TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Permanent cosmetics may be here to stay. Some women are finding the joy of never having to apply makeup again, and some cancer patients are able to get something back they thought may be lost for good.
We all have a flaw and whether that is hair or pigmentation loss, scar tissue, stretch marks, sun spots, or wrinkles, some women say they can correct it with fade-resistant results.
"We color the skin behind the hair so if you have eyebrow hair you want to leave that and it just refreshes the look that you had when you were younger," said Debbie Allen, with Tyler Permanent Cosmetics.
Nancy Oaks had her eyebrows permanently filled in so she does not have to worry about pencils ever again.
"I took more time putting my eyebrows on then I did my hair," said Oaks.
"It's a permanent cosmetic pigment and the pigments we use here are iron oxide free," explained Allen.
Permanent makeup is nothing new, but Allen says it is now very popular and affordable.
"Permanent eyeliner used to run in the $500 to $700 range and now it's gotten very reasonable," said Allen. "Ours is $295."
She says it is in so much demand now, they are even offering training courses. Terri Landeros completed the four-day class and expanded her business.
"Job-wise it's great," said Landeros, with Tyler Permanent Cosmetics. "You make your own hours."
"With just a few appointments a week, they can make $50,000 to $70,000 a year and we train them here and they can go out into the workforce and work at beauty salons," said Allen. "They can open their own business."
For Landeros, one of the most rewarding aspects is helping patients battling cancer get their features back.
"It's just a blank face and then, when you put that back, it just gives them all the confidence back and makes them feel good again," said Landeros.
Numbing creams and gels are used to minimize pain and Allen says products are brand new and sanitized so there is no risk of infection.
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