FAQ for Professionals

General

We have several SofTap distributors with instructors who can give you the best training available to become a Certified SofTap Permanent Makeup Specialist. Please use the contact form and we will contact you shortly.

We are going to offer online classes very soon. Please use the contact form and we will contact you with the information about the classes calendar and prices.

SofTap® is the gentlest method you will find for implanting permanent color into the skin. The sensation is said to be similar to tweezing. Topical anesthetic is required for lip and eyeliner procedures.

Yes, with the SofTap® method, you can have natural looking makeup, 24/7. It is easy to avoid harsh, dark, and unnatural permanent makeup with the SofTap® hand method. Be sure to check out our permanent makeup needles and SofTap pigments to complete the look.

Yes, the hand method is a great option and a useful skill for all permanent cosmetic professionals! Some may find the hand method more comfortable for certain procedures (such as eyeliner or hair stroke eyebrows) or days where access to a machine is difficult. With the right permanent makeup tools and a training certification, you can greatly expand the services you offer.

Yes, our permanent makeup inks and colors are compatible with all permanent makeup machines and other manual methods.

Yes! A common misconception is that the hand method cannot implant color as deeply, but in fact we can go just as deep as any other method. The hand method is used to go even deeper than machines in correction procedures where machine implanted ink needs to be adjusted.

See our detailed Color Guide for information on color theory and some tips for choosing the right permanent makeup pigments for each client.

See our Needle Guide or Quick Needle Guide for some tips on selecting permanent makeup needles.

Each SofTap pigment has an expiration date stamped into the seal of the packaging. This is usually three years after the purchase date.

This varies between clients and technicians, colors, and techniques. In general, in order to keep permanent makeup looking fresh and natural, we recommend a touch up every two years for light brows and eyeliner, every five years for medium brows and dark eyeliner, and probably once in ten years for lips. Lips usually retain color very well once they are successfully implanted.

Technical

NO, implanting color in the grey line of the eyes can damage meibomian glands and cause a number of health concerns including dry eye, and we never recommend doing this even if a client requests it.

Yes, BlockAid can be applied near the lash line, but under no circumstances should you allow the anesthetic to get into the eye. If anesthetic gets into the eye, flush with plenty of water/eye drops for several minutes. Always ask your client if they feel any burning sensation that might indicate that the topical anesthetic is leaking into the eye area.

Yes, Minnerva II can be applied near the lash line, but under no circumstances should you allow the anesthetic to get into the eye. If anesthetic gets into the eye, flush with plenty of water/eye drops for several minutes. Always ask your client if they feel any burning sensation that might indicate that anesthetic is leaking into the eye area.

Yes, Lightning can be applied in this area, but under no circumstances should you allow Lightning to get into the eye. If Lightning gets into the eye, flush with plenty of water/eye drops for several minutes. Always ask your client if they feel any burning sensation that might indicate that Lightning is leaking into the eye area.

Sometimes Lightning takes pigment out instantly, and sometimes it turns the area darker at first. This is nothing to worry about. This dark area will scab over during the healing process and eventually fall off after a few days, leaving a nice, clean area of skin. Be sure to inform your client not to pick off the scab! This can cause damage to the skin and may disrupt pigment removal.

This can happen for a number of reasons, but it usually has to do with skin type. Older skin, more weathered skin, and drier skin may flake color off during the healing process. There should be color underneath flaking areas after the skin has healed, if not, these areas need to be filled in on the client's touch up. This is one of the many reasons to offer and schedule a free touch up with your clients after their first visit.

Apply Lime-Aid directly over the red/orange brow, and then implant fresh SofTap® color right over the treatment area. The Lime-Aid serves to cancel out the red/orange, and the end result will be the new chosen SofTap® eyebrow color. If the redness is very severe, you can implant Lime-Aid, wait until this has healed, and then determine whether more is needed before you decide to apply fresh color. If the redness is not severe, consider implanting a SofTap® Cool color to cancel out the faded red and give a natural ash brown. Correction cases vary depending on the severity of the faded color. Be sure to stock up on our color correcting permanent makeup pigments.

Education

We have several distributors with instructors that can give you the best training available to become a Certified Softap Permanent Makeup Specialist. Please use the contact form and we will contact you shortly.

We are going to offer online permanent makeup classes very soon. Please use the contact form and we will contact you with the information about the classes calendar and prices.

Students often travel to find the right trainer for them. It is essential that hands-on individual training is given to students learning the SofTap® method, so be sure to take some time off for training if you need to. As a permanent makeup artist, the more you invest in your education and certifications, the more qualified you are to charge higher prices for services, often paying off the price of travel and classes in the end.

We are going to offer online classes very soon. Please use the contact form and we will contact you with the information about the classes calendar and prices.

Many trainers offer Continuing Education and Advanced SofTap® classes; ask your instructor if they offer this service as part of their permanent makeup training and certification.

This varies between trainers; classes are tailored according to the requirements of individual states and the needs of each student. All of our trainers are independent contractors, so contact the permanent makeup trainer closest to you for more information.

Every state is different when it comes to laws regarding permanent makeup. Often information is available within your county's health department.

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