Lynn and Kristin Duncan's World Class Permanent Makeup Artistry | Delafield, WI  (262) 470-0077
Chicagoland/Grayslake, IL (312) 550-1473

Permanent Makeup FAQ

Permanent Makeup FAQ - Lynn DuncanWhat is permanent makeup?

Permanent cosmetics is a safe and natural-looking alternative to the expense and daily routine of applying makeup upon waking in the morning and often times throughout the day. It is a state-of-the-art technique of permanently applying makeup via intradermal micropigmentation. Properly applied by an experienced technician, permanent makeup will be more natural and realistic in appearance as compared to conventional cosmetics.

Is it safe?

YES -- Lynn Duncan, OTR, CPCP, is a trained professional in the medical field with a Bachelor's Degree from the College of Health Sciences. Lynn is also a Board-Certified International Instructor for the World Class League of Permanent Makeup Artists.

Kristin Duncan is also a leader in the Permanent Cosmetics industry, serving both Wisconsin and Illinois. Kristin is a State Licensed Medical Aesthetician, a Master Certified Permanent Cosmetics Artist, and a World Class League of Permanent Makeup Artists Instructor.

Both Lynn and Kristin Duncan utilize a 100% disposable single use, disposable system for each and every procedure. Their methods of pigment application are controlled, gentle, and safe.

Is it safe with all permanent makeup technicians?

Not necessarily, and of course, we can only speak for ourselves.  For your information, tattoo and permanent makeup equipment/supplies can be purchased on-line.  Training videos can also be purchased on-line, as well.  Clearly, this is very dangerous. 

Currently, as of today (6/2015), neither Wisconsin nor Illinois law requires proof of Training Certificates. And, only Illinois, not Wisconsin, requires proof of valid Bloodborne Pathogens Certificate. This means that Wisconsin has no requirement in which a permanent makeup technician must demonstrate her/his knowledge of bloodborne pathogens. The Wisconsin Public Health Department will come into inspect the location of practice after a fee for license is received. The Health Department "looks" at the set-up and consent/aftercare forms and that's it...you receive an Establishment License. Again, Wisconsin does NOT require a Bloodborne Pathogens Certificate, like does the State of Illinois. Neither State requires any proof of Training Certificates in order to obtain a License to operate.

Very importantly, malpractice insurance is VOID if there is no Establishment License. This applies to both in Wisconsin and Illinois.

In summary, choose your permanent makeup technician wisely!

Listed Below are OUR Qualifications:

...Fully State-Licensed Permanent Makeup Technicians in BOTH Wisconsin and Illinois

...Fully State-Licensed Permanent Makeup Operating Establishments in BOTH Wisconsin and Illinois

...Fully Compliant with Wisconsin and Illinois Public Health Departments and Local Regulations

...Physician Referred & Preferred in both Wisconsin and Illinois

Does it hurt?

Of course, everyone responds differently.  However, most of our clients experience little, if any, discomfort during the procedure. In fact, the great majority of our clients describe the sensation as a "'tickling" feeling. The anesthesia, both Lynn and Kristin use are of a superior grade and is extremely effective.

Will it look "natural?"

YES -- It will look more natural than your own conventional make-up. Unless you tell somebody you've had it applied, they'll never know. We use "natural-looking" hair strokes for brows, with natural age-defying shapes. Lynn has been a makeup/makeover artist for over 20 years. We both specialize in "natural-looking" makeup, and our artist's eyes will capture or create the natural beauty of our clients.

Our rich and creamy pigments create the most natural shades. Several different methods of permanent cosmetic application are often used during your procedure in order to provide you with the most beautiful results. You can choose between a very dramatic look or one that is soft, powdery and subtle, including Lynn's "signature" sought-after "smudgy" look for eyeliner, and Kristin's "signature" 3-D hairstroke brows.

What is the healing period like?

Most of our clients are immediately able to return to work or their other daily activities immediately following their procedure without any embarrassment or discomfort. Our exclusive-blend of superior-strength anesthesia prevents unsightly swelling and bleeding while providing a rapid, healing period for our clients.

For approximately 5-10 days following the procedure, you will need to apply a thin film of ointment to the procedure site. During this healing period, you will notice the color soften into your skin.

It is recommended to schedule your appointment 2 weeks prior to your vacation or special event.

How many applications are needed?

