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What is it like to get eyeliner tattoo?

Eyeliner can be the most finicky part of your makeup routine. We’ve all been there: you manage to get one eye looking absolutely perfect, only to make a smeared mess of the second and have to start over. With makeup being such an annoying time-sink–don’t we all have more important things to do than hunch over our bathroom sink all morning?–it’s no surprise that permanent makeup is becoming so popular. But when it comes to the eyeliner tattoo process, many people have questions. Here’s everything you need to know to get started.


The eyeliner tattoo process is simple. To start, you’ll need to stop using lash serums up to four weeks before and remove your lash extensions at least 1 week before. Stop drinking caffeine and alcohol and do not take any blood thinners at least one day prior to your appointment. If you wear contacts, there will be disposable cases for you to store them in during the service, and you’ll be safe to put them back in before you leave.

The service begins with a thorough consultation where you and the artist will decide what style of permanent eyeliner you’re looking for. Whether you desire a subtle compliment to your natural look, a soft and smoky shadow effect or to wake up with an eye-enhancing cat-eye every morning, the options can be customized to fit your specific needs. Then a topical numbing cream is applied for 20 minutes, allowing it to take full effect. The tattoo process can last between two to three hours, so plan for extended parking. Eyeliner tattoo is a delicate process performed on the thinnest skin on the body and requires time to build safely.

Yeah, but does it hurt to get eyeliner tattooed?

One of the most common questions people want to know about the eyeliner tattoo process is whether it hurts or not. We can’t guarantee there won’t be discomfort, but we can guarantee we will do everything we can to keep you comfortable. We keep pain to a minimum by using effective, safe numbing products throughout the entire process. We continue to refresh your numbing agent throughout the service to ensure that the only thing you’re likely to feel is vibration. In some cases, people have fallen asleep! Expect to have minimal swelling the day of and a bit more the following day. Your artist will give you detailed instructions on how to care for your new tattoo so that your healing time is easy and minimal. To finish up your experience, the front desk staff will book your follow-up appointment in six to 12 weeks to ensure your healed results are to your liking.

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There are different kinds of eyeliner tattoos, just like there are many ways to apply regular eyeliner. A subtle eyeliner tattoo can darken your lash line, making your eyes seem bigger and brighter without it being obvious you’re “wearing” eyeliner. Pigment above the lash line, or even a full cat-eye effect, is also possible with an eyeliner tattoo–it just won’t look as natural. In the end, it all depends on what you’re looking for!

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Permanent makeup has quickly proved itself to be the future of beauty, and it’s easy to see why. Procedures like microblading, lip blush, and eyeliner tattoos have taken huge strides forward in the last decade, making them more affordable, long-lasting, and convenient. Why spend hours in front of the mirror caking on products to achieve that “natural” makeup look when you can simply wake up and roll out of bed with the perfect brows, lips, and eyeliner (still not sold? Check out our blog here to read about the pros and cons of permanent makeup!)? The key is to find a high-quality artist who can work with your needs and make sure you have a good experience as well as a final result you’ll love. To chat with our experienced makeup artists here at Daela Cosmetic Tattoo, reach out any time! Looking to learn about the other applications of cosmetic tattooing? Check out our “Four Types of Cosmetic Tattooing (And Why We Love Them)” blog to learn more.

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