A ban on tattooing in Torrance may be modified to allow the application of permanent makeup, in which pigment is added to the skin around eyes, mouths and eyebrows.
On Tuesday, City Council members said they would like to change their 30-year-old ordinance outlawing tattooing to allow both permanent makeup and cosmetic reconstruction, in which pigment is used to hide scars or return damaged skin to more natural tones.
The council told staff members to prepare possible amendments to the city's anti-tattooing law for consideration Dec. 19.
Three cosmetologists were ordered to stop their tattooing services several weeks ago when a woman seeking a business license to offer permanent makeup protested the license's denial by showing city officials advertisements from the three businesses.
Cosmetologist Irene Hatate, who has done permanent makeup and cosmetic reconstruction in her Torrance salon for about four years, appealed to the City Council.