Having beautiful long eyelashes is a trait most of us desire, but just because you weren’t born with long eyelashes, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy them now! We’re not suggesting you go through the discomfort of false eyelashes which don’t always appear natural and could fall into your morning smoothie unannounced, but rather a much more sustainable option. Eyelash enhancement tattoo, or semi-permanent eyeliner, is a simple yet effective way to achieve those desired lashes, without the hassle of daily application and maintenance.

How Does Eyelash Enhancement Tattoo Work?

Also referred to as semi-permanent eyeliner, this is a specialized cosmetic tattooing procedure that creates the appearance of fuller and darker lashes while defining your eye. The technician will use an ultra-thin needle to deposit hypoallergenic mineral pigments around the eye. Most lash enhancement tattoos last around a year, but some can last as long as three years before fading. This is because your skin cells are constantly being replaced and elements like lifestyle and skin type will determine how long the pigment lasts. 

What Do You Do Before The Lash Enhancement Procedure?

Your technician will provide you with a detailed outline of how the procedure works, but it’s good to go in with a clear idea of what to expect and what is expected of you. Here are some things you will need to do in preparation for the semi-permanent eyelash tattoo. 

  • Medication: If you’re taking prescription medication, you will need to consult with your medical practitioner beforehand. Retinoids and blood thinners could interfere with healing which means you might need to stop taking or using them before getting the tattoo treatment. 
  • Lash Extensions: You will need to take your lash extensions off about a week before your appointment to ensure there is no glue left behind, as this could interfere with the tattoo ink. 
  • Remove contacts: You need to remove your contact lenses before the procedure and you might not be able to wear them for a few days afterwards. 
  • Cosmetic treatments: Put off any other treatments if you’re going for an eyelash enhancement tattoo as you’ll need around two weeks for the area to be fully healed. 
  • Avoid caffeine: Coffee or other caffeinated drinks could cause you to be more anxious so rather avoid them on the day of your appointment. 
  • Skincare Products: Check with your technician about any skincare ingredients that you should be avoiding. Retinol and glycolic acid could make the area around the eyes sensitive. 
  • Health Issues: Certain health conditions might make you an unfit candidate for semi-permanent makeup. These include pregnancy, breastfeeding, or any diseases that compromise the immune system. 

What Do You Do After The Lash Enhancement Procedure?

Once you’ve had the eyelash enhancement tattoos, you will need to care for the area for some time to ensure there is no infection, and to extend the lifespan of the tattoo. Some of the ways you can protect the area include: 

  • Avoid rubbing your eyes for a day or two after the procedure. 
  • Applying an ice pack to the eyelids to reduce redness and swelling. 
  • Applying a recommended ointment to the area to prevent infection. 
  • Applying petroleum jelly once or twice a day to keep the area hydrated. 
  • Going without eye makeup for a few days. 

What Are Some Eyelash Styles?

One of the great things about lash enhancement tattoos is that you can choose from a variety of styles that suit your particular brand. Some of the more popular options include: 

  • Winged eyeliner: This is where the technician gives the outer corners of your eyes a gentle flick that extends above the crease of your eyelids.
  • Feline eyeliner: This is an imitation of the sultry ‘cat eye’ look. 
  • Shaded or smokey eyeliner: This is a soft eyeliner that diffuses out from the lash line like a smudged pencil resulting in an attractive smokey look. 
  • Lash enhancement: The technician will create a light blend resulting in a subtle definition through the lash line.
  • Classic eyeliner: This is generally the most popular last tattoo whereby the technician creates the first lash line inside the corner extending to the last lash outside of the eye in an even line. You can opt for a thin, medium, or thick eyeliner depending on your preference. 

What Are The Benefits Of Eyelash Enhancement Tattoo?

Semi-permanent makeup is fast becoming the preferred option for many as it offers so many benefits – even if it’s just used as a base rather than the finished look. Here are some of the benefits of the eyelash enhancement tattoo in particular. 

  • Eliminate daily hassle: Applying makeup every day can be extremely time-consuming. With the eyelash enhancement tattoo, you’re drastically reducing your makeup time, but also eliminating it on certain days as the treatments mean you’re ready to roll out of bed looking great whenever. 
  • Allergy-free: For many, applying eye makeup isn’t an option as they have sensitive eyes or allergies. The semi-permanent lash tattoo is such a great alternative to traditional cosmetics as the pigment is applied under the skin to eliminate irritation and allergies. 
  • Low maintenance: Eye makeup may need to be reapplied, particularly if you’re an outdoor person or have been swimming or rubbing your eyes. With eyelash enhancement tattoos, you never have to worry about re-applications. 
  • Cost reduction: While there is an initial cost involved, semi-permanent makeup means you’re not having to buy new eye makeup every month. This results in long-term cost savings. 

Who Is A Good Candidate For An Eyelash Enhancement Tattoo?

You are an ideal candidate for an eyelash enhancement tattoo if you want to enjoy any of the above-mentioned benefits and fit the category health-wise. But there are many other reasons you might want to opt for this treatment: 

  • You have physical limitations such as cataracts, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, or have suffered from a stroke and are unable to apply makeup easily. 
  • You are allergic to cosmetic products or have sensitive eyes. 
  • You like the look of eye makeup but don’t have the time to apply or reapply makeup. 
  • You travel a lot and need a hassle-free approach to maintaining that fresh and professional appearance. 

BeautyInk by LeAnne is a Washington-based paramedical tattoo specialist offering top-quality cosmetic treatments, including eyelash enhancement tattoos. Get that professional look every day, without the hassle!

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