But, it's difficult to find a good permanent makeup artist
unless you have either a referral or a stroke of great luck
and stumble into one
. And your neighbor probably isn't going
to shout from the rooftops where they got their permanent
makeup done!   So, in order to find someone who is truly
skilled, you have to either know someone personally, or try
your luck searching on line.... which may have led you here!  

Ten and a half years ago, I was introduced to Permanent
Cosmetics. My thought was (in shock): "Wow... and she PAID
to look like that???"  I was sure that I could have done a much
better job!   Which started my mind began racing!  Somehow,
I instantly knew, (that with my background in art, painting
women's faces, and my desire to be self employed in a field
that I found mesmerizing....), that I could easily immerse
myself in permanent cosmetics, as a full time career, for the
rest of my natural life.  A few months later, I put the wheels in
motion. I had received multiple certifications, bought a
license and started my own  business in Permanent
Cosmetics. I can hardly believe ten years has passed.
Seems like yesterday when I first opened my kit and did a
sample tattoo on my leg, thinking it'll fade soon.  Lol... ten
years later, I still have that peculiar line of "test" dots on my
left leg!    

So, In 2002, I quit my regular job to fully pursue a career that I
love.  It's been along haul. There are times when I thought I
must be craZy  for not listening to people who tried to
convince me that I needed to GET A REAL JOB. Yes, I knew I
needed the stability - by my senses kept me on target. My
main Goal was hitting that TEN YEAR mark without a bunch
of other stuff getting in the way.  (DONE!!)   I think I should give
myself a plaque!  But guess what... I STILL feel that there is a
lot to learn. With every procedure, I strive to do better than the
last. I constantly scour the web looking for new ideas... new
techniques that I may not have considered... new products...
and training!  I'm still loving it and looking forward to at least a
couple more decades to come!

The sad part about this field, is the bar can be very low for
some... So low, that I have adopted a certain perspective:  
That  so many well meaning people got all excited and
wanted to add this "specialty" to their menu of services. And,
because the requirements are so flimsy, we ended up with
people in the field who have no business being there. They
couldn't draw a real eyebrow to save their lives, yet they can
have a Permanent Makeup Business, up and running within
a week or two...

The hard truth is, people who pick up this specialty, have to
start SOMEWHERE!  I was no exception.  I was just lucky
enough to have been blessed with a natural artistic ability to
draw faces.  The hardest part for me was learning to
assemble all of the many supplies!
Be your own advocate!!

  • SAFETY is your 1st priority!

  • Understand the risks.

  • Know that a bacterial or a fungal
    infection is always a possibility.

  • Allergic Reactions can occur
    and the removal of pigment is a
    long process, so testing is

  • There are no therapies that are
    guaranteed effective, but they
    continue to get better.”

  • Be careful where you go. Don't
    fall victim to inexperience...
There are other talented artists in this field, but they are not
on every corner!  Most people who attempt this work, are not
so lucky!  So they mess up a few faces and  quit when they
realize that good/great permanent makeup is driven by a
certain level of artistic skill.  This is especially true for
eyebrows! Eyebrows are should be PORTRAIT QUALITY!

One of the most tragic things to me, is that new technicians
are able to buy brochures with beautiful pictures of work that
is not their own. I KNOW, because this opportunity was
offered to me but I refused to display any work that was not
my own. Portfolios are even available for purchase... So now,  
they show an impressive portfolio,  (that they purchased), that
makes YOU THINK they do great work because you don't
know any better... and you end up disappointed! Have you
ever noticed that many of the pictures you see from site to
site, look very much the same?  The sad part is, not everyone
who performs cosmetic tattoing, can even draw. If you're
lucky, you might stumble into a newbie who will not destroy
your face. If you're NOT so lucky... you may end up on the
laser table for removal or sitting in my chair for corrective

Also, you may not know - that the field of tattooing (in general),
is very loosely regulated. It has long been considered as an
art form... and for whatever reason, the powers that be, have
had better things to do than to closely monitor tattoo artists.  
The professional artists have done a great job of monitoring
themselves by not allowing anyone on the floor who has not
been fully trained.

So, there is NO TEST that you have to pass, No BAR to legally
meet... Licenses mean nothing (when you can buy them) and
Certificates mean very little (when you can snag one in a
weekend workshop) without even being tested.  Reputable
Tattoo artists have more understanding (maybe even more
integrity) than many of those starting out in permanent
makeup. They  require apprenticeships which demand many
months, sometimes years of training before they allow a new
artist on the floor. Would they even give a person with no
artistic abilities the time of day? Probably not.

I was a beginner once too... I didn't have a mentor, no real
support system, no fellow artists to work with.... Just me and
the internet!   From the start, I had a gut feeling that by going
in conservatively, was the only way to go.  This approach that
has served me well. I knew from the beginning that I was
good at my new job and that I had finally found my niche. It
didn't take me long to master the machine! I knew it was
imperative that I spend every possible moment polishing my

So, if you happen to live in Houston, or are willing to travel -
you might consider me!  I invite you to take a peek at my
portfolio to find images of a few of my clients who now look a
little more attractive and feel a little more confidence - without
embarrassment and without makeup. ...and nothing too
dramatic or trendy!  