As with all permanent makeup procedures, generally, two applications are needed in order to achieve full satisfaction with your desired look. If a second application is desired, it is scheduled approximately 6 weeks after the initial procedure.

Clients who have thicker, healthier skin will allow more pigment to be implanted and as a result, may not be as inclined to return for a second visit.  On the other hand, clients with thinner and more sensitive skin will be more inclined to return for their second application of color since less color was implanted during the first visit in order to maintain the integrity of their skin.

Nevertheless, we encourage all of our clients to follow-up with a second visit to ensure their desired result.

How will I know who is a qualified technician?

It's crucial that you thoroughly investigate the technician's work and experience prior to scheduling a permanent makeup procedure.

This is definitely a time in your life where good research methods should be used. Check out licenses, credentials and their before/after pictures. If they are really "their" own photos, why are they not "publicly" displayed as "copyrighted" by them?  This could be because they may not really belong to them.

Here are some very important tips:

1)  Does she/he have an "Establishment" License"?  Ownership of this particular license indicates that their Health Department has given them approval to perform permanent makeup tattooing in their facility. Without this license, any malpractice insurance (if they have malpractice insurance...which they should) would be null and void.  This license must be renewed every year, be sure to check the date of their license to make sure it is valid. (This is required in both Wisconsin and Illinois.)

2)  Does she/he have a "Tattooist" License"?  This is different from an Establishment License. Your permanent makeup technician should be in possession of BOTH of them, or again, their malpractice insurance (if they have malpractice insurance...which hopefully they do) would be null and void.  This license, too, must be renewed on an annual basis.  Be sure to check the date of their license to make sure it is valid.  (This is required in both Wisconsin and Illinois.)

In fact, the Health Department mandates that both the Establishment License and the Tattooist License be visible to all patrons who enter into the establishment.

3)  Does she/he have a "Bloodborne Pathogens" Certificate?  Illinois requires this, however and unfortunately, Wisconsin does NOT!!!  This is a HUGE red flag!  If your permanent makeup technique does NOT have a CURRENT Bloodborne Pathogens Certificate, BEWARE!!!  Even though Wisconsin does not require this in order to obtain an Establishment or a Tattooist License, this does not mean that YOUR TECHNICIAN should be without one! 


I was on the Wisconsin State Committee for over ten years while trying to get them to "pass" legislation to mandate each and every person doing permanent makeup in Wisconsin to pass a Bloodborne Pathogens exam in order to achieve a Certificate. However, all of my time and effort in trying to work with them to "see the light" was fruitless.  Nothing was passed! This, in my opinion, is a huge public safety risk!  Hats off to Illinois in that they DO require this Certificate!  Again, ladies, if you live in Wisconsin...I would most definitely make sure my technician has a valid and current Bloodborne Pathogens Certificate!!! 

4)  Does she/he have their OWN Before/After Photographs?  Or, are the ones they're showing to you really someone else's work?  Or, perhaps, "stock" photos they captured on-line and are just calling their own???  I can tell you very truthfully that this is an "on-going" problem for me!  I cannot tell you how many times I've found MY permanent makeup before/after photos on someone else's website...calling MY work their work!  This happens ALL the time!!! Again, BEWARE!  

If your permanent makeup technician has a website and they are not labeling "copyright" with their name on the picture of their so-called work, then can you trust that it is really their work?  I don't think so! 

If they are showing you pictures of their work from their office portfolio...but do state "copyright" on their hidden office portfolio pictures, then can you really trust that it is their work?  I don't think so!  If it was, wouldn't it be posted on-line for everyone to see?

Lastly...trust your intuition!
If it doesn't "feel" right, it probably isn't!

As a result of "photo deception," I receive many calls from women who've had inferior permanent makeup done and are now seeking a "correction" from a "reputable" technician.

Often, I have great difficulty applying my eyeliner. It usually ends up too thick or it ends up uneven. How will the permanent eyeliner look?

Truthfully, it will look sensational. A very conservative approach is used for those who are unsure of width or color. The second application may be used as an opportunity to add more fullness or color, if desired. Permanent make-up can be applied very evenly, precisely and smoothly.

How long does a procedure take?

Including the consultation, paperwork, and numbing time, the average length of time for one procedure is approximately 1-1/2 to 2 hours. The second application is usually l hour.

