Before Getting Tattooed Eyeliner
Is permanent eyeliner just like a traditional tattoo?
First of all, it’s important to note that permanent eyeliner isn’t really permanent (more on that later). It’s just the term that the industry uses, and is more accurately semi-permanent.
Permanent makeup is sometimes also referred to as tattooed makeup because the process is similar to getting a regular body art tattoo: A needle is used to deposit ink into the skin.
The ink used for regular body tattoos is formulated differently and “goes much deeper,”
There are reasons to be cautious, especially if you’re on Accutane.
Aside from the difference in inks and techniques, the preparation for permanent or semi-permanent makeup application is “basically just like any other tattoo,”
As such, it carries the same risks and contraindications that would apply to a regular body tattoo, he said.
Noted that if you’re looking to have any Botox or other injections in the eye area, you should definitely get that done before having the eyeliner applied. You should also make sure you’re fully healed at least two weeks before you’re scheduled to have your liner applied.
And if you’re pregnant or nursing, or have diabetes or other serious illnesses that affect your immune system and ability to heal, you may not be an ideal candidate
If you’re already taking medication, it’s a good idea to speak to your doctor about it before you go ahead with your permanent or semi-permanent makeup application. For instance, if you’re using Accutane (or other retinoids), you need to be off the medication for six months before you can have permanent or semi-permanent makeup applied. (Accutane, the brand name for isotretinoin, has been thought to interfere with wound healing.
Your lash extensions have got to go.
Remove them at least one or two days (or up to a week, to be extra safe) before you have the cosmetic ink applied. If the extensions are removed too close to the appointment, there may be glue left behind on the lash line, which could interfere with the ink.
Meyer added that lash extensions can be reapplied once the liner has healed.
Leave your contact lenses out, too.
If you wear contacts, you need to take them out before the procedure. You should also be prepared not to wear them for a few days after.Your eyes may be a little swollen or tender following the application.
There’s more than one type of eyeliner to choose from.
Everyone we spoke to explained that there are generally two permanent eyeliner styles.
First is the LASH ENHANCEMENT, which involves adding the pigment between the layers of your eyelashes to darken your lash line, leaving you with a subtle lash enhancement. This option is “a lot [thinner] than an eyeliner, and it’s considered very natural-looking,”
Then there’s eyeliner, which is “a step above” the LASH ENHANCEMENT (first photo)
It’s called CLASSIC EYELINER (second photo), “the pigment is actually applied above the lash line and it’s drawn almost as if you were to put a liquid eyeliner on. It’s mostly for people who wear that look on a daily basis and they want to stop having to do it.”
The technician will work with the client and take into account their facial features to determine what size and shape the eyeliner should be.
How long does the procedure take?
Traditional eyeliner, it can be done in one hour, including numbing and pre-drawing, but if they want a wing or cat eye, it would take longer.”
Clients can expect to be with her for about two hours, including for the numbing process, which takes about 30 minutes. For a stronger eyeliner line, it could take two and a half to three hours.
What about the pain? Does it hurt?
A numbing cream is applied to the area prior to the actual procedure. Once the effects of the cream kick in, the whole process should theoretically be pretty painless.
However, everyone has a different pain tolerance, which means some people might find the procedure to be only minimally uncomfortable, while others may find it to be very painful (even with a numbing cream)
For comparison’s sake, Meyer said she’s spoken to some clients who’ve said their eyeliner procedure was more painful than microblading, though she also noted they’ve never had any clients who needed to stop in the middle of an application because of the pain.
What’s the healing process like?
Once you get your eyeliner applied, there’s really no down time. You can leave and go about your daily tasks and even drive yourself home. The one thing you can’t do is wear makeup, especially mascara (which is pretty much full of bacteria after the first use). It is advised against going to saunas or pools as well.
You may experience some scabbing as your liner heals, but it will likely be minimal. If you do have scabbing, do not pick it off.
“You just notice little black flakes fall out of your eyelashes over the course of a couple days,”
Lash enhancement should generally heal within three to seven days, but a classic eyeliner application may take seven to 10 days.
You should definitely avoid touching or rubbing your eyes while they heal, so you don’t spread any germs or bacteria around the area.
How long does it last? And if you hate it, will it ever fully disappear?
The “tattooed” eyeliner could last two or three years. However, the pigment will eventually fade. Clients should come back after about a year to get touch-ups.
If you eventually decide you don’t want the eyeliner, it’s possible for it to completely fade in within three years. Everyone’s skin holds the pigment differently, so it’s tough to say how long it will take for the liner to become invisible.
By Julia Brucculieri, HuffPost US