So you are considering permanent eyeliner so that you can wake up with beautifully enhanced eyes everyday without the hassle of makeup? Well you've come to the right place. On this page you will find a wealth of information to answer all of your questions!
All permanent makeup procedures require a MINIMUM of 2 sessions. Some skin types will require a third touchup which will not be included in the cost.
The eyelid is an EXTREMELY sensitive area and bruising, swelling and redness is perfectly normal for a few days following the procedure. In some cases with large, bold eyeliner extreme swelling for 3-4 days may be present.
Eyeliner Tattoo Techniques
Lash Line Enhancement
This technique provides the most natural eyeliner look. The tattoo sits solely inside the lash line creating a darker, denser lash line. This look will be virtually undetectable for those worried about looking "too made up" as it does not go above the lash line at all.
Lash line enhancement is the best option for those with heavily hooded or creased lids.
Classic eyeliner is a more bold form of eyeliner. It will replicate the look of liquid liner with crisp, clean edges and a fully saturated, dark look. Classic liner can be winged or not depending on personal preference.
One thing to note about winged liner is that not everyone is a candidate. Those with low creases or a small amount of lid space will not be able to have the wing done. Additionally, the wing cannot be done a dramatic as topical makeup.
Redness, swelling and bruising are normal for this type of eyeliner and may persist for a few days following the procedure.
Smokey eyeliner is a technique that creates a softer, smokey line as opposed to a crisp, stark line. It will blur and soften the edges. Colors such as brown may be used to provide a gradient effect.
This technique can be done on any classic eyeliner shape.
Stardust eyeliner is a form of smokey liner that incorporates color to add light, dusty shading to the lid and can be as dramatic or subtle as you like!
Eyeliner Tattoo Information
Before your appointment
After your appointment
-No botox 3 weeks before. Botox can be done immediately after
-no chemical peels 60 days before or after procedure
-no retinols or anti-aging serums or creams on the area 2 weeks before procedure
-no Accutane 6 months before procedure
-no alcohol or caffeine 24 hours prior
-no sun burns on the area to be microbladed
-no waxing or tinting 3 days prior
-must not have any open lesions, acne or sunburn on the area
-lash growth serums must be discontinued 6 weeks before appt
-Avoid heavy sweating and exercise for 3 -5 days
-Avoid any treatments such as facials, lash extensions, etc. for 10 days
-Avoid the sauna, steam room and swimming in the ocean or swimming pool for 10 days
-Avoid using makeup on the area for at least 10 days
-Neosporin or Bacitracin type products should be avoided in the treated area because they may negatively affect the color retention
-Sunbathing and tanning beds should be avoided for 10 days
What to expect during your appointment
The initial appointment will be around 2 hours so please plan accordingly.
-the first 30-45 minutes will be eyeliner mapping. During this portion I will map out the design, attain your approval and check for symmetry.
-I will apply a protective eye drop to keep the eye moisturized during the procedure.
-numbing and paperwork
-once the initial work has been completed I will clean the area and rinse the eyeball.
-I will then put an after care sealer on the brow and set you free!
Eyeliner Cosmetic Tattooing Care and Information
Proper care following your procedure is important and required to achieve optimum results. Keep in mind that some intensity of color
will be lost, and /or the color may heal unevenly. This is normal for some procedures, especially after the initial application. This is the
reason for the follow up appointment, to fill in any light areas, to go a little darker or thicker if desired, and to adjust shape or color if
needed. Please read and follow the directions provided.
1. Wash your hands before touching any treated area.
2. Cool packs (not frozen) may be used to help reduce swelling. Dampen paper towels or cotton pads with filtered/bottled water and
place in the fridge for 30 minutes….10 minutes on and 10 minutes off. Cooling the area is most beneficial the first 24 hours. Sleeping
slightly elevated may also help in the reduction of swelling. Swelling can last a 3-5 days after procedure in some cases.
3. Blotting your procedure. We have created a wound and all wounds weep body fluids (some will weep more and for a longer
period than others). Blotting off these fluids and excess pigment is critical to a good result and optimum color retention. If these fluids
are allowed remain on the tattooed area and accumulate, you will get heavier scabbing. Heavy scabbing can pull out the pigment
which will result in light spots and unevenness of color. Dampen a paper towel with bottle or filtered water…may use sterile water or
sterile eyewash as well. Blot your new procedure every 15 minutes upon leaving the studio for the 1st day. Continue until weeping
has subsided. The following three days please blot the area periodically throughout the day. Please make sure you’re actually blotting
the tattooed skin. This can be a tender area to blot but it is important that you do.
