that you have a little bit of color going above your lip, dipping below your lip or veering off toward your cheek on the side. This mistake is a major one because it can make you look like a clown in a circus.

Covering Scars and Marks: Great When Done Correctly

Women who have dealt with acne scars and other marks on their skin for years are thrilled when they hear that they can have these problems permanently covered up. However, when the permanent covering process does not go so well, they could be left with an even bigger problem. You might have received treatment for an old scar, and now, you are realizing that the cover-up does not match with the rest of your skin. This is akin to wearing foundation that doesn’t match except you cannot just wipe it off and put on a new coat.

Dealing with any of these aggravating permanent makeup mistakes is a hassle. You spent money on a procedure and wanted a certain output. Fortunately, when you opt for a better permanent makeup artist to fix the mistakes, you can finally have the look that you wanted. Obtaining that desired look requires more than just a little bit of luck. You’ve already been burned by one permanent makeup artist and don’t want to see it happen again. Fortunately, by knowing what to look for, you can get the style that you want.


Permanent makeup can be confusing when it comes to certifications, because people can have backgrounds in somewhat different areas. Furthermore, permanent makeup artists should have licenses, but the exact requirements vary by state. There is not a federal ruling on this issue. Therefore, you should look for the requirements of your state, but browse through the requirements for other states, as well. Doing so can help you to get a sense of what you are comfortable with, and you may find that you want to work with an artist who has additional certifications.

The Artist’s Experience in The Field

A person could have all of the certifications in the world, but he or she might not have a lot of practical experience in the field. Research how much experience the individual has actually working in the field of permanent makeup; you might even want to speak to some past clients to get a better sense of the individual’s history. Not only do you want to work with an individual who has experience with permanent makeup, but also you want to hire someone who has worked with the specific procedure that you want.

A Clean Office Space

That’s right; you want to ensure that the practitioner is actually working out of an office. While an office can just act as a facade, it does give more of an impression of professionalism than does a room in someone’s house. Do not have any qualms about checking out the office area for cleanliness. You want to make sure that the office has any necessary certificates from the Department of Health. Furthermore, be certain that all of the materials are properly disposed of and that equipment is not reused from client to client.

The Vibe of The Office

The office definitely needs to be clean, but you also have to get a sense of how well run it is. Scheduling an appointment to check out the establishment should not be a problem for any reputable permanent makeup artist who is genuinely interested in working with you. Look to see whom else is working in the space. If it is a shared space, you do not want to book an appointment if the other person is violating health codes. The makeup artist should also be willing to provide samples of his or her work, and they should be readily available.

Reviewing The Portfolio

Going through all of the past work very carefully is important so that you can see what the results actually look like. Even though images are available online, many people prefer an old-fashioned hardcopy book to peruse. As you are browsing through, pay specific attention to the type of procedure you want to have done, and look for signs that the same problem you had earlier might manifest again.

Your Comfort Level

Although the word permanent has taken on a new definition in the 21st century, you are still making a long-term commitment. Having permanent makeup repaired and replaced on a regular basis is going to make a substantial dent in your bank account. Therefore, you need to be comfortable with the establishment, but also with the makeup artist. You must feel as though you can completely and thoroughly articulate your requests and let him or her know if something is not going as planned. Otherwise, you could end up back in the same situation.

Choosing the right permanent makeup artist is of utmost importance for your comfort level, but also for your health. Failure to work with an experienced and cultivated makeup artist could leave you with a bad permanent make-up job or with a serious infection. As a result, ensuring that the individual has been in the field for some time is of utmost importance. Yet getting a thorough view of how long someone has been in business is a little tricky unless you trust the individual 100 percent.

Look at Certification and Licensing Years

Paying close attention to these documents can help you to determine how long the permanent makeup artist has been in the field. While no magic number exists, working with someone who has been in the field for at least five years or so often gives potential customers the greatest amount of confidence. Remember, the person could have been certified or licensed and then practiced a different job for some time. You will know that the individual had some experience as far back as the licensing or certification date, but you will also probably want to account for any gaps in work history.

Professional Affiliations

You can also get a better sense of the experience the permanent makeup artist has by looking into other certifications and accomplishments. For example, many permanent makeup artists have a background in the medical field, and working with one of these individuals is smart for your health. The permanent makeup artist also might have taken a test offered by the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals or the American Academy of Micro-pigmentation. Knowing if the test was taken and passed helps to craft a stronger scope of the individual’s experience.

