Permanent CosmeticsIn addition to your standard training as a licensed cosmetologist, esthetician or nail technician, further education in applying permanent make-up can be a wonderful addition to your beauty knowledge.

This extra training will help you enhance your clients’ natural appearance with longterm cosmetic tattooing. “A professional can earn up to $86,000 per year doing permanent make-up,” says Joyce Cirasuola, director/owner of Boca Ta2 (tattoo) Inc. and Boca Ta2 School of Permanent Make-up.

PMU, also known as micropigmentation or dermagraphics, is an injection of color under the skin performed using a traditional tattoo or coil machine, a pen or rotary machine and/or the hand method (without a machine).

The tattooed cosmetics can be beneficial for active/ athletic people, the vision impaired or those with motor impairments—like arthritis, Parkinson’s disease or multiple sclerosis. In Cirasuola’s program, she says there are about 35 hours of home study, where students learn everything from color theory, to skin tones, machines and needle uses. When students graduate from the basic techniques like learning lip liner, eyebrow shaping and eyeliner, students will learn more advanced techniques like permanent blush, scar camouflage, areola restoration, filling in wrinkles, eye shadow and smudgy eyeliner.