September 30, 2023 • New Artist

Mastering PMU Pigment Bottle Codes: A Guide for Permanent Makeup Artists

The world of Permanent Makeup (PMU) involves a dizzying array of pigments, each with its unique blend of hues designed to provide a lasting color to your skin. One of the essential things for PMU artists is understanding the PMU pigment bottle codes, a feature often overlooked by beginners. This code provides valuable information about the pigment inside. Here’s how to read it.


1. Identifying the Brand

First things first, the PMU pigment bottle code will often begin with a few letters that represent the brand. Different brands have different notations. For example, if you are using BioTouch pigments, the code might start with ‘BT,’ followed by numbers or other letters.

2. Color Classification

The main body of the pigment bottle code is usually dedicated to the color of the pigment. The color code may come in a combination of letters and numbers. In some brands, the letter signifies the basic color category such as ‘B’ for Brown, ‘G’ for Green, or ‘R’ for Red, followed by numbers signifying the specific hue.

3. Color Intensity and Undertone

In some PMU pigment lines, the codes may also represent the intensity and undertones of the pigment. These could be represented as extra letters or numbers at the end of the code. For instance, ‘D’ could stand for ‘Dark,’ ‘L’ for ‘Light,’ ‘C’ for ‘Cool,’ and ‘W’ for ‘Warm.’

4. Batch and Production Information

All reputable brands will include the production date or batch number on the pigment bottle. This can be especially important when tracking the pigment’s shelf life or in case of a product recall. This part of the code is typically separated from the color information by a dash or a unique character.


Keep in mind that the specifics of how to read a PMU pigment bottle code can vary between brands, and some brands might not include all the details mentioned. It’s crucial to familiarize yourself with the code system of the brand you are using. If in doubt, refer to the manufacturer’s guide or reach out to the brand directly for accurate interpretation.


Learning how to read a PMU pigment bottle codes is an important aspect of mastering your craft as a PMU artist. By doing so, you will be able to select the most suitable pigment for each client’s unique needs, leading to more satisfying results and a successful PMU career.


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