What is Permanent Makeup?
Permanent makeup has been a timesaving convenience for women accustomed to applying eyebrow, eyeliner and/or lip liner pencils several times a day. Largely unregulated until the 1990s, the procedure was often done in beauty parlors by hairdressers and nail technicians with mixed results at best.
Today, recognition of the importance of proper medical precautions and the guidelines of the National Board of Micropigmentation have raised cosmetic tattooing to a safe and painless process that benefits people in a wide variety of applications. Besides cosmetics replacement, permanent makeup can camouflage scars and bald spots, and can create areolas after mastectomies. Clients suffering from alopecia, allergies to makeup, poor or no vision, or tremors in their hands have all found it an invaluable tool.
Who is Pamela Byrne?
Brief Background and Qualifications
American makeup artist and esthetician Pamela Byrne first encountered the permanent make-up procedure as a tourist in Hong Kong and Singapore in 1980. First as a client and then as a student, she studied several methods of applying permanent color in the skin. These varied from the manual method to the pen type applicator to the standard coil type tattoo machine.
Fascinated by the potential of this exciting new beauty technique, the former make-up artist enrolled in further training courses in the art of cosmetic tattooing in Korea, Japan, and Australia. In the 30+ years she has been practicing her art, she has performed almost ten thousand procedures and has trained doctors, nurses, and qualified beauty industry personnel.
Mrs. Byrne is, or has been, a member of the Society of Permanent Make-up Professionals, the National Cosmetic Tattooing Association, the American Council of Dermagraphic Research, the Australasian Federation of Aestheticians and Beauty Therapists, and is a charter diplomat of the American Academy of Micropigmentation founded by Dr. Charles Zwerling. She is also a board-certified instructor and examiner for the A.A.M.