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Dark ring around lips from permanent makeup lip procedure

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I have clients that come in to show me their dark blue or black ring around their lips after a permanent makeup procedure.  Why does this happen?

Two possibilities:
1.  The artist used black or dark pigment to first outline the lip, then used lip color pigment to shade inner lips.
This is a NO NO, black or any dark pigment should not be used anywhere around the lips.

2.  We have lots of blood vessels and veins in our lips.  That's why, when we're really cold, our lips turn blue, in some cases, purple.  But for women of color, we especially have more visible blue or brown in our lips.  The artist should use lip color with a lot of Orange to neutralize the blue.  Orange reds and Orange pinks will look red and pink once applied to dark blue lips.  If the artist uses reds and pinks with blue undertones, it will accentual the blue in our lips.

3.  Sometimes, immediately after, there are dark areas on and around lips due to bruising.  Wait 3 weeks for the lips to heal.  If you still…

Various Questions You Should Ask Your Permanent Makeup Artist Prior to Booking an Appt.

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Basic Questions to Ask Your Permanent Makeup Artist Prior to Scheduling an Appointment:

Q1:   "Are you OSHA Compliant?"

If the Artist is NOT Occupational Safety and Health Authorization (OSHA) compliant, take your business elsewhere.  This is basic requirement for every Permanent Makeup business in the state of California and most other states.   An annual certification testing is necessary to be granted a certificate.

As of July 2012, all Permanent Makeup and Tattoo Artists need a permit issued by the Health Department to conduct business in CA.  The county will not issue a permit without an annual inspection.  Please note, this Permit is different than City Business Registration.  City Business Registration only notifies the City that you are conducting business at that location.

A sink with hot/cold water is required in the workspace in Contra Costa County, CA.  Sinks in the bathroom do not count, since that is a separate room.  Frequent hand washing is necessary to decre…