Since you were little, you enjoyed playing with makeup. When you were younger, you got play makeup and smeared it on yourself and your dolls. As you got older, at slumber parties, you enjoyed giving make overs to your friends. As an adult, you love to experiment with all of the different looks you can do with makeup.
So how do you decide if this career path is for you? While you love doing makeup, you don’t know if this is what you absolutely want to do for the rest of your life?
What Is Permanent Makeup?
The first question we want to answer is what is permanent makeup. It’s an excellent question and even the people who love makeup are sometimes not aware of what permanent makeup is. Permanent makeup is a beauty method. It’s a specific technique that people use who want to enhance features on their face such as their lips, eyelids, eyebrows, or their skin. Many people get permanent eyebrows because they have been lost due to overplucking, lack of shape/color, older age, chemotherapy, or diseases. Permanent makeup is an option to help people gain confidence, ultimately helping them look and feel better about themselves again, which is the BEST “job” in the world!
What Are the Benefits of This Career?
The first benefit of going into this career is that the training doesn’t have to be a lengthy experience when you train with Salina at Symmetrically Beautiful by Salina. With our easy-to-go-through training process, you’ll be able to learn a lot while also completing the program in a sufficient amount of time.
When you decide to train with Symmetrically Beautiful by Salina, you can expect a few things. First, you’ll learn an immense amount of information that will help to propel you forward into this career. Salina has been in the beauty industry for over a decade, so she knows a thing or two about permanent makeup. With our experience, we’ll guide you through what you need to know about permanent makeup.
Another benefit to working in this industry is you can get paid very well! For an established permanent makeup artist, an average salary can range between $50,000 - $100,000+ a year. The reason people make such great money in this industry is because you are in a specialized field that many people want to take advantage of. From celebrities to older women, there are many people who want to take advantage of tattoo makeup to make them feel better about their appearance. Since there are so many advantages of getting tattoo makeup, it’s a high demand service. In addition, you’re self-employed and you don’t work on a salary. Essentially, your business is up to your discretion.
Lastly, you have the benefit of helping people feel better about themselves. Many of the people who come to a permanent makeup artist want to fix the areas that they struggle with and make them feel self-conscious. Everyone feels uncomfortable in their own skin at some point and now with permanent makeup you can give them the opportunity to feel better about themselves. While you’ll get people who want to make their morning regimen easier and save on money for makeup, you’ll also get people who want to feel better about themselves.
Ask Yourself Some Questions
Now that you know the benefits, take the time to ask yourself these questions before you decide to sign up for the program at Symmetrically Beautiful by Salina:
One Size Fits All???
There is no ‘one size fits all’ brow look. Your eyebrows are determined by the shape of your face. Do not be afraid to talk to Salina about the look you want and what may be the most appealing brow to best define your face. What brow look is right for your face?
1) Oval Face: You can enjoy the benefits of most brow shapes. An evenly balanced and groomed brow is ideal, but subtle arch is nothing to shy away from for this particular face shape.
2) Square Face: Your face boasts many alluring angles, so you may not want to overdo it by adding even more defined angles with your brow. Go soft with a nicely rounded brow. This will keep all of your face’s features appealing to your onlookers.
3) Round Face: You can play with a nice high arch to help define the features of your face. Be bold! Few faces have this luxury, so take advantage of the full high-arch and wear it well.
4) Heart-shape face: You want your brows to define your delicate jawline. Play with a well-defined arch, but make sure not to go too thin. Fuller brows are actually your best friend. Focus on keeping them well groomed, but not over tweezed.
5) Elongated Face: You enjoy elongated features that add great characteristics to your face. Instead of opting for a high arch, go for a subtle brow that extends long rather than high. Be sure not to extend farther than the corner of your eye. This will maintain balance for your facial features.
This is just a few examples! Having a thorough consult, discussing desired looks and taking a conservative approach is the best advice Salina can give you or anyone else considering new eyebrows!
Am I a Candidate for PMU?
Unfortunately, not all clients are good candidates for permanent makeup due to their compromised skin condition or pre-existing medical conditions.
Salina does offer patch testing if you are concerned with allergies with any products used. Patch tests must be completed PRIOR to your appointment and at least 24 hours passed to ensure no allergies are present.
If you have any of the below conditions, you MAY not retain color well and may not be a good candidate for the permanent makeup procedure. Consultation prior to booking an appointment is recommended if you have any concerns!