You still wear the same range of colors and styles that you
could before?  YES!  I understand, that if I keep natural skin
tones in mind, it'll work everywhere else!  And when you're
ready to "spice things up" a bit... you CAN!  And more good

AM I EVEN A CANDIDATE FOR PERMANENT COSMETICS?  Please read the following requires special
consideration before permanent makeup procedures can take place.

  • PREGNANT or NURSING... You are absolutely not a candidate.  Although there is no medical evidence that tattooing
    would have any affect on an unborn child, we don't know for sure. So we suggest you err on the side of caution and
    come back after the baby is born and you are no longer nursing.

  • UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE...  Special circumstances, with parental consent may qualify.

  • ON ACCUTANE, RETIN A... Topical Steroids thin the skin... Depending on the stage your skin is at, it may be too fragile to
    undergo a procedure. You should get clearance from your doctor before considering Permanent Makeup.

  • ON PRESCRIPTION STRENGTH MEDS OR TREATMENTS... that affect the dermal layer of the skin can affect the
    permanent make-up. OTC meds / treatments that only affect the epidermis are not of much concern.

  • ON ANTICOAGULANTS... (blood thinners), long-term use of aspirin, ibuprofen, and some herbs reduce clotting time
    resulting in increased bleeding and bruising, which will affect the implantation of pigment as well as increase the
    healing time.

  • HAVE AN AUTO-IMMUNE DISEASE... You should get clearance from your doctor before considering permanent makeup.

  • DIABETIC... If you are insulIn dependent, you are not a candidate for permanent makeup. Healing could be
    compromised and take longer than average.Otherwise, if your doctor feels your condition is under control you may
    request a letter stating that you are able to undergo cosmetic tattooing,  Otherwise, if your doctor feels your condition
    is under control you may request a letter stating that you are able to undergo cosmetic tattooing. Special care should
    be taken to prevent infection.

  • HAVE GLAUCOMA... you may not have eyeliner. Increased intra ocular pressure combined with pressure placed on the
    eye to apply eyeliner could be damaging.         It is important to have this condition under control and/or refer to your
    physician for further consent to the application of eyeliner.

  • BLOOD DISORDERS... that affect clotting such as hemophilia, sickle cell anemia and platelet disorders could interfere
    with the implantation of pigment, however it is possible to receive successful implantation of permanent cosmetics.

    prophylactic antibiotics before dental or other procedures will need consult their physician for treatment prior to
    permanent cosmetics.

  • HAVE ANY OTHER HEART CONDITIONS... uncontrolled high blood pressure and poor general health would be of special
    concern, you will need to see your Physician and discuss the procedure to gain pre-approval.

  • HERPES SIMPLEX... People who get fever blisters and/or cold sores may experience an outbreak after lip procedures.
    It is imperative that you discuss the procedure with your physician BEFORE the procedure and receive proper
    instruction on how to prevent an outbreak post procedure. Most physicians will offer a prescription for Zovirax or
    Valtrex to take prior to and after a lip procedure. This measure is to help guard against an outbreak, but it not a
    guaranteed measure. Should an outbreak occur after pigment implantation you will most likely lose the pigment in the
    area that you get a sore, resulting in uneven lip color or lip liner.

  • KELOID OR HYPERTROPHIC SCARRING... Persons with tendencies for this type of scarring have the same risk with
    tattooing also. The risk is mainly in the torso area, however, we may decide together to do a patch test to insure that
    you do not scar in this manor.

YOU KNOW THE STATE OF YOUR HEALTH BETTER THAN ANYONE...   If you have ANY medical issues that you feel MIGHT be
would be a contraindication, then I suggested you get clearance from your doctor.

Patients who have epilepsy, diabetes, hemophilia or a heart disease of any kind should have
a physicians approval prior to any cosmetic tattooing procedure.


  • EYE SURGERY: If you have had  Lasix, Cornea repair etc. you will need to wait at least 6 months before I will do
    permanent makeup on your eyes.

  • SCARS from surgery or injury must be healed for at least one year prior to service.


  • Permanent cosmetic procedures are considered to be skin invasive and therefore you may experience some
    discomfort.  This may vary according to each individual's pain threshold and the skills of the technician performing the
    service. However, keep in mind that there are different methods available to help with pain management, including
    various topical anaesthetics.

  • Your skin should return to normal relatively quickly as any side effects such as swelling or redness is generally mild.

  • Allergic reactions to permanent cosmetics are quite rare. You may request a skin sensitivity test in an invisible area
    beforehand to see how your skin responds. I routinely recommend a sensitivity test as part of the treatment, however
    you have the right to decline.

  • Needles inserted too deeply in the skin can cause bleeding, spreading of pigments, and damage to hair follicles.

  • Scarring is very rare, and usually because of an error by the practitioner performing the treatment.

  • If proper hygiene and sterilization guidelines are followed, micropigmentation should be very safe with few risks.

  • It is advisable not to pick or rub the treated areas to minimize the risk of causing uneven results or possible infection..
So basically, there are two MAIN things that can go wrong:
I know, there is a lot of bad permanent makeup out there!!  I know the reasons why this problem exists,
I just can't fix the system!  But I will do my best to figure out if you are a good candidate for permanent makeup,
educate you about it, and show you pictures of permanent makeup that I have done in the past.  
Then you can decide if you are ready to take the plunge!