All forms of permanent makeup are technically classified as a tattoo. In other words, they involve implanting color into your skin with a tiny needle. As for whether it’s really permanent, the short answer is no. Permanent eyeliner isn’t going to wash off with the rest of your makeup at night, but it will gradually fade away within a year or two. If we’re getting nit-picky, we’d say that semi-permanent is probably a better description.
If you’re wondering why permanent eyeliner eventually fades out but regularly tattoos last for years, the reason is that the color embedding doesn’t go nearly as deep into your skin. Only the top surface layers are colored. This is the same process you see with microbladed brows, as well, which also fade.
DOES PERMANENT EYELINER LOOK THE SAME?
Definitely not. This is a completely customized process. There are many different techniques, tools, and digital tips depending on the desired look or the expert technician. You can go for ‘high definition,’ a powdery or shadow-like finish, a thicker liner, or a tight line.
DOES TATTOOED EYELINER CAUSE PAIN?
Tattooed eyeliner doesn’t cause as much pain as you might expect, especially if you’ve hired a solid artist.
Once the tattoo process is started, all the client will feel is a vibration. There is no bleeding and no swelling. Most of my clients are surprised, as they expect the discomfort to be much higher.
HOW LONG DOES PERMANENT EYELINER LAST?
Permanent makeup, including tattooed eyeliner, looks best for about one year. Depending on how well your eye holds the color, it can last for up to two to three years before you have to start worrying about touch-ups. (All the more reason to hire a really amazing artist. More on that soon).