Thinking of getting your makeup permanently applied? Maybe you hate applying your eyeliner daily, or you aren’t able to put it on as precisely as you’d like, or you just hate the constant struggle of trying to get the perfect cat eye. Whatever your reasons, you might find an answer in permanent eyeliner. We spoke to experts in the field to learn all there is to know concerning the process, how long it will take? and maybe most importantly, how long it lasts.
Is permanent eyeliner like a traditional tattoo? To start with, it’s worth noting that permanent eye makeup tattoo isn’t really permanent (more on that later). It’s just the term that the industry uses, and is more accurately semi-permanent. (If you wish to get really technical, Rob he, co-owner of ElleBrow Microblading & Permanent Makeup Studio, told HuffPost that it’s considered permanent because the pigment will remain within the skin forever, but the longevity from the color as well as its visibility will ultimately fade.)
Permanent makeup is oftentimes also called tattooed makeup because the process is much like getting a regular body art tattoo: A needle is utilized to deposit ink in to the skin. But according to Rina Meyer, general manager at Eye Design New York City, the process isn’t exactly like getting a tattoo because “the pigment is deposited only to the first layers of your skin.”
The ink used for regular body tattoos is formulated differently and “goes much deeper,” she said. Additionally, Kira Tai of Tai Brows told HuffPost, “Body art inks are permanent, and cosmetic inks are semi-permanent. [Cosmetic inks] have a smaller amount of of the metal base in them, metal being the component which makes it permanently adhere.”
You can find reasons to be aware, especially if you’re on Accutane. Apart from the difference in inks and techniques, the preparation for permanent or semi-permanent makeup application is “basically as with every other tattoo,” he told us. As such, it carries the same risks and contraindications that could pertain to a normal body tattoo, he explained.
“As a precaution, we ask [clients] to prevent taking any blood thinners for 3 days prior, even such things as aspirin, Advil, fish oils, certain vitamins, to lower any potential bleeding, which normally doesn’t happen,” he explained. Meyer also noted that when you’re looking to have any Botox or any other injections within the eye area, you should definitely get that done before obtaining the eyeliner applied. You must also make certain you’re fully healed a minimum of 2 weeks before you’re scheduled to get your liner applied.
And if you’re pregnant or nursing, or have diabetes or some other serious illnesses that affect your defense mechanisms and capability to heal, you might not be an excellent candidate, he explained.
If you’re already taking medication, it’s a smart idea to call your doctor about this before you go ahead with your permanent or semi-permanent makeup application, Meyer said. For instance, if you’re using Accutane (or other retinoids), you ubcfry to be off the medication for half a year before you have permanent or semi-permanent makeup applied, Tai said. (Accutane, the brand good name for isotretinoin, has become considered to affect wound healing, though it may possibly not continually be the situation.)
Your lash extensions must go. Take them out one or more or two days (or up to a week, to get extra safe) before you will have the cosmetic ink applied, said he, co-owner and technician artist at ElleBrow. If the extensions are removed too near to the appointment, there may be glue left out on the lash line, which could hinder the ink.
Meyer added that lash extensions can be reapplied once the liner has healed. Leave your contact lenses out, too. If you wear contacts, Tai said you have to take them out prior to the procedure. You must also be prepared not to put them on for a few days after, she added. As Rob noted, the eyes can be a little swollen or tender after the application.
There’s multiple form of eyeliner to choose from. Everyone we spoke to explained that there are generally two permanent eyeliner styles. First is definitely the tightline, that requires adding the pigment between the layers of the eyelashes to darken your lash line, so you have a subtle lash enhancement, Tai said. This alternative is “a lot [thinner] than an eyeliner, and it’s considered very natural-looking,” she added.