Beauty Ink® Cosmetic Tattooing

Beauty Ink® is a tattooing technique where  (pigment is deposited into the top layer of the skin) and is a means of producing designs that resemble makeup or natural features such as eye lining, eyebrows and other area on the skin, scalp, face and eyelids. It is also used to produce artificial hair particularly in people who have lost it to illness, such as alopecia totalis, chemotherapy, or a genetic disturbance, and to disguise scars or white spots in the skin. It is also used to restore or enhance the breast’s areola, after breast surgery from cancer or reductions.

Most commonly called Micro-pigmentation Vancouver, other names include Cosmetic Tattooing Vancouver, Permanent Make up Tattooing Vancouver, the latter being most appropriate since permanent makeup is, in fact, tattooing. In the United States and under similar arrangements in some other countries, the colorant additives used in permanent makeup pigments are subject to pre market approval as cosmetics and or color additives under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. However because of other competing public health priorities and a previous lack of evidence of safety problems specifically associated with these pigments, FDA traditionally has not exercised regulatory authority for color additives on the pigments used in tattoo inks. In Canada the industry is regulated per province and in BC there is NO governing body regulating the cosmetic tattoing industry. So basically anyone can purchase equipment and start claiming they do cosmetic tattooing. It is essential you do your research to find a qualified, respected and educated artist to be certain your safe and in the hands of a true professional who knows about contamination control. Blood Borne Pathogen certification should be obtained and displayed by any true pro so ask for certification and be safe not sorry.

This process has been around for hundreds of years in many different cultures. Today, you receive the benefit of state-of-the-art technology, highest-quality products, and single-use equipment for the safest, professional results. You will look your most beautiful 24 hours a day, even when you’re just out of bed, swimming or exercising. You can enjoy all-out glamour, a natural enhancement or something in between. At BeautyInk all colours are custom-blended to suit your own colouring and personal preferences. During the consultation, the results are drawn on your skin, so you can adjust, to ensure you know exactly what you want before you commit. Micro-pigmentation has tremendous benefits for people who have visual or physical impairments, pigmentation disorders, hair loss, scars, or just want to look their best without investing time putting on make-up

Long-term results

The best possible colour results can perform for many years or may begin to fade over time. The amount of time required for this, depends per person. While permanent makeup pigment remains in the dermis its beauty-span may be influenced by several possible factors. These can be environmental, procedural and/or individual factors. Sun exposure fades colour. The amount and colour of pigment deposit at the dermal level can affect the length of time that permanent makeup looks its best. Very natural-looking applications are likely to require a touch-up before more dramatic ones for this reason. Individual influences include lifestyles that find an individual in the sun regularly such as with gardening or swimming. Skin tones are a factor in colour value changes over time. Also skin products such as retinal, glycolic acid, saylic acid, hydroxy acid will all lighten the work over time.


Permanent makeup is a welcome enhancement for most recipients. There are cases, however, of undesired results. The four most common complaints are “too dark,” “wrong colour,” “uneven” and “too big.” A skilled, experienced, permanent makeup professional is able to adjust the colour and evenness of permanent makeup results in most cases. A design that is too large presents a serious challenge, however. Costly pigment lightening techniques and/or removal may be the only solutions. However, before embarking on the aforementioned removal/correction procedures, it should also be noted that one still has the option of applying conventional makeup to correct any imperfections or to further enhance the overall effect.


As with tattoos, permanent makeup can be difficult to remove. Common techniques used for this are laser resurfacing, dermabrasion (physical or chemical exfoliation), and surgical removal. Camouflaging—adding a new pigment which counteracts the tattoo color and attempts to emulate normal skin color is considered a poor choice by professionals. Removal is more painful and laborious than the tattooing itself.

The choice to get a tattoo that is later regretted is related to the end-of-history illusion, in which teenagers and adults of all ages know that their tastes and preferred fashion and makeup styles have changed regularly over the years before the current moment, but they believe that their tastes will somehow not continue to grow and mature in the future.[7]

Adverse effects and complications

As with tattoos, permanent makeup may have complications, such as allergies to the pigments, formation of scars, granulomas and keloids, skin cracking, peeling, blistering and local infection.[8] The use of unsterilized tattooing instruments may infect the patient with serious diseases such as HIV and hepatitis. Removal problems may also ensue, due to patient dissatisfaction or regret, and they may be particularly difficult to remove in places such as eyelids and lips without leaving permanent sequelae. A person considering undergoing a cosmetic tattoo procedure should insist upon compliance with ‘standard precautions’ and a uniform code of safe practice.

It is essential that technicians use appropriate personal protective equipment to protect the health of the technician and the client particularly in the prevention of transmission of blood borne pathogens

On very rare occasions, people with permanent makeup have reported swelling or burning in the affected areas when they underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). However a detailed review of the cases within the medical literature involving cosmetic tattoos indicates that poor quality pigments, pigments adulterated with heavy metals, and pigments with diametric magnetic properties may have been the causative factors in most of those cases.

Technicians prior to Cosmetic Tattooing often use topical anaesthetics and there is the potential for adverse effects if topical anaesthetics are not used safely, in 2013 the International Industry association CosmeticTattoo.org published a detailed position and general safety precautions for the entire industry.

The causes of a change of colour after cosmetic tattooing are both complex and varied, as is discussed in the detailed industry article “Why Do Cosmetic Tattoos Change Colour, primarily there are four main areas that have influence over the potential for a cosmetic tattoo to change colour;

  1. Factors related to the pigment characteristics
  2. Factors related to the methods and techniques of the tattooist
  3. Factors intrinsic to the client
  4. Factors related to the client’s environment and medicines

Most colour changes can be corrected and generally this is a good indication that it is time for a refresh. With any pigment deposit the colour will lift over time and due to the size variations in the pigment molecules it is usually the lighter colours that will fade the faster, so always us SPF 30 daily to keep the suns UV from fading the work.