Permanent Cosmetics

By Lauren Salapatek | 12/07/2012 1:30:00 PM


In 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.






ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lauren Salapatek

Lauren Salapatek Lauren Salapatek, Web Editor for Modern Salon | Salon Today | First Chair.

(Previous positions: Associate Editor/E-Newsletter Content Production Manager)

Since January 2010, Lauren has worked for Modern Salon Media covering salon style, product and beauty trends, and business editorial for both print and online content. As of October 2013, Lauren’s role changed to Web Editor—now she manages all online editorial content for, and As part of her responsibilities, she creates, edits, organizes and curates content for all Modern Salon Media’s websites; manages the creation and production of all Salon e-newsletters; promotes Modern Salon Media’s digital content via several social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest); and maintains an editorial calendar to keep all Modern Salon Media’s websites timely and current.

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