If you are any of these medications, you may have excessive bleeding and the color may not retain well:
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
Brow Options with Permanent Makeup
One of the things I’m striving to do is to continuously educate potential clients that there are ALOT of options when it comes to permanent brows! This picture shows 3 different examples!
First and foremost you must decide what type of look are you truly going for...so how do you determine what will best suit you? Consult is key. Discussing your everyday look and desired look is very important in creating the brows you have been dreaming about!
Couple ways to help determine the direction to go in:
Do you fill your brows in daily? If yes, you will probably opt for some shading! If no, you will probably opt for microblading with minimal shading!
Do you want to create a brand-new shape outside of your natural brow? If so, shading will be required to help pull the brow together. It can be combined with microblading!
Are you used to a very out together/dramatic brow? If so, microblading the entire brow will be a waste of time (unless you’re looking to have a more natural look)! Fully shading with slight microblading in the front is a very suitable option!
You have no eyebrows! We have an empty canvas! Consult is truly the best in determining what direction you want to go in!
You have a pretty full brow but just want some more definition! Light powder shading is a perfect option!
You have Brows, but they are sparse! Combination of microblading and shading could be a perfect option!
These are just suggestions! Of course, consult is key and one of the many reasons your first appointment with me is 3 hours! Spending time figuring out exactly what you’re looking for is what this job is about!
Why do I need touchup's?
There are TONS of factors that require you to need a touchup: oily skin, dry skin, medication, products used, use of sunblock or lack of, lifestyle and the list goes on! BUT the main nitty gritty is skin depth...so lets talk depth and why permanent makeup nowadays requires more touch ups versus the old school brows that are on peoples faces forever (like mine 😕) and why potentially needing more touchup's down the road is actually a good thing!
Normal body tattoos and old school style permanent makeup enters 7-8 layers of the skin, basically the skin is blasted with ink/pigment. Permanent makeup, if done correctly, enters 3-4 layers of the skin meaning the pigment is in a much more shallow area.
Permanent Makeup 7-8 layers deep:
👉Pros: the tattoo is never going away...not necessarily good...keep reading
👉Cons: with time, we lose our collagen and fatty tissue resulting in our skin becoming thinner. If the skin is blasted with ink/pigment and the skin is thinning, the ink/pigment can start to spread.
I ask my clients if they have ever seen an older person, maybe an older veteran, with tattoos on their arms, if so, what is the first thing you notice? Typically the tattoo is greenish/bluish and it is blurred and/or migrated under the skin. It is unfortunately what happens as we get older and our skin thins. It's literally inevitable and the reason you do not want your permanent makeup done this way! Who wants blown out eyebrows when they are 80?!
Permanent Makeup 3-4 layers deep:
👉Pros: you won't have blown out eyebrows when your skin starts to thin!
👉Cons: you do have to maintain your new brows when they start to fade.
Is it annoying to think that you might have to repeat the same process annually or every couple of years? Maybe, but I think you will ultimately be thankful when you're a little older and you don't have eyebrows that are half an inch thick blown out under your skin!
1. Avoid alcohol 2 days prior to your appointment! A glass of wine or 1 drink won’t kill you, but alcohol thins the blood, if your blood is thinned to much, you will push 90% of the pigment we implant out! AKA you’re wasting your money! Plan to party it up AFTER your appointment!
2. Brow Hair: first and foremost, DO NOT shave your brows! Salina tries to keep every hair possible that fits within your new brow shape! At your appointment, Salina will be cleaning up your brows if needed! If you prefer to come in with your brows already cleaned up, you can!
3. Avoid heavy sun or tanning bed exposure! If you come in with skin that is burnt or recovering from a burn, we will not be able to work on you until it’s healed!
4. Aftercare: Salina provides you with thorough instructions and everything you need EXCEPT antibacterial soap and recommended lotion (brow clients only) link below has a few examples of recommended soaps and lotions! If you need to buy a lotion, buy a very small bottle, a travel size bottle is perfect! You will need to have it on you throughout the first week!
5. Medications: you will be providing Salina with a list of medications that you currently take, this includes skin products from an esthetician, dermatologist and/or products you can access from other countries.
6. Rest and Stress: come in well rested and as de-stressed as possible! Lack of sleep and stress can lower your pain receptors meaning numbing may not work as well as you would like!
7. Paperwork: you will have paperwork to fill out. You can arrive a few minutes early if you would like or you can print out the paperwork and fill it out in advance! The link is below!
8. Any additional questions, reach out to Salina! She’s had her brows done multiple times over an 18 year span and she can provide you with more insight and info if needed! 520-437-2944!
