What You Need to Get Started:
Permanent Makeup Tips - These guide your needles. They're disposable.
Permanent Makeup Needles - These are special needles that can only be used with permanent makeup machines.
Cosmetic Machine Tubes - This is the end of the machine; it's the portion of the machine that the needle and tip go in and slide over. If you have a steel tube, you can reuse it by sterilizing it before each use. That can be time-consuming, though, so many people prefer to use disposable plastic tips. If you have a busy shop, disposable tubes are the way to go.
Pigments - You'll need permanent makeup pigments, or inks, in a variety of colors so you can do eyebrow, lip liner, and other cosmetic tattoos.
Basic Permanent Makeup Machine Setup Instructions
Step 2: Take out your machine and a single tattoo tip, needle and tube.
Step 3: Remove all pieces from their sterilized packaging.
Step 4: If your machine came with a metal tube, unscrew it and screw the plastic, disposable tube on in its place.
Step 5: Bend the needle in an S-shape to help it stay in the machine better.
Step 6: Push the bent needle into the slot of your cosmetic tattoo machine. As you push the needle in, it will start to straighten out, but since it is still crinked, it will create tension inside the slot and hold itself in place.
Step 7: Push the needle all the way in, until it can't go back any further.
Step 8: Place the tip onto the tube, over the needle, and you're ready!
Cosmetic Tattoo Needle Troubleshooting
Our cosmetic needles are .35mm thick, meaning they are easy enough to bend by hand and do not fit 100% into the needle guide of our machines… Why do we make them this way? We have found that they are easier to insert into the machine and easier to work with To prevent the needle from falling out, follow these steps:
- Put a tube onto your machine, if you haven't already done so.
- Bend the end of the cosmetic tattooing needle ever so slightly (remember these are very thin and easy to bend).
- Insert the now-bent needle into the needle guide through the tube.
- As you push the needle in, the slight bend will start to straighten inside the needle guide. This slight bend creates the tension needed to hold the needle firmly in place.
- Put your needle tip over your needle. The end of the needle should be slightly exposed.
You're now ready to tattoo!