Permanent Makeup FAQ’s


What Is Permanent Cosmetics?
Similar to tattoo, permanent cosmetics is a non-surgical technique in which a tiny quantity of pigment is placed under the top layer of the skin. However, unlike tattoo, the objective is a very subtle enhancement of facial features that looks as natural as possible. If done properly, the end result of permanent cosmetics should be similar to the professionally applied makeup, except it will stay on permanently, day and night. Permanent makeup procedures are done under topical anesthesia, the recovery time is typically minimal and the results are visible nearly instantly. Once the skin heals over the inserted pigment, it seals the makeup inside. Protected by the skin, the makeup is care free, waterproof, will not smudge or run and can last for years. Sometimes touch-ups are needed to maintain the vibrancy of the color.

Typically, procedures are done on the eyebrows, eyes and lips. Changing the shape, fullness and definition of the eyebrows emphasizes and lifts the eyes, frames the face, and adds balance and symmetry. Adding a permanent eyeliner makes lashes appear fuller and thicker. Subtle definition can be added to the eyes, making eyes appear larger and more striking. Accent colors may be used to match, contrast or deepen the color of the eyes. Lips can be made to appear fuller and more defined, adding youth and sensuality.

We think most people would agree that the eyebrows can make the most dramatic difference to the basic symmetry and enhancement of the face as a whole. The eyebrows frame the entire face and play a vital role in creating facial symmetry. Not only can professionally sculpted, permanent makeup enhanced eyebrows be used to emphasize and lift the eyes, they also provide balance to the lower portion of the face, often taking years off your appearance. Various concerns such as sparse, thin or naturally very light eyebrows can be addressed by adding fullness and definition without compromising a natural look.
Following an initial consultation, we will be able to advise you on the most flattering shape for your permanent eyebrows given your facial features, enabling the creation of beautiful brows that will compliment your face. You will also be advised on the most appropriate permanent cosmetics application technique in order to achieve your desired result.
The most natural effect is often achieved through creation of individual ultra-fine hair strokes, simulating the illusion of the brow’s own natural hairs. This technique can also be used to thicken sparse brows, giving a more shapely appearance. Alternatively, if you are seeking a look mimicking brow pencil or soft powders, a textured effect can be created through placing a soft veil of color over the brows to add shape and definition.
The initial permanent makeup application requires two visits spaced approximately 3-4 weeks apart. You can expect the enhancement to last anywhere from 2-6 years before a re-touch treatment may be needed to ensure the freshness of the look. Pricing for eyebrows ranges from $550 – $1,000 depending on the type of application (hand tap, coil or digital).

Before and right after (micro-blading, ombre, and block color)















Thinning eyebrow hair is often one of the many side effects of hypothyroidism, a hormonal disease effecting the thyroid and pituitary glands and their production of thyroid hormones.





Not just for women! Many men are looking to correct hair loss due to alopecia. Others have naturally sparse eyebrows and want enhanced appearance.

Soft color can be applied as an enhancement of a thicker defined line for a more dramatic effect. Dimension is created by implanting more color to the outer edges and tapering to the middle. A smoky eye shadow look can also be an alternative. No more runny, smudgy eyeliner. Great answer for contact wears, too. You can expect the enhancement to last anywhere from 9 months to 6 years, before a re-touch treatment may be needed to ensure the freshness of the look. This depends on the type of application method you choose (hand tap, coil or digital). Pricing for eyeliner ranges from $400 – $700


Beautiful, sensual lips are created by adding natural color where needed, achieving instant fullness and definition. As we get older, our lips lose volume and some of the natural color and definition begins to fade. By subtly replacing lost pigment,  especially to the outer border of the lips, where it most commonly fades as we age, permanent makeup can restore and enhance the shape and color of the lips, helping regain their youthful appearance. Emphasizing the lip outline makes the lips appear fuller, fine lines around the mouth are softened and lipstick bleed is eliminated. Subtle corrections can be made to thin, uneven or unsymmetrical lips and the size and shape can be altered as desired. Lips augmented by Restylane injections can be further enhanced by applying micro-pigmentation outside of the natural lip boundary line. I offer three distinct options to beautify your mouth. For those wishing to achieve a more defined result, a crisp outline can be applied to highlight the lip border. For those seeking a more natural look, a blended lip-line or blush effect can be created feathering color towards the middle of the lip to produce a soft haze of color which gradually blends into your lip’s own tones. A full lip color can also be achieved by placing a hint of color across the entire lip area.You can expect the enhancement to last anywhere from 9 months to 4 years, before a re-touch treatment may be needed to ensure the freshness of the look. This depends on the type of application method you choose (hand tap, coil or digital). Pricing for lip liner and/or with full lip ranges from $550 – $850















Men and women can benefit from restoring color to visible scars left from surgeries, burns or accidents. Many scars result in permanent hair or pigment loss. With permanent makeup, flesh tones can be re-pigmented and hair strokes can be simulated to restore a more natural look and allow more choices in hair styles.

