Permanent Make-Up

Are you looking for a beauty career that uses high-end technology, changes rapidly in response to market demands, and is increasing in popularity every year? Consider the field of permanent makeup and what it can offer you.

This field does not technically involve the use of makeup. Rather, you use tattoo needles and pigments to create the same effect as makeup.

State License Requirements
Hours + Cosmetology/Esthetics License

Licensure of permanent makeup artists is overseen by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. To work as a permanent makeup artist, you must provide proof of hepatitis B vaccination. You also need to study universal precautions, sterilization techniques, and infection control. This permits you to work in an approved tattoo or body art facility.

For more information on permanent makeup licensure, contact the state agency:

Education Details

If you decide to specialize in this field, you can plan on spending several weeks or months completing your training. Using tattoo needles can be tricky, so you need plenty of hands-on practice before you graduate. In addition, you have to spend a fair amount of time learning about client consent, sanitation, and hygiene. These subjects are of particular importance in permanent makeup.

License Renewal
License Renewal Hours
License Renewal Period

In Colorado, anyone practicing body art or permanent makeup must obtain licensure that needs to be renewed annually. Individuals and those who own shops will need to meet the deadline of December 31st. You can apply for your renewal as early as December 1st. The fee due with your application will cost $25, which is also the cost of your initial application for licensure. The best way to make sure you qualify for this license is to speak with schools that can help ensure you have the skills to deliver quality work.

Job Outlook Increase
Between 2012 - 2022

Those who go into permanent makeup or other skin care specialties may earn a range of salaries in Colorado. Currently, the average salary for a skin care specialist in Colorado is $25,800 per year (O*Net, 2014). O*Net reports an expected 46% increase in job openings through the year 2022.

Working as a Permanent Makeup Artist

Since permanent makeup is still a relatively new field, you may work in a number of different environments before settling on one that fits you. Quite a few permanent makeup artists are self-employed, but you can also look for job openings at spas, salons, and dermatology offices. Practical skills are important in any beauty career, but they are crucial in permanent makeup. Working with as many clients as you can to learn as many different styles and techniques as possible is a great way to build your reputation and become a more confident beauty service providers.

State board Contact Information

Colorado Office of Barber and Cosmetologist Licensing
1560 Broadway, Suite 1350
Denver, CO 80202
Phone Number: 303-894-7800
Fax Number: 303-894-0364
E-mail Address:

Contact the Colorado State Board of Cosmetology if you need help replacing a lost cosmetology license, updating a change of name or change of address or for any additional questions about obtaining a Colorado state cosmetology license.

Those in Colorado’s beauty industry may look to add permanent makeup to
their resume in order to give clients more quality service. The state currently
is incorporating licensing for the art. Interested individuals will be able to
access these skills thanks to the following resources.

Colorado Board of Barber & Cosmetology Licensing
Professional Beauty Federation
Professional Beauty Association


Find the Beauty Schools in Colorado that interest you below,

New Dimensions Beauty Academy

10158 S Parker Road ,Unit A
Parker, CO 80138

Program: Permanent Make-Up

Avalon School of Cosmetology

2231 S Peoria St,
Aurora, CO 80014

Program: Cosmetology

Stacey James Institute

16534 Keystone Blvd,
Castle Rock/Parker, CO 80134

Program: Cosmetology

International Salon and Spa Academy

5707 North Academy Boulevard,
Colorado Springs, CO 80918

Program: Cosmetology

Toni&Guy Hairdressing - Colorado Springs

5125 N Academy Blvd.,
Colorado Springs, CO 80918

Program: Cosmetology

Aveda Institute - Denver

700 - 16th Street,
Denver, CO 80202

Program: Cosmetology

Empire Beauty School - Littleton

Bowles Avenue Marketplace Shopping Center,8996 W. Bowles Avenue
Littleton-South Lakewood, CO 80123

Program: Cosmetology

Empire Beauty School - Thornton-Denver

3811 East 120th Avenue,
Thornton-Denver, CO 80233

Program: Cosmetology

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