Permanent Makeup Consent Form: Why You Really Need One?

By Katarina V.| Last updated on October 25, 2022
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⏱️ 4 min read

For artists who are fresh out of training, the process of starting your PMU business might get overwhelming and confusing. Luckily, PMUHub is here to help!

One of the very important points that may not have been explained thoroughly during your training is all the paperwork that has to be taken care of before you give your client fabulous brows or an on point permanent eyeliner. The permanent makeup consent form is an extremely important step in the process.

Keep reading to find out what the semi-permanent makeup consent form is, what should it look like, and why you should always insist on the client’s signature(s).

Please Note: This article serves to provide artists with general information regarding the permanent makeup consent form. Always make sure you check all state guidelines and modify the wording and contents of the form so as to comply.

What is the permanent makeup consent form?

The PMU consent form is a document which confirms your client has been made aware of all the details of the procedure itself, the possible outcomes, the risks involved, all contraindications, and that they’ve given their consent.

It also contains client information, and may contain other parts, such as information on aftercare your client should agree to obey and confirm with their signature, and some details regarding payment, like whether the touch up is included in the initial price or not.

You need your client to confirm that they’re over the age of 18, although in some states where PMU falls under the category of tattooing, minors can get the procedure provided they have parental consent. Another crucial fact you need confirmed is that they’re not pregnant and breastfeeding, as getting PMU while pregnant is not safe.

What is the permanent makeup consent form?

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Why is the permanent makeup consent form important?

The PMU consent form is the only way to protect yourself and your business from liabilities should anything go wrong during the procedure, or should the client be unsatisfied with the results.

It confirms that you’ve made your client aware of all aspects of the procedure – the nature, risks, and possible complications and consequences. This implies informing your client what the procedure looks like, what health hazards are involved, and that the results may end up unsatisfactory. Always make sure your client has understood all this information before you start the procedure.

By signing the form, the client agrees to the risks and you can’t be held accountable if anything goes wrong or they don’t like the results.

If you apply permanent makeup on a minor knowing that they were a minor and without having been provided with parental consent, or if you’ve done the procedure on a pregnant client knowing they were pregnant and it leads to any complications, you can get sued.

What should the permanent makeup consent form look like?

If you’re not very versed in legal documentation, don’t worry, there’s a permanent makeup consent form template that is quite simple.

Most artists insist on a two-part consent form. The first part of the document serves to obtain the following client information:

  • Name
  • Gender
  • Date of birth
  • Phone number
  • Address
  • Email address
  • Emergency contact

The client must also confirm that they are over the age of 18, and that they are not currently pregnant or breastfeeding.

The second part should state that:

  • the client has been made aware of the nature and risks of the procedure
  • that the client has disclosed all relevant information that may affect the final result and that they take full responsibility should the procedure fail in any way,
  • that they’ve been informed about the pre- and post-care instructions and that they agree to follow them
  • that they release the technician – you – from liability

It’s a good idea to include a list of conditions that could cause unsatisfactory results, like psoriasis, rosacea, or even recent use of certain products.

It goes without saying, this document is only valid once it’s been signed by hand by the client.

Please Note: This is a general outline and that the wording and contents of the form may vary from state to state, and may need to be modified according to procedure. If you’re not sure what you need to include in the form, consulting an insurance expert or a lawyer is advised.

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Where can I get a consent form for permanent makeup?

You can find a printable permanent makeup consent form in PDF version online, or you can write your own, just make sure you include all necessary information, statements, and that your wording is clear. 

Modify the information following your state guidelines and adapt the health hazard section according to the procedure.

Other important forms

Recent medical history

It’s very important for your client to fill out a recent medical history questionnaire or checklist. This form serves to obtain information on their medical history, i.e.:

  • if they suffer from any illness or condition at the time of the procedure,
  • if they’re prone to allergic reactions,
  • if they’re taking any medication or supplements,
  • if they’ve recently undergone other treatments that may interfere with the results of PMU, etc.

Patch test consent

Some artists go a step further and insist on the client signing a color patch test for permanent makeup consent form, which absolves them from liability should the client get an allergic reaction as a result of the patch test.

Photography (and videography) release consent

If you’re planning on using the client’s before & after pics, make sure they sign a photography release consent – a short form stating that they allow you to use their photos and post them online.

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