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 “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 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.
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).
Before the permanent makeup procedure, clients will go over medical history, eyelid anatomy and desired makeup techniques with professionals. Once the client’s optimal design and color are determined, topical anesthetics will be applied to numb the eyelids.
After the procedure, the eyeliner will first look darker and thicker than desired, but it will lighten and soften after healing. Mascara or eyeshadow cannot be worn during the first week of healing, and ointments will need to be applied regularly, which should be kept in mind when scheduling a procedure.
Eyeliner will lighten and soften after healing. Since it is always best to be conservative, if the eyeliner heals lighter or thinner than desired, it can be darkened or thickened at a follow-up visit (second application), about four to six weeks after the procedure. Because permanent makeup can fade over time, maintenance visits can be scheduled every few years to keep color looking fresh.Yvette Dwornik is the owner of A Lasting Touch Salon, at Plaza at William Centre, 5350 E. Broadway Blvd., #162, in Tucson. She offers permanent makeup services including eyeliner, microbladed/powdered eyebrows and full lip color. Call to schedule your free consultation. 20 years of experience. Connect at 520-869-5593 or ALastingTouchSalon.com. See ad, page 18.