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Permanent Makeup - Eyeliner Tattoos

It's all in the love the look of a defined eye, but - you're tired of smudged and messy eyeliner makeup - you just want to set it and forget it, not worry about the tedious application, day after day. Eyeliner micropigmentation could be your answer!

Eyeliner Tattoos are becoming increasingly popular in the cosmetic world as an option to frame the eyes and define this important expressive facial feature for years to come. Many enjoy the daily convenience of saved time and effort in makeup application. The procedure can help remove difficulties of makeup application, especially if you have poor vision or unsteady hands. Moreover, it is a possible option if you have allergies to regular cosmetics​.

How Are Eyeliner Tattoos Done?

Eyeliner cosmetic tattoos involve a trained technician using a small tattoo pen and needle to deposit ink into the skin's upper layer to create a soft or bold line, varying in thickness and saturation according to the client's preferences. Both top and lower eyelids can be tattooed, with immediate results. Clients can choose from a simple and minimalistic 'lash enhancement', or a basic line in and slightly above the lash line, or something more bold and dramatic like a wing or wedge, or smoky design. The procedure takes around 1-2 hours to complete.

The ink used for eyeliner tattoos is usually a blend of dark brown or black pigments to create a natural appearance; sometimes color accents like green, blue or purple are used for the eyeliner result. Once healed, eyeliner tattoos allow water-proof and sweat-proof enjoyment where the makeup design won't wash away, regardless of activity.

How Long Do Eyeliner Tattoos Last? The pigments typically used in permanent makeup are designed to slowly fade over time, allowing for a more natural impression. Results typically lasts 2-5 years before a touch-up may be needed.

Several factors will influence the longevity of the pigment in the skin, such as ink color used, the depth of ink deposit, your exposure to UV, your general health and how well you take care of your cosmetic tattoo in the short and long term.

Are Eyeliner Tattoos Safe? The short answer is: yes! (if you are well and healthy, you see a properly trained and experienced artist and you follow aftercare instructions). That said, like any body tattoo, there are risks involved with cosmetic facial tattoos, including infection or scarring. Seek out an experienced and reputable artist like Candid Cosmedics; services are Registered Nurse provided to ensure the highest standard in safety and cleanliness. It is also essential to follow proper aftercare instructions to minimize risks and ensure the best healed results. This includes washing the eye area daily, applying a healing ointment and avoiding activities like exercise (sweating) and swimming pools/hot tubs for at least 2 weeks following.

Generally, your eyes are closed during the procedure, so the tiny needles won't risk touching the eyeball itself. The artist will firmly stretch the skin and stabilize the muscles of the eye to minimize any inadvertent twitching or spontaneous opening of the eye while performing the procedure.

How Painful Are Eyeliner Tattoos? Levels of discomfort vary for each individual, but typically with an eyeliner tattoo, levels of sensitivity are less than 3/10 on a pain scale. To ensure maximum comfort during the procedure, a topical anesthetic will be applied before and during your treatment. Those on their menstrual cycle may be more sensitive to pain; sleep, stress and caffeine can also play a role.

Who is a Good Candidate for an Eyeliner Tattoo?

Eyeliner tattoos are suitable for anyone who wants to enhance their natural beauty or help balance out asymmetrical features. They may not be suitable for individuals with certain medical conditions like diabetes, epilepsy, cancer, heart conditions, pregnancy, infections, immunosuppression or skin sensitivities. Click here for more information on the contraindications to the procedure.

Additional considerations:

  • Very hooded eyelids may limit the extent to which the eyeliner can be done.

  • Lash extensions must be removed 1 week before tattooing (so not to damage the hair follicle during tattooing).

  • The use of Latisse or lash serums must be stopped 4 weeks before tattooing (to minimize bleeding and risks of pigment migration during the procedure).

How Much Do Eyeliner Tattoos Cost? The cost varies depending on several factors, such as the location of the tattoo artist, the experience of the artist, and the thickness and complexity of the design. On average, eyeliner tattoos can range from $200 to $900 CAD.

Can Eyeliner Tattoos Be Removed ? Eyeliner tattoos are more difficult to remove than other body tattoos, given the location to the eye itself. Saline removal was designed for the areas of the face, where laser removal may not be an option; it is the most common method however, laser removal is an option as well, though it is risker and perhaps more challenging to find a practitioner who can safely perform the procedure for the eye area.

How to Prepare for an Eyeliner Tattoo

It can be helpful to bring reference photos of your desired design to your consultation to discuss further with your artist to ensure it is something that is feasible for your anatomy and within your artist's skill level and portfolio.

Before getting an eyeliner tattoo you should avoid excessive sun exposure, alcohol and certain medications that can thin the skin or thin the blood and cause more bleeding and poor pigment retention (Accutane, Aspirin, NSAIDS, Ibuprofen, fish oil, etc.). Time frames for these factors will vary, so it is best to consult with your artist beforehand.

Cosmetic treatments should also be completed within a certain time frame before the eyeliner tattooing - including fillers and neuromodulators, chemical peels, laser and dermabrasion treatments - typically 2 to 4 weeks before. Eye or facial surgeries may require 2-6 months of healing before an eyeliner tattoo can be considered.

What Is The Healing Process? It is common to experience some redness and swelling immediately after the procedure and for about 24-48 hours following. The use of cold compresses and anti-inflammatory medication can help reduce the puffiness however, it is not too substantial that you can't drive or return to work afterwards.

Pigment will appear dark, sharp and bold for the first week, until light flaking/scabbing occurs for a few days and a softer, more subtle version of the pigment reveals itself with the healing skin, for a natural result.

Eyeliner tattoos take 4-6 weeks to fully heal, with the superficial layers of the skin healing in about 2-3 weeks and the deeper layers of the skin healing within 4-6 weeks.

You will have to avoid sweating, swimming, excessive sun exposure, makeup application to the eye area, exfoliation of the eyelid skin or the application of lash tint, lash extensions or lash growth serums for minimum of 3 weeks following your procedure. It is generally advised to avoid going on vacation until 2-3 weeks after the freshly done tattoo to minimize those risks further.


Eyeliner tattoos are an excellent way to enhance your natural beauty, save time, energy and money and boost self-confidence. They are a safe, effective, semi-permanent solution that can provide you with a unique and natural look.

If you are in Cochrane or Calgary, Alberta, and surrounding area, and are looking for a trusted technician to perform your eyeliner tattoo, book an appointment with Candid Cosmedics today. Consultations are always free and can help you determine if the procedure is right for you and you and your artist are a good fit. #eyelinertattoo #permanentmakeup #yycpmu #yyceyeliner #eyelinerpmu


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