How to Start a Career in Permanent Makeup

So you've always wanted to start your business and you have a passion for cosmetics and makeup? A business in permanent makeup may be just the right choice for you! Permanent makeup has been used for thousands of years, there is even evidence of Egyptian women, as early as 5000 B.C. with permanent eye makeup. But permanent makeup really made it's a comeback in the states, in the late 1970s.   Since then, technology and practices have improved, and there are professional training and teachings across the country to teach you how to also get into the permanent makeup business.   One of the top permanent makeup artists in the Southern US is Alicia Shapira, of New Image Beauty Bar, where she is the only one to have been hand trained by the inventor of Brazilian Stretch Mark Camouflage, Rodolpho Torres, of Sao Paulo, Brazil. This form of permanent makeup using skin-colored ink, to cover and hide stretch marks.   The first step to start a career in permanent makeup is to do your research, learn up on the technique of color matching (Read our Blog Post on Fitzpatrick Color Testing.)    Do your research on where you can receive top training, and be sure to take a look at their results and past students, to see if their work aligns with your vision.   Once you receive your training, be sure you get your certification and finish any additional pieces of training online, suggested by your trainer.   Alicia Shapira, of New Image Beauty Bar, offers one on one training for selected permanent makeup training, such as lip blushing, Brazilian Stretch Mark Camouflage, Microblading and more. Each of her students receives a full day of training, breakfast and lunch included, live models to practice on and a machine, needles, and ink enough for about 35 clients! All of the materials and knowledge enough to start your own business!

Student Training for Brazilian Stretch Mark Camouflage

PMUA Certification

Lip Shading Training Course

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Become a Permanent Makeup Artist: Step-by-Step Guide

Permanent makeup artists inject pigments under the skin to apply eyeliner, lip color, eyebrow shading and color to even the tone of the skin permanently. The process is the same technique tattoo artists use to create a permanent design under the surface of the skin. States regulate permanent makeup artists and may require individuals to obtain a license to practice. Career Requirements
Education No formal education required; safety/first aid training; bloodborne pathogen training
Licensure and Certification Training and/or apprenticeship program may be required for state licensure; voluntary professional certification available
Salary $44,127 (Median salary for permanent makeup tattoo artists as of 2018)
Sources: Step 1: Obtain Bloodborne Pathogen Training The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires all workers who will be exposed to blood on the job to receive safety training. The employer must also maintain an exposure control plan that minimizes risks to employees exposed to blood. The training program teaches aspiring tattooists the techniques to handle infectious materials safely and covers hand-washing and waste-disposal methods. State licensing boards require workers applying for a license as a permanent makeup artist to complete bloodborne pathogen training. In addition to training, some states mandate permanent makeup artists to must submit two tests for hepatitis and other communicable diseases. Step 2: Complete Training or Apprenticeship Program Permanent makeup artists may obtain training through a course or apprenticeship program, as the one offered here with Alicia Shapira at New Image Beauty Bar. Some states require tattoo artists to complete an apprenticeship program to qualify for licensure, while others consider the completion of a training program sufficient. Program length can vary from 6 months to 300 hours. Apprenticeship programs provide the student with practical experience under the supervision of a licensed permanent makeup artist. State licensing boards may require individuals to submit proof of practical experience in addition to the completion of a training course. Step 3: Obtain Safety and First Aid Training Permanent makeup artists may also be required to complete first aid and safety training, such as CPR, to qualify for a state license. Such classes can be found through universities, community colleges, medical centers, and the American Red Cross. They teach students how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation and prevent and respond to first aid emergencies. Step 4: Apply for State Licensure Individuals who meet the state requirements for a permanent makeup artist must submit an application to the state licensing board. Candidates for licensure may be required to pass an examination that includes a practical demonstration of skills. The examination also tests the candidate's knowledge of sanitation and safety techniques and the rules and regulations for tattoo artists in the state to ensure safe experiences for clients. Step 5: Pursue Certification The Society of Permanent Cosmetics Professionals administers a voluntary exam for individuals to become a certified permanent cosmetics technician ( Once at least 1,000 hours of studying permanent cosmetics has been met, and after a bloodborne pathogens standard class has been completed, active members of the permanent cosmetics community can apply to take the Certified Permanent Cosmetic Professional exam.  
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