Karen Laing
Licensed Instructor, Licensed Permanent Cosmetics Artist, Licensed Esthetician

Karen Laing is a licensed permanent cosmetics artist and sponsor educator from Bryant, Arkansas.  Karen enjoys sharing her years worth of experience with her students and fellow artist to keep the permanent cosmetics artist of Arkansas up to date with techniques and services available.  In Karen’s free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and pets.

Christine Taylor
Co-owner, Vice-President, Licensed Instructor, Licensed Permanent Cosmetics Artist, Licensed Esthetician, Licensed Body Piercer and licensed tattoo artist

Christine Taylor holds multiple licenses by the State of Arkansas.With an unwavering passion for her craft, she brings years of expertise to the field of permanent cosmetics, piercing, tattooing, esthetics and reconstructive micropigmentation.

As a licensed professional in the state, Christine’s commitment to her clients is paramount. She prides herself on delivering exceptional results, enhancing natural beauty, and boosting self-confidence through her meticulous artistry. Specializing in various paramedical procedures, including 3D areola and nipple tattooing for breast cancer survivors, she has garnered recognition for her empathetic and sensitive approach to helping her clients during their healing journeys.

Beyond her professional accomplishments, Christine finds her greatest joy in the warmth of her family. Alongside her loving husband, she is blessed to be a devoted parent to six amazing children, whose laughter and love serve as her constant inspiration. This familial bond instills in her the determination to excel in every aspect of her life, both as a passionate artist and as a nurturing family member.

Christine Taylor’s commitment to excellence, compassion, and her unwavering dedication to her artistry set her apart in the world of permanent cosmetics and reconstructive micropigmentation. With a heart full of love and a passion for her work, she continues to make a positive impact on her clients and her family, inspiring others to embrace their unique beauty and celebrate life’s most precious moments.

Darren Taylor
Co-owner, President, Licensed Instructor, Licensed permanent cosmetics artist, licensed tattoo artist, licensed body piercer

Darren Taylor is a business executive from Arkansas with over 30 years of diverse professional corporate management, marketing, sales, and healthcare experience. As a graduate of Harding University, Searcy, Arkansas, Darren has invested the majority of his professional career building numerous businesses from the ground up. Darren has founded many state and national business brands, while currently serving as the Chief Business Development Officer for the 6th largest massage brand in the nation, Massage Advantage, that he founded in 2008. After Darren’s wife, Christine, took a personal interest in permanent cosmetics, he noticed a very serious lacking of proper student education and training offered within the current local field. Drawing from his previous successes, he assembled a team of Instructors and professionals to offer the solution for his fellow Arkansans. Our #1 Goal is to build the Most Successful Permanent Cosmetics School within the state of Arkansas. “We don’t just want our students to graduation; we want them to be successful!” When Darren is not working on one of his businesses, he is spending time with his family or enjoying the outdoors. Darren and his wife Christine share six children: three boys and three girls, often laughing about being the real-life “Brady Bunch.” Family is our life, and we are so blessed to be in a position to help others while supporting our community and raising our family in the great state of Arkansas.

Lexi Vanwinkle

Lexi is a graduate of Harding University where she earned her BBA in Accounting.  She enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, talking to her Nana, and going to Disney World!  She is the Admissions Director at Arkansas Permanent Cosmetics Institute where she desires to make all students feel at home, as well as make the enrollment process simple and easy for each student.  Family is everything to her, and their encouragement has been a driving force throughout her life.

Kirsten Elmenhurst
Licensed Sponsor Educator, Licensed Permanent Cosmetics Artist, Licensed Body Piercer

Hello, my name is Kirsten! I moved to Cabot only a few months prior to starting here at APCI as an office assistant when I stumbled across the job on Facebook. I came from a vet clinic being a receptionist/vet assistant for almost 5 years and had no background in the beauty industry at all. By working here and learning a little bit about PMU, it has struck an interest to me and I decided to become a student as well! I am very excited to start this journey! In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and being outside with my dogs.

Anna Hendrix
Licensed Instructor, Licensed Permanent Cosmetics Artist

Anna Hendrix is a former student at APCI. Before becoming a Licensed Permanent Cosmetic Artist she worked in the service industry waiting tables. She became interested in Permanent Cosmetics after learning about scar camouflage paramedical procedures, as a cancer survivor herself it meant a lot to her to have the opportunity to connect with and help others that had gone through traumatic surgeries and struggled with self-image like she did. Anna is also active in the gym and the rodeo industry so long-lasting make-up  is a must have. She lives in Rose Bud with her husband Ethan, their three dogs, Winchester, Chief and Lobo and her horse Birdie.

Kaitlyn Music-Mix
Instructor in Training, Licensed Permanent Cosmetics Artist, Social Media Director

Kaitlyn is a Licensed and 2x Certified Permanent Cosmetic Artist who is training and specializing in realistic hair strokes for eyebrows. She’s an instructor at APCI, where she is always keeping up with the latest PMU trends and knowledge so students are always getting the most relevant education. She is a former Army mechanic and certified surgical technologist. “Although I learned a lot from my previous careers, they weren’t my true passion. I’ve always loved the art of makeup and knew this was the perfect career change for me!”

Nancy Rodriguez
Instructor in Training, Licensed Permanent Cosmetics Artist

“IT’S A BEAUTIFUL THING WHEN YOUR CAREER AND YOUR PASSION COME TOGETHER.”✨ Hello, 😊 I’m Nancy, a Licensed Permanent Makeup Artist. At your service! 😉 I have always been passionate about makeup and very specifically Permanent Makeup and how this can change the game in terms of how you look. For me this procedure turns imperfections into perfections. I’m a loving ♥️and passionate puertorrican 🇵🇷 girl 🤩 Based in Arkansas, I would be more than happy to see you and looking forward to work and make magical changes in you.✨🙏

Alyson Robertson
Licensed Permanent Cosmetics Artist

Hello, my name is Aly! I graduated as a Licensed Permanent Cosmetics Artist in 2021! Prior to joining the APCI team I worked in childcare for 3 years! I absolutely love being a PMU artist and also watching all the students learn and grow! I have a huge family that I spend all my time with. When Im not with my family you can find me spending time with my 2 dogs, Reece and Dixie!

Lauren Lee
Administrative Assistant, Licensed Body Piercer

Hello, my name is Lauren! I recently graduated from Mayflower High School in 2021 and I am now a licensed piercer here at the Institute! Prior to being a receptionist at APCI,I worked at Sonic in Vilonia for two years! I come from a big blended family; I have two sisters, two half sisters, and 3 step brothers that I greatly appreciate. When I’m not working or in school I am a homebody and love to read! I enjoy working on cars with my dad so learning new things is a passion of mine!

Sidney Robbins
Administrator, Admissions Director

Hello, my name is Sidney! I graduated from Glen Rose High School in 2020. I come from a small town, and recently relocated to Sherwood so I could join the APCI team. I was formerly a Certified Nursing Assistant and manager of a restaurant. I come from a big family, and I love spending time with them when possible! I also have a fur baby, Sunny, whom I love dearly. Joining the APCI family has been an excellent opportunity for me and opened many doors.

Cole Taylor
Associate Vice President, Licensed Permanent Cosmetics Artist, Body Artist in Training

Cole Taylor is a Licensed Permanent Cosmetics Artist and is also enrolled as a Body Art Student (Tattooing.) He graduated from Arkansas State University-Three Rivers with a business management degree in 2023. He started his own company in 2020, and also helped manage a restaurant prior to joining the APCI team. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family, hunting, and fishing.