State Licensing and Regulations
As a wearer of permanent makeup, I have never been anything but thrilled with the outcome and benefits of having permanent makeup. Whether I am simply running a quick errand in the morning, exercising, or on vacation I am always relieved to know my brows are on and I have a bit of color that helps me avoid looking tired or washed out.
Increasingly, however, I have women coming to my clinic asking me to repair permanent makeup procedures they have had performed by other technicians. Like any industry, a few bad apples can spoil what so many women have come to find as a wonderful and pleasing procedure.
So, for the benefit of anyone considering permanent makeup, I feel compelled to review the legalities and state regulations that govern Permanent Makeup Procedures. In so doing, it will certainly help prospective clients make sound and informed decisions about their upcoming procedure.
Important: A technician that has no regard for the legal statutes in her state can certainly not hold much regard for her clients or her profession.
A technician that does not bother to complete the training and licensing requirements for her state is certainly not a technician that will bother to maintain the high standards of the permanent makeup industry; continuing education and training that enables them to stay in the fore front of this ever changing field.
The state of Maryland forbids permanent makeup procedures from being performed in either a hair or nail salon. Although, Maryland does not issue a license to technicians, it does encourage technicians performing permanent makeup procedures to seek training and certification from a medical body that trains, tests, and then certifies qualified candidates.
I own and operate the largest permanent makeup clinic in Maryland, DC and Virginia and have maintained voluntary Permanent Makeup Certification since 1999. I am also a member of The American Academy of Micropigmentation.
The state of Virginia requires any technician performing permanent makeup to complete a training program and to receive a license from the state. Working with an unlicensed technician will allow you no recourse through it's governing body, The Board of Cosmetology. You may verify that a technician holds a current and valid license by calling 804.367.8509.