I bet if I didn’t tell you, you wouldn’t have a clue that my eye liner is tattooed. Well, after 10 years, I’m finally sharing my thoughts on this process and a little information with all of you. About 10 years ago when the fad of tattooed eyeliner was much more popular, I decided I would go ahead and try the process out. Originally I had it done because my lashes are so small, I wanted to get my lash line to a darker look so that my lashes would appear fuller. After the process and a touch up a few months later, I’m finally sharing my story.
Don’t want to read – watch the video here.
I went into a licensed permanent makeup esthetician to have my tattoo liner done. The location was very pretty and looked like a spa on the inside so I was very comfortable with my surroundings. The liner was applied to my upper and lower lash line in black ink to give my lashes a fuller look, but also to allow me to have the option of going without eyeliner if I felt I wanted to. The process took about 2 1/2 to 3 hours to complete and I went back a few weeks later to have it touched up.
Did it hurt? Well – honestly, for me, it did. But, I have talked to many people who have had their eye liner tattooed and it didn’t hurt for them at all. Many describe the process to be a ticklish like feeling against your eyes and lashes. Since my body naturally doesn’t hold onto anesthesia properly (or like a normal person), the topical anesthetic did not really work for me and I felt the needle on my eyelids the entire time. It was uncomfortable for me, but I have been told by many that I am a rare case and that it probably will not hurt for most.
The great thing about having permanent makeup – in my case, tattooed liner is that I always have a black line on my eyes and adding mascara is easy and I’m good to go. Another great thing is that I don’t have to worry about not using regular makeup or eye liner as I can use it right on top of the tattoo without any issue.
How long did it take to heal? After the initial tattoo, it took about a week to heal and I had to wait at least a week before I could use any eye makeup. I have had friends who bruised some or were puffy around the eyes after getting this procedure done, but luckily – besides a little puffiness and swelling the first 24 hours, I didn’t have to worry about any bruising. The lady who did the process was actually really light handed which made my uncomfortable feeling a little better and my line is not as thick as others I have seen by other people. I used Cetaphil cleanser to clean my face and eyes while the healing was taking place and once healed – I didn’t have any issues.
Watch the video below for a full break down on the process and my thoughts.
After a few weeks, I went back to get my tattooed eye liner touched up. Since the healing process can cause peeling, it was best to do this in case there were any gaps. The touch up was not nearly as bad as the original process. I had very little swelling and was able to use makeup after two days so long as it was not applied directly to where the liner was.
Would I do this again? Hmmm… that’s a hard one. I think if I need to get it touched up again, I may consider it… however, I’m not sure that I will. The person I seen to do my liner is no longer near me and in my opinion, she did my liner really well. I’m afraid that if I go back to get it touched up by someone else, I may not have the pain tolerance to withstand the hurt or he/she may make my liner so much darker and thicker than I want it to be. This is permanent and I’m not willing to have a mistake done that I’ll have to live with the rest of my life.
Would I suggest doing permanent makeup like tattooed liner to someone interested? Hmmm… that’s a good one. But, honestly – I only suggest it if you know that you really want it and can deal with it the rest of your life. I also suggest you find someone that is licensed specifically for this type of tattoo – do not go and see a regular tattoo artist that does those body tattoos or piercings. This may not be a comfortable experiencing contrary to what others may say. Everyone I knew told me it wasn’t going to hurt, so I went in with positive thoughts and it was uncomfortable for me. I do know however, that what may work for one, doesn’t necessarily work for others and in this circumstance, the cause and effect can surely be the same.
I obviously couldn’t “take it off” if I wanted to or decided I didn’t want my eye liner tattooed any longer… but I don’t dislike it. With a little mascara – I’m good to go, though I probably would have been without the liner too. It’s been 10 years since I’ve had this done and I doubt I’ll do it again, but I’m not unhappy that I did – no regrets!
Do you have any permanent makeup or do you know anyone that has? What are your thoughts?
Disclaimer: Nothing in this post was sponsored or provided to me. All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased. I am not a doctor, so please note that anything I discuss here is due to my own experience – I’m not responsible for any choices you make after reading my post.