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Enhance Your Look with Permanent Eyeliner Tattoo: A Complete Guide to Cost, Styles, and Aftercare

If you are a fan of eyeliner but hate the hassle of applying and removing it every day, you may have wondered if there is a better way to achieve that flawless look. Well, there is! It’s called eyeliner tattoo, and it’s a type of permanent makeup that can give you beautiful eyes without any effort.

But what exactly is eyeliner tattoo and how does it work? Is it safe and worth it? How much does it cost and how long does it last? In this blog post, we will answer all these questions and more to help you decide if eyeliner tattoo is right for you.

What Is Eyeliner Tattoo?

Eyeliner tattoo is a cosmetic procedure that involves introducing micro-pigment into the skin around your eyes to create the appearance of eyeliner. It can be done on your upper or lower lash lines, or both, depending on your preference. The pigment used for eyeliner tattoo is specially formulated for the eye area and comes in various colors and styles.

There are different types of eyeliner tattoos depending on your desired effect. You can choose from:

  • Lash line enhancement: This is a subtle technique that places pigment along your lash lines (not your waterline) to create the illusion of thicker, darker, and fuller lashes without looking lined or like obvious makeup. This is ideal for those who want a natural-looking enhancement or have sparse lashes, hair loss, or alopecia.

  • Classic eyeliner: This is a more defined technique that creates a thin or thick line along your lash lines with or without a flick or extended tip. This is ideal for those who want to accentuate their eye shape or add some drama to their look.

  • Smoky eyeliner: This is a softer technique that creates a diffused line along your lash lines with shading effects. This is ideal for those who want to add some depth and dimension to their eyes or create a smoky eyeshadow effect.

What Are the Benefits of Eyeliner Tattoo?

Eyeliner tattoo has many benefits but also some drawbacks. Here are some of them:


  • No need to wear eyeliner anymore: You can save time and money on buying and applying eyeliner every day. You can also avoid smudging, fading, running, or transferring of your eyeliner throughout the day.

  • Enhances your eye shape: Eyeliner tattoo can make your eyes look bigger, brighter, more awake, and more expressive by defining your lash lines and enhancing your eye shape.

  • Lasts between two to five years before a touch-up: Eyeliner tattoo is semi-permanent, which means it will fade over time due to factors such as skin type (thicker skin fades faster), lifestyle (sun exposure), body chemistry (pH level), age (skin elasticity), etc. However, you can expect your eyeliner tattoo to last between two to five years before you need a touch-up.


  • Color retention varies according to individual skin type: Some people may have better color retention than others depending on their skin type, especially if they have oily or thick skin. You may need more frequent touch-ups if your color fades faster than expected.

  • Fading can be caused by lifestyle, body chemistry, and age: Factors such as sun exposure, pH level, skin elasticity etc. can affect how your eyeliner tattoo fades over time. You may need to protect your eyes from the sun or adjust your skincare routine to prolong your color.

  • Can be a pricey beauty habit to upkeep: Eyeliner tattoo can cost anywhere from $500 to $1500 depending on your location and the style you choose. Touch-ups can cost about half of the initial price but they are still an additional expense that you need to consider.

How Much Does Eyeliner Tattoo Cost?

The cost of an eyeliner tattoo varies depending on the location, expertise of the technician, and the type of eyeliner tattoo you want. On average, the cost of an eyeliner tattoo can range from $250 to $600. Although it might seem expensive, it is a one-time investment that can save you time and money in the long run.

How to Take Care of Your Eyeliner Tattoo After the Procedure

Your eyeliner tattoo will take about six weeks to fully heal. During this time, you need to follow some aftercare instructions to ensure proper healing and prevent any complications. Here are some tips on how to take care of your eyeliner tattoo after the procedure:

  • For the first week, use a fresh Q-tip to apply a thin layer of ointment (such as Vaseline) to your eyeliner tattoo twice a day. This will keep the area moist and aid in colour retention.

  • Touching, rubbing, scratching, or picking at your eyeliner tattoo can cause infection, scarring, or colour loss. Allow any scabs to fall off naturally.

