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Most will agree that permanent makeup has been in existence since the Ice Age, when crude natural substances were used to create color and instruments for placing colorful art in the skin. Cleopatra is believed to have been adorned with permanent makeup and Egyptian mummies have been recovered with face and body tattoos intact. The ancient Japanese art of Tebori boasts full-body tattooing intricately done by hand.

Between then and now, there have been numerous advances in technology which have impacted methodology and colors that are manufactured for cosmetic tattooing. A variety of machines and manual methods is available along with an array of pigment manufacturers to choose from, but the simple principles of placing color under the surface of the skin remain the same.

The first electric tattoo machine, reportedly was designed by Samuel O'Reilly of New York in 1880, and in the USA, Dr. Crowell Beard, an occuloplastic surgeon, first recorded performing an eyeliner procedure ty tattooing as a replacement for lost eyelashes. The first text book known on the subject of cosmetic tattooing was written by Drs. Zwerling, Christensen and Goldstein in 1986, entitled, Micropigmentation.

Micropigmentation was the name awarded to the procedure of tattooing makeup to distinguish the use of microscopic lenses during the procedures. The term is still used today, along with several others: dermal pigmentation, dermapigmentation, microdermapigmentation, dermal graphics, cosmetic tattooing. There are still other names given to this art and science, but "permanent makeup" and "permanent cosmetics" are most widely recognized by the general public .

Thanks to Permanent Make-Up ...Women have it so much easier!!!

Permanent makeup is increasing in popularity around the world. but for many many years, it was difficult for women to have permanent cosmetic services. With tattooing of any kind not socially acceptable, especially for women, many kept their permanent makeup a secret from family and friends. Along with the acceptance of body art, the lasting beauty and wonderful convenience of permanent cosmetics (c) has finally filtered its way into the lives of women everywhere who are eager to have natural, fresh-looking makeup all day, everyday, and minimal fussing with pencils, tubes and brushes. We can thank one traditional tattoo artist who began cosmetic tattooing procedures in 1979, Pati Pavlik, who is noted for being at the forefront of this movement. By 1985, about 2/3 of Pati's tattooing work was cosmetic. For having ushered-in the mainstreaming of permanent cosmetics across America, she is fondly named the "Mother of Permanent Makeup." Thanks Pati! Since that time, she and notable others have advanced the art of cosmetic tattooing and have furthered legislation in the U.S.A. and abroad.

The permanent cosmetics industry is growing. Various organizations exist which help to educate the public and nurture growth inside the industry as well. To summarize, the first of these was the National Cosmetic Tattooing Association, founded by Pati Pavlik in 1989. The eye of this organization is focused on data associated with permanent cosmetics procedures. Two national/international, non-profit organizations, the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals, founded by Susan Church and Susan Preston in 1990, and the American Academy of Micropigmentation founded in 1995, serve to ensure high minimum standards of the art. Many state-level permanent cosmetic organizations have formed, as well, and in 2001, Cosmetech, the first permanent cosmetic trade magazine was published!

Is permanent makeup here to stay? A new awareness and acceptance of permanent cosmetics has made its impact clear! So clear, in fact, it has spurred the major conventional cosmetic industry leaders toward the creation and mass production of semi-permanent cosmetics, found at every beauty counter for those who may wish to try out semi-permanence before actually having permanent cosmetics applied. It's no secret anymore. Yes! Permanent makeup is here to stay!

References: Micropigmentation, C. Zwerling, M.D., A. Walker, R.N., N. Goldstein, M.D.
Pati Pavlik, National Cosmetic Tattooing Association/SPCP
Kathleen Ciampi, Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals (SPCP)



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