Permanent Make-Up

A fast-growing segment of the beauty industry is the professional application of permanent makeup. This is an option selected by some people for a number of different reasons. Perhaps most often, it is chosen because people are seeking an alternative to the application of cosmetic products such as eyeliner, eyebrow pencil, and lip liner, at least once a day. Also, replenishing these cosmetics regularly gets costly over time, so why not find a permanent solution that saves you both time and money and makes you look great? People also turn to permanent makeup for cosmetic reconstruction reasons.

Perhaps they have had surgery, or medical treatment that has negatively impacted their appearance. Permanent makeup may be able to restore a look of normalcy in some of these instances, such as constructing an aereola after surgery to the breast. Permanent makeup application is a process that involves injecting pigments under the skin in selected areas to tone the skin area permanently. It is also known as tattooing, micropigmentation, or dermapigmentation.

State License Requirements
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Permanent makeup is not part of cosmetology licensure in Maryland. As a result, no formal education is required for those wanting to work as permanent makeup artists. Each county and city is allowed to set its own requirements for tattoo parlors and tattoo artists, so you may need training in bloodborne pathogens and sterilization to work in certain parts of Maryland.

Reach out to the state board for more information:

Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Education Details

People coming from different backgrounds choose to enter programs in permanent makeup. It is often taught at schools of cosmetology, hair dressing, and hair styling and generally takes from three to six months. Practitioners of tattoo artistry may wish to add permanent makeup to their repertoire, their training may take less time, and it may consist largely of an apprencticeship. And some medical professionals such as doctors and nurses may add this skill to their portfolio in order to be able to offer more services to their patients. In these programs you will learn about skin anatomy and physiology, and how to use the tools to apply permanent makeup. You will also find out how to sterilize and sanitize your equipment. You will need to complete training in bloodborne pathogens as well as safety and first aid training. You will need to be licensed by the state according to the regulations that govern the practice of tattoo artistry.

License Renewal
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Since Maryland does not require permanent makeup artists to obtain any form of licensure you won’t have to go through a renewal process. However, you will need to set up your business with the state. Regardless of the lack of state requirements, you are responsible for ensuring you find the best training. Your clients will have high expectations for your quality of work, and assume that you have been trained, and understand the health hazards. Be sure you’re ready. Your next step is finding a permanent makeup artist training course.

Job Outlook Increase
Between 2012 - 2022

Cosmetologists, hair dressers, and hair stylists in Maryland earned an average yearly income of $25,400 in 2013. As a permanent makeup artist, you will be practicing a specialty skill that not everyone possess and thus may be in a position to command a higher fee. Your years of experience and reputation, as well as where you work will all affect the income you can earn. The demand for cosmetologists is expected to grow between 8% and 14% from 2010 to 2020, meaning there should be an adequate number of jobs for people graduating from programs in permanent makeup.

Working as a Permanent Makeup Artist

Most permanent makeup artists start out working at a spa or salon, or sometimes at a tattoo salon. You will need a private room or area where you can see clients and work with concentration, without being disturbed, as applying permanent makeup is exacting work that requires a steady hand and focused attention. Some permanent makeup artists may work in medical facilities such as clinics or doctor’s offices, where they offer their services to patients of the medical practice. These are usually cosmetic restoration services where flaws are camouflaged or missing parts reconstructed to enhance appearance and self-esteem. Most of your work will be by appointment, which means you will have some control over your schedule and should have some flexibility to work your schedule around your private life. It is likely that you will need to work some evening and weekend hours as that may be when your clients are available. Still, you should be able to work either full or part time.

State board Contact Information

Maryland Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing
500 N. Calvert Street, Room 201
Baltimore, MD 21202-3651
Phone Number: 410-230-6320
E-mail Address:

You can contact the board if you have additional questions about obtaining a Maryland state cosmetology license.

For beauticians in Maryland, makeup presents a new world of expression.
To that end, stylists are now working with more progressive techniques
that include permanent makeup to rave reviews. Future professionals aim
to learn more about that through these institutions.

Maryland Board of Cosmetologists
Professional Beauty Association
National Interstate Council of Board of Cosmetology


Find the Beauty Schools in Maryland that interest you below,

Baltimore Beauty & Barber School

8660 Pulaski Highway,
Baltimore, MD 21237

Program: Cosmetology

Blades School of Hair Design

22576 Macarthur Blvd # 316,P.O. Box 226
California, MD 20619

Program: Cosmetology

Empire Beauty School - Glen Burnie-Baltimore

6320 Ritchie Highway,
Glen Burnie, MD 21061

Program: Cosmetology

Award Beauty & Barber School

26 East Antietam Street,
Hagerstown, MD 21740

Program: Cosmetology

Hair Academy II

3705 Branch Ave,Lower Level - Iverson Mall
Hillcrest Heights, MD 20748

Program: Cosmetology

Paul Mitchell the School - Jessup

7351 Assateague Drive,
Jessup, MD 20794

Program: Cosmetology

Hair Academy Cosmetology, Barber & Massage School

8435 Annapolis Road,
New Carrollton, MD 20784

Program: Cosmetology

Empire Beauty School - Owings Mills-Baltimore

9616 Reisterstown Road, Suite 105,
Owings Mills-Baltimore, MD 21117

Program: Cosmetology

Hair Expressions Academy - A Paul Mitchell Partner School

12450 Parklawn Drive,
Rockville, MD 20852

Program: Cosmetology

Montgomery Beauty and Barber School

8736 Arliss Street,
Silver Spring, MD 20901

Program: Cosmetology

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