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What Speed Setting to Use for Your PMU Procedures

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Artists often ask for device speed recommendations for brows, eyeliner, or lip procedures. How do you determine the proper speeds for the procedure? Contrary to what a lot of people believe when they are first starting out, there are actually no right settings as there are various factors involved in selecting the ideal speed setting. 

Here’s a basic guideline to help you decide where to start!

  • Device & Needles: The first step to a successful execution is having a quality and reliable tool. Devices with weak or unstable motors will have difficulty depositing pigment into the skin properly which might result in having to use a higher speed and creating more trauma. Proper needle selection and quality cartridges are also a must. Using a larger needle grouping will also require a higher speed.
  • Skin condition: Always assess your client’s skin type first.
    • If the skin is sensitive where it would easily bruise or bleed, start at a lower speed to create less trauma. 
    • If the skin is thicker or has scar tissue, start at a higher speed because you need more power to puncture through.
  • Type of work
    • Lining - Always start from a lower speed as linings are created with high-density dots. Starting with high speed may create error and trauma.
    • Shading - Start with a higher speed as shading usually requires faster hand movement.

*Note that the result depends on the speed of the machine but also the speed of your hand movement.


Looking for a new device? Our new HIRA wireless device has four preset speed settings ranging from 90 to130 PPS (puncture per second) with precise needle control. HIRA features a 2mm stroke and ergonomic grip, perfect for all types of permanent makeup procedures. 

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