These days, women are fortunate to have access to a chaotic level of beautifying treatments, shades, techniques, and trends. However, they must practice caution. While permanent makeup technicians are usually trained in at least one area, they may not be qualified to do the particular treatment you want. Your mechanic might be great at caring for your car, but you probably wouldn’t trust him to care for your sprained ankle. Why trust anyone who doesn’t have the proper skills and schooling?
With permanent makeup, as with any medical procedure, precautions should be taken. Regardless of how short, non-abrasive or simple, there is a chance of complication or reaction if not applied and cared for correctly. One of these precautions is choosing the right technician. Of course, it can be hard to know what you’re getting when you book a first appointment. Here are a few questions you can ask to insure your permanent makeup experience is as safe as possible.
What is your training and experience?
Don’t trust anyone who doesn’t have adequate training, experience, and licensing in the area of treatment you are seeking. While most technicians need basic training in order to legally operate their business, some have additional certifications and have taken the initiative to further their education in areas of special interest to them. These additional trainings have given them an advanced level of expertise in these niche areas. Be careful. Some technicians may try to get away with performing other treatments without having first gone through training. You won’t know for sure until you ask.
How long have you been doing this and how many clients have you completed this procedure for?
A technician’s reputability and a portfolio of previous procedures is key to a successful experience. Do some research and ask around for recommendations. After you find a few that you like, ask the specialists how long they have been applying permanent makeup and how many clients they have successfully completed. The longer they have been specializing in permanent makeup and the higher rate of satisfied clients, the better the probability of giving you the same outcome.
Can I see before and after pictures?
Semi-permanent makeup lasts between 1-2 years before touch ups need to be applied. That’s a long time to live with something you are unhappy with. To assure you get the exact look you want ask for a professional portfolio complete with photographs, testimonials, and any pertaining certifications to ensure you are making the right choice.
How do you keep everything clean?
Before you book your appointment with a technician, you need to ask what kind of sterilization process and equipment they use on their instruments.Cleanliness and sanitation is a must. Technicians must undergo a vast array of health and safety certifications before successfully, safely, and legally performing any permanent makeup procedure, which is another reason why proper training is so essential. Instruments compromised by bacteria or infected residual fluids left from a previous client can cause a serious infection or even life threatening diseases such as HIV or Hepatitis.
What is your touch up process like?
Slight color loss over time is inevitable. An important topic to bring up to your technician is their reapplication process. When do they recommend touch ups, how often, and is their any price reduction? Asking your potential specialist these questions will ensure their quality of patient care. See our blog here for information about Makeup by Monica’s touch up process.
Even if it takes going to several different medical offices or salons, take the time to shop around until you are confident you have found the right person for the job.
Monica of Makeup by Monica began her permanent makeup training under Barb Nuemeyer in 2009 prior to opening her business. Since then, she has continued her training under Penny Rudy, owner of Chrysalis clinic in Arlington, Washington and finished an advanced course in 2015. She has been a member of the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals since 2010.
Her knowledge and experience has earned her the title of Best Permanent Makeup Artist in Clark County.
Check out her services page here.