Permablend is fast becoming the ‘GO TO’ pigment of choice for permanent makeup artists across the globe.
Established in 2014, Permablend pigments are proudly certified vegan friendly and are never tested on animals.
Here is a little bit of interesting history behind the Permablend name…
Permablend is a specially manufactured pigment range created especifically for the permanent makeup industry by the owners of World Famous Tattoo Ink. As the name would imply, World Famous are one of the most popular and trusted brands in the tattoo industry – they have been manufacturing and supplying inks across the world for over 50 years.
Now that you have a bit of the history, I along with many top permanent makeup artists across the world have been using Permablend for quite some time – and these are the general facts pertaining specifically to Permablend Pigments.
One quick tip: The moment you receive your order of Permablend pigments, immediately apply clear packaging tape over the entire label of the bottles. This will prevent the name from being wiped off and will keep the bottles free from smudges and stains.
Please remember to vigorously shake pigment bottles very, very well (minimum 5 minutes) before decanting into your pigment procedure cup or pigment ring cup. Due to their really high concentration, the pigment settles to the bottom of the bottles and unless very well agitated, may not deliver true colour.
Specifically for brows:
- Permablend pigments are highly concentrated. Therefore, a little goes a long way. Softer powder brow effects may easily be achieved by adding a reputable diluent to the pigment.
- When implanted to the correct depth i.e. in the ‘sweet spot’ (and not too deep), the pigment colours heal and stay true.
- Use caution when using Permablend for microblading to ensure the blade strokes do not penetrate too deep, blade remains at 90 degrees at all times and you have an excellent 3-way stretch for every stroke. As every blader knows, microblade strokes tend to heal cooler than conventional PMU. If in doubt, add a drop or 2 of the warmest colour that is Tina’s Gold Sunrise (TGS) to your pigment colour of choice to prevent ash-toned results.
Specifically for eyeliner procedures:
- Keep your handpiece/needle at 90 degrees – be aware that any angled insertion may lead to pigment migration.
- Work very light-handed. This is especially applicable to the Double Black eyeliner pigment which has a high carbon content. The deeper the pigment is placed – the higher the risk of migration.
- Avoid using the Black pigments (Eyeliner Black and Double Black) for wings of any kind (Latino, Arabian, Egyptian, cats-eye, pinup, bold, wings, dramatic, flicks or extensions of any sort) as they tend to not age well. Rather blend either of the Black pigments (Eyeliner Black or Double Black) with Blackish Brown for the wing section of the eyeliner.
- The same method should be applied to very thick eyeliners. Start in the lashes with the black of choice, and then blend up towards the creaseline using Blackish Brown. Blackish Brown is a gorgeous colour which heals very dark and does not easily become blue/grey – even over time.
- All PMU artists should have been trained to avoid the inner and outer canthus areas of the eye (see diagram) as there is great risk of migration when working in these areas, irrespective of which pigment brand you use.
- Use larger needle configurations such as #5, #7, etc to apply the eyeliner pigments. If shadow (ombre) liners are requested, change the machine to a slow speed setting, use smaller configuration micro-needles with caution – and implant only until the desired visibility is achieved. Whip-shading effects should be applied with a very light and slow hand.
Specific info for lip procedures:
- As already mentioned, these pigments are highly concentrated – therefore they are well suited to gentle whip-shaded techniques which has become very popular recently.
- There is a large range of lovely pastel colours available and we have very successfully created ombre effects using 2 complimentary colours, blended to create fullness effects.
- Add a drop of 2 of Queen of Hearts (QOH) for added tincture strength to your chosen colour.
- There is much less fade with this range (Permablend).
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Gwendoline Johnston owns Permanent Makeup by Gwendoline and practices as a Permanent Makeup Specialist and Trainer at her studios in Johannesburg. Gwendoline is Master Certified – American Institute of Intradermal Cosmetics in October 2013. She has kept fully up to date with ongoing study in the latest techniques and trends by obtaining over eighteen certificates and diplomas both locally in South Africa and internationally – attending Advanced Permanent Makeup training seminars, master classes, conferences and workshops.
Gwendoline’s vast experience attained over the past eighteen years, together with a thorough understanding of skin and colour, has placed her in the confident position to teach, advise and perform in all areas of advanced permanent make-up, including para-medical applications. Permanent Makeup by Gwendoline is affiliated with local and international Plastic Surgeons, Dermatologists, Specialists and Medical Spa’s.
“Throughout my career, I have remained committed to delivering excellence. I have a deep passion for my craft and genuine care for my clients, which teamed with the highest level of professionalism, my aim is to deliver unparalleled performance within the vibrant and ever-evolving world of permanent makeup.”
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