Everyone does mistakes. Even the most experienced permanent make-up technicians can do some mistakes. What we want to say, is that this is absolutely normal, as mistakes are here to learn from them! Starting something new is always not easy, each industry has its own nuances that are worth knowing about. Permanent makeup is no exception. There are many details in our business that the novice master, most probably, did not hear about. In this blogpost, we have decided to write down ten the most popular mistakes PMU beginners do to help you to avoid them in the future.
So let’s begin!
Drawing the future shape is a rather difficult task for a novice specialist. You need to have certain creative abilities, artistic abilities, have a good sense of proportion, measure, aesthetic vision or develop it vigorously.
Without seeing the face as a whole, predicting the results after any general aesthetic face corrections and knowing the standard proportions, it is impossible to draw an ideal sketch.
It is good when a technician quickly enough catches the basics of the make-up or has an inner instinct in understanding the proportions, shape and general vision. These are usually students who love to paint, have previously done makeup or have an art education. Drawing a sketch is easy for students with graphic abilities.
There are two major errors:
1. fear and uncertainty, which lead to the fact that the drawing of the sketch takes more time.
2. superficial attitude and underestimation of the importance of the sketch.
Also, it is sometimes difficult for a specialist to balance between:
1. the decision to follow the client’s lead
2. and taking responsibility for the drawn shape and convincing the client that the shape is the right for her.
The client has to, primary, like the shape himself, and only then the technician can suggest some changes for the client to think about.
However, there is no need to worry if you are not an artist and do not have any art relative educations. During the course, good institutions will always provide enough practice for you to start seeing the proportions clearer.
Conclusion: Learn how to paint and choose professional permanent makeup courses with a strong teaching methodology.
An important part of work is the selection of the right pigment. It should match client’s skin tone and eye colour.
The main task is to make the permanent makeup look good and match the person’s type, so it does not end up looking vulgar, dull and not catchy. Make sure to discuss this with the the client to match his/her needs. A good master would ask them to show you an example of what colour they would like to end up with.
Let’s systematise the most common coloristic mistakes:
1. Ignorance of the theoretical foundations of colour and the concept of brightness, saturation and purity of colour
2. Ignorance of the composition of pigments, the behaviour of all its components followed by the ignorance of the pigments you work with, their capabilities and features.
3. Concepts of the ratio of “warm” and “cold” pigment and different types of skin.
4. Predicting the schemes of formation of the proposed colour solutions
5. Changes in the colour of the pigment due to its various refractions under the epidermis
6. Understanding the principle and algorithm of colour correction of the existing colour option
7. Assuming an intuitive vision of the end result.
All this is difficult for a novice specialist to master. At the same time, it is also necessary to remember that the colour is influenced by the depth of the pigment, the density of its application and the individual characteristics of the organism.
Only an understanding of all these nuances will make it possible to obtain predicted colour variations and make your client become more attractive.
When starting to work directly with a client, novice masters tend to also make mistakes. To understand the client’s desire and propose possible solutions to the problem – this is what every specialist should be able to do.
It is necessary to understand that a person who is not versed in the intricacies of the profession can see a photo on Instagram and decide that she wants the same. But your task as a professional is to explain to the client that everything is individual, because we are all different, and what suits one person may be a mistake for another. Speak out all the nuances and stages of the procedure, discuss the colour and shape to the smallest detail and always sign “Voluntary consent to the procedure”. Before enrolling a client, you should discuss contraindications and advice on care, both before and after the procedure.
It is experience that gives inner confidence and a general understanding that you are a specialist in a rather complex field.
Experience in permanent make-up is the unity of knowledge of several disciplines: medicine, coloristic, colorimetry, make-up, psychology, in addition to your own acquired skills and observations in the process of work. In general, this is what’s called the professional’s eye.
In simple words, novice masters have either no experience or not enough experience.
With an individual approach to the procedure, any permanent make-up specialist must have knowledge of all the above disciplines, in addition to knowing the work ethics. And this means that he is much more likely to make a mistake than specialists, whose actions are clearly indicated by criteria, standards, regulations. It is experience that gives inner confidence and a general understanding that you are a specialist in a rather complex field.
The more experience you gain, the more you understand this and the more accurate you begin to refer to your job.
It is not simple. The beginner realises this as he starts to work and most often, starts to panic. The first unsuccessful jobs sometimes lead to a loss of optimism. But you need to understand that this is a normal situation, because the skill is formed not only gradually, but also unevenly. Usually, during training under the guidance of a teacher, the student feels a relatively quick equipments mastery. This is especially popular during the practice in the latex. But when they start working with patients on their own, novice masters are faced with a large number of problem situations and, as a result, make mistakes.
