Those who are tired of applying lipstick, eye liner and eyebrow pencil every day may soon be able to get permanent cosmetics applied in Niles.
At its Tuesday meeting, the Niles village board approved changing the village's zoning code to allow cosmetic tattooing, but only for those at least 18 years.
"Cosmetic tattooring is different than regular tattooing. It puts...pigmentation around the eyes, lips and cheeks. It looks like cosmetics," said Trustee Andrew Przybylo.
He was informing fellow trustees about what had been discussed by the Building and Zoning Committee, which he chairs.
The village's zoning code does not allow regular tattooing, but the cosmetic tattooing would be allowed within salons, Przybylo said.
Rich Wlodarski of the village's Community Development Department said cosmeticians who perform cosmetic tattooing are regulated and licensed by the state.
Trustee Chris Hanusiak brought up the idea of requiring a minimum age of 18 (or with a parent's or guardian's permission) for customers who want the beauty-enhancing procedure. The following day, however, Wlodarski researched the state law and found it already requires customers who have the procedure to be at least 18 years old.
Two women from the Kim Sun Young Beauty Salon Inc. at 9369 N. Milwaukee Avenue came to the village's Buidling and Zoning commiteee meeting on Oct. 21, 2011 to express interest in offering cosmetic tattooing.
At that time, according to the minutes, a salon employee identified as Amanda told the committee that the needle used for cosmetic tattooing is different than regular tattooing, and only punctures one layer of skin, while regular tattooing punctures three. Consequently, cosmetic tattoing fades within a one to two year period, she said. She added that the salon would be regulated and inspected by the Illinois Department of Public Health.