The Fundamentals - Course Bundle

$650 - 12 Month Access

Are you new to PMU or need PMU fundamental training? These fundamental courses are essential for beginners and anyone seeking core knowledge. Three courses are included in this bundle: Machine & Movements, Needle Theory, and Color Theory.

In the Machine & Movements Course, you will learn everything you will need to know about machines and the six core movements used in PMU. In this course I will teach you everything you need to know about machines. I will provoke your thoughts on many different levels.  Although the only thing I cannot do…is actually put a machine in your hand, this course is so in-depth, detailed and stimulating, I feel confident you will leave this course with a very good understanding of what you need and want in a machine. 

The Needle Theory Course will go over choosing and using the right needle for each procedure you are doing. Choosing the right needle directly impacts our work and our results. Teryn is one of the select few cosmetic tattoo artists who learned the dying art of needle making and for years every procedure she performed was done with a needle she made. She understands the importance and complexities of tattoo needles. With thousands of procedures to her credit, Teryn will guide you through the science of needles ensuring that the outcome of your procedures becomes more predictable. She will give you the insight necessary to analytically and artistically explore the heart of procedure perfection…the needle.

The PMU Color Theory Course is all about Color Theory, Skin Undertones, Corrections, The Science of Pigments and so much more. Color Theory is one of the most important topics a PMU artist must learn. The face is what we tattoo and we must learn the color and undertone aspects of it.  It is our responsibility to learn it and to understand it.  Color Theory can also be one of the hardest topics to learn and understand.  This course will change all that for you and empower you with knowledge and confidence. 

Machine and Movements: The Manual to Machine Conversion Course by Teryn Darling

When I picked up my permanent makeup machine for the very first time, loaded the needle, turned it on and started tattooing an eyebrow…I knew right there and then this was exactly what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.  That was almost twenty-one years ago and during those twenty-one years I developed a tattoo machine obsession. My machine obsession may have started during my body tattoo apprenticeship when one day I walked into the shop and my brand-new coil machine was in pieces on my work station.  I was told to put it back together again in perfect running order if I want to “get on skin” that day.  It may have taken me a while to accomplish that task…but I did it.

Since then, I’ve used numerous types of machines from many different manufacturers and have never been able to settle on just one. 

My obsession went beyond how the machine felt in my hand or the level of work I could produce with a machine…I wanted to know and completely understand all the mechanics, complexities and layers to the different machines.

If you are new to permanent makeup or body tattooing, or if you started out as a microblader or hand tool artist, crossing over to machine can very intimidating.  Machines are expensive and there are so many to choose from, so how do you know which machine will be a great machine for you?

In this course I will teach you everything you need to know about machines. I will provoke your thoughts on many different levels.  Although the only thing I cannot do…is actually put a machine in your hand, this course is so in-depth, detailed and stimulating, I feel confident you will leave this course with a very good understanding of what you need and want in a machine. 

What good is a machine in your hand if you do not know how to move that machine?  I will teach you the six core machine movements used in all the PMU procedures; The Hair Stroke Movement, Circles, Whip Shading, Pendulum, Pointillism and Shoveling.

This course is loaded with written content, a downloadable handout, and video tutorials. This course will help develop you into the versatile and badass machine artist you want to be.

Machine and Movements - Course Highlights

In this course you will learn and receive:

Color Theory Course by Teryn Darling

Color Theory is one of the most important topics a PMU artist must learn. The face is what we tattoo and we must learn the color and undertone aspects of it.  It is our responsibility to learn it and to understand it.  Color Theory can also be one of the hardest topics to learn and understand.  This course will change all that for you and empower you with knowledge and confidence. 

This PMU Color Theory Course is all about Color Theory, Skin Undertones, Corrections, The Science of Pigments and so much more.   This is a pre-recorded webinar class that is 9 hours long. That’s right…over 9 hours of pure color theory education.  This class has become the highest referred and regarded Color Theory Class in the industry today.

As a versatile artist with a large, diversified clientele, Teryn has combined her experience in the skin along with her knowledge of pigments and undertones to create an in-depth, detailed and interesting class that will leave you awestruck with a whole new confidence in this topic. 

Teryn will briefly introduce you to the owners of Li Pigments and their company.  Darlene and Mytia Story are not only proud black women who have been dedicated to and serving the PMU for the last 28 years, they are mother and daughter.   

Then you will dive into The Science of Pigments, scientific facts about organics, iron oxides, lightfastness, titanium, MRI’s, and so much more.

Teryn will then walk you through the Aqua and MicroEdge line, and go deep into modifiers…why they are important, how to use, when to use them and how much to use.  Although this section is pertaining to Li Pigments formulations, Teryn teaches it in a way that it can be applied to any pigment line.

The Skin Undertones portion of this class is mind blowing with how Teryn teaches every aspect of it.  This section will change your life as a PMU artist.   Cool, Neutral and Warm…Teryn explains it all in a way that it’s easily understood, in a way that will make choosing pigments easier than ever before.  Not only does she explain Cool skin tones, she developed an easy to understand formula of three different levels of cool…very interesting and very detailed.

