Permanent Lips Training
If you’re like me, you hate applying lipstick. Even the feeling of lipstick on your lips bothers you like crazy, and the thought of it smudging or having to reapply it several times throughout the day is exhausting. Most days you apply a thin layer of lip balm and head out the front door, only to see yourself in the mirror later and realize that your lips are almost the same color as your foundation. Irritating right? People like us have figured out that resorting to only wearing lipstick during events is not the answer, but permanent cosmetics and permanent lip color can solve the problem on a daily basis. Permanent cosmetics can boost your confidence and give you a whole new look just by adding color to your lips. Your lips are a focal point in your face, drawing attention solely because you use them to speak. In linguistics, the lips are two of several places of articulation, or spots in the mouth and throat that aid in the blockage of air moving out from the lungs in order to make words. Permanent lip color enhances your natural beauty, bringing out the blush of your cheeks and skin. When getting permanent lip color done, you can even overline your lips if they are very thin, in a very natural way.
Are you hoping to become a Permanent Cosmetics Artist?
Working, Licensed Permanent Cosmetics Artists who are trained thoroughly and correctly in the state of Arkansas are rare. Arkansas Permanent Cosmetics Institute students are guaranteed a quality, comprehensive education offering students training in all areas of permanent cosmetics as well as paramedical procedures.
Our program consists of 15 weeks of theory training which can be completed online or on-campus if it is convenient for you. We knew from the beginning, having already gone through permanent cosmetics school, which parts of school needed to be improved, or altered. The in-class time was one of the things we knew needed work. We understand that most students cannot realistically spend 40 hours a week on campus and also be able to sustain their family lives or work lives.
Arkansas Permanent Cosmetics Institute offers the first and only distance learning, Dolby Digital Teleconferencing system in the state of Arkansas. We are able to conference in teachers from anywhere, and students are able to watch class from the comfort of their homes at any time. Our classes are recorded so students who work during class time can simply access the recording in order to attend class. After your first 15 weeks of training, you do have to attend class in order to receive the hands-on and live models training that is required in order to obtain your permanent cosmetics license on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We want our students to be confident and already obtain the information they need before they even pick up a machine to start a procedure for the first time. To meet this goal, our students are offered visual training obtained by watching procedures done on-campus by one of our Licensed Permanent Cosmetics Micropigmentologists who do procedures every day. We believe that the only way we can educate well rounded, fully taught permanent cosmetics artists is to offer every avenue of training; theory, visuals by simply observing procedures, hands-on training with a machine and flat skins, then we move our students to contoured fake skins in order to get students accustomed to the drawing process of brows and lips on the face, and finally, hands-on with live models.
Learning to tattoo any procedure is scary. We have all been there. The first time picking up a machine to do an actual procedure on a live model is the scariest part. Our instructors are here for you and will not let you tattoo something that will not turn out flattering on the client. Training for lip liner, and full lip color consists of learning the stretch involved. As with any permanent cosmetics procedure, the two most important parts of tattooing the lips are the depth at which you implant the pigment and the stretch you apply to the skin. You will practice these things on flat skins as well as contoured skins in order to achieve the correct technique before you move on to a live model. Once you learn the procedure and have performed it a couple times, I promise that you will find tattooing lips to be a very rewarding procedure for both you and the client.
For more information about our program and curriculum call 501-500-0272.
Types of Lip Procedures
All permanent cosmetics procedures seek to provide a solution to a problem that we have with ourselves by enhancing our natural beauty. Whether the problem may be sparse eyebrows or eyelashes, an inability to apply traditional cosmetics due to dexterity or sight issues, or in the case of lip procedures, a lack of pigment or definition in the lips. Those who have skin-toned lips struggle with the daily application of a variety of lip products that have the tendency to smudge, fade, stain, or damage the lips with continual use. Luckily, there are a variety of permanent cosmetics lip procedures available to those who endure this daily struggle. The most commonly performed permanent cosmetics lip procedures are lip liner, full lip color, and ombre lips. Each of these services provides a different look which the client may choose from to suit their individual desires and needs.
