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    The Art of Color Correction in Permanent Makeup: What You Need to Know

    As a permanent makeup artist, I often encounter clients who have undergone previous procedures that did not turn out as expected. This is where the art of color correction comes into play. Understanding and applying proper color correction is essential to ensure that clients leave with the look they desire, feeling confident and satisfied with their appearance. Let's delve into what color correction is, how it is applied, and why it is so crucial for clients.

    What is Color Correction in Permanent Makeup?

    Color correction in permanent makeup involves adjusting and neutralizing unwanted colors in existing tattoos. Over time, the pigments used in permanent makeup can change due to factors like skin type, exposure to sunlight, and the body's natural healing process. Common issues that may require color correction include:

    • Faded Eyebrows: Over time, eyebrow tattoos can fade to an undesired color, such as orange, blue, or green.
    • Lip Color: Lip tattoos may fade or change color, resulting in hues that appear unnatural.
    • Eyeliners: Eyeliner tattoos can also change color, becoming bluish or gray.

    How to Apply Proper Color Correction

    Correcting the color of permanent makeup is a meticulous process that requires a good understanding of color theory and the underlying causes of color changes. Here’s a step-by-step approach to applying proper color correction:

    1. Assessment and Consultation

    The first step is to assess the existing pigment and determine the best course of action. This involves:

    • Examining the current color and its undertones.
    • Discussing the client's desired outcome.
    • Understanding the client’s skin type and undertones.

    2. Understanding Color Theory

    Color theory is fundamental in color correction. The color wheel helps us determine which pigments to use to neutralize unwanted colors:

    • Complementary Colors: Colors opposite each other on the color wheel can neutralize each other. For example, orange can be neutralized with blue, and green can be corrected with red.
    • Neutralizing Unwanted Tones: If an eyebrow tattoo has turned orange, we would use a cool, ashy pigment to neutralize the warmth.

    3. Selecting the Correct Pigments

    Choosing the right pigments is crucial for effective color correction:

    • Cool Tones for Warm Colors: Use cool pigments to correct warm colors. For example, to correct orange or red tones, we use ash or greenish pigments.
    • Warm Tones for Cool Colors: To correct blue or gray tones, we use warm pigments such as peach or orange.

    4. Application Technique

    The technique involves carefully layering the corrective pigment over the existing tattoo. This may take multiple sessions to achieve the desired result:

    • Layering: Apply thin layers of the corrective pigment to gradually neutralize the unwanted color.
    • Blending: Ensure that the new pigment blends seamlessly with the surrounding skin and existing makeup.

    Why Color Correction is Important for Clients

    1. Restoring Confidence

    Clients seek permanent makeup to enhance their natural beauty and boost their confidence. When the results do not meet their expectations, it can be disheartening. Effective color correction restores the desired look, helping clients feel confident and beautiful.

    2. Achieving Natural Results

    Unnatural colors can be distracting and may not complement the client's skin tone. Color correction ensures that the makeup looks natural and harmonious with the client’s complexion.

    3. Improving Longevity

    Proper color correction can improve the longevity of the makeup by using high-quality pigments and techniques that ensure the color remains stable over time.

    4. Health and Safety

    Using the right pigments and techniques reduces the risk of adverse reactions and complications. Ensuring the procedure is done correctly is crucial for the client’s safety and health.


    The art of color correction in permanent makeup is a vital skill that ensures clients receive the best possible results from their procedures. By understanding color theory, selecting the correct pigments, and applying meticulous techniques, we can neutralize unwanted colors and restore the desired look. This not only enhances the client's appearance but also boosts their confidence and satisfaction. As a permanent makeup artist, mastering color correction is essential to provide the highest level of care and excellence to our clients.