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"Throughout my career, I have remained committed to delivering excellence. I have a deep passion for my craft and genuine care for my clients, which when teamed with the highest level of professionalism, my aim is to deliver unparalleled performance within the vibrant and ever-evolving world of permanent makeup.”

About Gwendoline Johnston

US Master Certified Permanent Makeup Practitioner


As our founder, master certified specialist, Gwendoline Johnston, is one of the most experienced, knowledgeable, and trusted names in the industry. Her decades of experience include training, speaking at the most prominent events, and pioneering numerous techniques used by countless artists both in South Africa and internationally.

Gwendoline Johnston requires little introduction given her extensive career in the beauty industry which began in 1987 with intense studies in the cosmetics and skincare industry. In January 2000 she qualified and began practicing as a Permanent Make-up Aesthetician at a busy salon in Eastgate. During October 2013, she attained the American Institute of Intradermal Cosmetics (AIIC) Masters Certification. Gwendoline has keeps up to date with the latest international techniques and trends, attending numerous local and international Advanced Permanent Makeup seminars, conferences and workshops.

Gwendoline’s vast knowledge and experience attained over the past twenty-one years, together with a thorough understanding of skin and colour, has placed her in the confident position to teach, present, advise and perform in all areas of advanced permanent make-up, including para-medical applications. Ongoing education is really important to us and we attend as many Advanced Permanent Makeup training seminars, master classes, conferences and workshops wherever possible.

Permanent Makeup by Gwendoline is affiliated with local and international Plastic Surgeons, Dermatologists, Specialists and Medical Spa’s.

“I am passionate about empowering fellow Technicians and sharing my knowledge to improve and perfect your procedures. I offer affordable hands-on advanced training either 1-on-1 or in a small groups of qualified Technicians in order to give each person maximum individual attention.”

Accreditations obtained to date, includes the following:

  • May 2020 - Certification Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) 100%
  • August 2019 - Masterclass Eyebrow Creation and Ethnic Lips - Sunsara, Moscow100%
  • August 2019 - 2019 PCASA Conference Guest Speaker “Brow Shaping & Symmetry100%
  • April 2016 - August 2019 - PCASA international Conference100%
  • August 2018 - Gold Sponsor PCASA PMU Conference100%
  • August 2018 - PCASA INTERNATIONAL PERMANENT MAKEUP CONFERENCE AND CHAMPIONSHIP 2018100%
  • June 2018 – Masterclass - Aquarelle Lips and Magic Liner (Master Sviatoslav Otchenash)100%
  • November 2017 – Conquest – Expert in Aesthetic Dermatology100%
  • October 2017 – OSHA Compliant BloodBorne Pathogens International Certification (annually renewed) 100%
  • July 2017 – Genop – Master Class – Skinnovations – Dr Andrew Christie100%
  • May 2017 – Medical Piercing100%
  • May 2017 – Advanced Specialist – 123-Tattoo-Free (Tattoo Removal)100%
  • August 2016 – AIIC Masters Conference100%
  • August 2016 – Master Microblading100%
  • June 2016 – Advanced ParaMedical Procedures 100%
  • May 2016 – Advanced Paramedical Workshop 100%
  • April 2016 – Advanced Harmony of the Lips – Diana Gulan (Romania)100%
  • December 2015 – NPM HFS (Hair Follicle Simulation) Training100%
  • June 2015 – Commenced training – 3D Microblade Eyebrow Training – Nationally100%
  • May 2015 – Developed the 3D Microblade Eyebrow Course material & Student Manual100%
  • September 2014 – Advanced Micro-Needling course with Doc Lance Setterfield100%
  • November 2014 – International World Permanent Makeup Conference (Amsterdam)100%
  • March 2014 – AIIC Advanced CIT Dry Needling100%
  • February 2014 – Advanced Chemical Tattoo Removal 100%
  • October 2013 – Awarded American Institute of Intradermal Cosmetics Master Certification – Permanent Makeup & Paramedical Specialist Practitioner100%
  • October 2013 – Advanced Dry Needling / Microneedling 100%
  • Sept 2013 – AIIC Advanced Course in Intradermal Cosmetics.100%
  • Sept 2013 – AIIC ParaMedical Certification100%
  • August 2013 – Advanced Rejuvi Tattoo Removal 100%
  • October 2011 – AIIC Advanced Workshop in Intradermal Cosmetics100%
  • April 2007 – Certificate of Attendance in the US-based, AIIC Certified Advanced Intradermal Cosmetics 100%
  • January 2000 – Certificate of Excellence in Advanced Course – Intradermal Cosmetics at Premier Permanent 100%