Trace Health Board Certifications

To get an idea of how long the person has been in practice, you can try to trace health board certifications. As mentioned earlier, checking to ensure that the practice is up-to-date with the area Department of Health is wise for your own safety. Look to see how far back the certificates go. You can also call the Department of Health to find out if information is available about this establishment. Knowing that you have solid evidence from the Department of Health can help to give you greater peace of mind.

Review Social Media Sites

In a world where having an Internet presence is so important for businesses, many different types of companies also run social media sites. Look to see if the permanent makeup artist you want to hire runs a professional Facebook or Twitter account. You can literally scroll through the Facebook timeline to find out important information from the past. Although the Internet can be deceiving at times, you do have the ability to go back years into the past and to see what types of comments and feedback were left on the businesses page. If, for example, you see comments from happy customers dating back to 2008, you can be reasonably assured that the makeup artist was practicing then.

Ask for Both Recent and Past Reviews

Talking to people who have actually used the services of this permanent makeup artist before can be one of the best ways to get a better sense of who he or she is. Furthermore, tracing back through old clients lets you see that the makeup artist has been in business for as long as advertised. You may even ask for references from past colleagues of the makeup artist’s.

Reviewing all of these elements helps you to paint an accurate portrait of the makeup artist and to feel a sense of relief that you’re working with a seasoned professional. By doing all of your research this time around, the permanent makeup that you want can become yours, and you can avoid any mistakes that force you to dread looking in the mirror every morning.

To learn more about Sally Hayes and the services she offers contact her today!

Bad Permanent Makeup

Written by: Sally Hayes Date of published: .

Since I began my career in the permanent makeup industry over twenty-five years ago, I have seen bad permanent makeup in all colors, shapes, and sizes.  The damage that it does is not only physical, but also psychological, and it hurts me to see the emotional pain this causes others.

You do not have to be an expert permanent makeup artist to spot bad permanent makeup, and if you have invested the time and money into having permanent makeup applied, it’s your worst nightmare, and mine, when I am trying to fix this damage that someone else has done.

Unfortunately, bad permanent makeup is easy to see, and if you’re looking in the mirror and wondering if you have experienced a bad permanent makeup application, you probably have.

Undetectable is a Good Sign

Permanent makeup should be undetectable, and not something that can be seen the way you see a body tattoo.  When I say it should be “undetectable,” I mean that when someone looks at you, they should not be wondering if you have permanent eyebrows, permanent lipstick, or permanent eyeliner, they should simply see a face that looks youthful and refreshed.

My permanent makeup technique is to blend the colors with your natural skin tones, whether it’s your permanent eyebrows, permanent eyeliner, or permanent lip makeup.  This is also the technique I use for camouflaging facelift scars, or tattooing areolas.  This technique gives you a subtle and natural look.

Women travel across the U.S., and sometimes around the world, to have me apply their permanent makeup, and all too often ask me to repair their bad permanent makeup inflicted by someone who had very little training, but still referred to themselves as a “permanent makeup artist.”  It’s painful to see, and no one should have to experience it.

Contact Sally Hayes today for a free consultation.

Avoid Permanent Makeup Mistakes the Right Way

Written by: Sally Hayes Date of published: .

There are a plethora of reasons to have permanent makeup applied, including giving yourself a brighter, fresher, and youthful look; but before you make your final decision regarding your permanent makeup artist, you need to do your homework.  This is the right way to avoid permanent makeup mistakes.

I am not the only qualified makeup artist, but my clients will testify to the fact that I am one of the very best.  While many people make up their minds to use me once they see my website, my TV commercials, or YouTube videos, it is not unusual for me to recommend that some clients seek a second opinion before making their final decision.

My goal is for every client to be completely elated with the change in their appearance.  Many clients have come to me in tears after their permanent makeup experience went wrong after using another artist.  As a makeup artist, I do feel badly for these women even though I know that it is good for me from a professional perspective since I am almost always able to repair the damage, and give them the look to enhance their appearance that they hoped to achieve the first time.

There are times when permanent makeup cannot be repaired immediately, and I will be honest in giving my opinion and sound advice for a solution even though it may require painful laser treatments, or even surgery to remove the damage, before I can do their permanent makeup the right way.

The following five examples will help you avoid permanent makeup gone wrong:

Do your research… Google it!

Take advantage of one your most powerful tools by learning about permanent makeup procedures, techniques, benefits and potential pitfalls.  Research the permanent makeup artists and their reviews.

