What is micropigmentation?
Permanent cosmetics, also called micropigmentation, permanent makeup (PMU), cosmetic tattooing, implants pigments into the dermal layer of the skin using a hand-held machine that looks similar to a pen or a traditional tattoo machine.
What is the difference between micropigmentation and microblading?
This is a very complicated question. In some ways they are actually very similar. They both are forms of tattooing. They both implant pigment into the skin and can look very natural with individual hair strokes or a powder fill.
The main differences are the hand piece and the amount of pigment deposited into the skin. There is no machine used in microblading. A tool that looks similar to an Exacto Knife with needles cuts and places the pigment into the skin. There is less pigment used in microblading so the results will require much more frequent touch-ups.
As far as education is concerned, PMU courses are typically around 100 hours (plus hours and hours of homework, practice, and self-study). Since tattooing is not regulated in New York, there is no minimum requirement for training. There are several companies that offer two-day courses in microblading. The ideal microblading technician will have taken a full permanent cosmetics course on top of the microblading program. Unfortunately, that isn't always the case. Whichever method that you decide is right for you, please be sure to ask about the qualifications of your artist.
Please check out our professional organization, SPCP.org for more information.
Who would benefit from micropigmentation?
In short, anyone! PMU is a great option for anyone who is looking to speed up their morning routine or doesn't want to have to worry about makeup smearing or fading throughout the day, anyone who suffers from hair loss due to alopecia, chemotherapy, trichotillomania, or any other medical condition, or anyone with vision impairments that make applying cosmetics difficult, just to name a few.
Does it hurt?
That is going to depend on the person. Every person feels pain differently so it is impossible to judge how someone will feel during the procedure. Certain procedures do allow for the use of a topical anesthetic if pain is a concern for you.
Is it really...permanent? Will I need touch-ups?
Yes, and yes. The pigment is implanted into the dermis so it will remain in the skin indefinitely. The color may fade over time due to sun exposure, aging, health, and maintenance procedures. A follow-up appointment is recommended (and included) 4-6 weeks after your initial procedure. We will do a touch-up at that appointment, if necessary. It is recommended to come in for touch-ups approximately every two years to keep your application looking fresh and perfect.
What if my style preferences change?
Classic looks never go out of style. I work with you to determine what will best enhance your natural features. This is something that is not affected by trends and will remain flattering for years to come. My extensive background in makeup artistry allows me to analyze your facial features in detail while taking your personal style into consideration. You are more than welcome to wear your makeup how you usually would or bring in inspiration photos to your consultation.
What can I expect at my appointment?
We will spend the majority of our time together talking about your needs and desires for your new look. We will decide on a shape, style, and color to fit your unique facial features. I will then draw on exactly where the pigment will go. We make sure that absolutely everything is perfect before I begin the procedure.
what do I need to do for aftercare?
I will give you detailed instructions for the healing process and provide you with the products you will need. The pigment will appear extremely dark or uneven during this time. Don't let this concern you. It is all part of the healing. DO NOT PICK! It will take 1-2 weeks for your healing so please keep this in mind when booking your appointment around important social events. After that, there are some things that you need to be aware of. Treat your new eyebrows/eyeliner just as you would a new tattoo. After healing is complete, you must take steps to protect if from the elements. Exposure to the sun will dramatically affect the longevity. Be sure to wear SPF over the tattooed area to prevent the pigment from fading. Salt water and chlorine can also cause fading. Apply a layer of a barrier cream (such as Aquatat) to prevent contact while in the water. Chemical peels and laser treatments can adversely affect your tattoo. Be sure to let your technician know so that they can apply the appropriate barrier product prior to your skin treatment.
What kind of makeup do you use?
I use a blend of traditional makeup and airbrush to create your personalized look. All of my products are professional quality, and almost everything is waterproof. Some of the brands I use include: Temptu, Makeup Forever, Ben Nye, Cinema Secrets, MAC, Becca, and so on.
What is included?
For bridal makeup, the consultation is included, as are optional false lashes for the bride, and a sample of lip color for touch-ups.
Will you come to my location?
It is definitely an option, based on availability. For pricing, please contact me with your specific details.
So what exactly are your qualifications?
- Stretchniques2-Will Anthony Permanent Cosmetics, 2017
- Tattooing Living Color-Teryn Darling, 2017
- Permanent Cosmetics Fundamentals Certification-120 hours-Dermagrafix, Doyleston, PA, 2017
- NYS Private School Teacher-Esthetics/Nail Technology-Syracuse, NY, 2012/2016
- NYS Licensed Nail Technician-Continental School of Beauty, Rochester, NY, 2014
- NYS Licensed Esthetician-Aesthetic Science Institute-Syracuse, NY (now located in Latham, NY), 2010
- MA-Arts Education-Boston University-Boston, MA, 2010
- BFA-Arts Education-Long Island University, CW Post, Greenvale, NY, 2006