Permanent makeup like eyebrow tattooing and lip tinting has grown in popularity over the past couple of years. Known to last for up to five years, these procedures are aimed at either replacing daily usage of actual makeup or as a means of expression among beauty enthusiasts. Advocated by beauty bloggers, women have gotten more and more comfortable with these procedures. After all, they are just tattoos, right?
There is more to permanent makeup though, than just being run-of-the-mill tattoos. Especially with eyeliner tattoos, there are some things you need to know before you go out and get one!
What are eyeliner tattoos?
Eyeliner tattoos or lash enhancement tattoos are a semi-permanent treatment that introduces pigment along your top and bottom lash line. It is done away from the waterline to prevent irritation. The tattoo can be thin like your natural lash line or thicker to look like full-fledged eyeliner.
The main idea behind eyeliner tattoos is to give your lashes the illusion of being denser and darker, without relying on actual makeup. They last anywhere between one to two years, but some have known to even go up to five years. Eyeliner tattoos can also give you flicked liners, smudged eyeshadow or be a means to fill bald spots along your lash line… it depends on what you want and the skill of the artist doing it.
How safe are eyeliner tattoos?
Much like regular tattoos, eyeliner tattoos come with a similar set of guidelines. They are pretty safe if done by a reputed professional or an experienced aesthetician. Don’t just present your eyes for tattoos to any parlour or salon that claims to be the next big thing in tattoos!
You have to know that even though eyeliner tattoos are not permanent like regular tats, they still involve piercing with a microneedle to introduce pigment into your skin. Do your research on all the precautions one needs to take before getting a tattoo. See if it works for you at that point of time. For instance, if you are on acne medication, eyeliner tattoos are not recommended as your healing process will be delayed.
Should you get an eyeliner tattoo?
Here are some things to consider before you decide to get an eyeliner tattoo:
- Getting eyeliner tattoos from a good place will cost you big bucks. The number is nowhere near the money you’ll spend buying eyeliners. So if you don’t care about the money and are only interested in saving time on fixing liner mistakes, you can consider getting a lash enhancement tattoo done.
- Everybody has a different pain threshold when it comes to tattoos. Even though eyeliner tattoos are done after the application of numbing cream, you can still feel it on your delicate lids!
- Eyeliner tattoos come with their share of side effects as well. From swollen eyes to bleeding, bruising, burning or itching around the tattoo area… it can get pretty ugly.
- If your body is able to properly heal, you shouldn’t face any difficulties. But some side effects of improper healing can include infections, and sometimes even hair loss in your lashes.
Simply put, eyeliner tattoos come with a whole list of responsibilities and care guidelines. If you are confident that you can deal with it or have previous experience (good ones!) with tattoos, you might be okay. Just remember to get it done from a trustworthy place. If not, you can just create a gorgeous cat eye for yourself with the Lakme 9 To 5 Black Impact Eye Liner and call it a day!
Written by Sumona Bose on May 14, 2020
Sumona Bose is a writer, skincare junkie and a self-professed makeup connoisseur. Equipped with a Master's degree in Fashion Management and over 3 years of experience writing in the beauty and fashion space, her passion for learning new things has no bounds. Working closely with dermatologists, beauty excerpts, makeup artists and hairstylists, she brings you the best of all things beauty. From trending skincare ingredients to makeup looks that help you slay, she manages to bring something new (and vital!) to our readers every single time. Her hobbies include home workouts, watching foreign films and binge-watching makeover shows!