Are you artistic? Do you love cosmetics and making yourself and others look beautiful? The application of permanent makeup is a type of tattooing, using special instruments that enables people to have the look of certain types of makeup without having to apply it daily or constantly replenish a costly item, like eyeliner, lipliner, or eyebrow pencil. It is also known as micropigmentation and dermapigmentation. Permanent makeup is used in a number of different ways, some of which may surprise you. Perhaps most commonly, it is used to replace the daily use of certain cosmetic products. There are other uses that are probably less well known. It is used to help restore normal appearance following treatment, surgery, injury, or illness.
For instance, someone who has undergone cancer treatment may have lost their facial hair, and permanent makeup can replace the look of eyebrows. Or a person with a repaired cleft lip may be helped cosmetically by permanent makeup. This type of use, and others, can restore not only a persons appearance, but self-esteem and confidence as well. Becoming a permanent makeup artist takes artistic talent and a very steady hand. It is an option within the beauty industry that not everybody does. If you would like to be of genuine use to people, and help them to look and feel their best, becoming a permanent makeup artist in Maine just may appeal to you as an interesting career!
The Maine Department of Health and Human Services issues licenses for tattooing in the state. Some permanent makeup artists belong to the Society for Permanent Makeup Professionals which represents their interests and seeks to elevate the profession and its standards.
Most accredited schools of cosmetology and hair design offer programs in permanent makeup. These typically last from six-to-twelve months, although, depending upon your background, that time frame may be compressed. For instance, some medical professionals, like doctors and nurses, enroll in permanent makeup programs to help their patients and may need less of the basic lessons in anatomy and physiology than people who do not have this type of background. In cosmetology school you will learn all about skin and its diseases. Courses will show you how to work with the pigments and choose the right ones, as well as how to operate the tools you need. Youll get to observe professionals applying permanent makeup on video, and see live demonstrations. As you advance, you will be able to practice on live human beings.
Other topics covered will be:
- Taking care of clients before and after the procedure
- Sterilizing and sanitizing your equipment and pigments
- Professional conduct and client satisfaction
Maine has its own ways of regulating body art and micropigmentation. To practice micropigmentation, you will need to register with the Academy of Micropigmentation. To obtain a license for tattooing, electrology, micropigmentation, or other permanent makeup specialties, you will need to submit an application, with other relevant forms, to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. The fees for a tattooing practitioner are $225, and a micropigmentation practitioner pays a $150 fee. We recommend going through permanent makeup artist training to be sure you are fully ready for licensure.
Hairdressers, hair stylists, and cosmetologists in Maine earned an average yearly salary of $24,200 in 2013, the most recent year for which statistics are available. Permanent makeup artistry is a specialty skill, so it is potentially possible to earn considerably more than this depending upon your background, experience, and where you work. Those who work in cosmetic restoration may be able to charge higher fees and may be eligible for third party reimbursement through insurance companies.
Permanent makeup artists work most often in spas and salons, although some work in tattoo salons and others in medical facilities, so a variety of settings are possible. Wherever the setting, it is important to work in a private area or room that is quiet and makes it possible to concentrate. Permanent makeup artists who work in medical facilities may perform cosmetic restoration or camouflage procedures, such aereola restoration following breast surgery. Work is highly intensive and personalized, and you will probably work mostly by appointment with individual clients. This means that you should have some flexibility in your schedule, allowing you to work around other commitments, such as family. It is likely that you will need to work some evening and weekend hours, as that is often when clients are available. You may wish, after you gain several years experience, to open your own permanent makeup studio, in effect becoming a business owner with all that that entails. Permanent makeup artists do more than simply enhance peoples appearance, although that is certainly important. They can help to restore dignity and a feeling of normalcy in those who need it. If you would like to be able to make a difference, consider going into the field of permanent makeup artistry in Maine!
Maine Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation - Barbering & Cosmetology Program
35 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
Phone Number: 207-624-8579
Fax Number: 207-624-8637
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Maine State Board of Cosmetology can help you with replacing a lost cosmetology license, updating change of name or change of address information, and acquiring out-of-state and other useful forms, as well as answer additional questions about obtaining a Maine state cosmetology license.
Beauty care professionals in Maine keep an eye out for the more sophisticated
and modern treatments they can place at their disposal. Permanent makeup
has begun to catch on in the state in recent years. Interested professionals
gain information through these groups.
Maine Barbering and Cosmetology Licensing
Professional Beauty Association
National Interstate Council of Board of Cosmetology