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  • Writer's pictureCianni, RN BSN PMUA

How to pick the BEST Permanent Makeup Artist for you?

Part of being an amazing Permanent Makeup Artist is ensuring your clients' health is not at risk. After hearing all of the microblading and microshading horror stories you should always want to be on your P & Qs. As a nurse, Bloodborne Pathogen training and proper use of personal protective equipment was ingrained into my way of thinking. Every PMU artist should have an up to date Bloodborne pathogen training, otherwise they are putting everyone (even themselves) at risk.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Bloodborne Pathogens are diseases that live in our blood and can be passed to others through bloody fluid exposure. Bloodborne Pathogens include diseases such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Uncovered needles and other sharp objects that may have come into contact with these pathogens may expose anyone to these to bloodborne pathogens.

The biggest thing that drives me crazy is when artists don’t use gloves when handling a fresh tattoo. Artists, please never do this!! Brow Lovers, if you see this happening anywhere on social media, RUN!

In the industry, most safe artists use rotary machines interchangeably and standard needle cartridges WITH SAFTEY MEMBRANES. Most artists run into trouble when they do not test the back flow of ink into their machine. Ink mixed with Bloodborne Pathogens can potentially drip down the needle and into the machine if a safety membrane is not used. One way you can test this is displayed in the video below.


The display of the stained water being sucked into the machine above is called back flow. Back flow can contain bloodborne pathogens. If this fluid gets into your machine, and you use that same machine on every client, there’s no telling what you are passing around to everyone!!!! Brow Lovers please make sure you do your research on the PMU artist of your choice. Permanent Makeup Artists everywhere please research everything you purchase! You will find that some people in this industry are money hungry and do not have your back like you want them to. If you have any more questions, please feel free to reach out to me.

In the meantime stay Bloodborne Pathogen free, friends!


Occupational Safety and Health Administration. (n.d.). Bloodborne pathogens and needlestick prevention.

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