Within both the tattoo artist community and the cosmetic professional community, permanent makeup artists have become a specialized sect. They typically take classes on permanent makeup application that primarily focus on permanent eyebrow, eyeliner and lip makeup, but before they can become licensed, they must work under a qualified instructor to learn advanced techniques. If you're looking for a permanent makeup instructor, the American Academy of Micropigmentation maintains a database of qualified teachers with permanent makeup technician certifications [source: American Academy of Micropigmentation].
Permanent makeup artists offer a consultation, application and touch-up for each treatment, and they typically charge about $400 to $800 for a procedure. Application usually takes one to two and a half hours [source: Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals].
For more information on permanent makeup, see the links on the following page.
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- American Academy of Micropigmentation. "Homepage." (Accessed 08/12/09) http://www.micropigmentation.org/
- Food and Drug Administration. "Tattoos and Permanent Makeup." June 23, 2008. (Accessed 08/11/09)http://www.fda.gov/Cosmetics/ProductandIngredientSafety/ProductInformation/ucm108530.htm
- Food and Drug Administration. "Think Before You Ink: Are Tattoos Safe?" February 23, 2009. (Accessed 08/11/09) http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm048919.htm
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- Mayo Clinic. "Granuloma Annulare." July 29, 2008. (Accessed 08/12/09)http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/granuloma-annulare/DS00793/DSECTION=treatments-and-drugs
- Mayo Clinic. "Tattoos: Risks and Precautions to Know First." February 16, 2008. (Accessed 08/12/09)http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/tattoos-and-piercings/MC00020
- The Society of Permanent Cosmetics Professionals. "Are Permanent Cosmetics for You?" (Accessed 08/12/09) http://www.spcp.org/Publcnfo.htm#procedures
- The Society of Permanent Cosmetics Professionals. "Homepage." (Accessed 08/12/09) http://www.spcp.org/
- The Society of Permanent Cosmetics Professionals. "Is a Career in Permanent Cosmetics for Me?" (Accessed 08/12/09) http://www.spcp.org/careers.htm
- WebMD. "Permanent Makeup: Cosmetic Tattooing." July 1, 2005. (Accessed 08/12/09) http://www.webmd.com/skin-beauty/cosmetic-tattooing
- WebMD. "Vitiligo and Loss of Skin Color." February 28, 2008. (Accessed 08/13/09)http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/guide/vitiligo-common-cause-loss-skin-pigment