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How to Become a Permanent Makeup Artist

Becoming a permanent makeup artist can be a rewarding career move. Learn more about how to become a permanent makeup artist here.
by Painful Pleasures Last Updated: August 6, 2021

In recent years, the permanent makeup industry has been one of the fastest-growing segments of both the beauty and tattooing industries. The market growth of permanent makeup also means more job opportunities for those interested in careers in the beauty industry. Becoming a permanent makeup artist can be a rewarding and potentially lucrative move, but it requires significant time and money investments upfront. Here’s everything you need to know about becoming a permanent makeup artist.

Training, Certifications, and Licences

To become a permanent makeup artist, you need some professional training and safety certification courses. Therefore, the first step to becoming a permanent makeup artist is researching your state’s training and certification requirements for permanent makeup professionals. This state-by-state guide from the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals (SPCP) is an excellent place to start. Below are some of the most common trainings and certifications. 

Bloodborne pathogen training

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) requires all employees who may be exposed to blood at work to take this training. 

In this course, you’ll learn about how to safely handle and dispose of potentially infectious materials, as well as how to avoid the transmission of bloodborne pathogens like hepatitis while practicing permanent cosmetics.

Safety and first aid training

While not required by all states, states with licensing for permanent makeup artists often mandate first aid and CPR training as a prerequisite. Organizations like the Red Cross and local hospitals and universities can provide this training at a relatively low cost.

Professional training and licensure

To become a permanent makeup artist, you’ll need to learn about color theory and skin anatomy, as well as specific permanent makeup tools and techniques. Training courses are available through the SPCP or the American Academy of Micropigmentation. This training is generally the most time-consuming and expensive part of becoming a permanent makeup artist. Another option to consider is getting an apprenticeship with a certified permanent makeup artist. If you’re already a practicing aesthetician or tattoo artist, however, you may be able to take supplementary permanent makeup courses instead. If you plan to practice permanent makeup, make sure you know what’s needed in your state. 

Professional certification

After you’ve completed your training and obtained a permanent makeup license from the state (if required), you can begin practicing permanent makeup. However, if you want to take your skills, knowledge, and earning potential as a permanent makeup technician to the next level, you can also become certified through the SPCP. The permanent makeup artist certification is a testament to your knowledge, skills, and experience. It is achieved after passing a comprehensive theoretical and practical assessment.

Permanent Makeup Tools

After you’ve completed all the requirements for becoming a permanent makeup artist, it’s time to start building your practice and getting all the tools, supplies, and accessories that you’ll need. In our online store, we carry permanent makeup machines for any price point, permanent makeup needles from the industry’s leading brands, a vast library of permanent makeup pigments, as well as everything you need for microblading


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