Eyeliner Shape and Design
Eyeliner “frames” the eyes and can make eyelashes appear darker, fuller, or thicker. It can enhance the shape or balance (symmetry) of a person’s eyes, create the illusion of larger eyes, or affect how the spacing of the eyes is perceived. Eyeliner can also enhance or intensify eye color and make eyes appear more alluring.
Preparing for Your Procedure Appointment
You should allow at least 1.5 hours for your initial procedure. If you wear contact lenses, you will not be able to wear them for 24-48 hours after your procedure. You must be fully healed after any eye surgery (e.g. LASIK) before your appointment. You must stop using any eyelash growth product (like Latisse™) at least one month prior. Additional specific preparation guidelines will be given to you when you schedule your eyeliner procedure.
At Your Procedure
You will fill out forms including a medical history. I will evaluate your eyelid anatomy and discuss techniques and colors with you. After optimal design and color are determined, topical anesthetics will be applied to numb your eyelids. I will continue to apply anesthetics during the procedure to keep you comfortable. Before and after photos will also be taken for your confidential file with your colors recorded for future reference.
After Your Procedure
Your eyelids will be slightly red, mildly swollen, and a little tender immediately after your procedure. This will go away within a few days. At first your eyeliner will look darker and thicker than you want, but it will lighten and soften after healing. You cannot wear mascara or eye shadow during the first week of healing and will you will be applying ointments, so please keep this in mind when scheduling your procedure. You will receive detailed after care instructions in a complete kit with aftercare products at no additional cost.
Follow-up and Maintenance Appointments
Your eyeliner will lighten and soften after healing. Since it is always best to be conservative, if your eyeliner heals lighter or thinner than you desire, it can be darkened or thickened at your follow-up visit (second application). Ideally, your follow-up should be completed 4 to 6 weeks post procedure. Because permanent makeup can fade over time, you can schedule maintenance visits every few years to keep your color looking fresh.
Dr. Dixon is a leading permanent makeup artist. She has a great video on the permanent eyeliner process.