As a micropigmentation artist we may observe a client’s skin tone by the Fitzpatrick Skin typing.

Fitzpatrick skin typing is a method that looks at and considers the following when determining a client’s skin color:

  • Client’s skin color
  • Hair color
  • Eye color
  • Ethnicity
  • An individual’s reaction to unprotected sun exposure

Bizarrely the clients determined Fitzpatrick skin typing may differ from their Lip Fitzpatrick skin color. It is not unusual for a person of dark skin to have lighter color lips. This should not however be confused by a V or VI type who has areas on their lips which are lighter or geographical in appearance. These clients are generally NOT suitable for lip procedures.


  1. Determine Your Clients Fitzpatrick Skin Type Finding your clients’ skin type is one of the first steps to understanding and working with their skin. The most common classification model is the Fitzpatrick Skin Type model. This model was developed in 1975 by Thomas B. Fitzpatrick. The Fitzpatrick scale’s original purpose was to estimate the response of different skin types to ultraviolet light to administer light therapy for skin conditions namely Eczema, Psoriasis, Vitiligo, and others. The Fitzpatrick Skin Type model is still widely used for dermatological research into human skin pigmentation
  2. Find Your Clients Skin Color Determining your client’s skin color can help you as a PMU Artist, to choose the right permanent makeup pigments and assist your client’s skincare specialist in creating a skincare plan. Locating your clients skin type can sometimes be done using resources like the chart overleaf.
  3. Don’t Forget About Eye and Hair Color When factoring in skin type, think about all the attributes. Your clients’ eyes and hair color can tell you more about their genetic makeup than just their skin pigmentation. Our hair and eye color provide clues into our genetic composition, and these are important