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  • Writer's pictureLauren Carter Spmu

Aftercare And Healing For Permanent Eyeliner

Permanent eyeliner usually lasts between one and three years. Cosmetic pigment is implanted into either the lash line better known as 'tight line’ to enhance the eyelashes or as full eyeliner which is done to your style preference and done above the lash line. Either way permanent eyeliner is done you have to follow an aftercare guide to avoid early fading and to avoid infection.


  • Do not touch, rub or scratch the treated area. It is very sensitive and you can peel the pigment off if you don't leave them to flake naturally. Use a q-tip dipped into clean water and gently clean the area.

  • Keep the area moisturised. Use a q-tip again, dipped in a recommended ointment. It is important to only use recommended moisturisers as some can have ingredients that will break down the pigment causing early fading.

  • Do not wear makeup, especially mascara, for 10 days.

  • Avoid sun exposure and ultraviolet light causes a breakdown in the pigment particles which makes the pigment appear faded.

  • Avoid sweating, saunas, gyms and working out as well as swimming pools.

  • No facials, Botox or any other cosmetic treatments.

  • Do not sleep on your face and use a clean pillowcase.

  • Do not wear contact lenses during the aftercare period. Wear glasses instead and when it’s finished, take a new pair of contacts if possible.

Healing Process

  • Day 1 – After the procedure, your eyeliner will look 30% darker than it will when it is fully healed. It will appear larger due to colour oxidation and you will have a small about of swelling, although it will be practically unnoticeable.

  • Days 2 to 3 – Your eyes may feel a little puffy when you first wake up, this is easily fixed by sleeping on an incline or by applying a cold compress to your eyes. Your eyeliner should now be tight as it dries out and will darken temporarily and scabs will form.

  • Day 3 to 5 – The scabs should begin to flake, it is really important that you do not pick, peel or scratch the scabs as peeling the scabs can also peel the pigment. The colour may appear lighter than you are wanting, but this is only due to the freshly healed skin and will soon rectify itself.

  • Day 42 – By now your eyeliner will be fully healed. You should have a follow up session booked in with the professional, this Includes a top up at 4-8 weeks later. Clinics like here in mainland UK Lauren Carter and Northern Ireland Donna Dorothy advises that it is carried out by the person who initially did your permanent eyeliner. At the follow up you and the professional will decide if you feel you want or need any adjustments such as if you want the colour darker.

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