How to Buy Permanent Makeup Supplies

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Permanent makeup supplies are readily available for order online. However, if you're just starting your permanent makeup practice, you must be sure to cover each important supply in your first order. After you get the basics, you can start investing in additional products to make your clients even more satisfied.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Invest in a multipurpose, high-quality rotary or coil machine, unless you use the manual method. Make sure the machine can take both flat and round needles so you can use it for all permanent makeup applications. A foot pedal makes operation easier.

  2. 2

    Buy a variety of needles in bulk. Include both liners and shaders in your purchase, and get them in different sizes so you'll have needles for all procedures.

  3. 3

    Get an autoclave that's quick and easy to use but is also durable. All non-disposable parts need to be sterilized in an autoclave. If you use only disposable parts and buy sealed, sterilized needles, you may not need an autoclave.

  4. 4

    Choose a basic collection of hypoallergenic pigments that you can mix colors from. You might also want to carry a few additional popular designer colors that clients would use straight from the bottle.

  5. 5

    Get an effective topical anesthetic. You should only need one type.

  6. 6

    Splurge on a few aftercare products for your clients, such as mini ice packs, salve or soothing gel eye masks.

Tips and warnings

  • You must buy a separate power source for some machines.
  • Consider the visual appeal of any supplies your clients see. Professional-looking equipment, especially with a pleasing design, can ease some fears they have about the procedure.
  • Sometimes permanent makeup kits provide a good deal for your money, but some kits feature lower-quality needles and pigments. Make sure you're interested in all of the individual products if you choose a kit.
  • Don't buy body tattoo needles for use in permanent makeup procedures.

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