Permanent Makeup and Cosmetic Tattooing Books

There are books and magazines and lots of information online about permanent makeup and cosmetic tattooing so there is no excuse for being poorly informed prior to an eyebrow tattoo procedure.

Some of the books that I recommend deal with reasons to get an eyebrow tattoo or permanent makeup and others explain personal benefits and risks. A few of the books have been written for aestheticians, technicians and cosmetic tattooing professionals however these books also contain valuable information that a client may also benefit from. Being an active participant will encourage the specialist to give you the best treatment possible and you will find the cosmetic tattoo experience a fascinating one as you journey into the world of your own beauty.

I Love My Permanent Makeup

by Debbie McClellan

I Love My Permanent Makeup

Although you may have an hour consultation with a permanent makeup specialist prior to the procedure, it is difficult for you to know what questions to ask and for a specialist to give you all the information available in such a short span of time. That is why this book is great for you to read before the procedure because it has the 65 most common questions and their answers regarding permanent makeup.

It also contains information regarding safety and includes testimonials from women from different parts of the world who tell about their positive cosmetic tattooing experiences and how their tattoo eyebrows have turned out. This book is the revised edition of Is Permanent Makeup for you.


101 Questions & Answers On Permanent Makeup for the Technician

by Debbie McClellan

101 Questions & Answers on Permanent Makeup for the Technician

This book is directed toward a professional permanent makeup and eyebrow tattooing specialists and offers the steps that qualified professionals will take in creating eyebrow tattoos, eyeliner, lip liner and full lip procedures. It helps with making the all important color decision for matching hair colors and even skin undertones. She offers quite extensive information on skin undertones because by knowing these tones it can help to decide on the best possible colors for cosmetic tattoos.

The author Debbie McClellan is a qualified and experienced cosmetic tattooing expert who, as a permanent makeup specialist for more than 13 years, has 10,000 successful procedures to her credit. Her book discusses implanting techniques and if touchups are really a normal part of makeup tattooing follow-up procedures.

She discusses equipment and table set up and the actual eyebrow tattooing procedure. She answers questions about migration and how to properly measure brows when drawing them on before the tattooing begins. There are suggestions on how to improve the shape and style of the brow as well as tips for lips, especially lip liner procedures and how to fill them in. She also discusses the lip colors that are best and most often used, and how to keep colors looking rich.

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Permanent Makeup and Reconstructive Tattooing

by Eleonora Habnit

If you’re like me (before I decided to tattoo my eyebrows), and are tired of the daily ritual of makeup, and desire to have perfect eyeliner, eyebrows and outlined lips then author Eleonora Hanit suggests that permanent makeup may be what you need. She also suggests that if your hands are shaky or you are allergic to cosmetic products the choice of having cosmetic tattooing or an eyebrow tattoo may be right for you. She writes that permanent tattooing can help to conceal scars and be the last step to completing a look after cosmetic or plastic surgery.

Permanent Makeup and Reconstructive Tattooing

Eleonora Habnit is a specialist in the field and her book offers many eyebrow pictures and before and after shots of those who have had permanent makeup.

She also discusses ways to find and work together with a professional if you are considering a procedure and gives an idea on eyebrow tattoo cost. There is also information for those who are contemplating becoming specialists in this area of tattoo art. For professionals she gives information on color, equipment, certification and professional associations in the United States. It is a book that is dedicated to the public and will also be useful to permanent makeup practitioners, cosmetic surgeons, tattoo artists, and anyone who is the beauty and cosmetics industry.


Milady’s Aesthetician Series: Permanent Makeup, Tips and Techniques

by Pamela Hill


This book, written in 2006, may be a little outdated as to the newest equipment, but Pamela Hill’s suggestions regarding permanent makeup and eyebrow tattos techniques that remain timeless.

This book is designed both for the tattoo specialist as well as the general public with topics for how to get involved in this profession, and for those already qualified, how to expand on techniques. It also contains information regarding cosmetic tattooing laws in the United States. For readers who are interested in undergoing a cosmetic procedure for the first time, she discusses aspects of anatomy and physiology and explains pigments and how the best results can be achieved. This is an illustrated book with eyebrow tattoo pictures and photographs of the techniques and what to expect from permanent tattooing makeup procedures.


Beautiful Brows: The Ultimate Guide to Styling, Shaping, and Maintaining Your Eyebrows

by Nancy Parker and Nancy Kalish

Beautiful Brows

This book has illustrations and instructions that will help you to create beautiful brows. It may be useful for those who are contemplating a permanent makeup procedure because it helps to decide what shape and style of brow will be best with your face shape and to enhance your best features and also may provide ideas for temporary eyebrow tattoos that you can later have made into permanent ones.

