Deciding if Eyeliner Tattoos are right for you?

Anyone who uses makeup eyeliner knows how difficult this process can be. It can take at least 10-20 minutes a day to draw them and it might not always come out the same or even, at first. After finally getting it right you always have to make sure you won't smudge them by accident, and you need to avoid water, sweating, etc as well. But those who want to save their time and nerves can take advantage of a great alternative such as cosmetic eyeliner tattoo. Your artist can help you to pick the right shape, style eyeliner for you that will complement your eyes. Permanent eye makeup with the right choice of slope, length and thickness will allow you to hide age-related changes, correct/ enhance the shape of the eyes, give a more expressive look. There are also people who are allergic to makeup and they can benefit from cosmetic tattoos as well.

There are 3 Types of Eyeliner Tattoos:

Lash Enhancement

Lash enhancement where pigment is implanted between your lashes. A thin liner along the entire length of the growth of eyelashes makes an amazing accent on the eyes, lengthens the eyelashes and looks beautiful, but not intrusive. Eyelash enhancement tattoos have no restrictions on age and skin type, it suits absolutely everyone. You don't have to wear mascara, the eyes are already beautifully framed, even with the complete absence of makeup on the face.

Classic Eyeliner Tattoo

The classic eyeliner is a universal version of tattooing, which is overwhelmingly popular among women of all ages. After all, classic eyeliner is suitable for any image, both for everyday and evening looks. But, you only should get classic eyeliner if you are ready to have your makeup on 24/7. Do not forget, the eyelid tattoo cannot be erased when you want it. It will last a very long time and it is impossible to hide it. Especially when we get older our skin droops so if you have long winged eyeliner tattoo it will droop as well with the skin. So be mindful.

Shaded Eyeliner Tattoo

Shaded eyeliner tattoos can visually lift your eyes, giving a brighter expressive look. Think like you applied winged liner and on top eyeshadow, the same effect can be done with cosmetic tattoo. The shadow is usually done with brown colors so it won't look too heavy. There are many different variations, big or small areas where eyelids are shaded, sometimes instead of crisp lines, eyeliner can be done with smudge a look which will look more natural and called shaded eyeliner as well.  

Everyone has its own style and preference. But most clients prefer eyelash enhancement or lightly shaded eyeliners for the most natural look.

How to Prepare for Eyeliner Tattoos

After eyeliner tattoo your eyes may swell or redden because of the delicate skin and sensitive areas, some clients feel it is best not to make any social plans for a day or two following any procedure. It is always best to avoid these procedures within months prior to important life events such as weddings, vacations etc. Also if you have vascular eyelids, eyeliner tattoo is not recommended. Your eyes can be sensitive and bleed easily. Consult with your artist first.

No Eyelash Extensions

No eyelash extension 1 week before and until 4 weeks after your touchup session.

No Mascara

No mascara on the day of the procedure and have your eyes free of makeup and moisturizer. Too much wax based makeup affects the healing process and pigment implantation.

No Contact Lenses

No contact lenses, bring glasses and you can wear your contact  lenses after 48 hours post procedure.

Other Notes

  • If your eyes are sensitive to a bright light, bring somebody with you.
  • If you have a previous eyeliner tattoo you need to send us a photo.
  • If you have had any type of eye surgery, including Cataract, Lasik, blepharoplasty, you must get medical clearance from your physician.


We reserve the right to deny service to clients who have the following conditions. If you have any of the following conditions, please contact us immediately before scheduling to ensure you are a candidate for a cosmetic tattoo.


  • Pregnant or nursing
  • Uncontrolled diabetes
  • Viral infections and/or diseases
  • Epilepsy
  • Had an organ transplant
  • Tendency towards keloids or scarring
  • Seborrheic dermatitis
  • Skin irritations or psoriasis near the treated area (rashes, sunburn, acne, etc.)
  • Sick (cold, flu, etc.)
  • Had Botox in the past 2 months
  • Used Accutane in the past year
  • Allergic to anesthetic (Lidocaine)
  • Extremely oily or problematic skin
  • undergoing active chemotherapy
  • dark pre-existing eyeliner tattoo (please, send us an email with a picture of eyeliner without makeup on).