The course finishes up with the Correction section. Every PMU artist at some point will get called upon to fix bad work.  It is very rewarding work and it’s important to understand how to do it properly.

This course will also provide you with a downloadable Handout and  Training Certificate.

Color Theory - Course Highlights

1.  The Science of Pigments:   The facts about pigments are taught in this section.  Learn the difference between Iron Oxides and Organics,  Titanium,  Carbon and how to avoid the risk of migration, MRI and MRI reactions and so much more. This is a very interesting section and information all techs should know.

2.  Li Pigment Brow and Modifier Colors:   If you use Li Pigments Aqua line this will absolutely teach you all about the colors in this line and how to use them.  Teryn goes deep into modifiers and dispels all the myths surrounding modifiers. Learn when you really do have to add warmth to a target color and how much to add.  If you do not use Li Pigments you will still find this segment very interesting and gain alot of knowledge as Teryn teaches this in a way every single artist can relate it to the line they do use.

3.  Identifying Skin Undertones and Color Corrections:  In order to pick the right color and in order to know if you need to add any warmth at all…you need to learn and completely understand the skin undertone and overtone.  Teryn will simplify the complicated and forever change the way you look at skin.  This segment  will be a true mind blowing segment full of so many moments that will give you the confidence and skill needed to assess skin and choose the right color no matter what pigment line you use…because it is universal information taught only the way Teryn can teach it.

4. Corrections:  Most technicians are reporting that correcting eyebrows is almost 50% of their paid work.   In this segment Teryn will teach you exactly how to correct blue, gray, green, red, pink, orange and purple brows….all the colors that will come knocking on your door.  You will learn corrective modifiers inside and out and exactly which modifier to use and how to use it in order to turn any color eyebrow back to an attractive brow color.  This is an important segment to all technicians and it will give you the skill set to help those that need it.

Whether you are performing the powder brow, hair stroke with machine or the micro-bladed brow. This is a must have class for every single PMU tech no matter what pigment line you use.  All students will be provided with a detailed downloadable handout and a certificate. 

The Needle & The Prick® Course by Teryn Darling

The ultimate needle course. To just simply pick up any needle at random and hope it will create the kind of work you are wanting is a big gamble…even if you are skilled in your procedures.  Choosing and using the right needle for each procedure you are doing will allow you to work with ultimate efficiency, complete the procedure faster and achieve a more predictable healed result.  When we work more efficiently and spend less time in the skin…less trauma is caused to the skin and our work heals better.

Cosmetic tattoo artists have the important task of selecting the appropriate needle diameter size, count, taper and configuration for every procedure performed. The needle dictates the footprint left behind in the skin so choosing the right needle is crucial not only to achieve the artistic result wanted, but again…to tattoo every procedure with efficiency. 

Choosing the right needle directly impacts our work and our results. Teryn is one of the select few cosmetic tattoo artists who learned the dying art of needle making and for years every procedure she performed was done with a needle she made. She understands the importance and complexities of tattoo needles. With thousands of procedures to her credit, Teryn will guide you through the science of needles ensuring that the outcome of your procedures becomes more predictable. She will give you the insight necessary to analytically and artistically explore the heart of procedure perfection…the needle.

The Needle & The Prick - Course Highlights

This course offers an in depth and engaging theory portion that delivers important needle education that every PMU artist should know.  Topics from the theory portion were organized into detailed, written chapters for easy to find information. This course also contains over 6 hours of video.  In this course you will learn:

Course Trainer - Teryn Darling

Teryn Darling has been a cosmetic tattoo artist for over 19 years. Her background and experience in body tattooing elevated her to be one of the most skilled, versatile and standout PMU artists in the industry.

Accompanying her reputation as being an amazing artist, Teryn is known all over the world as one of the top educators and speakers on several industry topics such as Needles, Color Theory, Skin Undertones and Pigment Removal. She spent years making her own tattoo needles, a long-time student of color theory and one of the innovators of pigment removal. Teryn is responsible for developing safe and effective techniques to remove migrated eyeliners and freshly done procedures… both in which she was told can not be done. Well… she did it and is now teaching these new techniques to other artists.

She owns the Girlz Ink Studio® along with her partner Kat in Las Vegas where she proudly trained and now houses several top artists. She became the master distributor for Li Pigments® in 2011 and with that she started and cultivated the Girlz Ink® Supply Store. She is a founding partner in Shades and Strokes®… the first and longest running brow class to incorporate all techniques into one class… powder brow, machine hairstroke and microblading. She is a founding partner in Skinful Beauty® which is producing some of the best and most innovative pmu products in the industry today. She is a founding partner of America The Beautiful PMU Conference® and now the Girlz Ink On-line Academy®. All this while still staying at the top of her game with her procedure skills, remaining a badass trainer, humble and down to earth. She is one of the hardest working people in our industry, she is beloved and a mentor to many.

Although Teryn is an innovator, formulator, distributor, entrepreneur and so much more… she considers herself an artist and educator/trainer above all. She has taken all of her knowledge, all that she has experienced and all that she has to give to other artists and put it all together right here on the Girlz Ink Academy. She has brought her high standards of education, training and mentorship to this academy and is confident it will help and nurture artists of all types to reach new levels in their own work.