Simulated hair strokes can help hide scars from injury or surgery

Vitiligo is a disfiguring loss of skin color. Michael Jackson is the best known celebrity who had such condition. When the affected areas are relatively small, permanent makeup can offer a solution

What can I expect?
First, we will recommend shapes and colors, which are best for you. Next, applying these shapes and colors with temporary makeup, we will show you what the permanent makeup may look like on you. When we find the design and colors that you love and approve, we will put it on your body with permanent makeup. We use epinephrine enhanced state-of-the-art topical anesthetic, so most people find the procedure quite comfortable and experience minimal or no swelling.

Right after the procedure, the colors may look too bright and dramatic. However, as skin heals over the pigment, the colors will begin to soften and blend with your own skin color, creating a more natural look. The shade and intensity of the final color will depend on the color of the chosen pigment as well as color and translucency of your skin.

We usually offer a complimentary second visit, several weeks after the initial procedure. During this visit we will add more color, if desired, and add artistic touches for even more natural appearance.

Is the treatment safe?
Permanent makeup procedure does have some risks comparable to those of other minor surgical procedures, skin piercings or a tattoo. The pigment is inserted through tiny punctures in client’s skin. This caries risk of infection. Therefore, sterility of the operating environment is extremely important.

To minimize the risk of infection, we maintain stringent standards of hygiene. All needles are single-use disposable cartridges. All other equipment used during the procedure is sterile and disinfected between each client.

Will the procedure hurt?
While some people feel no discomfort at all, others may find the procedure a little uncomfortable. Topical anesthetics are used prior to and throughout the treatment in order to alleviate any discomfort. Injectable anesthetics are also available. if needed.

Will it look natural?
During the procedure you will have approval of everything, enabling you to have complete control. Once the pigment color has been selected to match your individual skin tone, hair and eye color, a small amount of the pigment will be placed on the treatment area in order for you to see the color on your skin. The shape of eyebrows and lip liners will also be drawn on with conventional cosmetics prior to beginning of the treatment so that you can gain an impression of the final result. Shapes and colors can be selected to achieve a subtle, fresh and completely natural looking enhancement or, if you prefer, a more intensified or dramatic look.

How long will it last?
Permanent cosmetics may last many years, however, the longevity will vary between individuals depending on a person’s age, condition of the skin and other external factors. I recommend a multi-vitamin with iron and a sun block to help ensure the longevity of color. It is recommended that clients return for a color touch-up procedure within 12-18 months to keep the treatment area looking crisp and fresh.

Fees and Policies for Services 

Like most states, Illinois does NOT require a license for permanent cosmetics. Anyone can do it anywhere without passing a test. The person’s training or experience does NOT matter. And Illinois does NOT require permanent makeup artists to be inspected by the Health Department. Without licensing requirements or health safety regulations, you are on your own.

Important Advice
If you’re looking for “bargain permanent makeup,” The Beauty Studio is NOT the place for you. Permanent makeup is an investment in your looks and your health. Although color is semi-permanent (it fades with time), a bad makeup tattoo is permanent until it is removed–if it CAN be. Do you really want to pay the lowest price for something permanent on your FACE? And how much is your health worth to you? Cosmetic tattooing can change your life if you get a disease like Hepatitis. Micropigmentation specialists own legitimate businesses. They do not “move around” to different locations and do not offer “makeup tattoo parties” in people’s homes. As dedicated professionals, they take time to create beauty, use anesthetics properly to avoid pain, and disinfect correctly to prevent disease transmission. You CAN enjoy permanent makeup without regrets if you choose a true, Certified Professional instead of low prices. Aren’t you worth spending enough for quality and safety?


Why Choose Elizabeth?
Elizabeth Szemelak, provides everything you need—artistry, comfort, and safety. She is a State Licensed Esthetician/Certified Medical Esthetician. As a makeup artist Certified in Permanent Cosmetics, her work is natural looking and customized to your satisfaction. She uses the safest high-tech equipment and follows CDC-OSHA infection control standards. Her medical strength topical anesthetics make procedures NOT painful. So the question is: Do you want just anyone to tattoo makeup on your face? Or do you want a state licensed-artist who is a certified specialist in permanent cosmetics?

