If you’re looking to cut down the hassle of your morning routine while safely enhancing the look of your eyes, then semi-permanent eyeliner is a really simple yet effective cosmetic option. Performed by Suki Mezei, semi-permanent eyeliner will give you more defined eyes and the appearance of thicker lashes. Here’s what you need to know. 

What Is Semi-Permanent Eyeliner?

All forms of semi-permanent (or permanent) makeup are classified as a ‘tattoo’ in that it involves implanting colour to your skin through a tiny needle. However, unlike more traditional tattoos, semi-permanent makeup won’t last quite as long, but you will benefit from an extended period of enhanced colour. It will eventually fade because the colour isn’t embedded as deep into the skin tissue – but this is a good thing. Styles change, and you might want a different look in a few years.

How Does it Work?

A professional, qualified technician will administer the semi-permanent eyeliner using specialised makeup tattooing equipment within or above the lash line. The technique has been perfected over the years, with the procedure generally lasting between 1 -2 hours. The area is numbed before application, and you’ll feel a gentle buzzing on the eye, although there will be no discomfort, rather a slight tickle. 

How Long Does Semi-Permanent Eyeliner Last?

As with all forms of tattooing, it will differ from person to person depending on various factors, these include:

  • Lifestyle 
  • Skincare products used
  • Diet
  • Sun exposure 
  • Skin type

For a rough estimate, your semi-permanent eyeliner should look its best for about a year, although it could be up to three years before you think of having touch-ups. The ink is not deposited very deep in the skin tissue, and gradually the molecules will dissipate, causing the eyeliner to fade. However, there are measures you can take to extend the lifespan of your semi-permanent eyeliner. 

What Precautions Should Be Taken?

Although semi-permanent eyeliner is a safe procedure, it is still a cosmetic procedure which is why certain precautions should be taken. You should take certain precautions if you fall under the following:

  • If taking any blood thinners, you should stop taking three days prior; 
  • Likewise, specific vitamins and fish oils will also have to be stopped ahead of the procedure;
  • Remove any lash extensions a few days before the treatment;
  • Take contact lenses out and wear glasses after the procedure; 
  • Avoid having Botox or other eye treatments before the procedure; 
  • Avoid the procedure if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding; 
  • Check with a medical professional if you have any chronic illness or are taking medication. 

What Are the Semi-Permanent Eyeliner Styles?

We generally advise that the most natural-looking approach is the best option. This is because styles tend to come and go, so remaining within your body’s natural colouring means you can enjoy the long-term benefits without wanting to change too soon. Bearing this in mind, the two predominant semi-permanent eyeliner styles are the following:

  • The Tightline

This is where the technician adds your chosen pigment between your eyelashes’ layers, giving you a darkened lash line with just a hint of enhanced lashes. Rather than being overt, the tightline walks that fine line between natural beauty and just a hint of understated makeup. This is ideal if you tend to wear liquid eyeliner daily but don’t want the hassle and mess of cosmetics. 

  • Traditional Eyeliner

If you’re looking for something with a bit more pizzazz, then the traditional semi-permanent eyeliner is your best bet. Unlike the tightline, the traditional eyeliner is placed right above the lash line, leaving the effect of a much more distinct eyeliner appearance. 

What About the After-Care Procedure?

This particular cosmetic procedure is straight-forward, which means the after-care is not too taxing. Once the technician has completed the semi-permanent eyeliner, you can go about your day – although it would be prudent to get someone to drive you home as there might be some slight swelling. 

What to Expect Afterwards:

  • The tightline application will take  7 to 10 days to heal and a further 2 weeks to fully show.
  • The traditional eyeliner takes 10 to 14 days to heal and a further 2 weeks to fully show.
  • Avoid wearing makeup on your eyes until your eyes have healed; 
  • Avoid saunas and pools until healed; 
  • Avoid touching or rubbing your eyes;
  • If there is scabbing, don’t pick at it; and
  • There might be little black flakes for a few days. 

What Are the Benefits of Semi-Permanent Eyeliner?

This cosmetic procedure has become mainstream for many, and with good reason! Semi-permanent eyeliner comes with so many benefits for such a quick treatment. These include:

  • Boosting your confidence and self-esteem daily. 
  • Saves you time in the morning by cutting application time, as well as in the evenings when it’s time to go out. 
  • You’re also saving on time in makeup removal every day. 
  • Semi-permanent eyeliner is swim-proof, shower-proof, gym-proof and it’s even emotion-proof! No more Alice Cooper eyes!
  • Saves you money on make-up investment and you’re not cursing when you can’t find your eyeliner. 
  • No more concern about smudging your makeup when playing sports or simply getting through a really hot day. 
  • Gives your face a much fuller look and frames your face, taking years off. 
  • Reduces wear on your skin as there’s no constant makeup removal. 

Why You Should Go With Suki Mezei 

To embark on such an uplifting journey, you need to work with the absolute best – and that’s Suki Su Permanent Natural Makeup! Suki Mezei is a fully qualified and licenced micropigmentation and medical tattoo specialist with years of experience in semi-permanent facial cosmetics and more than a decade spent as a makeup artist. Suki provides a free consultation on permanent eyeliner makeup and works with every client to provide a customised solution that works with their facial features. For promising, natural and eye-catching results, book a consultation with a level 4 qualification in semi-permanent makeup!

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