Permanent Upper and Lower Eye Liner
Benefits of Eyeliner Tattooing
Permanent eyeliner or eyelash enhancement helps women and men enhance the appearance of their eyes. It eliminates the need to outline eyelids with liquid liners or pencils and improves the appearance of missing, thin, or light colored lashes. Permanent eyeliner allows people to swim, shower, or exercise without having makeup smudges. It provides safety and convenience to people with oily skin, vision problems, or unsteady hands. Eye doctors (Ophthalmologists and Optometrists) also recommend permanent eyeliner to patients who wear contact lenses, have watery eyes, or are allergic to regular makeup.
Eyeliner Shape and Design
Eyeliner “frames” the eyes and can make eyelashes appear darker, fuller, or thicker. It can enhance the shape or balance (symmetry) of a person’s eyes, create the illusion of larger eyes, or affect how the spacing of the eyes is perceived. Eyeliner can also enhance or intensify eye color and make eyes appear more alluring.
Eyeliner Tattoo Techniques
Eyelash Base Enhancement: This method is for people who want an extremely natural look. Pigment is tattooed only in the skin at the base of eyelashes in-between their rows. No obvious line is drawn beyond the last row of lashes. This causes the eyelash base to appear darker and fuller and frames the eye without the look of having eyeliner. Men choose this procedure to add definition to their eyes without looking like they are wearing makeup.
Full Eyeliner (Top, Bottom, or Both): This method creates a line above the last row of eyelashes (on upper liner) or below the last row (on lower liner) to add depth to the eyes. The width of the line can be thin, medium, or thick. Each full eyeliner procedure includes an eyelash base enhancement to complete the look. Designer eyeliner can also be created by adding a layer of color(s) or a “smudged” effect.
Preparing for Your Procedure Appointment
You should allow at least 3 hours for your initial procedure. If you wear contact lenses, you will not be able to wear them for 24-48 hours after your procedure. You must be fully healed after any eye surgery (e.g. LASIK) before your appointment. You must stop using any eyelash growth product (like Latisse™) at least one month prior. Additional specific preparation guidelines will be given to you when you schedule your eyeliner procedure.
At Your Procedure
You will fill out forms including a medical history that Alicia will review. She will evaluate your eyelid anatomy and discuss techniques and colors with you. After optimal design and color are determined, topical anesthetics will be applied to numb your eyelids. She will continue to apply anesthetics during the procedure to keep you comfortable. Before and after photos will also be taken for your confidential file with your colors recorded for future reference.
After Your Procedure
Your eyelids will be slightly red, mildly swollen, and a little tender immediately after your procedure. This will go away within a few days. At first your eyeliner will look darker and thicker than you want, but it will lighten and soften after healing. You cannot wear mascara or eye shadow during the first week of healing and will you will applying ointments, so please keep this in mind when scheduling your procedure. You will receive detailed after care instructions.
Follow-up and Maintenance Appointments
Your eyeliner will lighten and soften after healing. Since it is always best to be conservative, if your eyeliner heals lighter or thinner than you desire, it can be darkened or thickened at your follow-up visit (second application). Ideally, your follow-up should be completed 4 to 6 weeks post procedure. Because permanent makeup can fade over time, you can schedule maintenance visits every few years to keep your color looking fresh.