The Look You Don’t See

Always remember that you do not want someone to look at you and say, “Oh, she has had some cosmetic tattooing done.”  Permanent make-up is cosmetic tattooing, but it should look natural by subtly enhancing the natural beauty in your facial features.  This is only accomplished if the permanent makeup blends smoothly with your skin tones, and is not an example of a passing color fad, or fashion trend.  Your permanent makeup is applied to outlast fads and fashion trends!

Beware – Permanent Makeup has Experienced Rapid Growth, but Slow Regulation

I began my career in the permanent makeup industry in 1988, and during the past twenty-five years the industry has experienced rapid growth without regulations or standards.  Unfortunately, you do not have to have extensive training or experience to call yourself a permanent makeup artist.

Always Schedule a Consultation First

Once you have completed your research and narrowed down your choices, schedule a consultation with two or three permanent makeup artists.  As a rule, these consultations are complimentary, and you should not be charged.  Ask yourself if you like their personal appearance, including their makeup; listen to their opinions, and make sure you have confidence in them and feel comfortable with what they are telling you.  Always ask them to apply topical makeup using the same colors that will be used in the permanent makeup process so you can see in advance how it will look on you.

Make an Informed Choice Before Allowing a Permanent Makeup Artist to Work on You

If you do your homework, you will be able to find the right permanent makeup artist for you.  After researching on the internet, ask friends, or acquaintances who have gone through the permanent makeup process and achieved positive results to give you recommendations.

Contact Sally Hayes today for a complimentary consultation.

You Will Not Find Groupon Offers for Sally Hayes Salon

Written by: Sally Hayes Date of published: .

While there are many great discount offers on venues such as Groupon, you will never find offers for the expert permanent makeup application Sally Hayes provides. Groupon and other online discount sites are great ways for new companies and specialists to grow their business. However, when you consider permanent makeup, do you really want to help give a technician the opportunity to experiment with your face?

Nothing Matters More than Experience

Permanent makeup can be a simple procedure that leads to astounding and lasting beauty enhancements or it can become your worst nightmare. Sally has many, too many, clients who come to her in tears because of permanent makeup tattoos that have clown-like results. While she is able to offer these clients help, bad permanent makeup repair is time-consuming, expensive and difficult. Realizing great results for the first application is not only much easier, but also much less costly than repairing poor results.

Avoid Groupon Salons

A Groupon ad for permanent makeup should raise a red flag and cause you to right down the name of the salon so you can ensure you never enter their doors. When deciding who will apply your permanent makeup, the most critical step you can take is researching the artist’s history and reputation. If there are no references or history, keep looking.

You will never regret choosing Sally Hayes as your permanent makeup artist. Her diligence and expertise are known throughout the country. Many plastic surgeons send clients to her, and she receives a tremendous amount of referrals from past clients. Contact Sally Hayes today to schedule your consultation.

Questions to Ask Before You Commit to Permanent Makeup

Written by: Sally Hayes Date of published: .

Before you make a commitment to have permanent makeup applied, Sally Hayes suggests you ask the following questions:

  • Will the procedure be painful?
  • Can I expect my permanent makeup to last indefinitely?
  • How long can I expect it to take before I can go out in public again after my permanent makeup application?
  • If I am considering plastic surgery, should I wait to have permanent makeup applied?
  • Is it possible to wear makeup over the permanent makeup, such as with permanent lipstick?
  • What do I need to do in order to prepare for permanent makeup application?
  • What if I decide to change the color of my hair?
  • Is permanent makeup safe?
  • What method of application do you use, and why?
  • How long does each application take?
  • How can I be sure that the colors will be right for me?
  • Will I consult with the person who actually applies the permanent makeup or with someone else first?

Sally Hayes takes great pride in the fact that plastic surgeons in Las Vegas, California, New York and around the world frequently refer their patients to her for further enhancement following plastic surgery.  She has also found that many clients who thought they may want plastic surgery in addition to permanent makeup often decide they are so satisfied with the results that they no longer desire plastic surgery. She meets with each client herself to ensure that she fully understands their hopes and expectations.

Contact Sally Hayes today for a consultation, and be on your way to an exciting new, and enhanced YOU! Sally applies permanent makeup to clients in Las Vegas and in several locations throughout the U.S.

The Brutality Of Bad Permanent Makeup Lips

Written by: Sally Hayes Date of published: .

I had to bite my lips on this one. Let me tell you. As you’ll see and hear in the video below of my latest appearance on Phoenix television, I managed to keep my emotions in check and keep things professional. If only I could have given a “shout out” and spread the name of the guilty party all over the Arizona airwaves. “So and so did some God awful permanent makeup lips!” That might have been yummy.   : )

There’s just no excuse for bad permanent makeup lips. But sadly it seems to happen every day. Ugh. It hurts every woman who is the recipient of it. But those of us who are professional permanent makeup artists are victimized because shoddy work gives the entire industry an undeserved black eye.