Although it is designed as a guide for plucking and shaping your own brows, it has pertinent information that you can discuss with a cosmetic tattoo professional to help you and your specialist achieve the best permanent eyebrows. There are few book son the market that have this much eyebrow specific information that is laid out in terms any woman can easily follow and understand.

The contents of this book tells it all:

Part One:

  • The best Brow Formula: Choosing the right shape for you
  • Anatomy of an eyebrow
  • The five basic brows
  • Step one: Find your face shape
  • Step two: Figure out your signature features
  • Step three: Determine your best brow strength
  • Step four: Put it all together

Part Two:

  • Define and Conquer:
  • How to shape, color, and recreate your brows
  • The tools of the trade
  • Good Riddance: the best (and worst) hair removal methods
  • Eyebrows for dummies: Brow shaping 101
  • Arch Enemies: The most common brow problems
  • Basic brow cleanup
  • Consider your inner corner


How to Create the Perfect Eyebrow

by Victoria Bush

Victoria Bush offers 13 chapters on how to create the perfect eyebrow by comparing what other beauty and eyebrow shaping experts have written and expanding upon that information. Victoria Bush is a makeup artist, image consultant and has a line of eyebrow enhancement products.

How to Create the Perfect Eyebrow

Again this book is not specific to the permanent makeup industry, but it is specific to eyebrows, and before any cosmetic tattooing or before a micropigmentation tattoo specialist even comes near to working on your brows, YOU must know the shape and style and have a plan for what you hope to achieve.

This book can help you decide on tattoo patterns for your brow and how you can work with a specialist to get that perfect eyebrow shape perhaps by using the suggestions to play with temporary tattoo eyebrows before getting the real deal, or by shaping your natural brows better so that eyebrows tattoos will simply enhance what you already have achieved naturally.

Here is what Victoria Bush discusses in 169 pages divided into 13 chapters:

  • Chapter 1 – The art and science of creating beautiful, symmetrical brows
  • Chapter 2 – The study of the facial zones
  • Chapter 3 – The study of the geometric face shapes
  • Chapter 4 – The study of eye set
  • Chapter 5 – Assessing the facial features
  • Chapter 6 – Assessing the eyebrow
  • Chapter 7 – Rules of proper eyebrow management
  • Chapter 8 – Corrective techniques to the eyebrow to enhance the features of the face
  • Chapter 9 – Eyebrow design methods
  • Chapter 10 – Performing eyebrow design and enhancement
  • Chapter 11 – Hair removal for the eyebrows
  • Chapter 12 – Other eyebrow enhancement services
  • Chapter 13 – Case studies: Eyebrow design in practice


Makeup Makeovers: Expert Secrets for Stunning Transformations

by Robert Jones

International makeup artist Robert Jones believes any woman can be beautiful and he details how this is possible with a step-by-step guide and lots of photos.

Makeup Makeovers

Although this book does not discuss permanent makeup techniques nor eyebrow tattoos, it is a perfect compliment to cosmetic tattooing treatments because the end result is for a woman to use her features to look her best. How to apply a little foundation makeup in a way that will make her feminine after her procedures can be useful. The great thing about this book is that’s not about celebrities or unattainable model looks but about how to enhance your skin and eyes and bring your best to the forefront with your own true beauty from the inside out.

Tattooed eyebrows, perfect eyeliner and even lips filled with permanent color are a great place to begin, but it’s still necessary to know simple techniques to camouflage flaws and how to make your new eyes and brows really work in your favor. This book is for women of all ages not just the ones with young perfect skin. It has been recommended by Rhonda Shasteen, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Mary Kay Inc.


Straight Talk about Cosmetic Surgery (Yale University Press Health & Wellness)

by Arthur W. Perry MD

Straight Talk about Cosmetic Surgery

Dr. Arthur W. Perry, a plastic surgeon for over 20 years, gives general information on all procedures pertaining to cosmetic treatments. He discusses benefits and risks and explains terms and offers suggestions for finding doctors and facilities. It is an ideal book to read if you are considering any kind of cosmetic surgery or skin-care procedures as well as those who need advice regarding tattoo removal.

Although he does not specialize in permanent makeup tattooing, make up tattoo micropigmentation or specific eyebrow tattooing applications, he touches on these topics and his advice and suggestions are pertinent for those who are contemplating procedures in conjunction with a cosmetics tattoo, such as scare removal and illness related cosmetic enhancement needs.

