Eyeliner Tattoo – Everything you need to know

Eyeliner Cosmetic Tattoo with Wing

What it is an eyeliner tattoo?

An eyeliner tattoo is a cosmetic tattoo which can last for many years. Black pigment made from iron oxides is usually used although occasionally dark brown or a colour is used, particularly for a shading effect. Sometimes it can fade within a couple of years and at that point may need a refresh and sometimes it can last for many, many years. Often an eyeliner tattoo tends to last longer than an eyebrow tattoo. Because we aren’t able to determine how long it will last we often call cosmetic tattooing permanent make up or PMU.

An eyeliner tattoo can be divided into 3 core designs. A wedge shape, wing shape or an eyelash enhancement. It is designed for an individual’s face. The design is usually determined by the client’s eye shape, eyelids and face shape, as well as their aesthetic or taste.

A lash enhancement is a baby eyeliner inside the lash line.

A Lash Enhancement is a baby eyeliner tattooed inside the lash line.

Lash Enhancement Before and After

What are the benefits of an eyeliner tattoo?

  • If you can’t see very well and aren’t able to draw on eyeliner
  • If your eyeliner tends to smudge off after a couple of hours
  • If you live an active lifestyle and can’t wear eyeliner but want to
  • If you find it difficult to draw eyeliner on, for instance you can’t seem to be able to draw on eyeliner with wings and make them look even
  • If you have pale eyes and lashes and want more definition
  • If you are time poor and want to be able to get up and go without the fuss and maintenance of applying topical makeup

Is an eyeliner tattoo safe?

We just don’t know. We do know humans have been tattooing themselves for thousands of years without any unequivocal evidence they are harmful. That said, all treatments, including permanent makeup, come with risks. Tattooing is an invasive treatment and infection is possible if the area is not kept free from pathogens during the procedure or during the healing period.

Humans have been tattooing their bodies for thousands of years

Go to a reputable cosmetic tattooist that understands and practices hygiene and infection control. After you get your eyeliner tattoo, proper aftercare is tantamount to protect from infection. Keep the tattooed area clean, no touching and avoid activities that may expose the healing area to pathogens, such as gardening, which may kick up a lot of microbes into the air. Avoid wearing contact lenses while it’s healing. Follow the aftercare instructions provided.

What can I expect at my appointment?

We will check you are a suitable candidate and have a chat about what your expectations are. The area is prepped with  a pre-cleanse and numbing cream is applied. After the design is drawn, mapped and measured and we check you are 100% happy, we only then move onto the tattooing.

PMU Hygiene and Infection Control

Go to a reputable cosmetic tattooist that understands and practices hygiene and infection control

Can I get an eyeliner tattoo?

You can’t get a cosmetic tattoo if you are breastfeeding, pregnant or had injectables in treatment area in the last 2 weeks. If you are using a lash serum you need to cease for a minimum of 4 weeks before getting your eyeliner tattoo and if you are wearing lash extensions they need to be removed a week beforehand. If your eyelids are highly vascular this may also mean you are not a good candidate. Some medications and health issues may also make permanent makeup unsuitable for you. Let your cosmetic tattooist know and always check with your medical practitioner if you are unsure. We are not able to provide medical advice.

Is it painful?

We use a topical anaesthetic to numb the area. This will reduce or remove all sensation depending on your level of sensitivity.

What is the downtime of an eyeliner tattoo?

You may experience immediate swelling from getting an eyeliner tattoo. If your eyes swell after a good cry this could indicate you may swell from the treatment. If you are getting a large eyeliner and the area is worked more, this could also contribute to swelling. Many clients experience minimal swelling. Swelling is usually gone by the next day. Occasionally bruising may occur.

The eyeliner tattoo will “graze” and flake as it heals. It may feel a little itchy, this is the skin healing. Do not be tempted to pick or brush away the flaking. This could pull out the pigment, making the tattoo look patchy and uneven.

A follow up, or perfection visit, is required 4 to 6 week after the initial appointment. This is to go over the tattoo if it has lightened too much, and to perfect any unevenness that may have occurred from the swelling during the initial procedure.

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