May I choose my own colors?

Definitely. Colors and shades are custom-blended to match your favorite pencils. As experts in the field, a different color choice may be recommended, based on a personal color analysis. Although the final color choice is yours, we strongly recommend natural shades. With each procedure, only new, fresh and safe ingredients are used. Our rich and creamy pigments are of the highest quality and have an excellent reputation because they look so natural.

I'm allergic to most makeup, especially eye makeup. Will permanent makeup be safe for me?

Absolutely. Many women choose permanent eyeliner as a solution to their sensitive eyes. Say "good-bye" to watery, runny eyes and smeary makeup forever! However, a patch test is recommended for those that are unsure.

How much does a permanent procedure cost?

Our permanent cosmetic procedures range from 300.00 to 795.00. (Corrective procedures are generally more expensive, and are individually priced). Make absolutely certain that you understand price is actually one of the least important questions to ask in your search for a technician. A single, misplaced line may alter and detract from the beautiful features of your face.

Often, corrective work is very costly and requires extensive work. There is nothing more important than using extreme caution before selecting a technician. Make sure that she has many years of active experience, because in this business, there is no margin for error, as she is permanently altering the appearance of your face.

What if I don't like the way it looks?

If the artist is truly experienced and focuses on a "natural" look, you will be very happy with the results. However, it is important to know that depending on the pigment used, not all permanent makeup can be removed satisfactorily with lasers, and is truly permanent.

How long does permanent makeup last?

Permanent cosmetics is permanent in that you will always have a permanent marking on your skin. However, over time, you will notice a gradual softening of color occuring each year. Many women feel that this is advantageous, as they feel that their permanent makeup will age with them.

"Color enhancements" are recommended for those who wish to keep their permanent makeup looking as fresh as possible. Generally, every 2-8 years or so, depending on color, individual body chemistry, and lifestyle. Pricing on color enhancements are greatly reduced, and individually assessed. Generally, the longer you wait, the more costly it becomes as multiple applications of color may be necessary.

Why does permanent makeup fade and body tattoos don't?

First of all, permanent cosmetics is a form of cosmetic tattooing and should be thought of as being “permanent”, the same as one thinks about traditional tattoos on the body. Traditional body tattoos do fade, however, generally at a slower rate due to several different factors. For instance, body art is generally covered up with clothing most of the year and is not excessively exposed to the UV rays which fade cosmetic tattoos on the face. Also, the skin on the body is much more dense as compared to facial skin, which is much thinner and again, influencing the degree of color retention. Listed are some other factors which cause permanent makeup to fade: body chemistry; cellular turnover - rejuvenation, etc. ; anti-aging products applied directly over the permanent makeup; choice of color applied (i.e., lighter colors will fade quicker than darker colors); and exposure to sunlight (hence the suggestion of wearing an SPF over your permanent makeup); and also, the technician’s choice of pigment(s) used, as well as her experience in applying permanent makeup.

I have already had permanent makeup done in the past and it didn't work on me, why?

Again, this is another reason why it is important to take the time and thoroughly investigate your choice of permanent makeup technicians before “settling” on someone based on geographical convenience or pricing. The technician’s experience is key as she must understand and practice proper techniques necessary for pigment retention. Also, find out if your technician “specializes” in permanent makeup…or is this a “sideline” job for her? As in most things, the more experience, the better. Go to a “specialist.

Can I base my decision for choosing a permanent makeup technician from pictures on her website and/or her personal portfolio of before/after pictures?

Very unfortunately, we continually discover our personal property (before/after photographs from our website) on other permanent makeup technicians websites while they falsely advertise to the public that Lynn and Kristin Duncan’s photographs are their own.

I have already had permanent makeup done and I am unhappy with the results, what can be done now?

Feel free to contact Lynn or Kristin Duncan for a consultation and expert advice.

What is your opinion on permanent makeup Groupon's?

Big Red Flag! Why do you suppose a permanent makeup technician will run a Groupon? No, we don't believe in Fairy God-Mothers either!

Are you concerned about permanent makeup and MRI's?

We have done permanent makeup procedures on thousands of clients and have never once had any issues or adverse reactions involving their permanent makeup and their MRI's. Of course, it is always advised to fully disclose any and all pertinent permanent makeup information to your physician.

For more information, please visit:  www.MRIsafety.com