Finding an Excellent Permanent Makeup Artist
Choosing a permanent makeup artist can be one of the most important decisions you will ever make. When done correctly, permanent makeup can enhance your life and boost your self-confidence, while saving you precious time. It can be a wonderful, life-altering procedure that gives you the freedom to hop out of bed in the morning, completely ready to tackle each day. You will no longer be attached to your bathroom mirror, spending several minutes working on something as simple as your eyeliner, eyebrows, or lips.
After all, those minutes add up over the course of a year. How much time would you gain by having permanent makeup applied? Good permanent makeup empowers you to sail through the beginning of your day with ease, allowing you to spend more time with family and friends.
On the other hand, bad permanent makeup can be extremely traumatic, causing unhappiness and insecurity for the unfortunate person on the receiving end. Complications such as infection, allergic reactions, and fading can even occur. Also, there is the fact that it is permanent. The art of laser tattoo removal has not been perfected yet, so consumers are urged not to go into the permanent makeup process thinking that it is completely reversible. Although fading can occur, this will often take many years. It is always best to assume that the procedure will be completely permanent. And, as you know, you only have one face. Treat it well.
Our faces are what we present to the world, our eyes often referred to as “mirrors to the soul”; if something is wrong with your face, it can have a drastic impact upon your life. This is why it is so crucial to choose the right person to apply your permanent makeup.
Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Keep this in mind as you go about selecting a technician to apply your permanent makeup. You will save yourself a world of trouble simply by locating the right person for your needs. But how exactly does one choose the best permanent makeup artist? The process should be similar to that of picking a plastic surgeon, or any good doctor. At first, it can seem a bit daunting and there may be many technicians in your area from which you can choose. Starting with friends’ referrals can be a good idea, but if you’re the first of your friends to undergo a permanent makeup procedure, you will have to start fresh.
You may want to check the website of The Society of Permanent Cosmetics Professionals (www.spcp.org), to see if any of their members are listed in your area. It is important to note that permanent makeup is not strictly regulated in most states; this is why you must take care to ensure that your permanent makeup specialist has the proper credentials.
After you’ve located a permanent makeup professional in your city, then it’s time to meet for a consultation. When you arrive at the office, take note of the surroundings. Is it clean and well-organized? Does it appear to be a medical type of setting? Do they change gloves after each client? Make sure that the permanent makeup artist uses clean and sterile needles; for health reasons, this is of the utmost importance.
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Also, do not hesitate to ask questions about the technician’s experience. Consider the fact that you would not want to get a tattoo from someone who is just learning how to do it, or perhaps has just studied for a few days. This particular type of work requires expertise that is gained through experience, and you certainly do not want to be a guinea pig for someone who is still learning the ropes!
Now, once you have determined that the technician possesses the appropriate amount of skill, it is time to look at their portfolio. Analyze the photographs that they show you. What sort of clients have they worked with in the past? Do they specialize in the procedure that you want? Does the style of makeup represent you well?
As with “regular” makeup artists, style can vary a great deal. The important thing is to ascertain whether or not the technician’s style matches your own. If you prefer a more subtle look and you notice in the pictures that the technician has more of a heavy hand, then it probably will not be a good fit.
Also, certain permanent makeup applications will be far more difficult than others. For example, many permanent makeup technicians are well-versed in creating beautiful eyeliner looks. It should be relatively easy to find a technician who can do this for you. Conversely, not all technicians are skilled in the art of applying a realistic blush, eyeshadow, or lipliner. These services require more expertise and attention to fine detail, and you must be especially careful when selecting a technician for these particular needs. Some permanent makeup specialists even offer camouflage services, helping clients to cover up scars from operations such as facelifts and breast surgeries. These are even more advanced procedures, and demand additional finesse from the technician.
Naming a Price
Once you feel comfortable with the permanent makeup artist that you have selected, it is time to determine what the cost of the procedure is going to be. The final price of your permanent makeup will often vary, based upon several factors. One big factor is the technician that you select. Obviously, the in-demand specialists are able to charge more, because they have more of a wealth of experience from which to draw. Some technicians may have a waiting list, so it is possible that you’ll have to wait a bit before you’re able to have your permanent makeup done by them.
Also, it may take several sessions to achieve your ideal look. The technician will probably make a price assessment based upon how intense the work will be and how many visits you will need.
