The perils of cheap permanent makeup - 08/08/2013

By: Tanya Ashley Taylor

Caution! Beware of cheap Permanent Makeup.

Over the last 3 years, Tanya of has seen a huge rise in the import of cheap permanent makeup machines and pigments, predominately from the Far East.

This has led to two specific issues for customers who do not know of the dangers of using inferior equipment, inferior pigments and inferior ‘permanent makeup artists'. 

Firstly the health risks associated with poor machines and pigments, (the treatment is invasive, although only onto the top layers of the skin), and secondly, and as important the final ‘results’ for the client! Because the equipment and associated products are now relatively inexpensive (from the Far East) this has enabled non-qualified practitioners to offer the service and has led to a 30% increase in the number of camouflages/repair procedures that Tanya has been performing on unhappy and sometimes very distressed clients in her clinics in the South East of England, and at Denia, Moraira and Altea on the Costa Blanca in Spain.

Sometimes the quality of work is so bad that Tanya has had to completely camouflage the original work and start again, this means that the client has to pay for the cover-over and then again for the re-work. This means that the customer ends up paying three times!! (Including the original poor work).

Tanya says “Clients are coming to me with some horrendous stories of how they have been treated by so called permanent make up practitioners. For example one lady did not receive a consultation, it was just a 5 minute chat” (which should have rung alarm bells).

A consultation should on average take at least an hour, as there are a number of things to discuss (including the production of the full insurance certificate, that all permanent makeup practitioners must have) so that the client feels 100% confident before a procedure is carried out. This also includes a discussion as to why the customer would like the procedure (this may seem obvious to some, but clients have different reasons for wanting the permanent makeup).

It is important that the practitioner understands the thinking behind it, this will help in the design, and in some cases Tanya has said to the client that a procedure is not necessary, as the improvement that the client seeks, may not be possible. Secondly a patch test is imperative; this is where a small amount of pigment is applied to the skin (normally behind the ear) to ensure that the customer has no negative reactions. This needs to be left for at least 24 hours before any procedure can be carried out.

Tanya will then draw on the brows, lips or eye liner to ensure the customer can see how the final result will look, this alone can take up to half an hour, but it is time well spent for both the customer and Tanya, so that she can deliver the best results.

Finally the customer must complete and sign a questionnaire to ensure that they are fully clear as to the procedure and what it means. Tanya also explains that alcohol and coffee is to be avoided 24 hours before the procedure. Tanya is a trained nurse and understands the importance of clients having clarity about their procedures. normally books clients in for their procedure a minimum of 5 days after the consultation, this enables the client to ask any further questions or in some cases change their mind. On the day of the treatment, Tanya will take a photo before and after the procedure, this is firstly for insurance purposes and secondly so that the customer can see the dramatic changes.

A non-injected topical anesthetic is then applied to the area to be worked on, to ensure the customer feels comfortable during the procedure (this can be re-applied if necessary) The machine and the pigments that Tanya uses during the procedure are German made and considered to be the best in the area of permanent makeup (for further details please visit:

Finally a touch up appointment is made within 4 to 8 weeks, so that any enhancements can be made (for example where pigment has not taken the first time). A recent customer where Tanya had to rectify a misaligned brow procedure on, told her that the person who had carried out the original procedure had asked the customer to come back the ‘very next day’ after the first procedure for the touch up! Which would have been painful and impossible to do properly as the first procedure has not had time to heal, so any blank areas could not be correctly identified.

Tanya has hundreds of satisfied clients (visit her testimonial pages on her website) and the majority of her work comes through word of mouth. She refuses to use lesser quality equipment, anesthetics or pigments.

So before you go ahead with any work, make sure you receive all the above services, and that you are 100% confident with your practitioner, or be sure the first time and choose;

Come to for her skills, quality, and review of her 12 years of experience.

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