Permanent makeup is not completely pain free, but I do use a topical Lidocaine prior to each procedure, and continue to apply it throughout. Allowing the client to sit for 15-30 minutes prior to beginning is enough time to make the experience quite comfortable. Once I start, within 5 minutes most clients say they don’t feel anything. There are two methods of applying permanent makeup, the machine and the hand tool. The difference is that the machine is plugged into the wall, and the hand tool is simply a tool that I hold in my hand, dip into the pigment, and then place it. I use the hand tool instead of a machine for everything but lips. Clients specifically come to me because I use the hand method. They say the experience is much better than having a machine buzzing in their ear. They also say it is a much “softer” feel than the machine. By using the hand method, there is the ultimate level of control with pigment placement. I find this very important around the eyes especially. I move at a pace that is comfortable for the client, and with that my clients are very relaxed…..some even fall asleep!! So why don’t I use the hand method on lips? There is less trauma to the skin on the lips with the machine. I am able to saturate the lips much faster with the machine, therefore creating less swelling with optimal results.