Permanent Eyeliner

When you get permanent eyeliner, you will never need to worry about ever smudging or looking like you’re going to a Halloween party when you wake up in the mornings again. Also, it is very time saving.

On the more serious side, this procedure is recommended for

  • People who are allergic to conventional makeup or
  • For those with sensitive skin and are otherwise unable to wear eyeliner
  • If you wear contact lenses
  • If you are visually impaired or
  • Suffer from motor disorders and struggle to apply makeup neatly and accurately
  • Loss of eyelashes due to medical reasons

Safely

Although the potential for negative side effects from permanent eyeliner application is minimal, it is useful to know what to look out for.  If you experience any excessive bruising or black eyes after the procedure or itching, pain, excessive swelling or bumps you may be experiencing an allergic reaction and you should consult a doctor.

How it is done

The day of your appointment you should make sure your eyes are free of any makeup and you have removed you contact lenses. (Remember to bring your normal glasses or dark glasses, as your eyes may be sensitive to light for a while)

The process to administer permanent eyeliner is called micropigmentation and will take about 1 ½ to 2 hours.  A special pen or rotary machine is used to ink in pigmentation into the skin.  It is the same principle as a tattoo, but just more refined. As there is some discomfort involved in the application, a topical numbing cream is used before and during the application to reduce the pain and discomfort associated with the procedure.

A follow up session will be required between 4 to 8 weeks following the initial procedure.  This is to ensure that the colour and shape is exactly right, and that it has healed correctly.

Immediate effects and aftercare treatment

Straight after your appointment you may have some swelling, bit of bruising and bleeding, but this is normal and should only last at most about 72 hours. The colour may also show much darker but will fade over the next 10 days. Remember to book your follow up appointment and in the mean time you may want to make sure you treat your new look well so as to ensure you stay happy with the results.

You should not apply normal creams or lotions for at least 3 to 5 days, this includes mascara.  It is important to not drench the eyeliner or touch it with dirty fingers. Have a bath rather than a shower and don’t turn your bathroom into a steam room. Your new eyeliner is in fact a tattoo and should therefore not be saturated in water just yet and then rubbed dry.  This could remove the pigmentation and you won’t get the required result.

Permanent Lipliner and colour

Why would you want a permanent lipliner and colour?  Well, you may want to change the shape of your lips (but not by much), go really dramatic with the colour and never need lipstick again, or just enhance your natural beautiful lips.  The choice is yours, but whatever you choose there are a few things you need to keep in mind.

Your lips are extremely active with among other things, eating and drinking. It is only natural then that they will exfoliate your permanent lip colour, and you will need to have periodic touch ups every 12 to 18 months.  The more natural the colour the quicker they will fade.

Safety

Permanent makeup cannot be administered if you suffer from Eczema, Psoriasis or Auto Immune Disease.  If you are pregnant, you’ll need to wait till after the birth. It is recommended that you colour your lips before you have lip filler injections as the colour and lip filler will compete for the same space, and that will cause a problem.

The lip tattooing procedure itself is otherwise perfectly safe, but certain precautions should be taken in the event of being prone to cold sores, fever blisters or herpes. Two weeks before and after the procedure you should take 3 Lysine tablets daily, or for 2 days prior and 3 days after the procedure you can take Verahexal or Lovire tablets. These tablets are available from your pharmacy.

How it is done

Your appointment will last about 2 ½ hours. There is not so much pain as there is discomfort, so a numbing cream will be applied and will take effect in about 20 minutes. The cream will then be wiped off and a secondary numbing gel will be applied with a thin needle attached to the rotary machine. Once this is completed, the colour process will start.

This process will entail the use of two different size needles. First a thicker needle is used for the lip liner, then a second flatter needle is used to fill the colour. Immediately after the process the colour will appear much darker than desired but given the time to heal (approximately 10 days), the true colour will be revealed. A follow up procedure is only required if you feel you want to have your lips a little darker.

Aftercare treatment

During the healing process, you may feel that you’re losing the colour, but this isn’t the case.  Some pigment may come off, your lips may become slightly chapped and peel, but this is a normal part of   healing.

Try to keep from rubbing or licking your lips until they are well healed.  This may also be a great opportunity to kick the smoking habit!