What Does it Cost?

This is one of the most often asked questions when people first consider

permanent makeup. The bigger issue is do you really want the cheapest

person you can find? In this industry, higher cost often equals higher


Permanent makeup is just that, permanent. If you go shopping for

clothes, shoes, furniture, and other consumable goods, it is often wise to

shop price. If you donít like the item you purchased, you have not made a

life long mistake, and you can simply discard it or give it to your

sister-in-law. A discriminating buyer will often estimate how long an

item should be appropriate in their life, and base their price shopping


You do not have this same luxury with a procedure that is permanent, such

as plastic surgery, a tattoo, or permanent cosmetics. Having those

services done will alter you for life. You cannot afford to go for the

cheapest person when your looks are being changed forever. There is some

really bad permanent makeup work walking around this world, where the

individual decided to "price shop" and lived to regret it.

A permanent makeup technician who is using proper sterilization, good

equipment and has a professional facility will not want to be the lowest

priced person on the block. They will invest their funds for sterile and

sanitary business procedures, for proper insurance and for professional

forms and surroundings. A low cost person will not have all of these or

they would not be able to "give away" their services.

Interview the technician being considered. Look at their portfolio. Are

they using a professional camera? Is the facility clean and neat? Do

they show you singly packaged equipment with sterile markings on the bags?

Do they have certificates of continuing education? All of these items

are necessary for success in permanent makeup and they all cost money. A

lot of money.

The price being charged should include at least one follow up visit, if

not two. Be sure it does. If not, the technician is below the standard

of care in the industry. The price should also include some use of

topical, over the counter anesthetics to minimize the pain and discomfort

of the procedure.

The reality is you should be paying hundreds of dollars for any single

procedure. If the technician is not charging a few hundred dollars they

most likely are not doing what they should be to keep up with this rapidly

changing industry. In that case, be wary.

In the permanent makeup industry, you get what you pay for!

Copyright © 1996-2001 Society of Permanent Cosmetics Professionals

The SPCP is a Technician oriented organization for permanent cosmetic,

micropigmentation, permanent makeup, cosmetic tattoo, and traditional

tattoo technicians.

Last modified: March 15, 2001