4. Washing your procedure. Use a mild cleanser on and around the procedure area. DO NOT use any cleansing products containing
acids (glycolic, lactic, or AHA), or any exfoliates. Dial Soap, Cataphyll, and Neutrogena are good choices. Use a very light touch
cleansing your procedure twice a day. Make sure you rinse off all cleanser. Pat dry. Wait 15 minutes before applying ointment after
getting the procedure wet. Never put ointment on a wet or damp tattoo. Showering- Do not take an exceptionally hot shower and
keep bathroom doors open as to NOT cause a steam effect. Keep your face/procedure out of the water while you do your other shower
“stuff” first. At the very end of your shower wash your hair and rinse back away from your face. Wash your face either avoiding
procedure area or over procedure area with a very light touch. Do not let the shower spray hit you directly in the face. So your
face/procedure will only be getting wet at the very last end of the shower.
5. Ointment. ONLY USE THE OINTMENT I PROVIDE FOR YOU …NOTHING ELSE!!! Eyeliner, no ointment for the first 48-
72 hours, after which you apply a very light coat of ointment once in the morning and once in the evening for the following 2 to 3
days. Eyes are very sensitive to ointment so use sparingly. Try to keep the ointment contained to the eyeliner above and below the
lashes, not in the eye itself. If you feel any discomfort IN the eye itself, this is not normal and you should immediately see an eye
doctor and contact me as well. Although it is important to use ointment, using it excessively can starve the skin of air and can result in
pigment loss during the healing period. So use but use sparingly, just enough to moisten. ALLERGIC REACTION IS EXTREMELY
RARE BUT POSSIBLE. IF YOU NOTICE ANY BUMPS OR RASH OR THINK YOU MAY BE HAVING A REACTION…STOP
USING OINTMENT IMMEDIATELY, CLEANSE AREA AND CALL THE STUDIO.
6. Absolutely NO pet grooming, gardening, dusting, or anything that causes dust, dirt and dander for a minimum of 72 hours. Waiting
5 full days is best. Wearing glasses outdoors is a good way to protect healing eyeliner. NO EXERCISING FOR 10 DAYS…NO
EXCEPTIONS. DO NOT DO ANY ACTIVITY THAT CAUSES SWEAT IN THE AREA OF THE PROCEDURE OR YOUR
FACE TO HEAT UP AND TURN RED. ABSOLUTLY NO LAKE ACTIVITIES. DO NOT GO TO THE LAKE OR BEACH.
NO HORSEBACK RIDING, NO CAMPING OR RIDING ATVS. NO NOTHING OF THIS SORT. DON’T’ DO IT! STAY
OUT OF THE SUN! KEEP IT PROTECTED AND KEEP IT CLEAN! TLC FOR YOUR NEW PROCEDURE.
7. During your healing process DO NOT expose your new procedures to chemicals, hot tubs, saunas, direct shower spray, hot water,
salt water, chlorinated pools, lakes, or ponds. Direct sun exposure and tanning beds should be avoided indefinitely….both are
counter-productive to the cosmetic procedure.
8. Absolutely NO topical makeup on the healing procedure(s) for a minimum of 5 days. Topical makeup is bacterial and your new
procedures(s) need adequate time to heal to avoid irritation and/or infection. You may apply your makeup around the new procedure
area but avoid applying ON the healing areas. After any eyeliner procedure, please use a new mascara. DO NOT USE an eyelash
curler for 2 weeks. This instrument pulls the eyelashes and the tissue containing the eyeliner pigment that surrounds the lashes. You
must allow the eyeliner to heal before stressing the tissue in this area. No contact lenses for 5 full days. NO FACIAL, PEELS OR
ANY OF THAT FACE STUFF FOR TWO FULL WEEKS!
9. Some tenderness, puffiness (even bruising), redness, and itching is quite normal for the tattoo healing process. DO NOT PICK,
PEEL, OR SCRATCH the treated area as this could result in your color healing uneven, as well as the risk of scarring and infection.
10. Lastly….relax. Don’t worry about a thing. It’s just a tattoo that will lighten, soften and heal in a matter of days. Do exactly as I
have advised you to do OR not to do and all heals well. Complications are extremely rare.
Day 1 You will have anywhere from slight to heavy swelling. This depends on the amount of histamines in each client’s body. You may have
bruising. You may appear as though you have been crying or have allergies. The eyeliner will appear thicker and darker than what it will
heal up to be. No contact lenses for 5 days. No Visine.
Day 2 The morning of day 2 is most likely when the swelling will peak. Plan to use your cool packs! The darker and thicker appearance
lingers, and the area will feel tight and tender.
Day 3-4 Less swelling. The eye tissue still feels tight and somewhat drawn. The peeling process begins. Start ointment in 48-72 hours. Some
feeling of pinching and itching is quite normal, the ointment will help relieve this feeling.
Day 5-7 Dark outer color continues to flake off and you will see a softer, thinner eyeliner. Color may look grayish or ashy until the color clarifies.
You can go back to wearing your contact lenses at day 5.
***Note. Wait 8 weeks before applying eyelashes or eyelash extensions, as well as using Latisse or any other like products.
