What Is Permanent Makeup?

Permanent makeup is a helpful solution for those looking to enhance their features or who have suffered some hair loss.

Cosmetic treatments include:

  • Microblading/eyebrow definition
  • Long-lasting eyeliner micropigmentation
  • Lip contour shading
  • Hair loss repigmentation

The technique can also be used for medical purposes:

  • For nipple and areola tattooing
  • To aid transgender facial feminisation
  • Scar and vitiligo camouflage

A well-trained permanent makeup and medical micro-pigmentation specialist will be able to create natural-looking permanent cosmetic makeup. Further specialist training can help you provide customers with niche treatments to camouflage scars or vitiligo, or to reconstruct/repigment nipple areolas following surgery by artistically infusing colour pigments, shadows and highlights. All mixed to suit your clients’ individual skin tones. 

How Safe Is Permanent Makeup?

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks involved. This is why specialist training is fundamental to being able to offer your clients the safest, high-quality treatment that you can. Training helps you to minimise the risks involved and in the hands of a skilled person, there is no reason for the procedure to be unsafe.

Micro-pigmentation, microblading and reconstructive pigmentation all involve a needle—or blade—placing pigmented granules beneath the upper layers of skin in a tattoo-like process. Allergic reactions or infection is possible as with any tattoo. Advising the correct aftercare to your clients is paramount to reducing the risks of these side effects.

How Long Does Permanent Makeup Last?

It all depends on the client really, but  colour can last from three to five years—or even as long as ten. Periodic touch ups maybe necessary for clients on recommendation. 

What Training Do I Need?

To become a certified permanent cosmetic professional (CPCP) in the UK you need to:

  • Be 18 years of age and above to apply (and to receive) permanent makeup.
  • Have up-to-date certification in First Aid, CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation), and have a current blood borne pathogens certificate.
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While there is currently no national mandatory requirement for qualifications to be a CPCP in the UK, the best route to becoming a professional is through experience and training. Find an accredited cosmetic permanent makeup school or begin an apprenticeship to learn from those more experienced. Look for a course which has a good reputation and a well-rounded curriculum. The program should include skin analysis and anatomy courses, permanent makeup techniques, different inks and pigment types, sterilisation and how to care for equipment, known health risks and ramifications, as well as design and makeup artistry. 

Getting accredited training is important to offer reassurance and instil confidence into your customers. The two most notable and well-respected accreditation institutions in the UK are:

These are both membership programs but they do help with insurance and up-to-date news and developments in the permanent makeup industry. They can also help you find certified apprenticeships in your region.

What UK License and Regulations Should I Know About?

It is necessary to acquire the appropriate license for your business to provide permanent makeup services. The Local Gov Act (1982) states that a license is required by a salon/beauty clinic to maintain quality health and safety standards for clients. It is a criminal offense to be in breach of the relevant bylaws and to practice micropigmentation without a license. Obtaining a license for semi-permanent skin pigmentation is all encompassing, and covers acupuncture, cosmetic piercing, electrolysis, as well as tattooing. Licensing requirements and costs differ from location to location across the UK. Get in touch with your local council for more details.

For more information on permanent makeup training,
get in touch direct at

  1. Salon Transform
  2. Salon Training
  3. Permanent Makeup Training

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