Sunday, September 14, 2014

tattooed eyeliner

Yep, I took the plunge and had my eyeliner tattooed!  I went to the lovely lady who did my eyebrows, Deraly Fleming - wouldn't trust anyone else!

The reason to go to these extremes?  I don't care about wrinkles as such as I'm getting older ... but when it messes with my eyeliner???  As you get older, the skin around the eyes gets a bit, er, slacker.  And the eyeliner just doesn't last like it used to, regardless of the brand.

Deraly went over my existing eyeliner.  She used a numbing cream, but I must confess it still hurt (especially in the corners of the eyelids).

Here I am the night that I had it done:


As you can see, pretty swollen and bruised!  The next morning it was very swollen and red, so this shot was taken about 45 minutes after putting an icepack on them!  This is how I went to work the next day ;)


Ouch!  Next is later on that night - looking much better!


And this one was taken yesterday - the bruising as already eased off:


I have had so much feedback on Instagram and Facebook, that I thought I would document the process - I just couldn't find much online about personal experiences!  I need to go back in November to get them retouched, as well as my eyebrows darkened (I love them, but I want them darker!).  My left eye wasn't completely finished, as it started bruising very quickly so she had to stop - that will be finished off in November too ;)

Overall, I'm glad I didn't know how much it was going to hurt .... though Deraly assures me that subsequent visits won't be so painful as touch ups don't require so much ink/needling.  I'm budgeting to get them done once a year, though they will easily last for about 2-3 years (I want them to stay black and bold, but they will last a lot longer if you like a more natural look).

If you're thinking about getting your brows/eyeliner done, here are my recommendations:

1.  Google!!  Find a good practitioner by reading online reviews, getting recommendations from friends, etc.  Find something with experience in the industry with a good track record.

2.  I would recommend a practitioner who uses a 'pen-styled device', which is actually a miniature tattoo gun.  The difference is that they use semi-permanent ink, as many people change their mind about their makeup style as they get older.  I would NOT recommend the 'soft-tap method' - I had that done the first time, and while it lasted the same amount of time, it was way more painful and took a lot longer to heal.

3.  I know this sounds obvious, but make sure that the shape you are after is something that you can live with every day for at least 2-3 years!

4.  Looking after cosmetic tattoos are the same as a conventional body tattoo - tattoo balm throughout the day.  Since I don't like chemicals, I have been using Dr Bronners Organic Balm with all-natural ingredients.

Please feel free to ask any questions!  :)

12 comments:

  1. Tattooed eyeliner/ eyeshadow is definitely something I would consider in many many many years time as I am terrible at makeup! At the moment I don't really need it but as I get older I might want it to make my eyes stand out more. I would definitely find a good practitioner because the idea of eyelid tattoos is pretty scary!

    Do they scab like normal tattoos as they heal?

    Is there any way they would last longer than 3 years or do you basically have to get it redone after that time?

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    1. Yes, they scab like normal tattoos, especially the eyebrows! My eyeliner is still healing, but Deraly said that it tends to flake off more than scab - though everyone is different, of course!

      They can definitely last longer than 3 years, but they'd be pretty faded. It depends on the coloured ink used, and it is different for everyone. The very first time I had a brown colour - that was about 6 years ago, and when I had mine done a couple of years ago to this more 'unnatural' shape, the brown was still there underneath!

      Not sure how long eyeliner can last, as this is the first time I have had it done ... but you could leave it for a long time for a more natural look, and just go over it with conventional eyeliner for a more dramatic effect if you didn't want to get it done too often.

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  2. So, how far down into the eyelash line can they get? I don't usually wear eyeliner on my lid, per se, but I do like to tightline, because I don't have a lot of eyelashes. I'm considering having my lashes tinted, but you can still see that there's a lot of space between them. The notion of being poked with a needle between my eyelashes is horrifying, but I've had plastic surgery, so I figure it can't be as bad...

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    1. Actually, the most common form of tattooed eyeliner is right between the lashes - looks very natural, and makes the lashes look very full. As you can imagine, I didn't want anything like natural, haaha! And yes, that was incredibly uncomfortable - but it was more about trying to keep the eyelid closed more than the actual pain.

      Deraly is a registered nurse, and she actually said that even if she slipped, the needles wouldn't do any damage - not that she has ever done so, but a doctor friend said that the needles don't go in deep enough - PHEW!

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  3. *faint* You, my friend, are a braver woman than I! *shudder* I have to say, the brows and the liner look really awesome.

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  4. Wow they look great!! I can see in your photos that we have the similar crease and it's difficult to make the eyeliner stay where you painted it. I'm a little coward to try this yet :)

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    1. Thanks! I haven't had that much trouble with the crease until the last 6 mths or so ... bloody wrinkles!!! ;)

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  5. Ouch! That looks like it hurts!! I would totally love having this done permanently though!

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    1. It did!! But I'm so glad I had it done - it's already looking amazing, even though it needs the touch up in November ;)

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  6. It looks amazing on you, but I'd have to be knocked out cold for anyone to put anything needle-like near my eyes!

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    1. Haaha, yeah it was a bit scary ... but I'm glad I did it!! ;)

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