And speaking of black…..what happened to Dr. Alice Hopper is inexcusable as well as inconceivable. 

This beautiful blonde haired woman (with inner beauty to match) came to me months ago after being referred by a doctor friend of hers. She was lovely. I knew she had a good sense of humor. However there was nothing funny about her lips. The look of them made Alice cry. They almost did the same to me. Poor Alice’s lips were somehow black.

It broke my heart and made my blood pressure rise because I was so friggin’ mad. Alice was on the way to feeling like a complete woman after overcoming a battle against lip cancer.

The Phoenix area technician who did Alice’s procedure did an absolutely terrible job. It looked downright awful, embarrassing. But that’s not even the worst part. It was intimidating! I wasn’t even sure there was anything I could do to fix it. And that is saying something since I have seen and fixed enough bad permanent makeup over my 26 year career to ink both sides of the road from Scottsdale to my New York office location.

Personally and professionally I am thrilled to say there is a happy ending to this bad permanent makeup lips story. We’ll be featuring another video interview with Alice very soon. But in this video you’ll discover the magic of Santa came early for her. Maybe it was through a little help from Sally. Or maybe it’s because her loving husband’s name is Klaus.

Bad Permanent Makeup Haunts Women Across U.S.

Written by: Sally Hayes Date of published: .

bad permanent cosmeticsMistakes on the face are hard to hide. And when they’re shoddy cosmetic tattoos, they don’t wipe off easily like topical makeup. Nor can they easily be covered up with clothing like many body art tattoos. As Halloween 2012 approaches, permanent makeup artist Sally Hayes cautions how bad permanent makeup procedures are haunting unsuspecting women across America seeking the popular beauty and lifestyle benefits of permanent cosmetics. And she offers expert advice on how to prevent this.

New York, NY. (PRWEB) October 17, 2012

Trick or Treat? This is the all too common question facing women wanting today’s widespread popular solution of permanent makeup. Will they get the treat of a consistently natural-looking improved appearance which also saves them time and effort every day? Or will they wind up wearing scary looking results on their face which leave them feeling tricked, troubled, or maybe even traumatized?

“Women need to know bad permanent makeup isn’t a Halloween thing,” says expert artist Sally Hayes. “It’s an everyday occurrence. I have women coming to me 52 weeks a year from all over the country hoping I can magically fix their tattooed eyebrows, eyeliner, or lips botched by an poorly skilled provider. Depending on the severity of cases, I can do it sometimes. But often I have to recommend women for a series of laser treatments or even plastic surgery in certain circumstances before I can do their procedures properly.”

The permanent makeup industry is not regulated like many other industries. There are no uniform minimum requirements for training or standard testing of skills to pass. Certification in many cases is a credential which can simply be purchased with a credit card from an industry organization. Not all technicians are artists, and not all are qualified let alone being equal. Currently, the ultimate answer to the trick or treat question with permanent makeup today is the responsibility of the person seeking the service.

Hayes who has successfully performed tens of thousands of eyebrow tattoo, permanent eyeliner, and permanent lip makeup procedures since 1986, knows every woman can’t come to her offices in Scottsdale-Phoenix, New York City, Los Angeles, or Las Vegas. So, she regularly counsels women across America who contact her for professional advice.

“Permanent makeup makes it easy for any woman to look more beautiful and more youthful, and to save time and effort with her appearance every day. But just because the benefits of cosmetic tattooing are proven doesn’t mean the skills and experience of every person offering the service are also proven. Don’t take the process lightly and blindly assume the artist in the shopping center nearest your home or job will do a good job or even knows how to do a good job.

I advise women to protect themselves by applying time and effort to become educated consumers before deciding to have any kind of cosmetic tattooing procedure. I highly recommend doing online research, seeking referrals from qualified, trusted people, asking any and all questions, going for in person consultations to observe the professionalism of the service provider and their work space, do whatever it takes to make the most informed decision possible.”

Hayes is protective of the women like herself who want to look their best but without the neverending hassle of applying, re-applying, and removing makeup every day and night. She is also protective of the field she chose more than 25 years ago. “I admit getting bad permanent makeup can be a painful experience physically, emotionally, and financially. But applied properly by a true professional permanent makeup artist, it can give a woman the greatest value and benefits in the beauty industry which she will enjoy for years at a time.”

