I created this site to inform you about my specialty- cosmetic tattooing otherwise known as permanent makeup.

Allow me to help you look your best at all times and enhance what Mother Nature gave you! I specialize in eyebrows, eyeliner and lips. I can also help camouflage scars from accidents, burns or surgery by restoring your natural skin coloring and ultimately improving your self-image and self-esteem.

I encourage you to do your research before making any decision and throughly read through my site. With nearly 10 years of experience in this industry, I offer important tips along with before procedure and aftercare instructions so that you may achieve the look you desire and have the best experience possible.

I hope you find my services exciting and I look forward to scheduling an appointment with you soon!

What is Permanent Makeup?

Permanent makeup or micro-pigmentation is a process whereby completely natural pigments are implanted beneath the epidermis (top layer of skin), into the dermal layer (2nd layer of skin), by micro insertion. This technique has been medically developed specifically designed for a safe permanent application.

Top 10 Reasons to get Permanent Makeup...

1. Convenience
2. Sparse Brows, Lashes
3. Cosmetic Allergies
4. Sensitive Eyes or Skin
5. Wear Contact Lenses
6. Save Time
7. Visual Limitations
8. Unsteady Hands
9. Active Life
10. You want the convenience of make-up that won't smudge, smear or wear off!

How Long Does Permanent Makeup Last?

Permanent cosmetics are permanent in that you will always have a permanent marking on your skin. However, over time, you will notice a gradual softening of color occurring each year. Many women feel that this is advantageous. "Color enhancements" are recommended for those who wish to keep their permanent makeup looking as fresh as possible. Generally, every 2-8 years or so, depending on color, individual body chemistry, and lifestyle. Pricing on color enhancements are greatly reduced, and individually assessed.

It's important to note that almost all permanent makeup requires touch ups. This is extremely important to prepare for as the cost of permanent makeup can be more than the initial price.

Before and After Pictures

Do I Need to Prepare for Permanent Makeup?

Yes! It is very important to note the following before booking any procedure. Abstain from all blood thinners 7 days before your procedure!

Examples include:
  • Advil, Ibuprofen, Excedrin, Aspirin, Coumadin, Warfarin
  • Fish Oil, Vitamin E Oil, Primrose Oil, Magnesium, etc...
  • Alcohol and possibly Caffeine

Some say Vitamin K can used before in order to help "clot" your blood before a permanent makeup procedure. In my experience, thin blood has been known to cause bruising, swelling, discomfort and an overall poor result for permanent makeup or any other similar procedure.

For those with prior history of cold sores/fever blisters/herpes simplex you must obtain a prescription from your doctor and take before, during and after the procedure. Lysine or Oil of Oregano are also helpful. (Lips only)

Any tweezing or waxing should be done at least 48 hrs before procedure. Electrolysis should be done at least 5 days before. Try not to book a procedure during your menstrual period, you will be far more sensitive!

Eyelash tinting and perming should be done at least 48 hours before procedure.

Avoid any lotions or oils containing mineral oil 2 days before and the day of procedure. Avoid the use of glycolics, Retin A, Renova, Accutane, or any alpha-hydroxy products 1 week before and at least 2 weeks after.

Use Arnica to aid in the healing process (to prevent bruising and swelling) before and after.
Please consult your own doctor regarding any medications you are taking and whether you are are good candidate for permanent makeup.

Aftercare Information and Instructions

Immediately after the procedure it is important to keep in mind that the color will temporarily look too dark. Don't panic! This is completely normal and to be expected. The pigment implanted into your skin is fresh and will fade about 40-50% within the next few weeks. Do not try to lighten or remove the pigment in anyway. This may cause irritation and possibly infection.

Swelling is temporary! The skin may be slightly swollen and may cause the design to look uneven for the moment. As the area heals the swelling will go down. It is suggested that you take internal Arnica. This will help tremendously with the healing process.

A light scab will form and slough off over the next 7 days. As part of the healing process the skin will produce a thin scab that looks like tiny color specs that may fall off. This is normal and will be filled in at the Touch Up Appointment. Apply Aquaphor healing ointment with a Q-tip to the area treated area as it is very important not to let the area dry out.

