In recent years, permanent make-up, known by the abbreviation PMU, has become very popular. It’s no secret that this procedure saves people a lot of time, as there is no need to apply make-up or dye eyebrows every day. As a result, the demand for supplies needed to perform PMU has also significantly increased, particularly for the machines used in this process. ‘Baltik Body Art’ offers products of world famous brands such as ‘Lithuanian Irons’, ‘Microbeau’, ‘Cheyenne’, ‘Bishop’, ‘Mast’ and more.

At first glance, permanent make-up resembles a tattoo. However, there is a crucial difference between these procedures: while the tattoo ink is injected into the deeper layers of the skin, the permanent make-up pigment only remains in the first layer of the skin. Accordingly, the pigment in permanent make-up tends to fade within 1-5 years, depending on individual factors.

There are several things to consider carefully when choosing the perfect permanent make-up machine: the brand’s reputation, your budget, experience in the field, and the range of services you intend to provide. The artists usually use different equipment to perform different types of permanent make-up. To select the most suitable one, you need to understand the features of each device offered – this is exactly what we discuss below.

Classic rotary vs. digital wireless rotary machines

A rotary tattoo machine derives its name from the rotary motor that moves the needles up and down. Rotary machines are among the most compact and lightweight on the market, which is exactly what PMU professionals need. Pen or handle-like models, known as hybrid rotary machines, have been specifically created  for PMU: these machines are also compact, lightweight, and compatible with almost all needles on the market. These machines work similarly to wireless rotary machines, but use traditional cartridges and power supplies.

The digital wireless rotary machine is currently an extremely popular choice among permanent make-up artists. Resembling a pen, this tool has multiple speed settings and typically includes a digital display where you can see the speed settings. At ‘Baltik Body Art’ you can find wireless permanent make-up machines from well-known manufacturers, as well as machines from lesser-known brands, all offered at an affordable price.

How to choose the right speed?

As many rotary device manufacturers provide voltage recommendations for various procedures, this can help you decide what speed to set for the relevant procedures. However, some artists prefer manual speed adjustments, as it is more convenient to control the machine; for such artists, hybrid rotary machines are the preferred choice.

However, it is important to note that cheaper PMU pens may have limitations in power and speed: when selecting one, check the number of revolutions per minute included in machine specifications. This will help you determine how fast the machine can operate. On average, machines work at speeds ranging from 0 to 12,000 revolutions per minute, but there are also models that work at speeds between 8,000 and 25,000 revolutions per minute.

Types of cartridges

Before purchasing a machine, think of the compatibility of needles: does the machine use universal cartridges or require a specific brand? ‘Baltik Body Art’ offers standard type, highest quality tattoo cartridges that are compatible with all machines in our shop. This is a big advantage, because you are not obliged to look for specific cartridges, which are often pricier and suitable for specific machines.

Stroke length 

The length of the needle stroke refers to how far the needle retracts back into the machine, affecting the force of the needle’s impact on the skin. Generally, the longer the stroke length, the more powerful the device, resulting in a stronger impact on the skin. The average needle stroke length for a rotary machine is 3.5-4.5 mm, however, most PMU machines have a needle stroke length of about 2.0-3.0 mm.


What is a PMU machine?

The PMU (permanent make-up) machine is a specialized device used for cosmetic tattooing and micropigmentation procedures. Generally, it is an alternative to hand tools that provides greater precision and control, making it ideal for detailed and long-lasting cosmetic enhancements.

What are the types of PMU machines?

The most popular types of PMU machines include rotary, hybrid rotary and wireless rotary models. Rotary machines are compact and lightweight, just like hybrid rotors. Resembling a pen, hybrid rotary machines are universally compatible with almost all needles on the market, making them a versatile choice for PMU artists. Then, wireless rotary machines have multiple speed settings, but may not be as versatile as hybrid ones. What is more, PMU machines can be either wired or wireless to suit different preferences.

What to consider when selecting a PMU machine?

When choosing a PMU machine, it is essential to consider its type, cartridge compatibility, speed control, power supply, quality and brand reputation – these factors ensure that the machine you choose meets your specific needs and standards of performance and durability.

What about maintenance of the PMU machine?

In order to maintain the longevity of the PMU device, use disposable protective equipment and thoroughly clean and disinfect the device after each use. If recommended by the manufacturer, regular lubrication and sterilization of reusable parts are also necessary.