The terms Natural and Organic seem to be the all the buzz on
the internet as most consumers want products and services that
are safe. Natural is often a term that is misused in the permanent
makeup industry. Permanent cosmetic pigments used in
permanent make up is under consumer scrutiny as the pigment is
what remains in the dermal layer of skin. The vehicle used to
transport the pigment is generally consisting of ethyl alcohol, a
small amount of distilled water and glycerin. The pigments
utilized in cosmetic tattooing consist mostly of Inorganic Iron
oxides and Organics. Iron Oxide stands as one of the most
stable and common elements found in permanent cosmetic
pigments, therefore, they are considered valuable and desirable
due to their wide range of colors, stability and non-toxic nature.
Organic pigments are utilized in order to achieve brighter lip
However, most people do not understand that Organic pigments
are manufactured synthetically. The term refers to its chemical
composition and not where it comes from. Nor does it mean
that it contains any plant or agriculturally derived product you
might consider to be natural. It is the consensus of opinion that
Organic pigments are those which almost all allergic reactions
are attributed to. Today, safe and reputable pigment
manufacturers are in business to educate the public and insure
technicians and consumers that the public at large is not at risk.
So it pays as a professional to purchase pigments from a
reputable pigment manufacturer. As a CPCP, (Certified
Permanent Cosmetic Professional), in the industry for over 25
years, I can attest that I nor any of my clients has ever reported
an allergic reaction from any pigment, Organic or otherwise.
Natural is a term that is personal and is not used to describe any
color additives as pigments are not labeled as natural and not
agriculturally certified organic. Any person who is calling their
pigments natural or organic are in most cases misinformed.
Although Natural and Organic sounds good, it may be better to
have your procedures done by a skilled and reputable
professional who is knowledgeable about permanent makeup.
By Pamela Netz, CPCP
• From Dirt to the Skin, A Study of Pigment,
Author: Elizabeth Finch-Howell, CPCP
• Digging Up the Dirt: Organic & Inorganic
Pigments, Author: Pat Shibley-Gauthier, CPCP
It may be alright to shop for a pair of shoes or clothes on the Internet, but if you do not like the results of your permanent make up procedure, well then you may be stuck with it. Since permanent cosmetic tattooing is largely unregulated in the State of Arizona, many individuals who are practicing lack the proper training, experience or technical ability. Arizona State statutes deem that tattooing procedures are not allowed in a residence, yet there are many individuals who unlawfully perform these procedures out of a home. All sharps, needles and other contaminated materials utilized in these procedures are considered biohazardous waste and must be picked up by a licensed waste facility. These precautions are designed to protect the public from the transmission of Blood Borne Pathogens and these practices should adhere to a strict code of standards as outlined in the OSHA Standard. All surfaces in the treatment area should be cleaned and disinfected in between clients and covered with appropriate paper or plastic barriers. Technicians should wear the appropriate protective equipment including gloves which are disposed of after the tattooing procedure for everyone's protection.
In addition to some of these basic requirements, a technician should have Certificates of Training, Licensing and Insurance, before and after photos of their work and references from clients and physicians. You should have the opportunity for good communication with a technician who is interested in discussing your procedures and answering your questions provided in a private consultation before considering any tattooing procedure. This should include a review of your history, medications or surgeries in order to qualify you for a safe procedure.
Experienced and skilled technicians generally charge a higher price. In consideration of price, most consumers are not aware that all permanent make up procedures are considered multi-session processes. When considering price, you should always ask if your procedure includes a follow up session. A new procedure should always include a follow up session in order to address any discrepancies and color modifications due to the healing process of skin and surface pigment that will exfoliate during the healing process. You might inquire about the length of time your procedure will take, as these are clear indications of the quality of workmanship and anesthetic comfort you will receive. A good permanent cosmetic practitioner who depends on referrals and who is focused on business for the long term, is going to be concerned about your experience and results.
Artistry must be balanced with sensibility and the ability to understand limitations of the procedure with respect to the age of the person desiring the permanent make up. Results should enhance your face without being too dramatic and take into consideration what looks best for your facial shape, skin quality and personal preference. It should never replace conventional or fashion make up trends as these change and age will change the appearance of your permanent makeup. A good technician will advise you on what may or may not be suitable for your age, skin and health.