EYEBROWS (what to expect) Your color will lighten! Tenderness and redness. Drying and itching. Flaking. Some of the color may be on your pillowcase in the morning.

EYELINER (what to expect) Your color will lighten! Some eyeliner fades dramatically, almost disappearing after the first application. Tenderness, swollen, redness and slight bruising for 2-3 days. Eyelashes may stick together after the first few mornings. Disappearing eyeliner- sometimes eyeliner is tricky and will disappear. This is due to a number of reasons.

LIPS (what to expect) Expect a painful breakout of cold sores/fever blisters/herpes if you did not obtain a prescription or did not take your medication as directed by your physician. (If you have ever had a breakout of cold sores in your life, this WILL happen!) Dryness and tightness. Scabbing in treated area-keep moist, pat on. No rubbing. Disappearing lips- after the lips exfoliate it will look as though there is nothing there. Don't panic! After 10 days you will see your color trying to rise again to the surface. Lips always need a 2nd and possibly 3rd application for good color saturation.

Things to AVOID 3 days after procedure:
  • Contact lenses
  • Rubbing or wiping your eyes
  • Itching or scratching
Things to AVOID for 14 days after procedure:
  • Exposure to dusty or dirty environments
  • Excessive exposure to the sun for 4-6 weeks
  • Chlorine pools, fresh or salt water
  • Jacuzzis, hot tubs, saunas or steam rooms
  • Makeup, makeup remover, hair spray
  • Cleansing creams, soaps, Retin A, chemical acids

Please Note...

  • Pigment (color) responds to individuals skin tone differently
  • Darker pigments tend to be longer lasting
  • Lighter pigments tend to be shorter lasting
  • You will most likely need touch ups that will require additional costs
In order to ensure your permanent make will last:
  • Always wear sunscreen after any procedure
  • Avoid Retinol, Glycolic acid and other similar acids
  • Please inform your esthetician about any permanent makeup procedure
  • Do not pick, peel or flake off healing skin
  • Always keep procedure area moist with appropriate healing aids

Client Reviews

"Marie is one of the finest and most professional permanent makeup artist I have ever had the pleasure to come in contact. Marie took her professional training course from me approximately nine years ago. I have trained hundreds of permanent makeup technicians. Marie stands out as one of the most talented. So talented in fact, at the end of the course I asked her to do the touchup on my own faded permanent makeup. She did a beautiful job then. And has been doing my makeup ever since. Thank you Marie for the beautiful job you did on my face in March 2013. With permanent makeup the success of a procedure, to a very large degree, is the responsibility of the client. It is imperative they follow the pre procedure and post procedure guidelines set forth by the technician. Consequently, the rest of a successful procedure lies with the technician. Marie is very thorough and presents her guidelines both verbally and in writing to the client prior to the procedure. Unfortunately many clients do not take these instructions seriously enough. Some clients are so determined to get the procedure done that they are dishonest with the technician regarding their health, skin care and/or the supplements they are taking. If a client is unhealthy or taking certain supplements, the result can be bleeding and excessive swelling. After care is equally as important. If these instructions are not followed the client will not hold color. It is as simple as that. Marie charges extra for touch ups. So do I. It is not uncommon. Nor is it uncommon to include the touchup in the initial price of the procedure. In Arizona there is no requirement for a license or governing board. As a result the market for permanent makeup technicians has become diluted. Most training is done out of state in two to three day courses. It is rare to find someone in AZ with nine years experience, a huge investment in continuing education, and the talent that Marie has. She is very sincere and passionate about her work." Jackie Thompson, Board Certified Trainer

