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.

Nadine Minns

Chameleon Aesthetics & Laser has a Biotek Specialist, Nadine Minns, that does the micropigmentation / permanent make-up sessions.


Biotek Sub-Distributor  – Pretoria Region. I’ve been in the Permanent Makeup industry since 2010. I have attended numerous local and international training to offer the latest techniques for my clients.

I travelled to Italy in June 2017 and qualified as a registered Biotek International Trainer. I will offer foundation courses in both PMU and Microblading, as well as Masterclasses in hairstroke eyebrows, 3D Lips and Eyeliner.

I am currently the only technician in South Africa that uses the HD needle for Hairstrokes, it is the finest acupuncture device needle on the market worldwide.

Biotek was the first company in the World to ever manufacture micropigments.  They are celebrating their 30 year anniversary this year!


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.

Biotek’s advanced devices, pigments and techniques also make micropigmentation especially suitable for medical purposes, such as areola pigmentation and the treatment of scars or correction of cleft lips. This is called dermapigmentation.

Cosmetic micropigmentation has a wide range of applications:

  • Eyebrows
  • Eyebrows hair stroke
  • Lash liners
  • Eyeliners
  • Designer, smudgy and dual colour eyeliners
  • Lip liner
  • Full lips
  • Soft full lips with contrasting lip line

BIOTEK Micropigmentation
Eyebrows, Eyeliner (top & btm), Lip Liner,
Full Lips & Touch-ups