Independent investigation of permanent makeup. Part 1. Permanent dyes

You can talk and argue indefinitely, but I decided to accept neutrality in this experiment. I work in permanent makeup for more than 16 years. I tried a lot, I saw a lot, and most importantly I kept statistics of each client. I never make it my goal to use equipment or pigments of one company. Not because they are not all good or bad, but because I believe that a creative person needs constant desire to improve the result. There are no limits and everyone has heard this truth. There are no limits, but there is a desire! And it drives pmu artists.

The problem is that one jumps from equipment to equipment, from pigments to pigments of different brands, after reading some single post in the social network, not having time to figure out what exactly doesn’t suits them. And another category of specialists, having formed their own style, begins its search, based on the objective reasons for dissatisfaction with the goods.

There can be a lot of reasons for this. For example, working with soft feathered eyebrows does not require a high content of dye, in contrast to linear techniques on the eyebrows (e.g. hair strokes). So the device with an accurate and atraumatic puncture with a needle is necessary for working with thin hairs, but it does not matter for soft filling of the lips. In general, all these requirements and characteristics are always individual.

This resembles car driving, for example. Someone “torments” the gearbox, jumping forward beyond others at the traffic lights, and someone likes a calm, measured ride.

Which pigments will be better used in your work? The answer to this question is your choice! Never shift this responsibility to another specialist, whether he is famous, honest or interested in advertising. Responsibility for your choice is assumed only by you!

– I will only talk about the first stage of an independent investigation. Why first? Because now it is possible to evaluate only a few stages of permanent makeup, such as, usability and the results of healing. But there is still the most important factor; this is permanent makeup effect duration time! And this takes time! Sometimes more than a year!

– I will take three main criteria for evaluation as a basis: safety, convenience and result.

– I will judge the advantages and disadvantages of permanent pigments based on many years of experience. No particular pigments specifically for comparison with tattoo pigments were used! In my practice I use various permanent pigments of Italian, German and American manufacturers.

Lips Permanent Makeup

Pigments for permanent makeup


1.Note the safety, confidence in which manufacturers inspire us with. And, as my experience shows, these statements are justified. I work with them calmly, regardless of the mark in the client’s history in the column “Allergic reactions.”

2.Process of work (convenience in work). I really like pigments that do not dry for a long time and have a texture like the gouache paint, viscous and not liquid. Why? Because this way I have a feeling that I’m painting client’s lips with a lipstick, and not working with a needle. Working with them makes me feel like a soft sliding in regards to procedure itself, and this is a big and pleasant plus in my understanding.

3.The result work. Confidence that I wouldn’t overdo it with the density of filling. Maybe someone here will want to argue, but I do not like to “torture” lips with a 10 and more needle rounds. Of course, there are “unique” specialists who can end up with a light color buried in the deep layers of the skin of the lips.


1.Security. I have no complaints here! If we are talking about pigments that are not purchased through less legal channels, of course.

2.Convenience. There’s no certain answer to that, as many things depend on the skin of a person. We cannot talk about the universality of pigments, as we live in non-universal world. I will say the main thing, though. I often have to face the fact that the dye fills a large area of the lips slower than, for example the paint for the tattoo (I’ll talk more about it later).

It’s neither good nor bad and depends on different separate cases.

In cases with hypersensitivity on the lips it is non-convenient for some customers who are not at all inclined to take this fact into account. As a result, you have to suffer yourself and torment the other. And this simply results in all the spent nerve cells. Of course, the process can be stopped until an additional procedure can be performed. But then this “pleasure” will last not just one day, but 30 (!), while client is waiting next visit.

3.And, finally, the result. That’s then the most questions arise. To yourself, to the manufacturer, to the God, maybe. And believe me, these questions are relevant. After all, I do not work for one year or five. I know for sure what the result can be and I have witnessed It with my own eyes many years ago and, many years after the performance of permanent makeup, today. I have clients whose trust I have earned for all these 16 years. And what can I tell them today, when the result is poorly expressed? I have no clue. Maybe I’ve changed or did my work not properly? I couldn’t find the answer to this question. But more on this in the next part…

Read about tattoo pigments pluses and minuses in the next part!

The original article was written by Larisa Volkova and can be found at www.esthetique.com.ua 

Originally translated by PMU International Magazine 

Лариса Волкова

Лариса Волкова

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