There are many techniques in order to produce soft, feathery results or in some cases hair strokes. There are manual (hand) tool and mechanical tools to produce many different results. This is where experience and skill are important. Permanent Cosmetics are considered permanent as they are implanted into the dermal layer of the skin and are not washed off with water. Cosmetic tattoos do fade over time and require periodic maintenance. With the proper care, these cosmetic tattoos may last a number of years.
Many persons benefit from having these tattoos. Young and old alike benefit by simplifying the task of daily beautification. Accidents and other causes of hair loss are another popular reason for having permanent eyeliner or eyebrows. If you are visually impaired or have limited mobility, these are other reasons. After surgery, cosmetic tattoos may replicate breast areola and serve to camouflage scars. Allergies and sensitive skin make it almost impossible to use conventional cosmetics. People who are physically active in sports, exercise or in their workplace also benefit.
Finally, take the time to do your research. In this new era of technology, we are often in a hurry to obtain information from the internet, but not everything we see on the internet is necessarily fact. You should also see if the advertisement or web site includes an actual business address. We are compelled to buy goods and even some services on line. Coupon offers tend to create a sense of urgency or lend impulse to purchase. Nothing replaces a formal consultation in person. Remember, permanent cosmetic procedures are permanent and we should be respected as such. Have a safe and pleasant holiday season ahead and focus on having great times with your family and friends.
Thank you and I hope I have helped answer some of your questions about permanent cosmetics.
Pamela Netz, CPCP
Permanent makeup for Eyebrows stands as the single most popular procedure in my business. Sometimes missing eyebrows can be blamed on ethnicity, but more commonly, the loss of eyebrows is attributed to diminishing hormones and thyroid function as we age. Thankfully, there is a way to improve our appearance very naturally with permanent makeup.
For permanent eyebrows, shape, technique and placement should take into consideration individual preference and facial shape. Thick or thin eyebrows may be based more upon the proportion and size of other facial features. They should always frame the face and not be over stated. Fashion may be popular and styles constantly changing, but permanent makeup should enhance your natural features. A preliminary consultation is where you may discuss and “try on” a few ideas before making a permanent commitment.
There are several techniques and tools within the manual or hand method of applying permanent makeup. On the internet it is possible to Google up images of popular new trends used to create hair strokes with a technique called Micro-Blading. Hair strokes are created essentially by dragging the tool backwards across the skin in order to create a line. Usually the technician is seated and placing the lines from behind the client’s head. The technique I use to create hairs involve stroking or tapping forward. I like to stand in front or on the side of my client who is seated upright. I also may work from behind with the client lying down. The non-mechanical hand tool for the procedure is entirely disposable.
There are other techniques such as stippling. A different tool is used to create small dots which produces a soft shading that looks like a powder to color the brows. The decision of technique is made between the client and the technician. Choice of technique also depends upon quality of skin, age, the presence or absence of eyebrow hairs. A good technician will make recommendations to the client much like a hairdresser makes when discussing a new hairstyle.
In this example, we are showing you the eyebrow already completed on the right. The hair strokes were placed in front and back of the eyebrow to fill in the areas where hairs are deficient. The hair stroke technique works well for clients whose eyebrow hairs are fairly sparse yet symmetric in direction.
Next month, we will explore and show examples of some of the other techniques available for brows. Thank you for your interest!
Pamela Netz, CPCP
What Are Ombre Eyebrows?
The salon world has borrowed the term 'Ombre' from the french word meaning shaded or shading. An "Ombre" eyebrow by any other name is still an eyebrow, but what makes fabulous eyebrows when using permanent makeup is often a combination of techniques employed by the use of a manual disposable tool. The tool is non-mechanized with a variety of needle sizes and shapes. Some of the tools produce lines and others produce a soft shading of color. I have been using manual hand tools for many years and feel that a combination of techniques may be desirable.
When eyebrow hairs are present, often hair strokes are needed at the very front of the eyebrow and from the arch area to the temporal ends. The powder or shading of the interior portions of the existing eyebrow more define the shape. Eyebrows may be dramatic or very subtle. These techniques also make it possible for men to enhance their eyebrows very naturally.