About Sally Hayes Permanent Makeup

Sally Hayes is widely regarded as a leading expert in permanent cosmetics. She is often recommended and referred by the nation’s top plastic surgeons. Since 1986, she has been relieving women from their daily makeup grind and enabling them to enjoy natural-looking enhancements to add beauty and youthfulness, as well as confidence and freedom. from their daily grind with makeup. With office locations in New York, NY, Phoenix-Scottsdale, AZ, Las Vegas, NV, and Los Angeles, CA, she specializes in undetectable permanent eyeliner, eyebrow tattoos, permanent lip makeup, and cosmetic camouflage for post-surgery facelift scars and areolas.

Contact Information:

Sally Hayes Permanent Makeup
44 Hudson Street (inside Tribeca Plastic Surgery)
New York, NY 10013
(718) 644-2366

Fireworks Injuries Are Seasonal. Bad Permanent Makeup Results Are Year-Round Across U.S.

Written by: Sally Hayes Date of published: .

sally-hayes-permanent-makeup-manhattanAs America celebrates the 4th of July 2012, Permanent Makeup New York Expert, Sally Hayes, points out recent statistics showing most fireworks injuries are seasonal. Meanwhile, she announces the results she sees from bad permanent makeup procedures done by poorly skilled technicians which are hurting unsuspecting women all year long. These makeup mishaps are turning American dreams for enhanced and easy to manage permanent eyebrows, permanent eyeliner, and permanent lip makeup into real-life nightmares.

New York, NY (PRWEB) July 03, 2012

Americans enjoy freedom. In many states, this includes freedom of choice regarding fireworks. Some 9,600 people (68% male – 32% female) were injured by fireworks in 2011, 4 of them killed, according to a just released by a Consumer Products Safety Commission study. The fireworks report says 65% of the injuries came within 30 days of July 4th festivities.

While fireworks injuries have a bigger bang to them, the damage done across the U.S. by the backfiring of cosmetic tattooing may be even more widespread. Women seeking this time-saving solution for a more beautiful and youthful face are finding themselves looking worse and feeling worse about their appearance.

“It’s a growing problem which seems to be rising along with the popularity of permanent makeup,” admits Sally Hayes, an expert artist who’s performed tens of thousands of successful procedures over her more than 25-year career. “This year, I’m referring more than 20 clients a month with bad permanent makeup so poorly done I can’t even fix it right away,” says Hayes. “It needs to be removed by costly and painful laser treatments or cosmetic surgery. In my business, this black eye has basically doubled in the past two years.”

Like the fireworks industry, permanent makeup is a multi-million dollar industry in the U.S. But because it doesn’t have the same kind of regulations on the federal, state, or local government levels, it lacks uniform standards for training and licensing.

“I’m not surprised any more by bad permanent makeup. I’m terrified by it,” says prominent Las Vegas Cosmetic Surgeon, Julio L. Garcia, M.D. “People think it seems so easy. It’s like too many practitioners know the basic maneuvers but they don’t know the impact on the end result. It’s like they know some moves but have no clue how to play chess.”

Hayes has women come to her offices in New York, Scottsdale, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas, whose dreams of permanent makeup turned quickly into nightmares. “Many women buy into all the daily benefits of permanent makeup, but they don’t think enough about who will be providing this service with long-lasting results,” says Hayes. “They go in smiling to any technician near their home or place of work, but too often they walk out wearing scary looking eyebrows, eyeliner, or lips, which don’t wipe off. And to make matters worse, they’re now facing with the ongoing emotional pain of having to spend even more time every day doing makeup trying to hide the mistakes on their face.”

Hayes’ advice is to research permanent makeup artists before getting any procedures. Look at websites, videos and photos of their work. Seek referrals from those who trust who have had permanent makeup or know about it. Dr. Garcia adds, “It is up to the individual to learn about a cosmetic professional’s credentials. This is the key to the whole scenario. And it’s important to remember when you trust your face to a proven expert, you’re not only paying for their knowledge of what to do for you, but their knowledge of knowing what not to do.”

About Sally Hayes Permanent Makeup 

Sally Hayes is widely recognized as the permanent makeup industry’s expert artist. She is referred and endorsed by many of the country’s top cosmetic surgeons, and has performed tens of thousands of procedures as a full-time permanent makeup artist. Her popular website is seen as the leading online authority on permanent makeup.

Permanent Makeup With A Chain Saw!

Written by: Sally Hayes Date of published: .

I’ve never seen anything like it! You probably haven’t either. A friend of mine who knows how I feel about the dangers of bad permanent makeup sent this to me. I thought he was joking. Click to see for yourself.