Here is an overview of the book’s contents:

I Cosmetic Surgery13. Face-LiftsIV Body Contouring
1. An Overview
14. Fat Grafting26. Liposuction
2. The Cosmetic Surgery Consultation15. Liposuction of the Neck and Jowls 27. Tummy Tucks and Body Contouring
3. The Risks16. Rhinoplasty: Nasal Reshaping28. Breast Enlargement
4. Computer Imaging17. Chin and Cheek Implants29. Breast Reductions and Lifts
5. Aging18. Lip Augmentations30. Male Breast Reduction
II Facial Surgery19. Ear Reshaping31. Calf, Buttock and Pectoral Implants
6. Skin Care: the foundation for a healthy appearance20. Hair Restoration32. Weight Loss and Cosmetic Surgery
7. Growths on the face21. Cosmetic Dentistry33. Spider Veins
8. Tackling WrinklesIII LasersV Procedures that Don’t Work
9. Filling Wrinkles22. Laser Hair Removal34. Fraud in Cosmetic Surgery
10. Peeling and Lasering Wrinkles23. Tattoo Removal35. Endermologie and the Quest to Cure Cellulite
11. Botox24. Laser Removal of red and Brown Marks36. Mesotherapy
12. Eyelid and lifts25. New Lasers and Intense Pulsed Light37. Cool Lasers and other Less Invasive Treatments

The book also discusses:

  1. The Future of Plastic Surgery
  2. Fees for Typical Procedures
  3. National Ranking for Cosmetic Procedures
  4. Age Distribution of Cosmetic Procedures


Aesthetics and Cosmetic Surgery for Darker Skin Types

by Pearl E Grimes

Aesthetics and Cosmetic Surgery for Darker Skin Types

This book offers a guide to surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic treatment of patients with darker skin pigmentation — African, Asian, and Latin descent and is actually written by a variety of international experts.

Amongst the wide range of surgical topics he does include advice on micropigmentation and permanent tattooing procedures and also on tattoo removal and skin discoloration. The book is edited by a world-renowned researcher on pigmentation disorders and is enhanced with over 350 color illustrations.


The Eyebrow

by Robyn Cosio

The Eyebrow

Robyn Cosio, a renowned make-up artist in New York and LA who specialized in eyebrows, has provided an eyebrow shaping and designing encyclopedia that includes a historical overview of the brow, and offers facts that are also entertaining such as how women used false eyebrows from mouse hides in the 1700’s.

There are many examples of famous eyebrows and how the eyebrow gives shape to ears, and she even discusses male brows.

She does not discuss eyebrow tattooing at any length but does provide many ideas for designs and shapes and the book is full of eyebrow photographs which may be helpful to those who are contemplating redesigning their brows with eyebrow cosmetic tattooing procedures.


Sephora: The Ultimate Guide to Makeup, Skin, and Hair from the Beauty Authority

by Melissa Schweiger


Melissa Schweiger is a freelance writer and editor with articles in Women’s Wear Daily, Interview, Marie Claire, Redbook, Hamptons, Seventeen, and In Style, and on This is not a book I recommend for its intellectual merits or as a guide on cosmetic tattoo or microimplataion procedures. It is simply a book that may be useful to guide those who are searching for a new look and need ideas.

There are full color pictures and lots of brows and lots of simple beauty suggestions for beginners. It’s a picture book with lots of Sephora products but the faces and their eyebrows may serve to inspire your new eyebrow tattoo!


Eye Candy: 55 Easy Makeup Looks for Glam Lids and Luscious Lashes

by Linda Mason

Eye Candy- 55 Easy Makeup Looks

Linda Mason is a professional makeup artist from New York who in this book has catered more to a young audience, however the eyebrow shapes in the 55 looks she offers in full color illustrations are good to find a brow that will be right for a younger person and for the older women who may want to see the difference between brows and makeup styles from fun daywear to dramatic eveningwear.

There are diagrams and instructions for makeup, but for those who are considering eyebrow tattoo procedures the photos are a great way to get an idea of what is possible, see different face shapes and arches and to see how makeup can be later applied to enhance the brows and facial features once the cosmetic tattooing has been completed.


Make-Up : Fresh Ideas for Fantastic Looks

by Bernadine Bibiano for The Body Shop

Make-Up- Fresh Ideas for Fantastic Looks

This may be a beauty book for beginners written to promote The Body Shop products, however, it is a very useful tool for those who are needing inspiration while seeking to change their eyebrow shape or their look because the photographs are not of perfect western models but beautiful real people from all around the world with a variety of skin tones and complexions and facial features.

