How to Pick the Right Cosmetic Tattoo or Permanent Makeup Artist

Getting permanent makeup is a big deal. You want to make sure that the cosmetic procedure goes as smoothly as possible and that the outcome will be something that you are happy with. Whether you are planning to get an eyeliner tattoo, lip tattoo, or eyebrow tattoo such as microblading, it is imperative that you maximize your chances of getting the best results possible. Doing your research is key, and one of the most crucial things that you need to do is find the right cosmetic tattoo artist for you.

In order to get the desired outcome, the artist you choose should be experienced in performing the procedure that you are seeking, capable of handling any unforeseen difficulties that may arise, and have a good idea of what will look best on you even if you may have your own ideas. Just like any other professional, a cosmetic tattoo artist should give you an honest and professional opinion that’s always in your best interest. In some cases that might mean that the cosmetic tattoo procedure may not be the right solution for your situation.

This article will tell you how to choose the permanent makeup artist for your needs to ensure that you will have a successful experience.

Comprehensive Information

A good permanent makeup artist should tell you about what your desired procedure entails and preview for you what the results may look like on you. Your job is to then provide feedback on what you see so that your technician understands what you want and can make any adjustments accordingly. They should be thoroughly acquainted with what to expect from the procedure in detail, particularly during the post-post-procedural phase that typically lasts around 1-2 weeks afterwards. While it would be difficult for anyone to make any specific guarantees concerning your results since each individual is unique (and comes with whatever known or unknown history they have had concerning their skin), it’s always best to be upfront about the likelihood and degree of success that you can expect from your results.

Credentials and Certification

When it comes to cosmetic procedures performed by permanent makeup artists, the safety, ethical standards, and professional expectations are clearly defined in a written code of ethics for those who voluntarily choose to join professional societies such as the American Academy of Micropigmentation (AAP) and the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals (SPCP). However just as with any organized profession, this does not mean that its members necessarily will abide by them at all times. Certification can be administered by these above mentioned societies through exams, or companies who manufacture the tools and pigments used in the procedures through training courses, as well as individuals who operate schools who train technicians through their own non-manufacturer-specific training courses. Certification obtained via the successful passing of an exam proves that the technician is proficient in technical knowledge, whereas certification from classroom training is more dependent on demonstrating both technical and hands-on applied knowledge and skills.

It is worth noting that there is no one all-encompassing standard governing body that oversees the profession of permanent makeup or cosmetic tattoo artists. In the state of California, the profession falls under the the category of “body art and piercers” for the purposes of registration and tax collection and adhering to health and safety requirements. A tattooing professional or establishment can be in compliance with their local government in order to legally operate under the law, but there is no way for anyone to oversee or govern the subjective issue of quality.

Therefore, it is very important that you are able to see sufficient examples of the technician’s work and ask any questions you may have to make sure that you are entrusting yourself to the right person.


Skills and Experience

With the proliferation of microblading technicians and trainers who give courses of varying length in microblading – not to mention the endless supply of people wanting to have their eyebrows microbladed – there seem to be plenty of micobladers in markets large and small. Some are so successful that they can give up their day jobs to set up their own shop to do microblading full time while for others it may be more of a side job working evenings and weekends. While experience – even substantial experience – is not necessarily a correlation with quality work, having sufficient experience is nevertheless an important factor in this profession since it’s more likely that the technician will have a wider range of skin types, skin conditions, and situations that he or she has already come across and therefore more practiced in handling.

Also, the longer the technician has been in practice, the more likely it is that they will be equipped with the proper skills, knowledge, and all the right tools and equipment needed to perform the highest quality work. This is especially important if the reason that you are getting a procedure is to camouflage a scar or remove or correct a previous procedure that you are unhappy with. Your cosmetic tattoo artist should be able to give you an idea of the general time frame with which they can deliver results that show improvement. The last thing you would want is for your problem to be made worse after being worked on by someone who lacks the skills and qualifications.


Follow Up and Support

A career cosmetic tattoo artist who does nothing else to make a living is more likely to devote all their work time to the care and attention of their clients, whether it is during the procedure or days after the procedure has been performed and the client might need to be in contact with a question or a concern. Since the vast majority of procedures fare better (and last longer) with at least one follow up, your technician should be available to you and ready to help for not only those follow ups but also at any time – even years later – if you have any questions or special needs. There are few things more satisfying for a lifelong cosmetic tattoo artist than the close relationships that they maintain with their loyal clients over the years and vice versa. We get to know your skin (as well as ourselves) rather intimately and have that special knowledge of your skin to know how to treat in order for it to give the best results.   



Do not be afraid to ask questions. You should feel completely confident in having all the information you need before you make your decision. After all, when it comes to your face, you should want to do everything you can to guarantee the best results possible.


JuvEssentials provides a wide range of professional cosmetic tattooing solutions located in San Francisco, CA. We pride ourselves on delivering service of an exceptional standard. Get in touch with us today to see how we can help with your needs.

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