Permanent Make-Up
New Mexico

Who wants to go through the hassle of putting on makeup every day? Even women who are great at applying their makeup get bored with the routine. That’s where permanent makeup artists come in.

Permanent makeup artists are skilled at using tattoo needles to deposit tiny amounts of pigmentation on the skin, creating the effect of makeup.

State License Requirements
Contact the Body Art Board

In New Mexico, permanent makeup artists fall under the oversight of the Board of Body Art Practitioners. To become a permanent makeup technician, you must complete 100 hours of training at an approved facility. You must then submit your application to the licensing agency and pay a $100 licensing fee. You must pass a skills test and a New Mexico law exam.


Learn more about licensing:

New Mexico Board of Body Art Practitioners

Education Details

When you attend a permanent makeup school, you have to learn all about how to safely use tattoo needles. This includes sanitation, storage, and choosing the right needle for each procedure. Color and pigment theory are another crucial part of your training. Choosing the right colors to suit a client’s style and appearance can help you send every customer out of your door satisfied.

License Renewal
Contact the Body Art Board

In addition to paying a $100 annual fee, you will also have to prove that you have taken the appropriate health and sanitation courses mandated by the state. If you’re ready to move forward, then it’s time to compare programs available to students in your area.

Job Outlook Increase
Between 2012 - 2022

Thanks to the strong cosmetology industry in New Mexico, you may have a good job outlook when you complete your permanent makeup training. Through 2022, O*Net anticipates a 9% increase in cosmetology-related jobs. By their estimates, New Mexico cosmetology professionals bring in an average salary of $23,100 per year (O*Net, 2014). Keep in mind that many permanent makeup artists open their own shops—going this route may significantly change your earning potential.

Working as a Permanent Makeup Artist

Permanent makeup artistry is one cosmetology job that really gives you the chance to change lives. When clients come to you, they may be embarrassed about a facial feature, tired of never looking their best, and frustrated with traditional makeup. By listening carefully to their needs and tailoring your skills to suit what they want, you can help them rebuild their confidence and love what they see in the mirror. As a permanent makeup artist, you’ll likely spend much of your time working alone. With each client, you have to complete a consultation, go through comprehensive paperwork, and make sure they are fully informed on the procedure(s) they’ve chosen. When it comes to actually applying the makeup, you may spend one or more appointments touching up and perfecting a procedure. Clients often come back to freshen their looks up every few years.

State board Contact Information

New Mexico Board of Barbers & Cosmetologists
2550 Cerillos Road, 2nd Floor Toney Anaya Building
PO Box 25101
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Phone Number: 505-476-4622
Fax Number: 505-476-44665

The New Mexico State Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists can help you with renewing your cosmetology license, as well as answer additional questions about obtaining a New Mexico cosmetology license from out of state.

Permanent makeup has become a part of many contemporary beauty services, and
New Mexico is witnessing a demand for it in their salons. Many professionals begin
learning the trade by going to these places.

New Mexico Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists
Professional Beauty Association
National Latino Cosmetology Association


Find the Beauty Schools in New Mexico that interest you below,

Computer Career Center, a Division of Vista College

850 North Teshor Boulevard,
Las Cruces, NM 88011

Program: Cosmetology

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