  • Wearing eye makeup or contact lenses for at least two weeks after the procedure can irritate your eyes or introduce bacteria. If you require glasses, wear them instead.

  • Avoid getting any water, soap, shampoo, cleanser, cream, etc. on your eyeliner tattoo for at least two weeks after the procedure because they can interfere with the healing process. If necessary, clean your eyes gently with a damp cotton ball.

  • Avoid sun exposure, tanning beds, swimming pools, saunas, steam rooms, and other similar activities for at least four weeks after the procedure because they can fade your colour or cause infection. If you go outside, make sure to wear sunglasses and sunscreen.

  • Avoid any facial treatments such as peels, microdermabrasion, botox injections, and so on for at least four weeks after the procedure because they can affect the colour or cause infection. Speak to your artist about the aftercare they like to follow as it varies from artist to artist!

What to Expect During Your Eyeliner Tattoo Healing Process

Your eyeliner tattoo healing process will take about six weeks in total. During this time, you will notice some changes in your eyeliner tattoo appearance and feel some sensations on your eyes. Here is what you can expect during your eyeliner tattoo healing process:

  • Day 1: Your new eyeliner will look darker and thicker than it will heal. This is due to oxidation and swelling of the colour. Your eyes may feel sore, irritated, or sensitive to light.

  • Days 2-3: As the pigment oxidises, your colour will darken temporarily, and thin scabs will form. You may wake up with puffiness or crustiness under your eyes, but you can reduce this by sleeping on an incline or using a cool compress. The feeling of your eyeliner will be tight and dry, but not painful.

  • Days 3-5: Your eyeliner will begin to flake until there is no longer any scabbing. Picking at the scabs can lead to infection, scarring, or colour loss. Allow them to naturally fall off. Because your freshly healed skin hides the true colour beneath, your colour may appear lighter than it will eventually heal.

  • Day 42: Your eyeliner tattoo has fully healed after six weeks and you can see the final results. If you need to darken the colour or change the shape, you can return for a touch-up.

Can You Remove Your Eyeliner Tattoo If You Don’t Like It?

If you are unhappy with your eyeliner tattoo for any reason, such as color fading, shape changing, migration of pigment etc., you may want to remove it completely or partially. There are three methods of eyeliner tattoo removal that are effective and safe:

  • The pigment molecules are broken down into smaller particles by a laser beam, which are then flushed out by your body's immune system. This method is effective for darker colours but not for reddish or yellowish ones. It also necessitates a number of sessions (typically six to ten) spaced six to eight weeks apart. It can be costly (between $200 and $500 per session) and painful (although numbing cream is used).

  • A saline solution (salt water) is used to remove the pigment from your skin. This method is best suited for lighter colours and newer tattoos. It also necessitates several sessions (typically two to ten weeks apart). It is less expensive (around $100 to $300 per session) and less painful (despite the use of numbing cream).

  • Glycolic acid removal: This method uses a glycolic acid solution to dissolve the pigment from your skin. This method works for tattoos of all colours and ages. It also necessitates several sessions (usually two to ten) spaced six to eight weeks apart. It is more expensive (around $300 to $500 per session) and more painful (despite the use of numbing cream).

Each of these methods has its pros and cons, so you should consult with a professional removal technician before deciding which one is best for you.

Why Choose Rare Lash Factory for Your Eyeliner Tattoo?

If you are looking for the best eyeliner tattoo service in Australia, look no further than Rare Lash Factory. We are a trusted beauty salon that specializes in eyelash extensions, lash lifts, brow lamination, henna brows, and eyeliner tattoo.

We have a team of certified and experienced permanent makeup artists who can create any style of eyeliner tattoo that suits your eye shape, color, and preference. We use high-quality pigments that are vegan-friendly, cruelty-free, hypoallergenic, and long-lasting.

We also offer a free consultation where we will discuss your expectations, preferences, medical history, allergies etc. We will also draw a design on your eyes with a pencil or marker so you can see how it looks before proceeding.

We care about your satisfaction and safety so we follow strict hygiene standards and aftercare instructions. So what are you waiting for? Book your appointment today and get ready to enjoy beautiful eyes that will enhance your look and confidence!

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