An eyeliner tattoo is created by applying ink along the water line with a tattooing technique to create an eyeliner illusion. It’s a treatment that eliminates the need for daily eyeliner application. The ink is permanent, although it needs retouch every 3-5 years. Eyeliner tattoos come in several forms, ranging from incredibly thin and natural-looking lines to thicker.

The procedure starts with a template so you can determine which styles suit your eye shape the best. The designer uses less-permanent ink as a type of trial run for a final style.

The advantages of getting an eyeliner tattoo include not using makeup and improving your eye shape. In terms of aesthetic treatments, the procedure lasts around two to five years before requiring a touch-up, which is rather long. Finally, this process does not require eyelashes. It is a popular treatment for patients with sparse lashes, hair loss, and alopecia who want to enhance their eye area.

The method for tattooing eyeliner is relatively safe, but you must choose a certified specialist you can trust. It’s advisable to check with your dermatologist first to see if you’re a good candidate. Individuals may experience adverse responses to the dyes employed, irritation as a result of the operation, or end up with an unsatisfactory appearance.

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Before Care

  • NO Alcohol consumption prior to procedure – It will cause more sensitivity and possible pinpoint bleeding.
  • NO ASPIRIN or Vitamin E – No “blood Thinners” …for 3 days prior
  • You may want to take an oral antihistamine (i.e. Benadryl) one hour prior to treatment
  • Delicate skin or sensitive areas may redden or swell slightly, therefore, it is advised to not make social plans for the same day.

OUTER HEALING TIME completes in about 3-5 days for the eyes

INNER HEALING TIME completes in about 3-4 weeks for the eyes

  • Eyes will appear swollen for a couple of days similar to that of crying.
  • How easily a person bruises and swells may be affected by age, food and meds consumed, and
    hormonal cycles.
  • If unwanted hair is normally removed in the area to be treated, any waxing should be done at least 24 hours prior to your procedure; electrolysis no less than five days. Do not resume any method of hair removal for a week after a procedure.
  • If you wear contact lenses and are having an eyeliner procedure, do not wear your lenses to your appointment and do not replace them until the day following your procedure.
  • You may wish to ask your physician for a prescription for 400 mgs. of ZOVIRAX or ACYCLOVIR. This should be taken 2 times a day for 2 days before and 4 days after the procedure; a total of six days (6) days. (Or as prescribed by your physician). This protocol may prevent or minimize an outbreak.
  • For those wanting an alternative approach, the amino acid L-Lysine is available at health food stores and the dosage should be increased to double the recommended and taken 4 days prior and 4 days after the procedure.
  • Permanent makeup will appear extremely intense and thick immediately following the procedure.
  • The excess pigment is shed off over the next couple of days. Colors will continue to soften over the next couple of months.
  • It will start to show more after 3 weeks as the internal healing completes. This is normal!

NOTE: Permanent cosmetic procedures are affected by the canvas (your skin) that they are performed on. If your skin is sun-damaged (even from tanning beds), thick and uneven in texture, or excessively dry or oily, the result cannot be expected to be perfect after the initial procedure. Scars on the lips from fever blisters cause pigment removal. Lifestyle, medications, smoking, metabolism, facial surgery, and age of skin all contribute to fading. Touch-ups are needed 30 days after your initial procedure to ensure the best result and to keep your permanent cosmetics looking the best. Your procedure maintenance, as outlined in your pre and post procedure directions, is very important.

After Care

  • Keep Fingers off of the eye! The bacteria on the fingers and hands may cause “pink eye” which is a bacterial eye infection.
  • Only use the Vaseline/ointment provided to you after the procedure for 10 days, or as needed, you cannot over-use them.
  • Eyeliner can and will have some residual pigment that may peel or flake off after a couple days (in most cases)
  • After the touch-up, the color stays better and last even longer
  • Eyeliner will take 2-3 procedures!

Day 1 – Swollen, like you’ve been crying, with a heavier eye makeup look

Day 2 – Swollen, usually for a few hours after waking up, with the heavier eye makeup look continuing

Day 3 – Swelling decreases with a tight feeling. The pigment begins to lift away from the skin.

Day 4 – There is a “pinching” feeling. Some itching is normal as the skin begins to flake. DO NOT PICK AT IT! Blinking movements of the eye usually removes all excess pigment by this day.