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Permanent Eyeliner

Know Everything About a Permanent Eyeliner Before Trying it On

Are you looking for information on what a permanent eyeliner is, how it works, and what are its merits and demerits? The following BeautiSecrets article will give you all the basic information on this beauty product.
Kalpana Kumari
Last Updated: Dec 10, 2017
Permanent eyeliner is a cosmetic technique which employs permanent pigmentation of the dermis. The procedure is scientifically termed as micro-pigmentation. It is usually performed by cosmetologists and is almost similar to getting a tattoo. It is performed with thin needles to draw the color onto the skin, just like a tattoo. You may avail of this permanent eye makeup service from cosmetology centers, beauty salons, and tattoo salons. But before rushing to get one done, it is important to collect all the basic information on the same and consider both, its pros and cons.
Permanent Eyeliner Procedure
Eyes are one of the most delicate parts of your body. Since permanent eyeliner is a kind of an experimentation, you should get it done from a qualified plastic surgeon. A qualified cosmetologist is the best person who has all the required knowledge to help you get this permanent makeup form for your eyes. There is a standard procedure for micro-pigmentation. The cosmetologist will give you a topical anesthetic to numb the skin around your eyes. After the anesthetic has shown effect, the cosmetologist will begin the actual procedure. It will take around 1 - 2 hours. The cosmetologist will use a hollow and vibrating needle to introduce the pigment into the dermis. The dermis is the middle layer of your skin present underneath the epidermis which is the uppermost layer. A droplet of the pigment will get released into the skin. The skin where the color has been induced will look dark and shiny. The skin around it will appear red and swollen. You may go home after the cosmetic treatment has been done. The cosmetologist may ask you to come for a follow-up treatment. In this session, he will work on you to adjust the shape, density, and color of the eyeliner.
Permanent Eyeliner Aftercare
After getting this procedure, your eyes may be swollen and tender. Like tattoos, a wound has been made which needs to heal. Complete healing usually takes place between 3 - 6 weeks. The cosmetologist will give a set of instructions on aftercare. The following are some factors that you should keep in mind:
  • Keep your eyes lubricated. You may be given topical vitamin E supplements as they act as a barrier and lubricant.
  • Stay away from dust, chemicals, and any other form of irritants.
  • You may be given an eye ointment which is meant to be used for the next 2 - 3 days.
  • Do not apply any sort of cosmetics to the eyes until the swelling and tenderness go away completely.
  • Avoid going out in the sun for the first week after getting the permanent eyeliner. If you have to, wear sunglasses or use sunscreen, preferably SPF 20 or higher. This measure is especially important as the eyeliner color fades with sun exposure and ultraviolet light.
Permanent Eyeliner Pros and Cons
Permanent eyeliner offers you a number of advantages. The foremost is that it gives you a permanently beautiful look. When you wake up in the morning and see yourself with beautiful eyes in the mirror, you feel great. You look equally amazing even while working out strenuously in a gym, in a dance class, or inside a swimming pool. You look great all the time, and hence feel great. Secondly, it saves your time. It enables you to not spend your precious time applying eyeliner and instead, frees it for anything else that you wish to do. Thirdly, it prevents you from spending your hard-earned money from purchasing temporary eyeliners.
However, not everything is positive about permanent eyeliners. To mention a few negatives, the process may cause you pain, ranging from an intensity that is mild to sharp. Secondly, the pigment used in the permanent eyeliner may trigger an allergic reaction in your eyes. Thirdly, being permanent, it doesn't give you an option of experimenting with different types of eye makeup. You have to stick with the permanent eyeliner style, color, and design which has been applied to your eyelids. Fourthly, it increases the susceptibility of your eyes to infection. The color fades after a couple of years. Thus, you may end up with an out-of-fashion eyeliner shade. Another problem is that its procedure is quite expensive and doesn't fit everyone's budget. The cost could be anywhere between US$ 350 and US$ 600. To add to it, you may have to spend money on touch-up sessions. Lastly, permanent eyeliner removal is pretty painful, as well as expensive.
Now that you know the pros and cons of permanent makeup, as well as all that goes into this form of procedure, you can consider all the points before taking a decision.