What Is Eyeliner Tattoo?
Eyeliner tattoo is a form of cosmetic tattooing, often referred to as semi-permanent makeup, that is done by a trained technician.
The pigment used is very different from body tattooing ink and is only deposited on the first layer of skin. The pigment remains in the skin forever, however the colour is designed to fade over time, hence the term ‘semi-permanent’. This allows for face changes, aging and trends.
The tattoo is applied to the eye line of the lashes, and can be applied as a fine, thin, or medium to thick eye-liner style.
Benefits of Eyeliner Tattoo
There are many benefits to eyeliner tattooing, including:
What’s The Difference Between Cosmetic Tattooing and A Traditional Tattoo?
Although the process is similar to getting a regular tattoo, there are some key differences:
Eyeliner Tattoo Styles
There are four different eyeliner styles you can choose between, along with extra trendy options such as ‘wings’.
Wings are more of a ‘trend’ style, however, you need to be very careful about doing wings as there is a 'no go' zone where glands are located on the inner and outer edges of the eye. If you tattoo in this area, because of the small molecules in the pigment, it's possible to get migration of colour and spreading, which is very bad and impossible to remove. Wings are also hard to maintain as your eyes change with age.
You can choose from traditional colours of brown and black, to more adventurous colours such as green, blue and violet.
If you are considering a more bold colour, don’t forget that you have to be happy with this eyeliner colour every day for the next 1-2 years!
Most people stick with a conservative black or brown and your technician can give you expert advice on what will work best with your eyes and skin tone.
Preparation Before Your Procedure
Does Eyeliner Tattoo Hurt
A numbing cream is applied to the area prior to your eye tattoo procedure, which should make the whole process relatively painless. Some people with sensitivity or a lower pain threshold may find the procedure mildly uncomfortable, but generally most client’s experience little or no pain.
How Long Does the Procedure Take
The procedure usually takes approximately 2-3 hours, including the numbing process (approximately 30 minutes). A traditional look usually takes less time, however a stronger eyeliner, wing or cat eye could take 2 - 3 hours.
How Long Will My Tattoo Last
Most eyeliner tattoos will last between 8 and 18 months, however the pigment will eventually fade, so a ‘touch up’ is recommended after 12 months. Every skin holds the pigment differently and many things including medications, skin type and health can determine the rate of fading.
The Healing Process
There is usually no downtime after an eyeliner procedure, just a few cautionary things to avoid during the healing process – usually 7 – 10 days.
Who Should Avoid Tattoing
Who Should Seek Medical Advice Before Having Eyeliner Tattoo
Risks of Eyeliner Tattoo
If your eyeliner tattoo is done by an expert, it is a very safe – and usually pain-free – procedure.
However, despite the difference in inks and techniques, the application of eyeliner tattoo is basically the same as a traditional tattoo, so the same risks do apply. It is a serious cosmetic procedure and should ALWAYS be performed by a licensed and well-trained expert.
Risks to be aware of include:
Cosmetic eyeliner tattoo can be great! It saves time, and really makes your eyes and face look fresh and ‘pop’. It’s important however, to consider carefully what will work best for you in terms of style and colour.
Always use a highly experienced Brisbane eyeliner tattoo technician who is licensed, professional, and is focussed on your needs and comfort.
For more information or to book your no-obligation free cosmetic tattoo consultation, contact Olli Skin today.
Kym - Owner Olli Skin
Kym is a Master Cosmetic Tattooist and a qualified trainer. She offers one on one training and mentoring to beginners through to experienced technicians wanting to upskill or learn new techniques.