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story.lead_photo.caption Permanent make-up artist Amy Yancy applies lip-liner to her client before a session at Sheer Image Salon in Texarkana, Texas. Photo by Hunt Mercier / Texarkana Gazette.

Making people look and feel beautiful is something Amy Yancey loves. She's been a hair stylist for nearly 30 years and recently added microblading and permanent makeup to the list of services she's able to provide.

"I've been doing beauty stuff my whole life. I just like all of it," said Amy, whose business Permanently Yours, Amy is in the Sheer Image Salon.

"I just want everyone to be a better version of themselves. I want to enhance their natural beauty," she said.

She became interested in getting trained and certified in microblading after a bad experience.

"I had my brows done four or five years ago. I had just gone through a divorce and I had someone else do my brows. I took the cheaper route thinking I was getting a deal but I didn't like how it turned out," she said.

Amy recently received her certification in micropigmentation and microblading from the Derma Diva Institute in Houston. She said from start to finish her training took about four months and she's been providing services since June.

"It's definitely needed and I've been overwhelmed with how busy I've been," Amy said.

Attention to detail is key to making customers happy, something Amy said comes naturally to her.

"I like it because it's tedious and detailed. I'm a detail person. Where that gives other people anxiety, it calms me down," she said. "I was born to do this."

She takes great enjoyment from making people feel better about themselves.

"You can see the confidence in their spirit. I love that I can help make somebody feel better about themselves. When you feel more confident and secure about how you look, you act different," she said.

Permanent makeup and microblading is a two-part process.

Amy Yancy recently received her certification in micropigmentation and microblading from the Derma Diva Institute in Houston.
Photo by Hunt Mercier/Texarkana Gazette.

"Especially microblading. Once swelling sets in you can't tell how far apart the hair strokes are and you don't want them too close together or they will blur so it's best to stop after swelling sets in and finish at the four-to-six week touch up," she said.

Following after-care instructions closely after receiving a service is important.

"That will determine the longevity and appearance," she said.

The health and safety of her clients in paramount to Amy. All of her supplies are disposable to prevent cross contamination.

Services Amy has available include:

microblading which creates a fuller looking eyebrow by using a semi-permanent tattoo technique. Touch-up are recommended every 12 to 18 months. The cost is $300.

blade and shade is a combination of microblading and manual shading. The cost is $350.

soft tap is less invasive than microblading and it creates a light and natural look. The cost is $300.

permanent eyeliner is $200 for the top only or $300 for top and bottom.

lip blushing is $350.

 No needle filler is $350 per syringe and can be used for fuller lips or to reduce fine lines on the face.

(For more information about Amy's services, find her on Facebook or Instagram.) n

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