"I went to Marie on 3/1/13 to get permanent eyeliner applied. I located her through GROUPON. I am very pleased with her professionalism and knowledge. I have a tattoo currently which i am allergic to and was looking for someone to answers questions around the possibility of this happening with Permanent Make-up. Marie was very patient answering all my questions via text and putting my mind at ease, prior to me purchasing the GROUPON. She was also very good and letting me know what to expect before and after the procedure. She even gave me some cream to use on my eyes as they tend to water alot and she was concerned with my tears impacting my Permanent Make up sticking. My bottom eyeliner is almost all gone, but if you do your homework on permanent make up that is quite common and it is not the due to negligence in the application. My top eyeliner looks FANTASTIC and i couldn't be more pleased. I have booked my follow up appointment and am looking forward to it. I have recommended Marie and Permanent Eyeliner to all my friends and family. I hope this review helps you to make the decision to go for it and Marie is a great choice." Debby R. Phoenix, AZ

"I originally purchased a GROUPON about a year ago for Marie to do permanent make-up on my eyebrows. I had no issues with my first appointment and have loved the results. I went back about 6 months later for a recommended touch-up (that appointment I have to admit I didn't prepare and adhere to not having caffeine, alcohol or fish oil for a week prior....so it hurt!). I just had another touch up the other day and they look beautiful. I like Marie! Has YEARS of experience and knows what she's doing. THANK YOU Marie!" Wendy C. Gilbert, AZ

"I went to Marie to have my eye brows done about three weeks ago and was very happy with my experience. I found Marie to be very friendly and professional. We discussed what I was to expect both during and after the procedure and talked extensively on what I was expecting to achieve with this procedure. There were no surprises and I was extremely happy with the results. I am healed now and looking forward to return for a touch up to complete the look I desired.I would recommend Marie to my friends and I would not hesitate for a second to return to Marie for another procedure. Thank you Marie, looking forward to seeing you soon." Janie. H. Mesa, AZ Update: "Just got my touch up from Marie on my eyebrows today. Love them! The are perfect and because I'm a redhead she got the color just right. Not too dark and just enough chestnut color to look so natural. Thanks again Marie for a job well done." Janie. H. Mesa, AZ

"Marie did my eyebrows and I was very pleased with the work that she did.I've have had my eyebrows done before and Marie was very professional andcourteous and considerate...I was also pleased with how she told me how to takecare of them after the procedure.I would return to Marie in a minute to have them done again.Marie had been highly recommended to me" Lynn W. Phoenix, AZ

"Marie is amazing. Ive had her do my brows numerous times. She knows exactly how to shape the brows for any face and makes them look natural, not drawn on. Her before and after care instructions where clear and I followed them perfectly, therefore i had no issues as they were healing. She always recommends having them touched up a few times after treatment so they last, I did and they have. I trust Marie with anything on my face and would go back to her many times. She is beautiful, a good soul, and a great artist." Lindsey M. Scottsdale, AZ

"Marie was recommended to me by two different individuals, one of whom is a licensed esthetician at a high end salon in central Phoenix. I was wanting to have permanent eyebrows that didn't look tattooed. I had no idea what to expect other than what I read on her website. I appreciated the suggestions that she gave (and had on her website) for how to properly care for my brows following the session. I am very pleased with the result!" Alice W. Phoenix, AZ

"I had a great experience with Marie. She had done my eyeliner a year ago and I was very pleased. This year I was ready for it all, eyeliner touch up, lips and eyebrows.I did have concerns after reading the review by PD. But her low prices were to tempting and all I could afford. After all was done it was remarkable how well she shaped my brows and lips and also she was very conservative with colors so although my tattoos are enhancing, it does not look over the top but very NATURAL, which is exactly what I asked for. Now when I wake up and look in the mirror I feel beautiful. Thanks so much Marie. Your the BEST." Debi L. Queen Creek, AZ

"I originally saw Marie for facials, which she is amazing at, and then later on for permanent brows. Marie was always really welcoming and friendly and went above and beyond in each session I had with her. I had struggled with adult acne for several months and she always made sure she did treatments to assist with the healing process and gave suggestions of products to try. She uses lots of organic products and is very knowledgeable about how to care for your skin naturally from the inside and outside. Marie discussed with me permanent make-up and how she could shape my brows, so I checked out her website and looked through her portfolio, and was happy with her experience along with the before and after shots I saw. Marie clearly states on her webpage what to expect during and after permanent make-up and gives instructions on steps to follow prior to having the procedure done in order to reduce pain and bleeding and increase the likelihood that the permanent make-up will hold. I followed the directions for both my first application and my following touch-up appointment and was very pleased with the procedure and results. Also, when booking a procedure I received an email confirmation that again stated directions to follow and what to expect. Overall I have had nothing but great experiences with Marie and would recommend her to others who were thinking about getting permanent make-up done." Sarah S. La Grande, IL

