As the procedure to tattoo eyebrows becomes more and more popular all over the world, selecting the right permanent makeup specialist is the most important decision you can make. Not only do they have a responsibility to create beautiful, safe, and quality results in the beginning, but are obligated to properly maintain that same level of professionalism over the long term. Its an intimate relationship that requires trust, confidence, and a high level of credibility. As a result, the qualifications of your chosen certified permanent cosmetic professional (CPCP) are crucial. Below is a list of several factors necessary to help you find and assess the perfect specialist for your needs and long term goals.
The growing popularity of micropigmentation and cosmetic makeup has launched an increase all over the world of companies and individuals interested in becoming specialists in the field. Estheticians, professional tattoo artists, and some dermatologists have even included permanent cosmetics as an add-on to their already existing cosmetic businesses without the proper qualifications, training, or experience to do so. This has lead to increases in potential problems and unnecessary risks to you, the client. These risks are especially concerning, because there are no official state, national, or international regulations in the industry. Therefore, most permanent makeup artists are not required to be certified. For these reasons, and for your own health and protection, it is highly recommended that you ONLY hire specialists who, in fact, have taken the time to become certified (CPCP) or accredited (ACTP). It will be up to you to check on the education and training of your technician, but one great resource to begin your research is with the Society for Permanent Cosmetic Professionals (SPCP). spcp. This society has a very good list of instructors, and is a great place to learn more about the certification process and its importance.
Experience Of The Specialist
The second important consideration that will determine the qualifications of your tattoo eyebrow specialist, is their amount of experience and education. Again, it is very important that you be sure to select only certified or “accredited” cosmetic tattoo professionals ( ACTP), also known as a certified permanent cosmetic professional (CPCP). Certification varies depending on geographic location, so if you are located in the US, for example, your chosen technician should be board certified by the AAM (American Academy of Pigmentation) or the SPCP (Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals). If you are in the UK, certification comes from the BABTAC (British Association Of Beauty Therapy And Cosmetology) and/or CIBTAC (Confederation Of International Beauty Therapy & Cosmetology). Australian certification comes from APAA (Australian Professional Association of Aestheticians). Overall, your decision should be based on the quality of work which will come down to education, makeup training, and experience of the certified expert you choose.
Have An Initial Consultation
Setting up an initial consultation with your permanent makeup artist before you commit is highly recommended. There are several aspects of this consultation to pay close attention to. First is professionalism. Do they hold themselves and their office to high standards? Do they answer your questions? Do they have good bedside manner? Do they explain the complete procedure in a way that makes you feel comfortable? Did the office wait time seem appropriate for other patients? Was the facility clean and hygienic? Was their office email and phone responsive? Communication is absolutely key in establishing any good relationship. A one-on-one consultation will help you determine qualifications that can’t necessarily be measured any other way. It will set a precedent for the long term, so make certain you feel comfortable and confident with her (or him) and the facility before making an appointment.
Before And After Photos
The fourth most important factor in helping you decide the qualifications of your chosen specialist, are before and after photos (some may even say first!). This is where the pudding proves itself, so its very important that you make it a priority to check out these photos extensively to assess the CPCP’s natural talent. If she (he ) is confident, they should offer you their portfolio voluntarily. Be hesitant if you have to hunt for it. A qualified artist will have a solid clientele with good references, and will also know how to save you money and potential heartache in the long term. A bad tattoo will cost you hundreds more dollars to remove and re-apply, so take your time and be comfortable with who you choose based on their portfolio.
The age old adage is true, you get what you pay for. Fortunately paying for beautiful eyebrow tattos are completely affordable and shouldn’t break the bank. A good way to check up on the quality of your selected specialist, is to price compare with others in the area (and around the world). Be hesitant of those who try to price too high. This might be an indication of how they do business, and gouge you later with unnecessary expenses. Steer clear of specialists who are priced too low, as they might do sub-standard work that could become a quick nightmare if you aren’t careful. An average price for a very good eyebrow technician is around $450 (in the US) for an initial session, the touch up one month later should be free. The annual touch ups thereafter cost around $120-$150 (US). Conversely, tattoo removal, such as a laser procedure in case of mistakes, can cost upwards of $2000 and take almost a year. Selecting the right artist now will save you time, pain, and money. If you can’t afford a quality CPCP, wait to tattoo your eyebrows until you can. For a more in-depth explanation of cost when choosing to tattoo eyebrows, be sure to check out: Cost To Tattoo Eyebrows.
A Registered Location
Find a permanent makeup artist with a permanent location. It is strongly suggested you go to a permanent makeup artist who voluntarily registers their practice with local health officials. Read their reviews on websites. Sites that provide reviews are Yelp.com, Google, Bing, Yahoo Local, City Search, Local.com, Facebook and Twitter. Institutions have been created such as the SPCP (Society Of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals) in America, and the APAA (Association Of Professional Aestheticians of Australia ) in Australia to enforce strict safety standards and regulations, and ensure a healthy, risk free environment. Because it has become increasingly popular to tattoo eyebrows, many home based “tattoo eyebrows kits” have been developed and are easily accessible in the marketplace. Do not risk your health and beauty by cutting corners and trying cosmetic tattoos at home. Make sure to only have the procedure done at certified regulated locations. Make sure to take the time to go through our listings here at tattooeyebrowshq from the worldwide locations page. All entries are certified, registered, and top quality.
Type Of Ink Used
Only go to a permanent makeup artist that will use semi-permanent ink. Semi-permanent makeup ink is different than regular tattoo ink. Regular body tattoo ink is PERMANENT. This is not what you want. Semi-permanent makeup ink will fade between 1-3 years after application. For many reasons this is not only preferable, but mandatory. The style you want today may not be the style you want in two years. Fads change and our personal tastes change. We may dye our hair different colors and the eyebrows no longer match our hair. As we age our skin changes texture and elasticity. Skin tends to droop over the course of many years. A dark eyebrow tattoo with permanent tattoo ink sitting high on our arched brows today will droop, sag, look dated, and possibly fade into different and unintended colors over the course of several years. Unless you go to a tattoo parlor who ensures and guarantees in writing that their pigments are in fact semi-permanent makeup ink and not regular tattoo ink, it is best to avoid these shops.
Ultimately, make sure that the qualified CPCP you choose for your permanent cosmetic procedure makes you feel comfortable, and that they are capable of doing the best job possible. Everything listed above will give you a great head start to finding the best permanent makeup artist for your goals and needs. In addition to whats been mentioned, perhaps the most important indicator are your own gut instincts. They will always steer you in the right direction, and in the end, it is you who has to be happy with your choice.