Lip liner is the simplest procedure out of the options available to clients. Lip liner procedures involve tattooing a thin line directly on the border of the lips and not shading any of the inner lip during this process. This procedure is not recommended for clients with very fair skin. When lip liner is applied to those with very fair skin the results can be too bold compared to the client’s natural lip color. Some clients will request their lip liner to have a slight amount of shading towards the inner lip in order to blend the permanent cosmetics pigment color with the color of the client’s natural lip color. This version of a lip liner procedure is more likely to produce desirable results for clients with very fair skin. The traditional lip liner procedure is more commonly performed on clients of a Fitzpatrick four or five skin tone with beautiful results. Lip liner on these clients is often a reddish-brown and compliments the tones of their skin and natural lip color beautifully while also accentuating their lips as well. Clients who receive lip liner many times are recommended to receive an initial touch-up to fill in any patches that were caused by irritation to the procedure area during the healing process. Following this touch-up, lip liner clients are encouraged to receive touch-ups yearly or as needed to maintain the longevity of their permanent cosmetics procedure.
The most commonly performed permanent makeup lip procedure is full lip color, sometimes referred to as lip blushing. This procedure aims to fill in the entire lip consistently with the same color to provide the client with a naturally flushed lip color after the procedure has healed. Those who have naturally skin-toned lips or white lips are excited by the possibility of this type of procedure and are oftentimes very happy with the results when the correct aftercare is followed. Immediately after the procedure, the lips will be bright in color oftentimes several shades brighter than the desired outcome. Many clients are initially shocked by the outcome of their procedure, but many permanent cosmetics artists ensure to make their clients aware of this factor during the consultation and client registration to keep the client completely informed. It is equally important that the artist informs the client that many times these procedures will fade up to 50% after the initial healing process. For this reason, most permanent cosmetics artists strongly encourage their lip blushing clients to receive at least one touch-up 6 to 8 weeks following the initial procedure. During these 6 to 8 weeks, your permanent cosmetics procedure will heal and the skin will turn over revealing a natural lip color, but many clients need their initial touch-up to reach the desired results. Following an initial touch-up, artists recommend that lip blushing clients receive touch-ups yearly, or as needed in order to maintain the desired results and the longevity of their permanent cosmetics procedure.
For those that look to achieve larger-looking lips through permanent cosmetics, the options are limited. Unfortunately, it is not recommended for permanent cosmetics artists to ever overdraw the lips during the tattoo process because of the possibility of the skin outside the lips healing to be a different color than the skin of the lips. Clients who have received a service where the artist has tattooed outside of the lips often have a lip-within-a-lip look because of the difference in skin. Many times receiving a lip blushing procedure can accentuate the lips, causing them to appear larger, but some artists offer a service called ombre lips that can take the effect one step further for their clients. Ombre lips is a permanent cosmetics procedure that utilizes permanent cosmetics pigment that mimics highlights and shadows to give the lips a larger look as well. Darker reddish or violet pigment is applied to the pucker of the lips and outer corners to deepen, and lighter pink pigment is added to the cupids bow and center of the lips during this type of procedure. Immediately after the procedure, the results will be very bold and dark to account for possible fading that will happen during the healing process. These clients are often given a basic aftercare process consisting of an aftercare product applied several times daily and a once-daily cleansing of the procedure area. Just as permanent cosmetics artists would require for other permanent cosmetics lip procedures, ombre lip clients are strongly urged by their artist to receive an initial touch-up 6 to 8 weeks following their initial procedure to ensure any patches caused by irritation to the procedure area during the healing process are filled. These clients must also receive a yearly touch-up or touch-ups as needed to maintain the desired results and longevity of their permanent cosmetics procedure.
Understanding the different options for procedures can help you to make your decision about which technique will work best for you, but you should always consult your artist and ask any questions you may have before proceeding with a permanent cosmetics procedure. Most times your artist will take time during your client registration and consultation to ask your expectations of permanent cosmetics, and give advice on which service will work best for you based on your needs. Before the procedure takes place the artist will always draw your shape and show you what the final outcome will look like using a lip pencil, and you will be able to review before, after, and healed images of procedures your artist has completed to get an idea of what your final outcome will be as well. The most important stage of your procedure is its healing stage in which the client will be responsible for ensuring proper care is taken. If the client does not take proper care of their procedure, oftentimes there will be major patches in the permanent cosmetics work that will require additional touch-ups to repair. It is recommended that you research to find your artist by reviewing work from artists in your area and follow their advice in order to receive the beautiful, natural results you are looking for.