"One week in and I LOVE it!! I had a little bit of swelling the first couple of days which Marie told me would happen. She gave me lots of good advice for ways to minimize the swelling, which included all natural options (like Arnica). During the procedure I felt no pain, just a little tickling. Later that evening, my husband and I went out to a nice dinner. It just looked like I had pink eye shadow on. I was amazed at how quick the recovery was. I really like the way my eyeliner looks right now. Marie says it may fade some over the next few weeks. I'm planning on a touch up so that it will stay dark for as long as possible. My overall experience was great. Marie gave me instructions on how to prepare for it (no caffeine or alcohol, increased Vitamin K), talked me through the procedure, and prepared me with what to expect/do after the procedure. I'm glad I did it! I'm going to try lips next!" Kira R. Tempe, AZ

"I have had permanent makeup applied to my eyebrows, eyeliner and lips, both lined and full. I started in the early 1990.s when it was suggested to me that I consider permanent eyebrows since I had a scar in one brow and hair did not grow there. I have had work done by 4 different people over the years, with Marie the latest. Only one person - and it was not Marie, did a poor job outlining my lips where I actually needed corrective work done. When you are talking about tattooing your face, You do need to do your homework. Find out from others who have had it done and were happy with who they went to. You can read comments on blogs, but you have no idea who is giving you advice and what their true motivation might be. This is your face after all. For example, my experience with Marie is 100% the opposite of the two previous negative comments.I found Marie to be pleasant, professional, clean (which is very important) and her rates to be reasonable. I have always had to pay for follow up visits and I have always had to go back for additional work, regardless of who did the work, because it is very unusual to have any cosmetic permanent make up take perfectly the first time. In fact, I am still going every 3 - 5 years for touch ups. Just the nature of the beast.All of the "happenings" described in other negative comments that are so critical appear to me to be mostly from a lack of understanding of the process and perhaps too high of expectations. Most of what has been described is due to the normal healing process and not realizing this is a multi-step process. Again, my experience with Marie regarding facials and permanent makeup has been excellent and I will continue to go to her." Kris L. Phoenix, AZ

"I found Marie in an ad while I was in Kaui. I have wanted permanent makeup for years, so I scheduled an appointment. I was very pleased with her work on my eyebrows and eyeliner! After a few years, my "ink" faded, and I wanted a touch-up. I found a local artist here in Colorado, but I cringe at the thought of that experience. I finally decided to fly to Phoenix and have Marie do the touch-up. It was so worth the price of the touch-up plus travel expenses! You should see me now! Not only is Marie an outstanding makeup artist, she is a wonderful person. I am old enough to be her mother, but she treats me like a friend. I love her!" Judy A S. Grand Junction, CO

"I had been in to see Marie about a year ago for my brows. I had done a lot of research prior to booking an appt. and had even gone so far as to look at people's brows that she had done in the past in person. I was impressed, so went forward with Marie. I do have to admit that the procedure is painful, but I endured and was very pleased with the results. I was told that I would probably need a touch up, but due to circumstances, never had the opportunity to return until recently. In the meantime, my mother really liked my brows and had decided to have hers done as well. As Marie was out of town, I booked an appt with someone else without doing the appropriate research. Unfortunately, she had her brows done and within a week had NOTHING to show for it. We returned for a touch up 6 weeks later (the time we were told we had to wait for a touch up). This also had a charge of $100. Again my mother went through the procedure and again had nothing left on her brows within a week! By this point Marie had contacted me to let me know she was back in town. I immediately booked my mother an appt and I am happy to say she is extremely pleased with the results. I then went back 2 weeks later and finally got my touch up. I am very happy with the results as well. My brows are fuller and look beautiful. Lesson Learned!" Anna E. Gilbert, AZ

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