If the eyes are the windows to the soul, it’s important to decorate their framing. Women and men use eyeliner to draw attention to their eyes and make their eyelashes appear fuller and vibrant. While some eyeliner users opt for a more glamorous look, others simply want to appear natural and well rested. Whatever their aim, many users of cosmetics choose to employ eyeliner as central part of their regular makeup routine.
Although eyeliner products can be relatively low cost, they are infamously difficult to apply. Even if eyeliner users manage to keep a steady hand, it is often difficult to draw along the lash line. To make it easier to draw along the lash line, eyeliner users often make the mistake of pulling on their upper eyelid, which can increase the possibility of premature wrinkles. Even if eyeliner users are able to create smooth, continuous lines along the lash lines, they are liable to make other unintended errors in application:
None of these application problems are insurmountable. Eyeliner users can use various types of products (including liquid foundation and clear lip gloss) to correct mistakes (https://www.buzzfeed.com/nataliebrown/because-cat-eyes-are-hard? utm_term=.vjqLB6Nmj#.xbvPAbgzl ). They can sharpen pencils before each use. They can use mini-strokes or use a “connect the dots” technique along their lash lines. Whatever their technique for troubleshooting common application problems, it’s clear that eyeliner application is a painstaking process.
Eyeliner can also pose significant health risks. According to the Cleveland Clinic, eyeliner can contain harmful agents (such as lead, BHA and sulfates) that can irritate skin or even contribute to cancer. In addition to harmful compounds, eyeliner users who apply eyeliner along their waterlines (that is, between the lash line and the eye) can both introduce bacteria to the area. Eyeliner users can also increase their risk of infection by not properly removing all of their eyeliner on their lash lines after use, and by using outdated products. To minimize health risks, eyeliner users must be knowledgeable, skillful and vigilant.
Given the issues with traditional eyeliner, it is no wonder that a growing number of eyeliner users are turning toward permanent eyeliner to meet their needs. Permanent eyeliner is applied by artists who use sterile needles to inject pigments under the skin of the lash lines. For the average price of $500, permanent eyeliner users can enjoy up to 5 years of labor-free lined lash lines.
Because the skin surrounding the eyes is particularly delicate, eyeliner users should be careful in selecting salons and artists to perform the permanent eyeliner procedure. Those who are seeking permanent eyeliner procedures should expect the following from artists and their salons:
While artists and salons should be expected to be expertly trained, those who are thinking about having a permanent eyeliner procedure done should do their homework about possible risks. At Blooming Beauty (an Orlando, FL-based permanent makeup salon), we advocate that our clients take steps to reduce risks associated with permanent eyeliner application:
By taking these steps, you can avoid irritating your eyes, increasing the risk of negative interactions with permanent eyeliner pigments and maintain your safety.
Even with risk reduction and preparation, those who have permanent eyeliner procedures performed can still experience unwanted side effects:
Most risks to permanent eyeliner application are minimal in skilled hands.
There’s no need to continue working hard every day to achieve the lash lines that you want. For many, permanent eyeliner is a method of helping them looking their best without the hassle.