We have been doing a lot of Lash Enhancement Tattoos at the salon lately. A Lash Enhancement is an eyeliner tattoo but it’s not an eyeliner design. It doesn’t run above the lash line. Rather, the permanent makeup is tattooed inside the lash line resulting in added definition. It’s perfect for every day and provides a subtle effect.

A Lash Enhancement is a fairly quick treatment and can usually be completed within an hour. The area is prepped and numbed. Following, two passes are done on each eye with a digital cosmetic tattoo machine. After the first pass a secondary numbing cream is applied which works on open skin.

Some clients, but not all, will experience a little swelling which subsides after a few hours.

The colour will look quite strong straight after the application. It will soften after it has healed. We recommend iron oxide pigments. Carbon pigments have a small risk of migrating. A Lash Enhancement can be done in a cool black, warm black, brown black, or brown pigment shades. We don’t normally recommend getting a fashion colour like blue or green because of the longevity of the tattoo. It’s best to pick a natural colour which you will be happy with for many years to come.

The downtime for a lash enhancement is minimal. After 5 to 10 days the graze created by the tattoo will begin to flake away. It’s best not to touch it and let it come away of it’s own accord or you may pull the pigment out.

We advise a 4 to 6 week touch up to perfect the lash enhancement. During the healing process after the graze lifts away it may appear the colour is no longer there. However this is normal and part of the healing process and at the 4 week mark the colour can be seen again.

Do not use makeup during the healing period. Our makeup tends to harbour bacteria in it from our use and you want to minimise the risk of infection as much as you can. Similarly, avoid activities which expose you to microbes like gardening. Avoid swimming, saunas, steam rooms and heavy exercise the first few days.

If you are using a lash serum we advise you stop for a minimum of 4 weeks before getting a lash enhancement and you will need to wait a minimum of 4 weeks to resume using it. It has been documented that on some occasions some lash serums can lighten the tattooed colour.

You cannot get a lash enhancement if you are pregnant or breastfeeding or if you had injectables in the area within two weeks of your appointment or following.