 The skin must be free of all irritations.

For example, ingrown hairs, blemishes, eczema and psoriasis

Clients with diagnosed conditions that have been waived are required to bring a doctor's note stating their approval.

Things to Avoid Before Eyeliner Tattoos Procedure

Lash Tinting

Avoid lash tinting, perming, curling 2 weeks before and can be done 2 weeks after.

Lash Serums

Stop using lash serums, especially Latisse 4 weeks prior to your procedure. The reason is that those types of serums are stimulants. They will make your eyelids too fragile and vascular for cosmetic tattooing.

Working Out

Do not work out the day of the procedure. We do not recommend physical activities where you might sweat a lot, it will negatively affect the pigment implantation.

Alcohol & Caffeine

Do not drink alcohol or caffeine 24 hours before the procedure.


Avoid sun and tanning one week prior to the procedure.

Over the Counter Medicine

Do not take Aspirin, Niacin, Vitamin E, or Advil/ Ibuprofen 48 hours before the procedure, to avoid excessive bleeding and color deposit. Tylenol is Ok.

Some Fish Oil & Vitamins

Avoid Fish Oil, Prenatal Vitamins, Nutritional Shakes ( Shakeology, etc.), “Hair, Skin, Nail” supplements 48 hours prior to procedure. They are natural blood thinners.


Discontinue Retin- A at least 4 weeks prior to your appointment and avoid on the eyelids area after the procedure.

Alpha Hydroxy Acid

Refrain from the use of any Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) products close to eyelids area 2 weeks prior and avoid on the eyelids area after the procedure.

Botox and Fillers

Botox and filler on the eye area should be avoided 1 month prior to procedure for those who do not regularly receive injectables.

Chemical Laser Peels

Avoid Chemical, Laser Peels, Microdermabrasion or facials for 4 weeks prior procedure.


No antibiotic use for 30 days prior to appointment.

Please Note: you will be more sensitive during your menstrual cycle. Plan ahead.

Prepare for Post-Care Now

Following the aftercare is necessary and mandatory to achieve the best result. The healing process and the reaction of the body to the pigment is different and depends on the body. Someone feels great by the evening after the tattoo procedure, and someone observes puffiness in the eyelid area.

What Goes into Post-Care for Eyeliner Tattoos?

The skin can be considered restored 28 days after the permanent tattoo procedure. The first 7-10 days the dermis heals but the pigment will continue settling in in the skin.

Day 1

After leaving the salon the eyeliner will look bright and dark.  Your eyes might be puffy and red, it is a normal reaction of the skin and will go down after a few hours. Although everyone is different it might last 1 to 3 days.  The most important part is to remove lymphatic fluid from the tattooed area with clean wet wipes.  At home you can wash your eyes with warm water and let air dry and after applying given ointment or grapeseed oil. Clean cotton rounds soaked in cool water may be applied as necessary to reduce swelling ( wash your hands before). Sleeping slightly elevated helps alleviate swelling. Use a fresh pillowcase. Avoid sleeping on your face for the first 10 days.

Day 2

The pigment might look even darker, it's normal. Keep the area clean by blotting with clean wet cotton rounds or gently washing eyes with warm water, no rubbing, only dabbing and pat with clean tissue or towel, avoid rubbing, air dry. Keep applying a thin layer of ointment ( or grape seed oil), your skin needs to breathe in order to heal.  

Day 3-7

Please avoid washing your eyes. No water. These days you will start forming crust, scabbing. Some itching is normal, you can apply thin layer of ointment.  DO NOT PICK, PEEL, OR SCRATCH the treated area or your color may heal unevenly and you risk scarring and infection. Let the scab fall by itself, you may remove if it is resting on eyelashes. Few lashes might get stuck on the crust, when they were naturally falling, don't be scared, it is normal.

