What Is a Permanent Eyeliner?

April 3, 2023

Semi Permanent Eyeliner

If you enjoy using eyeliners and spend a few minutes each morning sharpening your eyes, a semi permanent eyeliner may be right for you. It's smudge free, and you wake up with a beautiful frame around your eyes that makes a huge difference. Imagine being able to go to the beach or the pool without having to worry about smudging your eyeliner. Isn't that fantastic?

However, in my opinion, a semi permanent eyeliner will not be able to replace a regular eyeliner. It looks more like a drawn on eyeliner after the first treatment, but after scabbing and a few weeks, the eyeliner will be more of a filler around your eyelashes and less prominent. Obviously, this is dependent on the treatment, and one factor to consider is the pigment used. Keep that in mind, and ask your PMU artist to show you the healed results.

Permanent Eyeliner

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Permanent eyeliner or more accurately semi permanent eyeliner is one type of cosmetic tattooing. The technician will use an electrical/digital machine with a very fine needle to insert pigment. They then insert the pigment in between your eyelashes and on your eyelid.

Permanent Eyeliner Styles

You can choose from a variety of eyeliner styles. It's a good idea to match your eye shape with your style. Some people, for example, have hooded eyes, which can have an impact on the final appearance. Choose a look that you enjoy wearing every day. Even though the pigment is semi-permanent, it is possible that it will last for years in some circumstances. Before you make your final decisions, request images of various types of eyes to see how they look.

You can usually pick between these types depending on the PMU artists experience and training:

  • Very fine eyeliner between eyelashes
  • Enhancing eyeliner that is very subtle
  • Eyeliner on both upper eyelid and between and/or under your lower lashes
  • Dramatic and thick smokey eyeliner
  • Eyeliner on lower eyelid
  • Winged eyeliner
  • Eyeliner with eyeshadow effect

Colors Of Eyeliner Pigments

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The most common pigments are black and dark brown. Make sure the pigments are of good quality because black can fade into a blue tone if it's not of good quality. Some salons/technicians have a wider range of colors to choose from.

Permanent Eyeliner Before and After

As previously said, the outcome you see the day of your treatment is unlikely to be the final result. The sharp line will dissolve over time, becoming more natural and resembling a shade. I've had my eyeliner done a couple of times, and most people don't notice unless I tell them, so in my experience it is good to get a touch up after 12-18 months.

Pick your PMU artist carefully

Before having a permanent eyeliner, do your research like you would with any other type of permanent makeup. The eye area is quite delicate. In the worst-case situation, the micropigmentation could extend throughout the lymphatic vessels. This implies that the pigment can spread all across your eyelid, under your eye, and down your cheek.

This isn't meant to terrify you or make you reject the many benefits of semi-permanent eyeliner. Just to make you aware so you can choose your PMU artist properly. Ascertain that they have received sufficient training and hold a genuine certificate from a reputable academy and use quality products.

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Kristjana has years of experience as a Customer Success and Marketing Manager in the Permanent Makeup industry. Her passion is to share information in a simple way in order to assist everyone in making well informed decisions about which treatment and PMU Artist to choose.