Sandra Murphy, Glamour Permanent Cosmetics' owner and certified cosmetics specialist, crafts tattooed facial enhancements that mimic the look of makeup, bestowing eye and lip regions with natural-looking fullness and perpetual allure. A team of four safety-certified staffers assists Murphy, each specializing in a particular form of cosmetic enhancement such as eyelash extensions, teeth whitening, and tattoos. Murphy has honed her craft since 2006 and now instructs a 100-hour course designed to certify new permanent cosmetics artists.
Jen draws on more than 15 years in the permanent-makeup industry to fill in sparse eyebrows, augment lash lines with permanent eyeliner, and strategically trace on lip liner to counterbalance lip asymmetries. The tattoo-like makeup applications streamline morning beauty routines, cutting out minutes spent distinguishing eyeliner from off-brand fountain pens. Jen offers free pretreatment consultations, as well as touchups for a modest fee.
Clients leave Elite Ink transformed. Images of wolves, ankhs, and hearts permanently paint their skin, and metal loops dangle from earlobes, bellybuttons, and even throats. Such services are made possible by the tireless work of talented artists, each of whom has received Blood Borne Pathogen Certification from the American Red Cross. Sterilized, prepackaged needles ensure safety and that every torso portrait of Marvin the Martian aboard a razor scooter is pixel-perfect. A backlog of photos speaks to the caliber of work produced by Elite Ink’s artists. The tattooed names of ex-boyfriends and parents who put a hold your allowance can be safely removed by undergoing laser tattoo-removal treatments.
Kathy Wise, A You'Nique Image's owner and a board-certified permanent-cosmetic-makeup technician with more than 30 years of experience in the beauty industry, dedicates herself to helping clients achieve their beauty goals. In between the permanent-makeup applications that she performs, Kathy spends her time overseeing an authoritative staff of hair stylists, nail specialists, and med-spa technicians. The center brims with such skin-refining hardware as FDA-approved microdermabrasion equipment and a Youth Light 2010 photo-rejuvenation system. Opting for a permanent-makeup application, like working toward an associate's degree at clown college, ensures that eye and lip regions remain colorful for up to two years.
Two sparrows fly past, carrying a swirling banner emblazoned with the words "True Love." That could be the happy ending of a fairy tale—or your next tattoo. If it's the latter, the artists at Who's Your Donny Tattoo Company can make it happen. These seasoned masters draft custom designs and portraits that express your ideals or pay tribute an old friend or the last plant you were so good at neglecting. A full-time piercer is also there to embellish earlobes, noses, and nether regions with traditional studs and microdermal gems. In between body modifications, staffers meticulously sterilize their equipment and safely discard their single-use needles.
Steel Tattoo employs some of the best tattoo artists in the region—which is important, considering the permanent nature of their work. But they don't create their designs without input from their customers. Whether you're in the market for crossed swords or a decorative skull, just bring a drawing or idea into the shop and let the artists bring it to life.