Skin-care specialists say you should consider these things before getting permanent makeup:
The technician should have training from an accredited school, but standards vary and there is no central oversight or licensing.
Avoid using brown around your eyes. It fades to pink and draws attention to the natural redness in your eyes.
Sunlight, anti-aging creams and facial peels affect color retention. Follow your technician's instructions.
Ask for the names of others who have had the procedure - and call them.
If you suffer from herpes- fever blisters, cold sores or mouth blisters - and want permanent makeup on your lips, you need to get a prescription for a herpes-control medication such as Zovirax one week before the procedure; use it according to instructions from the technician who will do your procedure.
Make sure the technician follows sanitation and safety procedures, wearing gloves and using disposable needles and an applicator tip.
WHERE TO GO
Here are some places where you can get permanent makeup:
Bella Vesaci Day Spa, Washington Square Shopping Center, York County; 898-4772.
Williamsburg Plastic Surgery Center, 227 McLaws Circle, James City County; 253-8875.
Victoria's Day Spa, 6515 George Washington Memorial Highway (Route 17), York County; 890-9700.
Plastic Surgery Center, 895 Middle Ground Blvd., Newport News; 873-3500.
Peninsula Plastic Surgery Center, Port Warwick office, Jefferson Avenue; 875-9800.
Peninsula Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery, 2115 Executive Drive, Hampton; 599-LIPS.
American Institute of Permanent Color Technology online at www.aipct.com
American Academy of Micropigmentation online at