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Aqua Pigments vs. Velvet Pigments: Choosing the Perfect Permanent Makeup Formula

by Teryn Darling June 30, 2023

When it comes to permanent makeup, choosing the right pigment formula is crucial for achieving outstanding results. Aqua® and Velvet® are Li Pigment’s two most popular permanent makeup lines that offer a wide range of pre-neutralized colorants suitable for all skin types and techniques.

Aqua Pigments: Versatile and Long-Lasting

The Aqua brow line has a versatile range of colors designed for both machine and hand tool application. Regardless of the technique or needle you prefer, Aqua pigments deliver consistent and stunning results. However, Aqua isbest for machine users. The unique formulation strikes the perfect balance – not drying too fast or too slow, and neither too thick nor too thin. Over the past year Li has worked tirelessly to get the Aqua pigments to have a thinner more desirable consistency.

With over 23 years of proven excellence, Aqua pigments have gained a reputation for producing amazing healed and aged results. The highly concentrated nature of Aqua pigments ensures greater color saturation, resulting in longer-lasting pigmentation.

Velvet Pigments: Ideal for Manual Method

If you specialize in the manual method or are a microblader, Velvet pigments are an excellent choice! The formula of Velvet pigments differs from Aqua, as it is thicker and stays wet for a longer duration, thanks to higher glycerin content and less water. This unique characteristic of Velvet pigments makes them perfect for techniques like masks or soaks. The thicker consistency also ensures a better grip and control when using a hand tool. However, it is important to note that due to its thickness, Velvet pigments are not recommended for machine work. You can use Velvet with added Soft FX (our dilution solution) to thin them out to use with a machine, but as the Aqua line has comparable colors, we would recommend choosing Aqua!

Choosing the Right Formula for You

Deciding between Aqua and Velvet pigments depends on the techniques you use. If you work exclusively with the manual method, Velvet pigments are tailored to meet your needs, providing exceptional control and longer workability. On the other hand, if you incorporate both manual and machine methods, Aqua pigments are the preferred choice. Their versatility and compatibility with various techniques and needles make them a reliable option for any permanent makeup artist. Plus, with the addition of glycerin, you can make your pigment stay wet longer!

Empower Yourself with Color Education

Selecting the perfect pigment color can be challenging, especially when considering skin undertones and color theory. If you find yourself struggling in this area, we recommend Teryn's recorded online color theory class. This comprehensive 9-hour course focuses solely on color education, empowering you with the knowledge and confidence to make informed decisions when working with pigments.

In the world of permanent makeup, Aqua and Velvet pigments stand out as exceptional choices, each catering to specific preferences and techniques. Aqua pigments offer versatility and longevity, ideal for artists who work with various methods and needles. On the other hand, Velvet pigments are designed specifically for manual methods, providing better control and extended workability. Ultimately, understanding your technique and desired outcomes will guide you in selecting the perfect pigment formula for your permanent makeup journey.

If you have any questions in choosing the right formula for you, please reach out to our Artist Support team at (702)809-8237 or [email protected].



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