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Semi-Permanent 
Eyeliner

What is Semi-Permanent Eyeliner?

This treatment is considered a semi-permanent tattoo.  Pigment is deposited into the upper layer of the skin around the eyelid to create a makeup look to define and enhance your eyes.  This is done by using a very thin, sterile, 1 time use needle.

Does it hurt?

Our goal is to make this treatment as pain free as possible.  We do this by applying topical numbing cream at the beginning of the treatment followed by internal numbing cream throughout the treatment. Most clients describe the pain as a mild discomfort at most, however, each individual can experience pain differently.

How long does it last?

Eyeliner tattoo lasts approximately 1 to 5 years.  A touch-up is needed once every 12 to 18 months to touch up the colour as colour retention varies according to skin types, age, and lifestyle.  

How long does the procedure take?

The initial treatment typically takes 1.5 to 3 hours.  A touch-up is often required which will take place in six to eight weeks from the initial treatment. The touch-up session takes approximately 1 to 2 hours.

How long is the recovery?

Every client varies, but on average you can expect 5 to 10 days.  The first few days your eyes will feel sore and heavy.  Redness and swelling is normal.  Days 4 to 5 swelling should be reduced, you will experience flaking and crusting of the eyeliner.  Scabs will fall out in random sections and skin around the treatment area may feel dry and itchy. For days 6 to 10 you should see that 70-100% of scabs have fallen out. Colour will fade 30% to 50% and shape may look thinner.

Am I a good candidate for Eyeliner?

This service is recommended for anyone who has allergies or sensitivity to eye makeup, looking for a smudge-resistant, long lasting makeup look, seeking to enhance the shape, colour or size of their eyes, have no eyelashes due to medical reasons, has issues applying eye makeup due to poor eye vision and more.


This service is NOT recommended for clients who are or have: 

- Mono-lid

- Uneven eye shapes (ex: one with crease and one with no crease)

- Mature skin

- Wrinkles around the eye

- Allergic to Lidocaine

- Pregnant or Nursing

- Diabetic (Dr's Note is needed from a physician prior to procedure)

- Viral infections and/or disease

- Epilepsy

- A pacemaker or major heart problem

- Had an organ transplant

- Sensitive skin (ex: Psoriasis, sunburn, etc)

- Used Accutane in the past year

- Eye surgery in the past 12 months

- Used Eyelash growth serums in the past 12 months.

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Pre/Post Care

Upper and Lower Eyeliner

Pre-Care Instructions

  • Do not drink alcohol or caffeine 24 hours prior to your treatment.

  • Do not take Advil or other blood thinners such as Ibuprofen, Aspirin, Niacin or Vitamin-E, 72 hours prior to your appointment.  (If any of these were prescribed, please do not stop taking them without consulting your physician).

  • Avoid sun and tanning one week prior to the procedure

  • No eyelash extensions, eyelash perm and/or tinting

  • Discontinue Retin-A one week prior to your procedure.  (Please consult with your physician first).  

  • No Botox, collagen or fat injections 2 weeks before/after your appointment. 

  • No chemical or laser treatments 6 weeks before your appointment.

  • If you have used eyelash growth serum within the past 12 months, you should not have this procedure done due to thinning of the eyelid.

  • Do not wear any eye makeup on the day or your appointment

  • If you wear contact lenses, please wear glasses on the day of your appointment

  • PLEASE NOTE: You will be more sensitive during your menstrual cycle 

Post-Care Instructions

  • Immediately after the procedure, you will be asked to splash your eyes with water and wash off any pigment residue.  Pat dry gently with a clean tissue.

  • Was the skin around the eyes daily (morning & night) using a gentle, unscented soap (Cetaphil or Baby Shampoo).  Use your fingertips to cleanse gently and pat dry with a clean tissue.

  • Apply ointment 2-3 times a day for up to 7 days for thick eyeliner (omit for lash line enhancement)

  • Scabs will take about 7-10 days to peel off.  Do not pick at the scabs or peel them off prematurely.  This will result in patchy areas in your eyeliner.

  • No eye makeup is allowed until the scabs completely fall off

  • Avoid sweaty exercises, hot saunas, hot yoga, and swimming

  • Water contact is allowed 5 hours after the procedure

Important: Should a severe reaction occur please make sure to seek medical attention.

What to Expect During Healing and other Facts

  • Please remember to be patient with your eyeliner during the healing process. The treatment area will change and appear different each day.  

  • Healing on average can take 7 to 10 days (2 weeks) but sometimes as long as 4 weeks.  

  • You can expect some swelling or redness immediately after the treatment which may last for the first few days - especially in the mornings.

  • Exercising the eyes can help reduce swelling and puffiness.  Try blinking actively for 2 minutes in the morning.

  • To relieve swelling, you can ice the area with soft gel ice packs.

  • Slight stinging sensation in the first few days is normal. 

  • The eyeliner will start to form scabs and they might look dark and thick.  As the skin heals, the scabs will fall off in random pieces and might look patchy.

  • Flaking and crusting on the tattoo area may occur.

  • Avoid pulling off the scabs that are dried on the lashes.

  • The colour will fade approximately 30-50% lighter when the scabs fall off.  This is completely normal.  Do not feel discouraged if the fading is more than you expected. 

  • To achieve the perfect eyeliner, we need to see how your skin accepts the initial application and a touch-up appointment is where we will perfect the shape and colour

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