Why am I a fan of curved magnums? The curved magnum changed my artistry. Back when I started in the PMU world, I was using a machine that only proprietary cartridge needles would fit into. What that meant was that I was limited to certain needle groupings. Learning permanent makeup was hard enough, but these needles just didn't make sense to me....they were suppose to be my paint brushes so to speak and they didn't speak to me.
I ventured out and bought a tattoo machine that accepted several cartridge needle configurations in all shapes and sizes. I remember trying a 23 curved magnum on a practice pad. I thought how much quicker my procedures would be and the ease of creating a smooth pattern seemed effortless. As I continued to try different configurations such a larger round shaders 9,11 etc. I was continually impressed with the magnums. A 13 curved magnum for cosmetic procedures and larger such as a 17 curved magnum for areola tattooing...
This chart helps you pay attention to your hand speed, machine speed, and hand movements when using liners for a liner effect and shaders for a shaded effect.
It also shows how you can use:
A great go-to chart is just the beginning!