Many people who want to wear makeup but can’t or don’t want to apply it turn to permanent makeup as an alternative. Perhaps they have an allergy, a vision defect, suffer from tremors or multiple sclerosis. Someone with alopecia- hair loss- may want to have their eyebrows filled in. Someone with a scar on their face might want it camouflaged, and for those who have suffered from breast cancer, 3D Areola Repigmentation is also sought after to feel a sense of normalcy.

As a permanent makeup artist, you can help all of these people by mimicking traditional cosmetics like eyebrow pencils, eyeliner or lip liner or full lip color. Just a few weeks after the application, the procedures look their most natural- however, this might fade over time, especially when exposed to sunlight and certain products.

The job market for professional permanent cosmetics technicians is a lot like that for estheticians, with many working at either a permanent cosmetic practice, doctor’s office or day spa. Nearly ninety percent of permanent cosmetics professionals are self-employed and earning commissions from 50 to 80 per cent- the industry is thriving.

Every state has different specifications for learning and licensing. Some states require a separate license for permanent cosmetics, in some states they fall under a general tattoo license. Some states don’t regulate the profession at all, but those that do usually require a minimum amount of training. Most training courses for permanent cosmetics applications last from 5 days to several months, with many professionals in the field choosing to continue their education with refresher courses. Several states allow you to apprentice in a permanent cosmetics facility for some or all of your hours.

What skills make for a good permanent makeup artist?


As previously mentioned, many permanent makeup artists are self-employed. This requires a go-getter attitude and lots of hard work


Permanent makeup professionals need to be good with their hands and able to work in small, concise movements. Through your training and experience, these skills will continue to improve.

Customer Service

Having good customer service will help you get those repeat clients and referrals that you need to stay afloat. For many people, permanent makeup is something that patients will feel nervous or embarrassed about. Making them feel comfortable and confident will go a long way.

Salary Potential

Getting accurate statistics on the average salary of permanent cosmetics technicians is tough as many are individually employed or independently contract their services. Services range from $99 to $2500 a piece depending on your demographic, experience and skill level.

If you’re interested in a career as a permanent cosmetics practitioner, contact Alicia Shapira of New Image Beauty Bar Academy today. Private classes available!