Complimentary Consultations
Free consultations are informational only and do not exceed 30 minutes. Due to limited time, a consultation for permanent makeup does not include designing. A consultation for permanent makeup is recommended but not required. Consultations are required for medical tattooing or permanent makeup re-coloring/correction.  More than one person may attend a consultation at no charge. We ask for at least 24 hours notice to cancel or reschedule a consultation.

What Permanent Makeup Fees Cover
A new permanent makeup procedure includes the following: Complete medical history review; face shape and feature analysis; custom makeup designing; color selection and custom blending of pigments; medical grade topical anesthetics (before and during procedure); new disposable procedure supplies; new disposable sterile safety needles; sterile tattoo equipment; allergy patch test (if desired); before and after photos; aftercare kit with instructions and supplies; and one refining (touch-up) procedure within 60 days of initial procedure (90 days for lips).

Fees and policies are subject to change without notice. We reserve the right to decline service to anyone.

Payment Methods and Refund Policy
Payment in full must be made when services are rendered. We accept cash, and major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover). Gift certificates are available for purchase but cannot be exchanged for cash. The results of any cosmetic procedure, including permanent cosmetics, cannot be

How are the procedures performed?
Cosmetic tattooing is performed in different ways using different types of equipment. The name of the device that holds the needle describes the application method. The categories of equipment and methods are as follows: Manual Hand Tool method (also called Hand Tap or Non-Machine method); Coil Machine method (a smaller version of the traditional tattoo machine); Analog Pen or Rotary Machine method (most commonly used); and Computerized Digital Machine method (most sophisticated technology).

Categories of Equipment Used for Permanent Cosmetics
The methods and techniques can be performed in different ways using different types of equipment. Type of application used is a factor in permanent makeup pricing. Pricing for permanent makeup ranges from $350 – $1,000 depending on the type of application (hand tap, coil, rotary or digital).

•      Hand Tap Tools:  The hand-tap process is manual and non-electric. Technicians use disposable needle tools that punch or “tap” pigment into the skin. When this method is performed correctly, there is no risk of disease transmission because the single-use tools are sterile and disposable. The “tapping method” creates very soft color and the procedures usually take a very long time.

•      Coil Machines:  These are smaller version of the “tattoo guns” used to create body art and are powerful, fast, and heavy. They were used when permanent cosmetics first became popular in the 1980’s. If a certain part (band) inside the machine breaks while it is running, the needle can be ejected. Therefor, coil machines are seldom used by tattooists for permanent makeup today.

•      Rotary Pen Machines:  Coil machines are gradually replaced by smaller electric machines called analogue “rotary pens.” Today these are the most commonly used devices because they are inexpensive and lightweight. However, some rotary pens are banned by county health departments because they allow backflow of body fluids into the hand piece that cannot be cleaned out. This causes “cross-contamination” and the spread of diseases like Hepatitis even when sterile needles are used.

•      Digital Equipment:  Today’s state-of-the-art equipment for cosmetic tattooing is electric, digital, and computerized. The hand piece is small and resembles a rotary pen device, but the patented needle cartridges do not allow cross-contamination. The needles implant pigment very precisely, and the machines use internal computer chip (microprocessors) to control the needle speeds & depth. Few technicians use this equipment because the machine and its specialized needles are quite expensive.
Permanent Makeup Done by Another Person
Recoloring permanent makeup done previously by anyone else is not “just a touch-up” for Elizabeth —she must start from scratch since it was not her original work. And redoing someone else’s work is more difficult if it was done poorly. Therefore, fees start at the new permanent makeup prices. Additional charges will apply if extensive shape and symmetry correction or pigment removal is necessary.

Visitors and Children
CDC-OSHA guidelines do not allow observers in the procedure room. Family or friends can remain in the waiting room if desired. They are also welcome to participate during makeup designing. Illinois law prohibits the tattooing of persons under age 18. The entire office, including waiting room, is not equipped for children or babies. Child care arrangements must be made prior to all appointments.” guaranteed. As such, whether or not a patient is satisfied with the results, there will be no refunds.

What are some of the CDC and OSHA Guidelines for Permanent Cosmetics?
The tattooing equipment used should have parts that are completely disposable or can be autoclaved. If an autoclave is used, it must be functioning properly at the correct temperature with periodic testing. All needles should be individually wrapped, sterile, disposable, and for single use. All pigments and anesthetics should be dispensed from the manufacturers’ original containers. The procedure area should be sanitary with hand washing capabilities (running hot and cold water, soap, paper towels). Any products used during the procedure should be discarded afterward every time. Unfortunately, unless the technician and facility are inspected by the health department, there is no guarantee that the CDC and OSHA guidelines are followed.