Permanent Eyeliner

Permanent Eyeliner Aftercare and Healing Process: Day by Day

Permanent makeup is a huge trend in the cosmetic industry right now. Besides lash extensions, eyebrow microblading and permanent lipstick, permanent eyeliner is one of the most popular procedures.

Permanent eyeliner aftercare is very important for the success of the procedure. If you follow the aftercare advice, you make sure the pigment will retain properly. Also, you avoid the risk of infection, irritation and other things that can go wrong.

So, let’s see what the permanent makeup aftercare involves.

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How Long Does Permanent Eyeliner Aftercare Last?

The healing period is around three weeks long. Just after it’s over, you can tell if the procedure was successful or not. You don’t need to follow the aftercare routine tips for that long. It is vital to be careful during the first 10 days, after which you can relax and your permanent eyeliner will take its final shape.

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What are the Basic Rules of Permanent Eyeliner Aftercare?

  • Do not touch, rub or scratch the treated area. It is very sensitive and you can peel the pigment off if you treat it inappropriately. Use a q-tip dipped into clean water and gently clean the area.
  • Keep the area moisturized. Use a q-tip again, dipped in a recommended ointment
  • Do not wear makeup, especially mascara, for 10 days.
  • Avoid sun exposure
  • Avoid sweating, saunas, gyms and working out as well as swimming pools.
  • No facials, botox or any other cosmetic treatments.
  • Do not sleep on your face and use a clean pillowcase.
  • Do not wear contact lenses during the aftercare period. Wear glasses instead and when it’s finished, take a new pair of contacts if possible.

Can I Shower After the Permanent Eyeliner Treatment?

Yes, you can shower after the treatment, but don’t take long showers because the steam can affect your eyeliner. Make it as quick as possible.

Can I Wash My Face After the Permanent Eyeliner Treatment?

Yes, washing your face is allowed, if you are careful. That means, don’t rub your face, but be gentle. The best option is to softly clean it with a wet cotton pad, avoiding the treated area. After 3 days you can wash your face normally.

What Types of Permanent Eyeliner Aftercare are There?

While some online articles suggest avoiding ointments, others say that the area must be kept moisturized. This can make you feel confused. So, what you should do is listen to your permanent makeup artist.

If they think the dry healing method gives better results, than there’s no need to apply any crème. If they say that wet healing method is better, and that you should apply an ointment regularly, do it.

Vaseline is the most commonly used for the permanent eyeliner aftercare, but if your artist has a specific ointment to recommend, take that one.


Permanent Eyeliner Healing Schedule

Day 1 Your freshly done eyeliner is too dark and that can make you regret the decision to have the treatment. Don’t panic! The pigment will fade up to 50%. The true color will be seen after three weeks. Also, the treated area can appear swollen and itchy. It is ok to put some ice wrapped in a cloth on it.

Day 2 Eyelids are not that swollen, but they feel tight and the lash area is sensitive. Don’t touch it, just clean the area gently and apply an ointment if recommended

Day 3-4 Exfoliation starts which means that some flakes might appear. Most people experience it and it is perfectly normal. If you rip it or scratch it, you can ruin your permanent eyeliner. This is the hardest period to deal with. The area is itchy and the eyeliner does not look good. Luckily, it does not last for too long.

Days 5-7 Shedding continues and at the end of it, the eyeliner looks faded. Don’t panic and think that the pigment disappeared. The color will return.

Days 7-9 The aftercare period is almost one. You can relax and start wearing some makeup if you need to. It is advised to get new mascara and clean eye shadow brushes, in order to avoid bacteria.

When Can I Expect My Permanent Eyeliner to Heal Completely?

The final result will be seen after approximately 3 weeks. The speed of healing depends on the skin type, so every person heals differently. Some people will not even experience exfoliation of the treated area, others will have to deal with flakes for as long as 5 days. It is all individual.

However, if your skin feels irritated and painful after the treatment and you experience some unusual side effects, contact your permanent makeup artist immediately.

What Do I Do if My Permanent Eyeliner Gets Infected?

First of all, to lower the chances of this happening, you need to choose your permanent artist carefully. Check their background i.e. experience, reviews, website. Ask for recommendations either from people you know or online. Make sure your artist works in sterile conditions and with proper equipment.

Then, be extra careful and follow the aftercare tips religiously.

If, in spite of all the things done properly you somehow get an infection, contact your makeup artist right away. If it’s serious, you might need to see a dermatologist and you might be given some antibiotics.

However, bear in mind that this is not a common risk and do everything you can to avoid it.

How Do I Maintain My Permanent Eyeliner Once It’s Healed?

If you want your permanent makeup to last longer, avoid sun exposure, because it will speed up fading. Also, be careful about which skin products you use. Those that contain retinol will make your eyeliner fade faster.

Regular touch ups are very important if you want to prolong the life expectancy of your eyeliner. The first touch up is mandatory. It always is when it comes to permanent makeup, because these treatments are two-visit treatment. You should not skip it.

Why is the First Touch Up Important?

If the pigment hasn’t retained properly or you somehow managed to mess up your permanent eyeliner, the first touch up is there to fix it. If it is uneven or has some gaps, your artist will correct it at this appointment.

You should schedule your permanent makeup touch up 1-3 months after the initial treatment. The price of the first touch up is usually included in the price of the treatment. Any additional touch up is paid additionally.

What Do I Do If My Permanent Eyeliner Starts Fading too Soon?

Since permanent eyeliner treatment is semi-permanent, fading is inevitable. However, if it starts fading too soon, something was not done right. Either some condition you might have speeds up the process of fading or it can be your artist’s fault.

Inform the artist about any conditions you have. In case treatment was not done properly and the pigment couldn’t retain, ask for correction or refund and go find another artist.


Proper permanent eyeliner aftercare and healing process is very important for achieving maximum treatment results. Besides, the instructions are pretty straightforward and not that hard to follow at all.

If you are well informed, patient and careful, and if you follow the tips religiously your artist gave you, don’t be scared of any side effects. In fact, expect great results. 

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