How Long Do Eyeliner Tattoos Last?

Wouldn't it be great to wake up in the morning and be able to go to work right away? Skipping makeup could make your life a lot easier! That's a big reason so many women opt for permanent makeup. Eyeliner tattoos are increasingly popular and offer natural-looking results. This cosmetic procedure can boost your confidence and eliminate the need for eyeliner while saving you precious time.

Permanent eyeliner can make your eyes look bigger and enhance your lash line. The tattoo can be applied in a multitude of styles, from the classic cat-eye to a double-winged liner or a fishtail liner. Any of these options can be suitable for those who are allergic to makeup products or lacking manual dexterity. And the procedure itself is quick and painless. "The clients that I've done eyeliner procedures for all tell me their comfort level is high and pain is barely there, some say they could sleep through the entire procedure with me. You feel a slight tickle on the lashes but not much else," permanent makeup artist Brenda Ton said to Byrdie in November 2020.

But how long do eyeliner tattoos last? The answer depends on your lifestyle, skin type, and how you care for your tattoo. The results aren't permanent, though.

Eyeliner tattoos aren't forever

Permanent makeup doesn't last as long as traditional tattoos. Chances are, you'll need a touch-up every few years because the pigment fades over time. "The fading process is extremely gradual for eyeliner tattoo, and normally, a touch-up is recommended every two years," said permanent makeup artist Brenda Ton in an interview with Byrdie. The results last about three to five years, depending on your age and the amount of sun exposure you're getting, among other factors.

Meanwhile, there are a few things you can do to make your eyeliner tattoo last longer. For starters, try to avoid spending hours in the sun. If that's not an option, wear sunglasses to prevent the pigment from fading, suggests dermatologist Julie Russak (via Cosmopolitan). She also advises against rubbing your eyes or using harsh makeup removers. What you do in the first few days after getting the tattoo matters, too. Aesthetician Piret Aava told Cosmopolitan that it's best to avoid water and contact lenses in the first 48 hours following the procedure. Stay away from eye makeup until your eyelids are completely healed.

Aava also recommends replacing your mascara and eyeshadow after getting the procedure. These products contain bacteria and may cause infections, especially if the delicate area around your eyes isn't fully healed. Also, note that it's possible to experience bleeding, bruising, swelling, or itching. These side effects are common and should subside within days. Other potential issues, such as an allergic reaction to the dye, require medical attention.