Latisse and other like products have been documented to lighten the tattooed color on some occasions***
All procedures are conducted in accordance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) blood borne pathogens standards. Once
you leave my facility it is important to follow after care instructions to avoid complications. Tenderness to the area is expected. This is a wound that
must heal. Complications are extremely rare, however, if you observe any conditions that are not consistent with the healing agenda descriptions
above, such as any sign of infection, pus, red streaks stemming from the treated area, eyeball irritation, or abnormal discharge or conditions please
contact me ASAP. Thank you for choosing me as your cosmetic tattoo artist. I look forward to a long and wonderful relationship with you!
Frequently asked questions
How long does it last?
The method used – microblade does not normally last quite as long as powderfill/machine method – the pigment is implanted in thin strokes with microblade, which are not able to be placed as deeply in the skin as machine cosmetic tattoo.
The density of pigment – i.e. a treatment that has been reinforced with a second adjustment appointment will usually be longer lasting
Your health and overall individual physiology – some people retain pigment extremely well, others do not (however the adjustment appointment gives us an indicator of this and how much darker/how more more pigment needs to be implanted)
A touch-up treatment is recommended every 6-18 months for microblade (finer more natural strokes), and 12-48 months for power fill cosmetic tattoo/machine tattoo.
What does it cost?
Please visit my pricing page.
What can prematurly fade or change the color of my permanent makeup?
Be mindful of facial procedures that may not only fade but completely change the color of your permanent makeup. Ensure the brow is protected at all times during such procedures.
Environmental factors such as exposure to UV light. Tanning and not using sun protection will fade cosmetic tattoos faster, and those with oilier skin, the tattoo will not last as long as in someone with a dryer skin.
After care – regularly tinting over the area, using glycolic acid based products or peels on the area, or regularly exfoliating over the brows can cause them to fade more quickly.
How long does the procedure take?
Typically about 2 hours, depending on the treatment you are having.
Does it hurt?
It varies between person to person. The eyelid is much more sensitive than other areas of the body to be tattood. Most people will feel some discomfort. Be sure to avoid all caffein products which will make the procedure take longer and will make the numbing agents less effective. Also, women who are close to their period will experience more sensitivity.
Can it be removed if I change my mind?
I do offer emergency removal which will almost completely remove the pigment before it has had the opportunity to heal within the first 48 hours. However, I stongly advise against this as typically most people only have "brow shock" meaning they have gotten so use to seeing them selves with their current brows that anything else can be a dramatic shock to them even if the new brow looks perfectly normal to those around them.
Is it a safe procedure?
Yes, very. The cosmetic tattoo machine is one of the most hygienic available, a small, pen-like device that uses completely disposable parts. All needles, tubes, chambers, caps, casings – anything that comes into contact with clients, are brand new and sealed prior to your treatment. Our salon is clean, hygienic and compliant with all Department of Health Regulations for Skin Penetration. Allergic reactions to the pigments are incredibly rare. The pigments brands used are trusted, long-established USA made brands that have been on the market for decades. The pigments contain iron oxide that is already present in the human body, so highly unlikely to cause a reaction. In regards to patch tests, this can be arranged, and is recommended if you are concerned/are a highly allergic individual. However, – as an allergic reaction can sometimes show after 2 weeks, but sometimes 5-10 years later (this can be due to hormones/medications or simply unknown) a patch test can be rather ineffective. Most clients do not request a patch test.
Why are 2 appointments required?
The skin on the face is not only thinner but has a much faster cell turn over rate than that on the rest of the body. Your face is exposed to all of the elements, all day everyday. We wash our faces constantly resulting in exfoliatio, apply creams and serums and makeup daily. For many reasons facial tattooing is vastly different than body art. The initial appointment lays the ground work. But because we do not want a solid "old school" tattoo on your face, we are not tattoo a solid line, rather we are implanting tiny dots or tiny lines that will heal soft. This means that some areas may need more saturation after the initial work has healed. Additionally, this is art and there is no one size fits all approach. Some will hold onto a majority of the pigment and it will heal darker and some will have skin that is quite resistant and will fade a lot and will need much more saturation. Thus the second appointment is required to perfect the brow now that we have seen your healed result and address any shape and color concerns after the initial ground work has been laid!
I am pregnant/breastfeeding – can I have cosmetic tattoo done?
I cannot perform a tattoo service on you if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Additionaly if you are hoping to become pregnant I do not recommend it as if you become pregnant immediatly after it could impact your healing process as well as result in the inability to complete the service by performing the touchup appointment which may result in brows that appear unfinished.
Do you offer free consultations ahead of the treatment?
Most things that need to be covered before an appointment can be done over the phone and I prefer text or email that way I have a written copy of the consultation. I am typically booked back to back with clients and unfortunatly do not have time during the day to talk on the phone. If you decide to have an in person consultation I require a small fee which will be credited toward the service if you book. Additionally, if you require an allergy test prior to the appointment I will perform the test using all of the tools and products that would be used during the service. There will be a small fee for this as well which would also be credited toward the service if you book.