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Permanent makeup (PMU), also called micropigmentation, permanent cosmetics, or cosmetic tattooing, implants pigments into the dermal layer of the skin. This can be done manually (microblading) or with the use of a machine. Permanent cosmetics is not an exact science, but an art.

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.

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.

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.

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) 6-8 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.

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.

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.

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