Choosing Your Needle Configuration
Choosing the Needle Grouping
Liners, Shaders, and Mags, Oh My!
When choosing a needle grouping, I want to keep in mind my client’s desired outcome.
- Does she want a definite lip liner?
- I’ll use a small RL “Round Liner” like a 3RL-5RL (Machine Cartridge)
- Double Row Shader with more taps for more definition and saturation (Manual)
- I’ll use a shader like a 5RS-7RS “Round Shader” (Machine Cartridge)
- Does she want soft color or a lipstick-look?
- I’ll use a larger Magnum configuration like a 9CM or 11CM (Machine Cartridge)
- Always choose a CURVED magnum for lips so that the edges are rounded
- Flats, M1, M2 and any other squared configurations have sharp edges that can cause damage and trauma
- To deposit less color with a CM cartridge, use less shading movements such as circles. Instead, pixelate the color with slow pendulum or whip shading.
- For Machine, I may also use a 7RS “Round Shader” to fill instead of a CM. I would do this for smaller lips.
“ Lipstick Look?
- I’ll Use a smaller Magnum configuration like a 5CM or a 7CM (Machine Cartridge)
- Again, Always a CM “Curved Magnum”
- For Machine, I may also use a large RS “Round Shader” like a 8-9RS to fill instead of a CM. I would do this if I wanted to use tight circular shading for heavy saturation.
- To deposit more pigment, use more circular shading and cross hatching to fully saturate the lip tissue.
- Remind client that subsequent visits may be necessary to achieve desired look
^^During your client consultation, you should be asking these questions and planning your approach