FAQ about semi-permanent eyeliner

So, you’ve decided you never want to do your eyeliner again. Good choice! But before you commit for life, you should probably do your research first. No, we’re not trying to talk you out of getting semi-permanent eyeliner – far from it. We just want to make sure that you are well educated before you make a long term commitment. So here are some FAQ about semi-permanent eyeliner.

How do they get the eyeliner on?

The process is similar to getting a tattoo – expect on your eyes. Sounds terrifying right? The process of getting your eyeliner cosmetically tattooed on your face is definitely intimidating, but it’s not really as scary as it sounds. Obviously, when tattooing your eyelids, the needle doesn’t penetrate as deeply into your skin as it does with a tattoo. Rather, a smaller cosmetic needle is used that just penetrates deep enough to release pigment into the skin.

That sounds like it hurts?

We can’t downplay it, getting your eyes permanently tattooed probably isn’t going to feel nice. With that being said, different people report different levels of discomfort, so don’t freak out too much – you may have a higher pain tolerance than you think. The good news is that, even if it hurts, the entire procedure only takes about an hour and after that it is completely pain free. But our best advice? Pop a pain killer before the procedure – just in case!

How permanent is ‘permanent’?

Permanent eyeliner makeup is considered permanent, not because it actually stays on forever, but because you cannot wash it off. Unlike a traditional tattoo, cosmetic tattoos do fade over time. Every persons pigment retention will differ depending on the colour of the liner, their age and thickness of their skin, their use of skin care products, what medications they use, and how often they are exposed to the sun. All of these things can lead to dulling of your ink. Regardless, you will probably have to get touch-ups once every 12-24 months.

Is it safe?

When performed properly, permanent eyeliner is considered completely safe, and all ink pigmentations are FDA approved. Still, you are taking a risk anytime you let someone near your eyes. Do your research beforehand to make sure your specialist is well-trained and follows proper sterilization and disinfection guidelines.

What if I don’t like it?

First off, give it some time. During the initial week or two after your appointment, your makeup might look quite shocking. Rest assured that the boldness of the makeup will fade and soften during the healing process. If after a few weeks you still don’t like your results, you do have some flexibility in changing colour and shape – to an extent. But if you want our advice, take your time and make sure you know what you want before you go. This way you won’t risk living with results you hate!

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