Bumps on the Skin After Waxing
After you visit the esthetician or wax body hair yourself, you may notice red bumps where the hair was removed. This is a common reaction to waxing, but it can be embarrassing if the bumps are located in visible areas. The bumps might be uncomfortable or itch as well. Post-waxing bumps are usually due to a short-term reaction of the hair follicles, but may be due to other causes.
Short-Term IrritationEach hair is attached to living tissue within the hair follicle beneath the skin surface. When you remove hair with waxing, the tissue within the follicle is traumatized when the hair is pulled out. As with any type of skin injury, the body respond with an inflammatory reaction. So the pinkish bumps you see after waxing are simply your hair follicles responding to the minor trauma of having the hairs pulled out. This short-term irritation typically appears almost immediately after waxing and usually goes away within a day or two.
FolliculitisFolliculitis refers to a pimple-like rash involving the hair follicles. Each tender pink bump has a small fluid-filled head at the skin surface with folliculitis. If the waxing was done on the face or chest, folliculitis can be easily confused with an acne breakout. In most cases, folliculitis after waxing represents a minor infection of the hair follicles that have been left open to bacteria on the skin surface due to pulling out the hair. In some people, there is no infection of the hair follicles and folliculitis develops due to the irritation alone. Friction caused by wearing tighten clothes can contribute to the development of folliculitis after body or bikini waxing.
Late BumpsBumps that develop a week or more after waxing are likely due to ingrown hairs. This condition, known medically as pseudofolliculitis, is most likely when the waxing treatment involves removal of coarse, curly hairs. Therefore, ingrown hairs are more likely to develop with pubic or chest waxing than with brow or upper lip waxing. As the name implies, an ingrown hair occurs when the removed hair regrows but curls back into the skin as it emerges at the skin surface. This causes bumps that are often tender, inflamed and pimple-like. In contrast to the irritant bumps that appear immediately after waxing, late bumps due to ingrown hairs are usually less numerous.
Preventive MeasuresThe likelihood of developing skin bumps after waxing differs depending on how sensitive your skin is, the area being waxed, the product being used and the waxing technique. Although there is no guarantee that you'll be able to completely avoid this common problem, there are some steps you can take to reduce the likelihood or severity of post-waxing skin bumps. -- Clean the skin before waxing. -- Be sure the wax and spatula are clean and new. -- If your waxing is done professionally, check to be sure the salon and esthetician are using proper techniques to avoid possible infection.
Post-Wax Care and Precautions
A cool compress or shower after waxing may help reduce immediate, post-waxing irritation. Using an over-the-counter cortisone cream on the involved area for a day or two might also reduce inflammation and any itching that may be present. A soothing, moisturizing lotion can also be helpful. It's best to avoid swimming in unchlorinated water or using a hot tub for 24 to 48 hours after body or bikini waxing to avoid folliculitis.
Superficial folliculitis typically doesn't require topical or oral antibiotics, and will go away on its own. You'll need to keep the area clean, and avoid sharing towels or clothing with others until the infection clears. See your doctor if you develop large or growing bumps, especially if you experience a fever, the redness appears to be spreading or you experience other symptoms.
Dry Skin In the Summer?
5 Reasons For Dry Skin In Summer
Dry skin has always been associated with the dry winter weather but it’s not rare to notice dry skin in summer as well. The summer heat can cause your skin to dehydrate from the inside leading to dry skin on your face and body. In order to treat this condition properly one must know the exact reason for dry skin in summer.
Not drinking enough water
Even though you think you drink sufficient amount of water during summer, it may not be enough to replenish the fluids you lose out on while you sweat. Increase your water intake subsequently for better skin during summer.
People tend to spend a lot of time around air conditioners during summer. While this helps you skip the heat, it also soaks up the skin’s natural oils, thereby causing dryness.
Clogged pores are another reason for dry skin. Clogged pores block sweat glands and cause dryness.
Taking a hot shower
Some of us are habituated to taking a hot shower and don’t change our ways in summer either. But a hot shower in summer will lead to dehydration of the skin and lead to dryness.
Even though exfoliation is a good idea in summer to scrub away the dead and dry skin, if you over-exfoliate your skin, it can trigger dryness. This happen because the exfoliated skin reacts to the heat exposure during summer and causes dryness.
Home Remedies to Help Re-hydrate your Skin:
The link below has some pretty awesome DIY homemade face/body masks for dry summer skin!!
Frequently Asked Questions
What are Permanent Cosmetics?