Let’s face it – permanent makeup is all about YOUR face! Research your technician carefully and you stand the best chance of walking away with just what you wanted. But go with the cheapest and you may find out exactly why they were so cheap.
ARE THEY INSURED AND LICENCED?
There are horror stories out there about bodged permanent makeup treatments. Anyone can buy a tattoo machine or some microblades online and offer PMU treatments. These people are not going to be insured or licenced. However, even some trained PMU artists might not have gone to the extra expense of getting insurance. If not, and something goes horribly wrong, you won’t be getting any compensation. Licencing is in place to ensure that the safest practices are being followed. If they’re not licenced, you need to ask yourself why not? Do not be afraid to ask to see their insurance or licencing documentation.
ARE THEY QUALIFIED?
Firstly, did they train at all? Check certification. Is the training provider reputable? Google them. If your PMU artist isn’t certified, steer clear.
CHECK OUT THEIR WORK
Always have look at the artist’s previous work. Look on their social media pages or their website (if they have one). A GDPR compliant technician will never give out contact details for previous clients, but they may be able to arrange a meeting with one or two happy customers if that will reassure you.
DO THEY INVEST IN CONTINUOUS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT?
To be the very best at what they do, any permanent makeup artist worth seeing will be wanting to invest in training in new techniques or developments in health & safety. This investment reflects their commitment and passion to deliver amazing permanent makeup results.
HOW MANY CLIENTS DO THEY SEE IN A DAY?
Every artist will work at a different pace depending on their personal style, experience and ability. But alarm bells should ring if you see that they’re cramming a ridiculous number of people into a day. Permanent makeup procedures take time, care & concentration and every client’s requirements are different. If they speed through your procedure to get you in & out fast, what does that tell you? As a guide, each appointment (for a new procedure) should be between 1.5 to 3 hours, including a consultation, if not done prior.
IS THE PRICING TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE?
“You get what you pay for” is generally true with PMU. Of course, expensive doesn’t always mean good, and cheap doesn’t always mean bad. Follow the guidance above and see if prices seem to match up. PMU artists spend a lot of money on initial and ongoing training, equipment, licencing and insurance, so permanent makeup is a fairly expensive procedure. There is skill and liability involved. It’s your face you’re trusting with the technician. Is it really worth saving a bit of money for a bad result? And when you compare pricing with other beauty treatments, you’ll find that even the highest prices work out fairly modestly over the life span of a permanent makeup treatment.