This book does not discuss cosmetic tattooing but does offer real advice for looking your best and has lovely pictures of eyebrows that may provide the basis for eyebrow cosmetic tattooing. And, The Body Shop has some excellent products for caring for your skin; especially tea tree oil products that will help to care for your eyebrow tattoos after your procedure is finished.

Remember a little tee tree will sooth the swelling immediately after the eyebrow tattoo procedure and help to avoid excessive scabbing and crusting during the healing process. There are also tea tree sprays that you can lightly mist your face with when you feel your tattoo eyebrows itch and cannot scratch or rub them after days after the procedure.


Asian Faces: The Essential Beauty and Makeup Guide for Asian Women

by Taylor Chang-Babaian with a foreward by Yoko Ono

Asian Faces -The Essential Beauty and Makeup Guide for Asian Women

Professional makeup artist Taylor Chang-Babaian has created a beautiful book with techniques and styles for Asian women of all ages and ethnicities. I have included this book on my recommended list not because it is the best beauty book on the market but because it has 100 full-color photographs of Asian women that might inspire eyebrow tattoos from where eyebrow tattooing began – Asia.

Although the technical aspects of cosmetic tattooing procedures are not discussed, I suggest it as a resource for finding YOUR look. Since this book is filled with gorgeous pictures that do not try to make Asians look Caucasian but enhance their own unique beauty features, I believe it is essential for international women who seek eyebrow ideas and makeup tips prior to micropigmentation or tattoo eyebrows enhancement.

Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual: For Everyone from Beginner to Pro

by Bobbi Brown

Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual

Bobbi Brown, if you don’t already know, is an internationally renowned makeup artist and CEO of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. Her products are sold in over 400 stores and 20 countries worldwide. Bobbi is also the exclusive beauty editor of NBC’s TODAY show and a frequent guest on E! and the Style channels. Need I say more!!

My list of beauty books and eyebrow enhancement suggestions and photo idea books would just not be complete with at least one of Bobbi Brown’s books. You can select any of her books because they are all great, well written, easy to understand and have lots of glossy pictures. This book includes some breathtaking photos that may inspire you and your cosmetician to create the best eyebrow tattoos yet. Enjoy! It’s Bobbi Brown, you won’t regret reading her and looking at her creative faces.


Making Faces

by Kevyn Aucoin

Making Faces

This book is by the famous Kevyn Aucoin who needs no introduction since his work is on the faces of Cher, Tina Turner, Vanessa Williams, Julia Roberts and others.

The final chapter is entertaining and fantastic with the likes of Isabella Rosselini, Demi Moore, and Nicole Kidman as made-up characters that are wonderfully photographed.

Just for fun and ideas, check out these gorgeous star’s eyebrows for permanent make up eyebrow tattoo inspirations.

Kevyn Aucoin’s other bestseller, Face Forward, is also a great book for eyebrow tattoo shape ideas. Again this incredible makeup artist shows what he can do to faces like those of Calista Flockhart, Jodie Foster, Jewel, Gwyneth Paltrow, Michelle Pfeiffer, Diana Ross, Christy Turlington, and Vanessa Williams. There are more than a few good eyebrow shapes amongst these!!!


Beautifeye: State-of-the-Art Methods to Enhance and Rejuvenate the Eyes, Brow & Face

by Dr. Stephen Bosniak

Beautifeye State of the Art Methods to Enhance and Rejuvenate the Eyes, Brow & Face

Author Stephen Bosniak, both an eye surgeon and a cosmetic surgeon, has complied invaluable information regarding surgical and non-surgical procedures to help you select which ones to use to rejuvenate your eyes; everything from brow lifts to Botox and semi-permanent makeup.

It is co-authored by Dr. Marian Zilkha, an eye surgeon, who tells of the latest medical procedures from Brazil to New York.

This book is not only informative regarding micropigmentation options and eyebrow tattoos and permanent makeup solutions but is also filled with helpful illustrations. The book is endorsed by Kevyn Aucoin.


The Green Beauty Guide

by Julie Gabriel

The Green Beauty Guide

Your Essential Resource to Organic and Natural Skin Care, Hair Care, Makeup, and Fragrances…

Nutritionist, and beauty advisor Julie Gabriel discusses green health and beauty, and ways to make your own beauty products.

Yes I know this book has nothing to do with eyebrow tattoos in specific, but since I love to make my own beauty products with olive oil, shea butter, avocado and cucumber, I thought I’d share this with you, so that after your permanent makeup procedure you can come home to nourish your skin in natural ways and keep your permanent makeup permanently lovely on fresh skin.


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