Not only has Erik Berntsen apprenticed with makeup moguls such as Chanel, Smashbox Cosmetics, and MAC Cosmetics, he has also sojourned to L.A. to train in the art of camera makeup, runway makeup, and permanent cosmetics. Berntsen is also a member of Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals and is also an advanced certified permanent cosmetics professional (CPCP). Using indelible colored pigments on the lids, he is able to make lashes appear fuller or cause eye color to stand out. When artfully applied to the brows, these hypoallergenic hues can also enhance the symmetry of the face, and they can even be applied using ultra-fine, individual hair strokes for a shockingly natural look. The pigments—which will not smudge and can last for years—can also be used to infuse color into the lips, making them appear fuller and more symmetrical or to add a beauty mark to mask a problem area or cover an already-existing beauty mark that has let itself go.
Within downtown Eugene's Bonaroo Tattoo, licensed tattoo artists decorate flesh with classic flash-art designs, cover-ups that transform existing tattoos, and one-of-a-kind artwork. Body-piercing specialists adorn faces and bodies in a different way—with glittering metals and jewels. The parlor stays open late, accommodating patrons until 10 p.m.
Free Spirit Skincare owner Rene' Halstead started out as a nail technician before earning a master's certification through Creative Nail Design for acrylic application. The multitalented aesthetician and her award-winning team cleanse and nourish faces using Dermalogica products and fragrant essential oils, and transform 'dos with color, cuts, and weaves. Halstead is licensed in cosmetic and body tattooing, specializing in permanent-makeup application, and—having trained at the renowned Gauntlet body-jewelry mecca in San Francisco—is certified to pierce earlobes or navels while seated atop a skirted horse. She stays ahead of industry trends with ongoing education through the International Dermal Institute and the American Institute of Intradermal Cosmetics.
Black Hole makes body decorating safe and accessible with two locations, rigorous cleanliness standards, and a licensed staff of tattoo artists and piercers. Those going the piercing route can adorn the head or body with a glint of jewelry, ranging from standard surgical stainless-steel barbells to more-ornate navel rings and conflict-free diamond nostril screws. Black Hole offers ear and facial piercings, including lip, nostril, and labret ($25–$35); body piercings, such as nipple ($25 for one) and surface anchors ($50); genital piercings ($70 on average); and more. Basic starter jewelry starts at $12 and goes up depending on function and style. For inspiration, watch Hellraiser or browse through the gallery of piercing pics, then check out the piercing requirements here.
As high-pitched needles buzzed in the background, a young April Slater traced her father's designs, stenciling with a steady hand and honing her artistic eye. Many years later—after apprenticing and working at several other parlors—Slater opened her own studio, Memento Ink. In the bright, cheerful space, Slater decorates bodies with classic and custom designs while her staff performs piercings and applies permanent makeup. Customers enjoy refreshments in the airy lobby as they browse classic tattoo designs and portfolios of original artwork. Of her studio that she makes available to host charity events, Slater has said, “I wanted everyone to feel welcomed and have the same positive experience, whether it was their first tattoo or they had a full bodysuit.” The Register-Guard suggests that “she’s been successful in doing just that.”
Infamous Tattoo?s experienced tattoo artists and piercers artfully adorn their clients? bodies with custom body art and safe, precise piercings hung with sterile stainless-steel or titanium jewelry. Owners and tattoo artists Mat Casey and Jason Greer channel years of experience into their epidermal art, from hyper-realistic grayscale portraits to lavish word art while skillfully customizing pieces to match clients? whims or deep love of talking cheeseburgers. Piercer Damian offers a creative variety of piercings, from standard navel bars to any imaginable curve of the ear, specializing in anchor dermals that add an unconventional accent to swathes of skin. His passion for piercing stems from his first puncture at 15, and since then he has performed more than 500 piercings, dedicating himself to ensuring his clients? healing processes go smoothly. The shop also offers a wealth of piercing-compatible jewelry onsite to decorate fresh or long-healed piercings or body-modification-inclined refrigerators. Before their appointment, pre-adorned people can sink into a plush ebony-hued couch, tapping feet on the sleek ochre floorboards and admiring paintings and tattoo art mounted on the burgundy walls.