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Things Black women should know before getting permanent makeup.

What is the pain level of permanent makeup?

What is the difference between microblading and ombre brows?

How long does permanent makeup last?

Cincinnati Black Permanent Makeup Artists


In 2019, Insider reported that the beauty industry has developed into a $532 billion industry and will continue upward. Much of this can be attributed to influencer marketing on trends and products, YouTube tutorials on using products and receiving a flawless look, ingredient transparency, new permanent makeup developments more.

Permanent makeup is an investment, and these beauty enhancements can be costly. Permanent makeup, including lips, freckles, and brows, can cost anywhere from $150 to $1,200, depending on what is being done.


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Rushing has become a morning norm for most men and women. And for many, makeup is not a process that can be rushed. Men and women are turning to an easier route, a slightly more costly route, and a more permanent route – permanent makeup.


Permanent makeup, also known as micro-pigmentation or microblading, is ink or pigment deposited into the skin and can last up to 18 months. Permanent makeup differs from traditional tattoos because it only permeates the upper layers of skin and will soften or fade over time, making it semi-permanent. Traditional tattoos go deeper into the skin and are meant to last forever.



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Factors Black and Brown women should consider before getting permanent makeup


1. What is the difference between microblading and powder brows?

Microblading uses a blade-shaped tool with tiny, barely visible needles that deposit pigment into your skin, simulating hair strokes.


Powder brows, also known as microshading, ombre brows, or the powder effect, add a subtle and more natural look to the brows. Brow technicians use a handheld machine to deliver pixels to the upper layer of skin. Consumers like this method because the start of the eyebrow is light and fades to a darker shade toward the tail end.



2. What skin types are best for this type of microblading and powder brows?

Permanent Makeup
The permanent makeup artist pours brown pigment into the paint ring on the finger in a black glove. Close-up of pigment container and ink bottle for eyebrow or lip tattoo. Beauty procedure preparation.

Microblading is best for:

  • Dry skin
  • Small pores


Powder brows are best for:

  • Mature skin
  • Sensitive skin
  • Oily skin
  • Thick skin



3. According to Black Micropigmentation Association, Black and Brown women should do the following to prep their skin for their permanent makeup procedure.

According to Black Micropigmentation Association, Black and Brown women should do the following to prep their skin for their permanent makeup procedure.

  • Exfoliate skin to help remove dead skin cells.
  • Drink an efficient amount of water to hydrate the skin.
  • Do not tan before the procedure.
  • Do not wax skin 72 hours before the procedure.
  • Do not get Botox, facials, or chemical treatments four to six weeks before the procedure. advises consumers to avoid these products 24 hours before any permanent makeup treatment:

  • Vitamin E
  • Retinol cream
  • Blood-thinning pills
  • Caffeinated drinks
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Sun exposure also recommends that those with severe cystic acne and who use Accutane medication should stop using that product for a year.



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4. What are the side effects of permanent makeup for Black and Brown skin?

Black and brown skin produces greater amounts of sebum and oils, which can boost pigment migration. To counteract this risk, permanent makeup artists should be careful not to oversaturate the skin with ink or pigment. The skin is overworked when too much is deposited, possibly resulting in discoloration. Permanent Makeup (PMU) artists should be attentive to blood, swelling and excessive lymph when working on Black and brown skin.

Additionally, microblading is not recommended on melanin-rich skin since it is more likely to scar and keloid. If there is too much trauma to the skin and the melanocytes (a mature melanin-forming cell, especially in the skin) are destroyed entirely, it causes hyperpigmentation. It is essential for permanent makeup artists not to work very aggressively on Black and Brown skin. Small strokes often create less skin trauma while increasing the definition in shading.


5. What should one consider when choosing an artist or esthetician?

It is essential to be sure the esthetician of choice has experience with Black skin. Search for recommendations on the esthetician’s business page or Instagram page. And always look for pictures of work after the healing process to get an idea of how the final product will look.

Permanent Makeup Artist
Jennifer, owner of Jennifique Lashes Brows Beauty

“It is important not to price shop. Be sure the permanent make-up artist is certified and licensed through the state department of health. Also, check their work, especially for skin colors and types similar to yours. It is best to see their work after their client has healed. It should look very comparable to the expectation you are expecting,” said Jennifer, owner of Jennifique Lashes Brows Beauty. “The permanent make-up artist should also be certified in Blood Borne Pathogens, as deemed necessary for any tattoo artist by the Occupational Safety and Health Department.”


Licensed estheticians complete the following tasks:

  • Graduate from a 600-Hour Esthetician Training Program
  • Apply for Ohio Licensing Exams and License (Out-of-State Applicants)
  • Pass Ohio’s Practical and Written Licensing Exams

Hopefully, these five things Black women should know before getting permanent makeup tips have helped somehow. Even with more knowledge of these procedures, it is still essential to research which treatment is best for specific skin types.


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Cincinnati Black-owned Permanent Makeup Salons


Below are Cincinnati Black-owned permanent makeup salons specializing in brows, lips, lashes and more. Please call or go to business online to list of services, schedule a consultation and make an appointment.


Brow Envy

21 Village Square, Cincinnati, OH 45246 (Glendale)
[email protected]
IG: @browenvyohio


Jennifique Lashes Brows Beauty

6219 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH 45213 (Pleasant Ridge)
IG: @jennifigquelashesbrowsbeauty


Remember, everyone is beautiful. Before any of these enhancements, beauty comes from within. If there are any other Black-owned permanent makeup salons, please contact The Voice of Black Cincinnati.

Written by: Marissa Staples

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