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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 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 lash line, and can be applied as a fine, thin, or medium to thick eye-liner style.

eyeliner styles

Eyelash enhancement: Super Subtle
Eyelash enhancement is a very subtle tattoo application. This makes your eyelashes look longer and thicker.

Thin eyeliner: Subtle but impactful
Thin eyeliner application can still make your eyes pop, whilst keeping a more ‘natural’ look. It’s a great option for those that want a thin eyeliner line, with the option of building it up further with makeup.

Medium-width eyeliner: Bold
A medium-width eyeliner is perfect for women who wear makeup every day and want a look that makes their eyes bold but still relatively natural.

Thick eyeliner: Super-Bold 
Thick eyeliner is not for everyone. For those who wear thick makeup and eyeliner daily, this will give you a permanently bold eyeliner look.

Benefits of permanent eyeliner

There are many benefits to eyeliner tattooing, including:

It’s smudge-proof and waterproof

It accentuates your eye shape and color without the need for traditional makeup eyeliner.

You don’t need to apply eyeliner every day!

How To Prepare For Your Procedure

You need to remove lash extensions at least one to two days – or ideally a week – before your procedure to give lash extension glue time to disappear. Even small amounts of lash glue can interfere with the application of ink. You can reapply your lash extensions once your tattoo has healed.

Stop taking as aspirin, fish oil, and other ‘natural’ products that thin the blood for at least three days prior to your procedure. If you take prescription blood thinners, consult your doctor for advice.

Remove contact lenses before your procedure, and don’t put them back in until any tenderness or redness has vanished.
Consult a doctor

If you are on any prescription medications, consult a doctor prior to your procedure.

The Procedure

1. The technician will confirm the design and look you have previously agreed on

2. The procedure commences with your eye being cleaned with a cotton swab and makeup remover

3. A numbing cream is then applied to ensure a comfortable and pain-free procedure

4. Your technician will use gloves and magnifying eyeglasses for hygiene and accuracy

5.The technician will slowly inject the pigment into your skin with a tattooing needle. A digital tattoo machine and small gauge needles to create the fine lines and shadowing is used by most expert tattooists.

6. Your technician will move back and forth over small sections of your lash line in order to make the pigment fix.

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.

Avoid mascara, which is full of bacteria so can increase your chance of infection before the skin has full healed.

Similarly, avoid rubbing or touching your eyes to minimise the risk of germs and bacteria being spread.

Avoid swimming pools and saunas.

Avoid heavy exercise.

Who Should Avoid Tattoing

If you have any other serious illnesses that impacts your immunity or your ability to heal or immunity, generally tattooing is not recommended. Always consult your doctor before undertaking eyeliner tattooing.

If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, cosmetic tattooing is not recommended.

Who Should Seek Medical Advice Before Having Eyeliner Tattoo

If you are using Accutane or any other retinoids you need to be off the medication for at least six months prior to your procedure as it may interfere with wound healing. Always check with your doctor before you stop taking medication.

If you have regular Botox injections around the eye you need to be careful about ensuring you’re fully healed before liner tattoo is applied.

If you have diabetes, you can have eyeliner tattooing, however, it may increase your risk of infection and slow the rate of healing. Consult your doctor before having the procedure.

If you are on any prescription medicine consult your doctor before having a cosmetic tattooing procedure.