The most common is the inability to work with the pigment. Unfortunately, there is a percentage of trained specialists who gave up PMU during the process of just beginning their career. That’s the reason why, here at Moda Donna PMU & Beauty Academy, over 70% of the training is practice, practice and again, practice. It’s never enough of it!
The conclusion here is that you need to believe in yourself, in your strength, have a desire to develop and achieve high results. It requires time and persistence, but if your desire is high, you will achieve a lot. The perfect example are our diligent students.:)
Another common mistake is selecting the equipment.
The purchase of the device might depend on the academy you’ve been studying at.
“Which device should I buy?” Of course, everything is individual. It is quite difficult for beginners to understand this immediately.
There are two options novice masters tend to follow:
In our opinion, working on low-quality equipment is the biggest mistake that leads to regression – this is disrespectful to yourself and your potential client. The main slogan we suggest to the future professionals to stick to is “Being honest, using high quality equipment and keeping everything safe are three the most important rules of a good therapist.”
We couldn’t avoid mentioning that issue in a separate paragraph. Permanent make-up is a painful procedure, that of course, requires the use of anesthesia. At the moment, a fairly large number of anesthetics are used on the market, which make life easier for us and our patients. However, inadequate anesthesia, non-compliance with the method of application, the wrong choice of painkillers – all this can result in a cost of human life.
The main mistakes include:
1. Irresponsible illiterate use of various anesthetics in general
2. Misconception that anesthesia does not cause complications
3. In general ignorance and misunderstanding of the processes occurring when using anesthetics, especially with the use of vasoconstrictors.
To protect oneself from legal claims and ensure comfort during the procedure, a novice specialist should remember that hypoallergenic anesthetics do not exist. And since in case of complications, the actions must be immediate and clear, inside every aesthetics package there must be an instruction that explains how to provide immediate first aid for all variants of complications with a prescribed algorithm of actions that the PMU therapist must read in advance.
It is imperative to ask at least three questions before the procedure:
1. Have they used anesthesia before?
2. Were there any complications with the use of local anesthesia?
3. Were there any allergic reactions to local anesthetics?
And also clearly understand that the bulk of anesthetics are simply not certified in the UK and cannot officially be used in the permanent make-up procedure.
It is the teacher who forms a conscious, meaningful attitude to the upcoming mastery of new knowledge.
What could be more important than a right introduction to the profession? Primary education, that covers basic knowledge, setting the hand, love to the profession, and so on, makes it possible to avoid many mistakes that you saw in this list. A lot depends on a permanent makeup teacher, including the whole further professional life. Most common, it is the teacher who sets the level of a novice specialist, since he gives the right motivation for achievement.
Learning without much desire leads to a variety of mistakes, starting with the wrong technique of placing the hand and ending with a lack of understanding of the responsibility for every drawn millimeter. The start can be quick and strong at once. Choosing the wrong teacher may lead to the fact that another “specialist” will come to our industry, without having an idea about the aesthetics of a permanent makeup. Therefore, the choice of a school is the cornerstone, it is the foundation that determines the successful start of a potential specialist’s career.
Permanent make-up is a rather laborious task that requires meticulousness and diligence.
In simple words, there is a direct relationship – the amount of time spent is proportional to the rising level of your professional growth.
It is hard work that allows:
– Achieve stability and automatism when performing permanent makeup.
– Improve certain techniques to the required degree of perfection.
– Provide varied use of techniques depending on each specific case.
The result is that you are a specialist who has achieved your goal. As we like to say, genius is just a great capacity for patience. And, as our practice shows, it is the specialists who have worked hard who achieves significant results, win prizes at championships, although they do not have great innate artistic talent and do not paint realism.
Continuous development is a trait of professional excellence. Each specialist must expand the range of services that he can offer to clients in order not to remain outsiders.
Slowing professional development is the biggest mistake of the master.
The world does not stand still, new technologies, techniques and materials appear every day, and our profession is no exception. Clients see this and definitely want to get a novelty, since everything is popularized on the Internet.
Continuous development is a trait of professional excellence. Each specialist must expand the range of services that he can offer to clients in order not to remain outsiders. Many new materials and technologies will make your work easier and more effective, but do not forget that sometimes the old and tested is better than something new and unknown yet. Remember that any new technique, instruments or pigments must first be tested on artificial skin, which will significantly reduce the risk.
The technique perfection comes only with practice, but that doesn’t mean theory doesn’t matter. Seminars, master classes and refresher courses raise your status in the beauty industry.