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Elaine Pichet's
Artistic Touch, Inc.
F.A.A.M., C.P.C.P.
Board Certified in
Permanent Cosmetics

1802 E. Prince Rd., Ste. B
Tucson, AZ  85719

"A unique touch and discerning eye for beauty..."

ARTICLE FROM Health & Beauty April/May 2011
By: Carmella Gibellino-Schultz

Choosing a Permanent Make-Up Artist

You should NEVER shop for price in this matter. This is your face and a bargain price isn’t a bargain if the end result is less than beautiful. There are many technicians who have inadequate training as well as limited if any artistic experience and ability.

1.  Experience
2.  Training
3.  Certification/Licensing
4.  Insurance
5.  Before and after photos of their most recent work
6.  Doctor and Patient references
7.  Corrective/Camouflage experience
8.  Price (usually too low of a price indicates inexperience)
9.  Physician affiliations – The Physician has pre-qualified the technician for you
10. Communication skills – Is the technician a great listener and do they possess the ability to answer all of your questions in a comfortable, non threatening manner.

Permanent Make-up is an art, not just a process. Your goal should be to find a permanent make-up artist, not just a technician. Your results will be only as good as the artist you choose and only as safe as the technician’s training and experience. You want to find someone who had a good balance with artistic ability as well as hands on experience.

You want natural soft cosmetics that enhance your face without being too bold or over done. Color knowledge is one of the most important factors to a quality application of Permanent Cosmetics. Just look at all the conventional cosmetics on the market to see how important color is. You want an artist who understands skin tones and colors that will enhance your face and look classic not trendy since it is permanent. One can always wear conventional makeup in addition to compliment permanent makeup to achieve a trendier look without looking inappropriate for your age as you mature.

Techniques vary for different results so make sure you ask if the artist is capable of giving you the look you want.

Talent and experience make all the difference, so look for someone who will give you soft, natural results.

Take time to check out the artist you are contemplating for services. It is well worth the extra time spent to be assured of quality permanent make up that you can enjoy for years to come. You have to feel comfortable with the technician you choose. Good communication between you and the technician is of utmost importance. By implementing the 10 point criteria listed above in your search for the right Permanent Cosmetic Technician, you’re working to ensure that your INVESTMENT IN YOU will bear long-lasting results……………

Are Permanent Cosmetics Really Permanent?

Technically, permanent cosmetics procedures are considered permanent because the color is implanted into the dermal layer of the skin and cannot be washed off. However, as with any tattoo, fading can and often occur, requiring periodic maintenance. It is important to consider this and all aspects of the procedure when selecting a potential permanent cosmetic makeup technician.

Who Benefits From Permanent Cosmetic Makeup?


  • POST SURGICAL/INJURY, those seeking reconstruction of areolas after surgery; camouflage of scars from burns, surgery, accidents or injuries; redefinition of facial features.

  • ALOPECIA areata or universalis sufferers who have lost some or all of their facial hair, including eyebrows and/or eyelashes. *CHEMOTHERAPY recipients with full or partial hair loss.

  • VITILIGO sufferers who may have areas of skin which have lost their pigment.

  • PHYSICALLY ACTIVE people who want to look their best throughout activities such as swimming,
    hiking, biking, tennis, aerobics, and don’t want to worry about “sweating off” or reapplying cosmetics.

  • ALLERGIES and SENSITIVE SKIN-these people often can’t wear other cosmetics

  • VISION IMPAIRED people who have difficulty applying their cosmetics.

  • MOTOR IMPAIRED, including arthritics, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, stroke survivors, and those with unsteady hands who cannot apply their own makeup.

Select here to view KVOA's segment by Martha Vazquez
on Elaine Pichet's Artistic Touch

Select to listen to John Tesh on permanent makeup


July 2009 - Spring Symposium of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Laguna Niguel, CA

March 2009 - Breast Cancer Survivors Boot Camp, Tucson
(Repigmentation of the Areola Complex)

February 2009 - Fountain of Youth Seminar at Splendido, Tucson

"Permanent cosmetics are gaining popularity"

PERMANENT COSMETICS IS A FAST GROWING FIELD; it is a wonderful option for women but it can also be a nightmare if the application is not properly done. If you are considering permanent cosmetics, do your research. Many options are offered to you whether you go on the web and consult with the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals (S.P.C.P), the American Academy of Micropigmentation (A.A.M), or the Permanent Makeup Society of Arizona (P.M.S.A.Z.). You need to take into consideration that permanent makeup is tattooing and therefore permanent. Unfortunately, the permanent makeup industry is not regulated in Arizona and a lot of poorly skilled technicians will be performing procedures.

There are a few different methods utilized to apply pigment such as the coil machine (used for body art tattooing), the pen machine, rotary or digital machine and the hand method. No method is better than the other; it is purely by choice of the technician. Many technicians are versed in all of the methods but favor one in particular. Some methods may be presented to you as new and better but only pigment brands and/or hand tools may differ. Most technicians will also use a form of anesthetic ointment to numb the skin before a procedure.

Talk to your technician about allergic reactions; some allergic reactions have been identified but are rather rare. Have a test patch before you undergo your procedure although it would not prevent you from developing an allergic reaction, sometimes, many years later. All current manufacturers of pigments assure their pigments are MRI safe and hypo-allergenic. Also, all permanent makeup procedures will fade with time; touch ups every two or three years are to be expected.

Before any procedure there are several questions that you should address with your technician. Here are some examples: Where is the procedure performed? It is illegal in Arizona to perform tattooing out of a residence. Is sterilization available? Are needles reused? How about cross-contamination? Are universal precautions taken for your own safety as well as the technician? Are preventative steps such as anti-viral medication suggested? Do they have pre and post-procedure instructions?

Always check your technician's credentials, continuing education, how many procedures were performed, board certifications (memberships are not enough), portfolio, informed consents and detailed paperwork, blood borne pathogens certification, etc. Have many consultations although, the best is always a solid referral from a friend, family member, physician, plastic surgeon and/or a co-worker. Lastly, make sure your technician is also an artist; your features are unique, so should be your permanent makeup application! Many times a bargain in permanent cosmetics is not a bargain; your face is being permanently marked.

As a woman and a permanent makeup artist, I would like to stress the importance of researching thoroughly before you make any decisions. Patients will always say that permanent cosmetics was the best thing they have ever done but it is heartbreaking when I hear and see some very unfortunate outcomes.

AZHealth Magazine - January 2005











American Academy of Micropigmentation

Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals

Contact us at elaine@elainepichet.com

Elaine Pichet's
Artistic Touch, Inc.
F.A.A.M., C.P.C.P.
Board Certified in Permanent Cosmetics
1802 E. Prince Rd., Ste. B
Tucson, AZ  85719
(located near the southwest corner of Prince and Campbell;
next to Dr. Carol McGonigle's Office)


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