How I became a Semi Permanent Makeup Technician. 

As you may or may not know I am a Beauty Therapist by trade specialising in facials, HD Brows and what I want to talk to you all about, Semi Permanent Makeup. 

So what is Semi Permanent Makeup?

Semi permanent makeup is a very popular treatment used to enhance eyebrows, eyeliner and lip liner. I focus mainly on hair stroke eyebrows shown below and natural eyeliner to enhance the lash line. 

Pigment is implanted into the skin with a needle very much like regular tattooing but instead just above the collagen layer in the skin so it’s semi permanent and not there forever (who would wanted feathery looking brows in 15 years anyway?) Each hair stroke is done individually at least 3 times to penetrate deeply enough for it to last in the skin. After a few hours the area will become darker and thicker due to blood flow and water retention during healing (this is completely normal) and within 7 days your new brows will be completely healed and their true colour revealed without needing to fill them in cosmetically anymore! You will need to return 4-6 weeks after for a top up to ensure all colour is level then your good to go with your new eyebrows, eyeliner or lips for at least a year! 

Hair stroke eyebrows by myself

So why did I want to become a technician? Well if I’m honest before I trained I knew little about the semi permanent cosmetics industry. I’d done prior research but nothing came about it until I got an incredible opportunity with the Salon I’m based at to go on a course with Finishing Touches to train into becoming just that. 

So I did! I had my training in July 2015 where I spent the week learning about techniques for eyebrows, eyeliner and lip. Here I am on the left let loose on my first real client! 

scary right?!

So with my intensive week led by a brilliant trainer completed I was essentially ‘let loose’. As usual with any beauty related courses you need to acquire a decent amount of case studies before getting your actual qualification (which can be difficult persuading people to be Guinea pigs) but I did it and it was the best thing Ive done. Very, very nerve wracking at first but I’ve learnt a hell of a lot in the past year and my work has really come along and I can’t wait to progress even further. 

Being trained in semi permanent makeup means really I should have it too (to be a walking advert) so here I am pre/post eyeliner treatment which amazingly didn’t really hurt more of a tickle. The next morning my eyes did swell from water retention in the night but soon settle and by day 4 you’ve pretty much healed. With semi permanent makeup your required to have another session 4-6 weeks after to implant the colour thoroughly as some can leave the skin and then your set to go for at least a year! 


So there you have it! That’s my story on how I became a Semi Permanent Makeup Technician.

I dare you all to consider having it done, it’ll really make your life easier. If you do consider it then research your technician and salon thoroughly making sure they come from a reputable academy such as Finishing Touches or Nouveau. 


With Love,

Chloe X 

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