Cosmetic Tattooing


Semi permanent makeup is perfect for people who do not have a lot of time to apply makeup; people who have trouble with their eyesight or people who want to wake up feeling good about the way they look.

Define Clinic offers Cosmetic Tattooing or Permanent Makeup, and Paramedical Tattooing for scar camouflage and corrective procedures, for people suffering with scars, burns, vitiligo, alopecia, hair implant scars and scalp reduction scars.

Sue Spinks, cosmetic and paramedical tattoo practitioner has years of experience and commits to upgrading her expertise with overseas and interstate trainers and is also a member of the Australian Association of Cosmetic Tattoo.
Sue is now teaching the skills of Cosmetic Tattoo in Tasmania and Victoria.


Full set of Eyebrows (Solid Brows)
Hair Strokes
Half Eyebrows (centre to end or beginning to centre)
Three Quarter Eyebrows
Small areas in Brows

Eyeliner Bottom (thin line slight taper – normal line)
Eyeliner Bottom (thick tapered line past outer corner)
Eyeliner Top (thin line slight taper – normal line)
Eyeliner Bottom (thick tapered and extended)

Lip Line
Lip Line and Blend
Full Lip Colour


• Scar Relaxation (burns, keloid scarring)
• Nipple & Areola Colour (after Breast Reconstruction)
• Vitiligo, Needling (fine lines around eyes, lips and forehead)
• Pigmentation Camouflage.


Cosmetic tattoo procedures involve depositing pigment into the skin, which is achieved with a small pen style machine. It inserts small quantities of colour pigment progressively in the required area. The pigment remains in the skin indefinitely, however, the colour may fade due to ageing of the tattoo, health and environmental factors, or having light or sheer colour, in which case ‘retouches’ will be necessary. The most common cosmetic procedures accessed are: Eye Liner, Eye Brows, Lip Line and Full Lip Colour, and common corrective procedures are scar camouflage for burn victims and areola/nipple recreation after breast cancer surgery.

Cosmetic tattoo procedures are also referred to as Micro-pigmentation, Pigment or Colour Implants, Dermagraphics or Permanent Makeup.

These treatments are not new, treatments have been performed in the Middle East and Asia for centuries, yet they have only been available for around 30 years in the Western World. Sue Spinks has bee performing treatments since 2003 (over 10 years now). During this time she has kept up to date with new techniques, products and equipment. She regularly attends workshops hosted by respected and prominent practitioners, and is also a member of the Australian Association of Cosmetic Tattoo.

Pigment Lotions
Most of the pigments used are iron oxide and titanium dioxide, both are safe and non-reactive substances. The pigment lotions are specifically formulated and manufactured for implantation into human skin. Most of the pigment lotions are inorganic excluding some of the lip colours which are organic. More and more pigments are becoming organic.

Is it like a tattoo?
It is basically the same procedure and result when you puncture the skin with any object, inserting pigment, is called tattoo. The difference can be the machines used. Tattoo artists use a coil machine and power box, which has much more power/penetration than a rotary pen style machine used by most cosmetic tattoo practitioners. Less depth is needed for more delicate skin.

What does it look like on the skin?
Most of the time it looks as if you applied a cosmetic pencil. The colour immediately after the treatment will be stronger, brighter and possibly darker than your desired colour. In most cases you lose approximately 20-40% of intense colour during the healing process (within 4-14 days). Full lip treatment colour loss can be up to 60% after healing process. Colour retention depends on the colour used, type of skin and if you have followed the home care instructions correctly. Colour retention is individual. It is best to wait 6-8 weeks to judge and see the final colour result, only then should you return for a colour adjustment appointment.