Mary Ritcherson: «You need to study all the time»

1_5Mary Ritcherson is a permanent makeup artist who has worked in the Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa industry for more than 18 years as the Spa owner, a permanent makeup specialist, an office manager, a patient care coordinator, and a surgical technologist.

Mary started her career in 1992 and has achieved a lot since then; she is a member of the SPCP. Mary Ritcherson was introduced to the idea of permanent makeup by a highly respected local plastic surgeon after he noticed her artistic abilities. She began to research permanent makeup and instantly fell in love with the idea of helping women as well as men achieve their desired look.

In 2004 Mary received her certificate in permanent makeup. Her motto is to maintain the highest standards of care for each and every client. The result of her work reflects her true artistic ability and sense for responsibility as well as her passion for permanent makeup. Mary truly loves what she does!

-How popular is permanent makeup in the USA? Are there many artists? Is there a tough competition between such specialists?

– I think that PMU is becoming more and more popular.  I know that 1 out of every 6-10 clients of mine inquire about becoming a technician. However, I do not feel like there is competition between specialists…I suppose the clients are just doing their research when choosing a qualified technician.

Are there any federal restrictions/requirements for establishing your own business in the PMU industry?

– Every state (or county) has its own set of regulations and requirements in order to open a PMU facility.  In Florida, for example, one must prove they were trained in PMU, obtain a business tax, tattoo establishment license, an artist license as well as a biomedical waste permit. Our facilities have annual inspections by the Department of Health to confirm we are in compliance.  Also, blood borne pathogen testing is required in order to get licensing by the Department of Health.

-How did you start learning how to do PMU? What schools/master classes have you attended? Can you recommend any of those?

– I became certified in 2004.  It was suggested by the plastic surgeon who I worked for that I should look into PMU classes.  He thought I would do great at it after seeing my artistic skill.  I took his advice and went to school over the course of 30+ days.  I immediately fell in love with it and wanted to be the best I could possibly be.  I would go to the local grocery store and buy pig skin to practice on.  I did 3-4 months of practicing before I would begin working for money.  I strongly believe that if you are going to do something, do it right.  I get asked all the time: “Who taught you?” No one taught me the hair stroke technique.  Back then, it was not even something that could be offered, but I really wanted to learn how to do it, so I taught myself.  I have not done powdered brows in 11 years – ONLY hair strokes.  I have attended many advanced classes, conventions and congresses over the last 11 years – most of them as a trainer.  When asked which school I would recommend to a future technician, I say that it is their responsibility to do their due diligence and research to make sure that the school is right for them.


You can read the full interview with Mary in PMU International Magazine # 2.

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