At Advanced Permanent Cosmetics, LLC, licensed aesthetician and cosmetic technician Tatyana Seamans consults with her clients before any cosmetic procedure. During the meeting, she explains the various techniques by which she can accentuate facial features—from subtle shading around the eyebrows to bold lip liner—helping clients home in on the exact procedure for their specific needs and style. Once confident in her mission, Tatyana then meticulously dots the skin’s dermal layer with small deposits of pigment, where it highlights eyelids blinking in Morse code for up to five years of spy camp.
Globally Preferred Academy trains cadres of young cosmeticians to enhance brows, eyes, and lips with permanent pigmentation. Their licensed technicians first consult with clients hoping for claret-red lips and dramatic winks, then deftly embellish faces during appointments that last 1.5–2 hours. Globally Preferred Academy’s staff also combats wrinkles and blemishes with dermal rolling and skin needling, both treatments that aim to promote collagen production, and their synthetic extensions elongate lashes in a variety of colors.
In a bright-green room, Miss Minnick wields experience, special tools, and hypoallergenic pigments to play up facial features with permanent makeup. Her eyeliner, lip liner and color, and filled-in brows define faces and let clients skip their morning makeup routines.
At Madison Permanent Cosmetics, women lean back and get their makeup done. Some chat with the artists tending to their brows and lashes; others simply relax, and may even doze off. The difference from a traditional salon is, of course, that these clients won't need to wash off their new look before bed or try to replicate it in the morning. The technicians are certified in the SofTap system, which uses a tool controlled by the human hand rather than by a machine or human elbow to gently tap pigment into the dermal layer according to the design they've meticulously mapped out beforehand. The pigments mimic natural hues for a subtle effect, and the artists applying them employ only single-use tools and hypoallergenic tints.
Rays of sunlight stream in through Madison Salon West’s large windows, causing hair that has just emerged from a deep-conditioning treatment to shine radiantly. The team of stylists and aestheticians sometimes must shield their eyes from the brilliance in order to perform services that range from highlights and mani-pedis to deep-tissue massages and European facials. The last of these is a particular specialty, as it infuses skin with moisture and affixes brand new passport stamps on cheeks.
When it comes to alleviating pain, Macey swears by the art of reiki. The fourth-degree reiki master shares her knowledge during sessions designed to bring balance to the body’s chakras. Reiki eases physical pain as well as emotional ailments, such as anxiety and depression.