Obviously, the process will vary based upon which service you are receiving. For the most part, however, you can expect to have numbing cream applied to the area being altered. Then your technician will start applying your permanent makeup. Some people are more sensitive to pain than others; you know your pain tolerance better than anyone, so it is best to make sure that you’re adequately prepared. Also, hormones can even affect pain tolerance. Your reaction to the application may vary during different times of the month, so timing can be everything. Depending upon your particular situation, it may even be a good idea to take an over-the-counter pain reliever before or after your session.
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Ideally, everything will go perfectly, and after enduring a few days of light scabbing—which is to expected—you will be thrilled with the result you see in the mirror.
What If It’s Not Perfect?
First, it is important to wait at least several days, sometimes even a few weeks, for the permanent makeup application to settle after your last session. Similar to post-plastic surgery protocol, you should not make any rash decisions based upon the result you see immediately after the service. Hopefully, you selected the correct technician and you trust their judgement. Try to calm your anxiety and wait it out a bit.
You Received Bad Permanent Makeup
It’s been a few weeks, maybe even a month, and your initial panic has subsided. But you still absolutely hate the permanent makeup you see in the mirror. Take a deep breath and try to relax, then start with a new strategy.
If you believe that the issue may be easily fixed, then your first trip should be to see the technician who applied the permanent makeup. Explain exactly what it is that concerns you. Hopefully, the technician will understand what you communicate, then complete the simple fix.
It’s More Serious Than That—You Received Really Bad Permanent Makeup
As terrifying as this can be, it’s still important not to panic. There are actually technicians out there who can correct the work of others, and some have a great deal of experience in this area! For instance, with the uptick in the popularity of thick eyebrows, many consumers decided to correct their overplucked brows by getting permanent makeup. Unfortunately, some of those people were unhappy with how their brows looked afterwards. Some of them ended up with orange-tinged brows, or even brows that did not look realistic. Fortunately, skilled technicians were often able to step in and correct the coloring, as well as create a more natural eyebrow by using eyebrow hair strokes.
For every bad technician, there is a great permanent makeup artist out there who can correct their work. Issues such as uneven lips, crooked brows, and bad coloring can all be addressed by an excellent technician who is skilled at doing corrective work.
In this instance, it is doubly important to select the right technician. If your issue is orange-tinted eyebrows, for instance, then locating a permanent makeup artist who has addressed similar issues in the past will undoubtedly give you more peace of mind. Communication is key; it is important to state in specific terms what it is about the permanent makeup that you do not like.
It is best not to immediately consider laser tattoo removal unless it is completely necessary, as this procedure also comes with a whole host of risks. While trying to fix your bad permanent makeup, you certainly do not want to make things worse by causing even more discoloration and possible scarring. If you are having your eyebrows corrected, it should be noted that lasers can destroy the roots of your eyebrow hair permanently. In addition, laser tattoo removal is often very expensive. Most clients are happier with the results they achieve from a corrective or “camouflage” job from a talented technician.
Other methods of addressing bad permanent makeup include dermabrasion and saline treatments to fade the ink. Of course, because permanent makeup does fade, there are always those who proceed with the “wait and see” method, using topical gels such as aloe vera in an attempt to fade their bad permanent makeup. But one day of walking around with bad permanent makeup can feel like a lifetime—and possibly affect things like your career—so it’s best to consult a professional who can actually fix the problem.
How Long Can I Wait to Fix Bad Permanent Makeup?
Again, this depends on the individual, but as a rule, you should wait at least a month before fixing permanent eyeliner, and six weeks or more before addressing issues with lipliner or eyebrows. Waiting can make people anxious, but taking action before the skin has properly healed can exacerbate the problem. Furthermore, the specialist will not know what to treat unless the permanent makeup has completely settled.
The Bottom Line
Permanent makeup is a wonderful thing; it provides fantastic options for athletes, people who are allergic to normal cosmetics, and those who don’t necessarily trust their makeup application skills anymore. It can free women up from their daily routine, allowing them to do more of the things they love. However, as with any procedure, it is important to research your specialist and communicate exactly what you want. And, although the word “permanent” can cause anxiety when the final result doesn’t please you, there is no need to panic. Although the situation can be harrowing when you’re experiencing it, bad permanent makeup can be corrected.