Join cosmetic tattoo expert Rebecca Cody each week as she explores how to build your business from the start by positioning yourself as a specialist in cosmetic tattooing.


Rebecca has over 12 years of experience in starting, building, selling, and beauty. She’s a makeup artist, beauty therapist, trainer & assessor, cosmetic tattooist, laser tattoo removalist, and business coach.

Cosmetic Tattoo Talk Podcast

Key Points

  • Secret #1 Outline with a Lighter Colour
  • Secret #2 Choose the right needle size
  • Secret #3 Repurpose your content
  • Secret #4 How to say no to clients you don't "vibe" with
  • Secret #5 How to troubleshoot
Top 5 Cosmetic Tattoo Secrets

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Welcome to today's podcast where I'm here to share with you my top five tips on how to deliver amazing results in cosmetic tattooing.

So cosmetic tattooing is such a creative industry and every artist has their own secrets on how to achieve their own amazing results.

These are mine that I want to share with you. And these are the ones that had the most impact to my clients for my results as an artist.

So my first secret is outlining with a lighter color. Now, this particular trick I picked up from the very famous brown daddy, he does some great questions and answers in his comment sometimes. And this is just one that I thought was so obvious, but it wasn't one that was obvious to me without someone being told someone telling me.

So if you're going to outline your beautiful and bright eyebrows, and you're worried that the pressure is going to be too hard, or that the color is going to go too dark, and that you're then going to have to match the inside color to the outline color, you can outline with a shade lighter than your chosen overall color. So this will help to eliminate any dark spots, and it'll stop you from implanting too much pigment into the skin.

My second tip is choosing the right needle size. Now, needle knowledge and understanding your needle sizes pace, and pressure as an artist is crucial, we must know how we as artists perform the treatment and how we use the machine to get the best results for us.

Most artists, if they're going to use an Ombre, if they're going for an ombre eyebrow, they're going to use a three RL. So that's a three round liner and a 0.25 millimeter or a one-round liner 0.25 millimeter to deliver that gorgeous pixelated effect.

You can even use both needle sizes during the one treatment. If you want to shave the majority with the three RL and then pixelate the front and define the eyebrow with the one RL, there's no set rules to say you must use one size needle per setting, just get creative. But if you are using needles for the first time, make sure you've practiced with them on fake skin first, so you know how much pressure to apply. Because remember, the smaller the needle configuration, the deeper it goes in the skip.

My third tip is to repurpose your content. So take photos and videos of all your clients make sure it's a lot of photos and videos, you can repurpose your best content over and over as posts, stories, advertisement images, you know anything that you want, really, you will know that it's your best content, because when you post it for the first time, it will have gotten the most interaction on your social pages.

So make sure that you are taking note of which posts get the most likes or comments, or shares and save them because they're having the most impact on your audience. You could repost about it about that particular client in a few weeks time from a different angle. If you look closely at other artists page, you'll notice that we all do this. Now.

My fourth tip is how to say no. So this is a really big talking point for me that I like to tell a lot of my students that it's okay to say no to a client, I can expand on this a little bit more in a different podcast. But just really in short, that I wanted to make these points that it's okay for you to decline a client if you don't feel comfortable. So having a prior consultation process is key here because it allows you to talk to your client and understand their needs before you book them in for service. cosmetic tattooing, like I've mentioned before, is a very creative industry and no two artists can ever produce the same result.

If you're going to get a bad vibe from a customer that it's okay for you to decline during their tattooing. So when I'm talking to a client, we like to look for what I like to call red flags.

Some of my red flags are that the client has a victim mentality so nothing can ever go right for them. My second one is complaining excessively about other professionals, especially medical professionals. The third one is shows you a picture of another artists work on someone else and says I want these eyebrows. Exactly. Because let's let's think about this, we can't ever produce anyone else's work. And the person that they're showing you on might suit those eyebrows and your client that you're interviewing or consulting with might not suit those eyebrows at all.

And the fourth one is keeps mentioning the word perfect or symmetrical. Most of them listed they're pretty self explanatory, but if you get someone who continuously says the word perfect or symmetrical, it's important to educate your clients on the fact that none of our faces are symmetrical.

No one face in the entire world is perfectly symmetrical, one of our eyes is bigger than the other, our nose slightly hooks to the left to the right. And our lips are also uneven. So if you're going to make someone's eyebrows perfectly symmetrical, so that's mathematically symmetrical, then it will actually highlight the other aspects of our face that aren't symmetrical, and they're gonna look weird, they're gonna look pretty weird. And we're not going to feel like themselves.

We aim for visual symmetry, not mathematical symmetry.

And my last cosmetic tattoo secret is how to troubleshoot. So when performing a cosmetic tattoo treatment, it's important that you know how to troubleshoot if the skin isn't taking the color properly. So if you need to deposit more color, these are the steps that you can take to try and troubleshoot the problem.

Slow down your pace. So take your motion a little bit slower. My second tip is to adjust your pressure so you can push slightly harder. Obviously, we're talking very minut amounts here, but you can adjust your pressure to push a little bit harder, stretch the skin more, make sure that your stretch is nice and taut. Because the better the skin is stretched, the better the pigment will implant into it.

Adjust your angle to a 60 degree or 45 degrees. So if you're normally working in a 90 degree angle, adjust it down to a 60 or 45, you will normally get better pigment implantation at a 60 or 45 degree just for those areas that are proving to be a little bit tricky.

The second last one here is let the color soak and come back to it. So if you're working on one eyebrow, and you just keep tattooing it and it's not taking put some straight color on there, let it soak in a little bit while you do the other one come back and nine times out of 10 you might find that that color has has soaked into the skin and it's colored those spots that you are finding a little bit tricky. And then the last one here is change your needle size.

Obviously, with a smaller needle size we get deeper into the skin. But this is our very last option because you're then going to have to take your gloves off, go and get a fresh needle, re wash your hands and you're using a lot more equipment.

So we're trying not to have that extra cost for the treatment. But that would be a last resort is to change your needle size. So that's it for me today. They are my top five tips and secrets on cosmetic tattooing and how to deliver amazing results.

I hope that you've enjoyed today's podcast and I will see you in next week's episode.