Gauthier, or Patricia Shibley-Gauthier, as she is more often known, is the
premier name in micro-pigmentation in Canada.
role as the founder and director of the Micro-Pigmentation Centre in
Mississauga, Ontario, Shibley-Gauthier turns out the country's most highly
skilled technicians in the field. As a workshop leader at conferences around the
world, Shibley-Gauthier helps working professionals deepen their understanding
of colour theory and new advances in techniques, materials, and technology. The
line of pigments she developed herself now numbers fifty-six colours, and is
shipped to thirty-six different countries. Despite her many commitments,
Shibley-Gauthier is generous with her time. She answered a few questions for
this article, and the answers are both encouraging and inspiring for
individuals who may be considering entering the industry.
– applying permanent makeup, or helping to give damaged skin a more natural
appearance – can be a creative and fulfilling career. Clients may include women
seeking help with breast
reconstruction after surgery, or people hoping to camouflage burn scars.
But the largest segment of clientele is women seeking to maximize their natural
beauty with permanent lip liner and augmentation, permanent eyeliner, or
pioneer of the micro-pigmentation industry in Canada,
Shibley-Gauthier helped to shape the field. At the Micro-Pigmentation Centre
she has developed a training program that she describes as "intense and
hands-on and delivers the promises it makes.”
When I asked her for the top three lessons she tries to
impress upon her students, Shibley-Gauthier responded with: "Less is more. Give
yourself the chance to learn it, give us the chance to teach it. What you tattoo into the skin is not necessarily what you see on
But perhaps most telling is
what Shibley-Gauthier says about her proudest achievements. Along with founding
a successful spa and the top micro-pigmentation school in the nation, she lists
another, quieter accomplishment: perfecting and correcting tattoos and
procedures that were unprofessionally done in the first place.
opinion, "Making the client happier than when they first walked in is an
achievement to be proud of in itself.”