Can You Get Pixels with Iron Oxide Pigments?

by Teryn Darling December 29, 2022

Pixels. You know, those beautiful dots that create an almost dusted topical makeup effect. Can you create them with iron oxide pigments?

Over the past few months I’ve heard too many people claim that you can’t achieve pixels when you use an iron oxide pigment. This just isn’t true! You can achieve a beautiful healed pixelated brow with both carbon based and iron oxide pigments.

The pixels aren’t created because of the kind of pigment you use. Pixels are made when a few things are combined: proper depth, proper needle configuration, and good artist technique.

Say your car was making a sound and you took it to the mechanic only for them to blame the kind of car you had for the sound instead of using their knowledge of cars to fix the issue. You wouldn’t fault the car for the issue, you’d fault the mechanic for not having the proper knowledge to be able to fix it.

The same applies to Permanent Makeup. Our machines, needles, and pigments are all tools for us to use in order to achieve an amazing healed result. It is on us, the Permanent Makeup artist, to have the proper knowledge and use the right needle, at the proper depth, with the right technique to create the work we envision because when it comes down to it, pixels are created through the artist's technique, not through the kind of pigment used.

Beautiful pixels can be created with both organic and inorganic pigment lines. I’ve used both and have seen amazing results with both kinds of pigments. The Girlz at my studio also use both and have created beautiful pixels with both. Michon has been able to create some absolutely stunning pixels with Aqua, Li Pigment’s inorganic pigment line, and some downright gorgeous pixels with Loaded, Li Pigment’s organic pigment line.

If you hear someone say that pixels can’t possibly be created with iron oxide pigments, please know that’s not true! Remember: pixels are created through artist technique, not the kind of pigment chosen and used.



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