We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.

Advertiser Disclosure

Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

How We Make Money

We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently from our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What Is Permanent Eye Makeup?

By Dee Jones
Updated May 17, 2024
Our promise to you
WiseGEEK is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At WiseGEEK, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Permanent eye makeup is created by using fine, sterile needles to apply tattoo-quality ink pigments to the desired area. There are many popular types of permanent eye makeup, including permanent eye shadow, permanent mascara, and permanent eyeliner. Sparse, thinning eyebrows can also be filled in and defined with permanent eye makeup. One of the appeals of this procedure is that it saves time because someone who has permanent eye shadow or eyeliner doesn’t have to take time out of her busy routine to apply those cosmetics. Others who might benefit from having permanent eye makeup include those who are allergic or sensitive to traditional cosmetics, as well as those who have impairments, like poor eyesight or arthritis, that make applying cosmetics properly difficult.

While having permanent makeup applied can be costly, proponents point out that it’s a one-time procedure that can last for several years. These procedures should only be done by trained cosmetic technicians who have the proper credentials, certification, and experience. Typically, it takes about one to three hours to have permanent cosmetics applied. Afterwards, patients should expect to experience some swelling and tenderness.

Permanent cosmetics aren’t truly permanent, and will fade over time. How fast permanent makeup applications fade will depend on things like an individual’s specific body chemistry, her level of sun exposure, and how well she takes care of the permanent makeup. Typically, permanent eye makeup will last for several years. Those who want to remove the tattoos sooner will find that it isn’t easy or painless, and may involve surgical excision, scraping, and injecting tannic acid into the area. These procedures, which are a type of tattoo removal, can result in eyelid disfigurement or scarring.

While the risks surrounding getting permanent eye makeup are low, they do exist. During the procedure itself, a patient can have a negative reaction to the pigments in the ink, or the anesthetic used to numb the area where the tattoo will be applied. Infection and scarring are also risks, especially if the procedure is performed by someone who doesn’t have the proper training.

Improper injection of the pigments could also lead to fanning, meaning the ink will slowly spread from the area from which it was originally applied. In rare cases, the ink in the permanent eye makeup will cause dermatitis, an allergic reaction that can cause redness, itching, inflammation, scaling, and rashes. The only way to alleviate the dermatitis is to have the permanent eye makeup removed.

WiseGEEK is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.

Discussion Comments

WiseGEEK, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

WiseGEEK, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.