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What is permanent make-up or micropigmentation?


Micropigmentation or permanent make-up (PMU) is the revolutionary method of depositing hypoallergenic mineral pigments into the dermal layer of the skin. With an ultra-thin needle and pigment, the shape of the eyebrows, eyes or lips is enhanced. Micropigmentation is also known as permanent make-up or cosmetic tattooing. It is sometimes wrongly confused with cosmetic tattoos (e.g. eyebrow tattoos or eyeliner tattoos). However, the pigments used for permanent make-up are introduced less deeply into the skin layer and have a different composition from tattoo inks. Micropigmentation devices are also more refined than tattoo machines, and the techniques that are used are different.

Micropigmentation by Nouveau Contour


Permanent make-up allows you to subtly give features shape and definition to enhance natural beauty in both men and women. Besides boosting self-confidence, micropigmentation can also lead to a more active lifestyle, personal freedom and save quite a bit of time on make-up application. In addition, micropigmentation procedures have a stunning smudge-free effect that will last for several years. PMU is also very suitable for people with allergies to regular make-up, contact lens wearers with sensitive eyes, people with glasses or people who are active in sports. The possibilities are endless!

In short, permanent-make-up ensures you always look your best.​

Pre Procedure Advice


Permanent cosmetic procedures normally require multiple treatment sessions. For best results, clients will be required to return for at least one retouch procedure, usually between four and six weeks after the initial procedure. 

Be prepared for the color intensity to be significantly sharper and darker immediately after the procedure. This will subside and become lighter as the tissue heals. This process can take up to ten days.


Advice for all permanent cosmetic procedures

  • Since delicate skin or sensitive areas may be swollen or red, it is advised not to make social plans for the same day.

  • Please wear your normal makeup to the salon on the day of the procedure.

  • Please inform your technician if you have taken aspirin, Ibuprofen or Coumadin within the two days leading up to the procedure.

  • Do not discontinue any medication without consulting your doctor.

  • Do not drink alcohol the night before your treatment.

  • A patch test will be performed unless waived upon request.


Eyebrow procedure

  • Any Waxing should be performed at least 48 hours before the procedure: Electrolysis no less than five days before the procedure.

  • Eyebrows tinting should not be undertaken for two weeks prior to the procedure. 


Eyeliner procedure

  • Any eyelash tinting or eyelash perming should be carried out no sooner than 1 week before or two weeks prior to the procedure.

  • Do not wear contact lenses during or immediately following the procedure.Remember to bring your glasses. You may resume wearing your contact lenses as soon as your eyes feel comfortable. (This is normally 24 hours after the procedure).

  • You may have some swelling, as a safety precaution, we recommend that you have someone available to drive you home.



  • If you have a history of cold sores(herpes simplex), we advise you to contact your doctor to obtain the proper prescription medication to prevent such outbreaks.

  • Alternatively, obtain herpes medication, for example, Zovirax from your local chemist and use one week before and one week after your procedure. This can help minimize an outbreak.

  • Permanent cosmetic procedures do not cause cold sores, however, if you carry the virus, it lays dormant in the body and can be aroused by the procedure.

  • Lip wax or bleaching treatments should not be undertaken for at least a two weeks period preceding your permanent cosmetic procedure.

Dermapigmentation by Nouveau Contour


Clients suffering from alopecia, visible scars, dermapigmentation, hair loss or who have undergone breast construction surgery or have to take chemotherapy can also benefit from dermapigmentation. You can help them improve their self-esteem and confidence and be the one to complete the work of surgeons and cooperate with medical professionals.

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