My name is Vanessa Dougherty, owner, lead artist and instuctor here at Restorative Permanent Makeup.
I have been in the cosmetic tattoo industry for over 20 years. Born with a passion for art, I excelled at painting and drawing. At 18 I got hired doing makeup at a local department store and fell in love with makeup application. It was here that I first learned about permanent makeup. I became certified in 2002.
Wanting to learn more, I got hired at a local tattoo shop and became a tattoo artist part time. I continued doing makeup for weddings and special events, and did permanent makeup for a local drs office. I worked all three jobs for several years but eventually I got hired at a plastic surgery center when I was 30 and my permanent makeup business exploded! My experience with makeup coupled with my tattoo artistry skills allowed me to get amazing results for my clients – realistic natural looking results. Working with plastic surgery offices I began to experiment with camouflaging scars and helping to restore areola’s after breast lifts and other reconstructive surgeries.
I am now in my early 40’s and have spent the past 12 years working for more than 3 plastic surgery centers including the Plastic Surgery Institute owned by Dr Ordon and Dr Chopra, from the syndicated tv show “The Doctors”. I recently opened my own location in La Jolla right near the beach where I see clients and operate a permanent makeup academy where I teach classes and workshops.
I love helping others feel beautiful and confident in their own skin and teaching other artists to use their artistic ability to help others so that they can also find a rewarding career. Cosmetic and medical tattoo is my passion.
I can’t wait to see you at my gorgeous new office in La Jolla!
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Vanessa is amazing!!!!!!!
From the moment I met her, I knew I loved her. Vanessa’s energy is what I enjoy to be around. She is crazy talented!!!
First, we had an extensive consultation about what I was looking for and she also gave her opinion and made suggestions. She took the time to explain everything about the procedure and what she would be doing and what I should expect while healing. We had great conversations while she did my brows. I was so in love with my brows and built so much trust with her that I scheduled to have my lip color done as well.
I own a Hair Salon and so being in the beauty industry I am often asked if I have recommendations for permanent makeup artist. Vanessa is the absolute only number I give out and on a daily basis, her work is complimented. I love Vanessa and will always promote her!
Twenty years ago I had one of the first laser treatments on my face, unfortunately very badly done. I was embarrassed every day by the loss of pigmentation in very obvious places.
A friend suggested Vanessa, and I felt I had tried everything but I thought I would give it one more try. She did a wonderful job of adding color just where it was needed. No one will ever again know of the pain I went through, because my face appears entirely normal.
My excitement with her work caused me to have her add eyeliner and lip color. Now my makeup looks better, and without it I still look very good. I have also had some sunspots and scars covered up!
I recommend Vanessa with full confidence and a smile in my heart!
Vanessa is incredibly talented!
Vanessa has changed my confidence in the way that she has defined my eyebrows but also camouflaged my surgery scars! This woman is so compassionate and understanding but also extremely talented and creates a whole level of confidence with her work! There are places that you cannot even tell I ever had a scar thanks to her!