Day 10- 14

The skin has already healed, but still remains thin and susceptible to trauma. Scabbing gradually disappears. The itching has gone, the pigment has become lighter.

You are still not recommended to do any cosmetic procedures, dye your eyelashes, go to the sauna or swimming pool.

Day 14

During this period, the pigment still settles and is absorbed, so the color may change, be bright, saturated or even lighten. It depends on the skin, everything is individual.  There could be some gaps in the eyeliner. All these imperfections will be eliminated at the touchup session, which must be done 4 to 8 weeks after the first cosmetic procedure.

Important note about showering (during 10 days):

Limit your showers to 5 minutes so that you do not create too much steam. Keep your face/ procedure area out of the water while you wash your body, then, at the end of your shower, wash your hair. Your face should only be getting wet only at the end of the shower. Avoid excessive rinsing and hot water on the treated area.


  • Do not use contact lenses for 48 hours.
  • Do not use mascara until outer healing is complete. Do not use old tubes of mascara. No makeup for 10 days.
  • Do not use saline eye drops.
  • Eyes are sensitive to pet dander, gardening, dust and dirty hands.
  • Do not perform heavy household cleaning such as garage or storage cleaning where there is a lot of airborne debris–now is not the time!. Care must be taken to keep the eyes clean and free of bacteria.

Things to Avoid After an Eyeliner Tattoo Procedure

  • avoid using eyelash curlers for 2 weeks. Clean eyelash curler with alcohol prior to using.
  • avoid eyelash extensions for a minimum of 2 weeks post your eyeliner procedure.
  • avoid Retin-A, Glycolic Acids, Alpha Hydroxy Acid ( AHA) near eyes to avoid premature fading
  • avoid direct sun exposure and tanning beds for a minimum of 4 weeks after your procedure. Direct sunlight can cause the pigment to change color while it is healing and can also cause hyperpigmentation and scarring.
  • avoid underwater swimming and bathing for 4 weeks to avoid bacterial infection.
  • avoid pools, sauna, steam rooms, steamy showers, and hot baths for 10 days.
  • avoid sweating on your face for 10 days. Sweating through or on the brows will expel pigment from the dermis producing poor "patchy results.
  • avoid drinking alcohol in excess, as it may lead to slow healing of wounds.
  • avoid driving in open air vehicles such as convertibles, boats, bicycles, or motorcycles.

Certain skincare products and services will cause premature fading of your cosmetic tattoo and may also alter the pigment color.  Please apply a thin layer of Ointment ( Aquaphor for example)  over your eyeliner tattoo before use of any of the following: glycolic acid, salicylic acid, alpha hydroxy acid, hydroquinone, retinol/retin-a, vitamin c, peels, microdermabrasion, Obagi, or anything that brightens or treats hyperpigmentation.

How often do Eyeliner Tattoos Need to be Touched Up?

Keep in mind that in many cases, some unevenness of color is to be expected or fading of the pigment .

Permanent makeup changes over time for several reasons. Fading can occur due to sun exposure, tanning, skin care products/makeup remover, and your skin’s natural exfoliation process. The purpose of the touch-up visit is to correct any color or shape issues.

The first touch up can be done after 1 month to 2 months. The color boost or annual touchup is recommended to maintain the result and it is usually done no earlier than 6 months to 1- 2 years.

Sometimes you might not need touchup at all with eyeliner tattoo, there are 2 reasons for that:  

First, your skin type is thin, normal or/ and dry.

Secondly, plus if you followed all aftercare instructions to a tee.

Lastly, the skin in the eyelid is very thin and delicate. That is why a permanent eyeliner tattoo can look fresh and bright for a long time.

But, we recommend touchup sessions, if you want your eyeliner or lash enhancement tattoo to last longer. Any client who did not come for their first touchup sessions might return back after 6 months and whoever got their touchup can be back 1 to 2 years ( even 5 years ) later for a color refreshment.