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Permanent Makeup Machines

There are many questions regarding which modality (hand method vs. machine method) or which permanent makeup machine is the best choice for permanent makeup procedures. The summary below provides information to help you understand the differences.

First Some Tips

— Be sure that you choose which "modality" will be best for you before committing to your Basic Permanent Makeup Class.
Also, it is important that your instructor is "Certified" to teach your "chosen" modality.

Brief Description of Various Permanent Makeup Machines Listed Below:

The Hand Method "SofTap"

Lynn Duncan has been a Certified SofTap Instructor since 2001. (Click certificate below to view.)

Lynn Duncan SofTap Certification

Press Releases:
CLICK: Lynn Using SofTap (Manual Method) Permanent Makeup Technique
Wisconsin Woman Magazine, (9/2003) "What We Treasure Most"

Click: Lynn Using SofTap (Manual Method) Permanent Makeup Technique
Waukesha Freeman, (3/2005) "BIG Moments"

The hand method involves utilizing a small hand tool to tap pigment into the skin. The hand method was originally discovered by the cavemen as they've been found with tattoos on their bodies.

Permanent Makeup Training MachinesPictured left are some of the SofTap/hand method supplies. It is important to understand that not all hand tools are created equally. SofTap, which is a trade name, is a high quality, very established and reputable company which sells only high quality products; pigments, needles, anesthetics, etc.

The SofTap method is the easiest to learn, the results are beautiful and natural. It is also the most economical start-up choice for new permanent makeup technicians. The SofTap hand tools range in price from $5.00 - $20.00 each; they come pre-sterilized and are 100% disposable. The method is quiet and clients are at ease during their procedure(s).

The Traditional Tattoo Machine
(aka "Coil Machine")

• Lynn Duncan, OTR, CPCP is a Master Level Certified Coil Machine Instructor.

This machine has long been the choice of many professionals before the modern, high-tech "digital" rotary machines came along.

The tattoo machine was invented by Samuel O'Reilly in the early 1900's. An attractive feature about the coil machine is that it has many needle configurations which (especially if you are planning to engage in traditional body art tattooing) offers varied artisitic effects. The coil machine is economical to purchase and maintain; it will last for many years.

The drawback to using the coil machine is that it is very noisy and some clients find it difficult to relax, especially when doing eyeliner procedures. It is also not an "attractive" method of applying permanent makeup to the fragile facial skin of clients. It comes across as quite harsh and not lady-like or calming.

Press Release:
CLICK: Lynn Using The Traditional Coil Machine
Wisconsin Woman Magazine, (9/2003) "What We Treasure Most"

Click: Lynn Duncan on WTMJ4 Milwaukee
Lynn Duncan's interview with Maureen Mack of WTMJ 4! (Aired December 10th, 2004 (25 MB)

This is the most challenging of all modalties to learn which makes sense once you understand that traditional body art tattooists usually have to "apprentice" with these machines for approximately two years before they become quality tattoo artists. The coil machine also can easily fall out of tune and need an adjustment; as it is a very finicky machine.

This can definitely be a problem and intimidating to the technician who may be in the middle of a procedure when the machine simply stops working. However, if this is your choice, just know that you will need to invest more time and money into your training as more training with this type of modality is necessary.

The "Pen" Machines

• Lynn Duncan, OTR, CPCP is a Certified Pen Machine Instructor.

The "pen" machines are very economical, very cheaply made and do not hold up over time.

Most importantly to know about pen machines...there may be a "back wash" to them. This is extremely dangerous and unhygenic to potential clients. A "back wash" means that the machine (or pen) may exchange body fluids from one client to the next. It may not be known to the permanent makeup technician that her pen machine has a "back wash" as it is impossible to tell from just looking at it.

The Digital Rotary Machine

• Lynn Duncan and Kristin Duncan are both Certified Digital Rotary Machine Instructors.

They are "official" Educator/Trainer Partners for Nouveau Contour Digital Rotary Permanent Makeup Machines. (Click HERE to view Nouveau Contour digital equipment.)

These "digital" rotary machines are high-tech, cutting-edge, professional-looking, quiet, clean and easy to handle. This is simply the "state of the art" modality in permanent makeup. It doesn't get any better than this.

These machines are engineered in Germany and are smooth-running, "top of the line" machines. The needles hit the skin with precision at the proper depth and speed, so procedures are completed quickly, smoothly, beautifully.

The "digital" read outs make it easy to adjust the power according to procedure and skin type.

The "needle cartridges" come pre-sterilized so there is no need for an autoclave. The needle cartridges also come in a large variety of needle configurations for various artistic effects.

Also, a huge safety factor for the permanent makeup technician while using this machine is that when this machine is turned on, the needle(s) obviously protrudes from the cartridge; but once the machine stops working, the needle(s) automatically returns to the inside of the cartridge so as to aid in the prevention of needle sticks. No other modality offers this safety mechanism. These particular needles are named "safety needles." This is an excellent choice for a medical office, day spa or any other permanent makeup setting.

Press Release:
CLICK: "Lynn Duncan - Makeup Revolution."
Lynn using a Nouveau Contour Digital Machine

30West Magazine, June 2011


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