To achieve the best eyebrows, it is necessary to have a comprehensive consultation with the person who will be doing your procedure and a complete examination of the skin. Many factors include, age, skin, sun damage, and previous tattooing of the eyebrows. Often, in re pigmenting the eyebrows, it will be necessary to address some color correction. Excellent results are more based upon the artistic skill of the technician doing the procedure and good communication with the client about desired results.
At Faces Artistry, I am interested in meeting with you to discuss your personal preferences. I am available by appointment, free of charge for a private consultation.
Pamela Netz, CPC
Permanent makeup for Eyebrows stands as the single most popular procedure at Faces Artistry. Sometimes missing eyebrows can be blamed on ethnicity, but more commonly, the loss of eyebrows is attributed to diminishing hormones and thyroid function as we age.
For permanent eyebrows, shape, technique and placement should take into consideration individual preference and facial shape. Thick or thin eyebrows may be based more upon the proportion and size of other facial features. They should always frame the face and not be over stated. Fashion may be popular and styles ever changing, but permanent makeup should enhance your natural features.
A preliminary consultation is where you may discuss and “try on” a few ideas before making a permanent commitment.
There are several techniques and tools within the manual or hand method of applying permanent makeup. On the Internet it is possible to Google up images of popular new trends used to create hair strokes with a technique called Micro-Blading. Hair strokes are created essentially by dragging the tool backwards across the skin in order to create a line. Usually the technician is seated and placing the lines from behind the client’s head. The techniques I use to create hairs involve stroking or tapping forward. I like to stand in front of or to the side of my client who is seated upright. I also may work from behind with the client lying down. The non-mechanical tool for the procedure is entirely disposable.
There are other techniques such as stippling. A different tool is used to create small dots, which produces soft shading that looks like a powder to color the brows. The decision of technique is made between the client and the technician. Choice of technique also depends upon the quality of skin, age, the presence or absence of eyebrow hairs. A good technician will make recommendations to the client much like a hairdresser makes when discussing a new hairstyle.
In this example, the shaded hair strokes were placed in the front and back of the eyebrow on the right side to fill in areas where the brows are deficient. The hair stroke technique works well for clients whose eyebrow hairs are fairly sparse yet symmetric in direction. Next month we will explore and show examples of some other techniques available for eyebrows.
Thanks for your interest!
Pamela Netz, CPCP
It seems the current trend for women is focused on health and wellness. Empowering women to have confidence about themselves and their bodies is now one of the hottest topics online. Exercise, eating right and healthy habits are what generate true beauty from within. The fundamentals of beauty are achieved through vitality and spirit with respect to how we eat, dress, and even how we feel about ourselves. Aging is a part of life, so we need to take adequate time for rest, relaxation and rejuvenation. Many women are opting for a more natural approach to beauty rather than using conventional cosmetics. Persons who have physical limitations such as Arthritis, Parkinson ’s disease and Multiple Sclerosis may find it difficult to apply makeup. Visual problems such as Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration and poor vision are another problem. There are time saving benefits for persons exposed to inclement weather conditions through work, water sports and other recreational activities. Many persons have busy work or personal schedules, like parents. People that must work under sterile and aseptic work conditions like electronics or biochemical manufacture, laboratory and hospital environments may be restricted from using cosmetics. Let’s not forget allergies! Many persons are allergic to certain plant and animal based compounds, fragrances and colorants. Permanent makeup and pigments are a basically safe and inert compounds that make permanent makeup a great option for those who have problems with some makeup and skin care products. Seasonal allergies to things like pollens and plants cause watery eyes and itching, which make topical makeup application virtually impossible.
With an emphasis on natural, Permanent makeup can be a very natural way to express facial beauty by enhancing our facial features in a way that is not obvious. Take time to call and schedule a FREE consultation with Pamela Netz, CPCP at 797-3242 and find out how natural and easy it is to express your own inner beauty naturally with permanent cosmetics.
May your New Year be Prosperous, Stress Free and More Beautiful!
Pamela Netz, CPCP
Author Pamela Netz, CPCP
is a credentialed Permanent Cosmetic Professional working in Oro Valley, Arizona. Lifetime member of the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals. Pam works in an upscale private licensed business office located in the beautiful Northwest area of Tucson in Oro Valley.