Lower Eyeliner Tattoo – All You Need to Know

By PMUHub Editorial Team| Last updated on July 12, 2023

Learn everything about lower eyeliner tattoo – how it’s done, whether it’s safe for everyone, how much it costs, and more!

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Permanent eyeliner is great for enhancing the lashline and creating a more defined, captivating gaze.

Beyond the tried and true black permanent eyeliner tattooed on the upper eyelid, people are gravitating more and more toward the permanent bottom eyeliner to achieve the smokey lashline look.

Lower eyeliner tattoo can be used to complement a crisp winged liner and create illusion of a more foxy eye shape – or it can look barely noticeable and just give off the illusion of a darker, more voluminous lower lashline.

So basically, it’s suited for everyone.

If you’re considering getting a lower eyeliner tattoo, this comprehensive guide will provide you with all the information you need. Let’s get started!

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What Is a Lower Eyeliner Tattoo?

A lower eyeliner tattoo, also known as a bottom eyeliner tattoo, is a permanent beauty procedure that involves depositing cosmetic pigment along the lower lash line to create the look of wearing your favorite eyeliner or eye pencil.

It is designed to accentuate the eyes, provide definition, and give the illusion of thicker, fuller lashes.

Lower eyelid tattoo is popular among people with sparse or light-colored lashes and those who are done with the hassle of daily makeup application.

Can You Only Do a Bottom Eyeliner Tattoo?


While it seems like people are most interested in tattooing their upper eyelids, you can still get only a bottom eyeliner tattoo. However, to achieve a more balanced look, artists often suggest their clients get both an upper and lower eyeliner tattoo.

At the end of the day, it’s your choice but make sure you go to an experienced, trained professional to seek advice and book your procedure.

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Can You Get a Waterline Tattoo?

No, this should never be done.

A lower eyeliner tattoo is done between the lashes and just above the lower lash line. While many of us like to darken the waterline with a kajal pencil or a liquid liner, permanent eyeliner should never be applied to the waterline.

The reason for this is the significant damage tattooing the waterline can cause like dry eye syndrome and blockage of lacrimal glands.

Learn more about why waterline tattoos aren’t the best and safest option here.

How Is a Lower Eyelid Tattoo Done?

The lower eyelid tattoo procedure begins with a consultation with your chosen artist, just like any other PMU procedure.

Once you discuss your desired look, expectations, and any concerns or allergies you may have, the artist will proceed to assess your eye shape, skin type, and facial features to determine the most suitable eyeliner technique and color for you.

The permanent bottom eyeliner tattooing process itself involves the following steps:

Patch Testing

Although it may not be mandatory in all jurisdictions, a patch test should always be done before any eyeliner tattoo, since the eyes are a sensitive area and allergic reactions there can be severe. 

Ideally, a patch test should be done 24-48 hours before the procedure and include all products that will be used.


To minimize discomfort during the procedure, a topical numbing cream is applied to the treated area. This helps to ensure that you remain as comfortable as possible throughout the session.


The artist will work closely with you to create a design that complements your eye shape and your features. This will involve selecting the appropriate color and style of eyeliner that aligns with your preferences.

Pigment Application

Once the design is finalized, the tattoo process will begin. The artist will work carefully along the lash line, gradually building up the desired intensity of the eyeliner, depending on the look you’re going for.

Aftercare Instructions

After the procedure, the artist will provide you with detailed instructions on lower eyeliner tattoo aftercare. This may include avoiding excessive moisture, applying a healing ointment, and refraining from using eye makeup for a certain period of time.

Remember to choose a reputable and experienced artist to ensure a safe and successful procedure!

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Are There Different Styles of Lower Eyelid Tattoos?

Yes, there are several bottom eyeliner tattoo styles to choose from – it all depends on your personal preference and the effect you wish to achieve. Let’s take a look at the available permanent bottom eyeliner styles:

Lash Line Enhancement

A lash line enhancement implies tattooing a very thin line just above the lash line and blending it into the lashes, which can be done on both the upper and lower eyelashes.

It offers a very subtle, natural-looking enhancement, and as such, it is the most popular form of male eyeliner tattoo as well.

This permanent eyeliner style follows the lashes from one corner of the eye to the other, giving an illusion of darker, thicker lashes. Discover more about permanent lash line enhancement here.

Colored Lower Lash Line Tattoo

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can opt for a colored lower eyeliner tattoo. This involves using pigments other than black or brown to create a more vibrant or unique look.

The most popular options include navy, green, and purple. Read more about colored permanent eyeliner here.

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Is Bottom Permanent Eyeliner Safe?

Yes, permanent bottom eyeliner is generally considered safe when performed by an experienced artist in a sterile environment.

There are, however, several risks and side effects associated with lower eyeliner tattoos that you should know about.

The most serious risk is getting an infection. Other risks include allergic reactions, migration of the applied pigments, excessive or irregular scarring, and keloid formation.

There’s also the risk of accidentally tattooing the waterline, which, as we said, should never be done.

If you experience swelling after getting your bottom eyeliner tattoo, read about the possible causes and fixes here.

Is Lower Eyelid Tattoo a Good Option for Aging Eyes?

Yes, and let us explain why.

As we age, we begin to experience some changes in skin texture and lash density. Our eyelashes become thinner and more sparse, and in some cases, they even change color and become gray.

That’s where a lower lash enhancement tattoo comes in handy. It’s a subtle style that has an instant anti-aging effect, plus works on every eye shape and skin texture.

The only important thing for PMU artists to consider when tattooing bottom eyeliner on aging eyes is to keep their lines extremely thin and never connect them when doing both an upper and lower semi-permanent eyeliner.

This can create the opposite effect and make the eyes look smaller and more closed.

You can learn more about permanent eyeliner for aging eyes.

Who Shouldn’t Get Lower Eyeliner Tattoo?

Just like with any other permanent makeup treatment, most people qualify as good candidates for the lower eyeliner tattoo procedure.

However, there are certain conditions that make getting tattoo eyeliner unsafe.

Let’s take a look at who should avoid getting permanent bottom eyeliner:

  • Pregnant and nursing mothers
  • People with glaucoma
  • People with bleeding disorders
  • People who take blood thinning medication
  • Those on-going chemotherapy
  • Those prone to keloid scarring
  • People with skin conditions like psoriasis and rosacea
  • Those who’ve recently got Botox injections or dermal fillers around the eye area (you need to wait at least 2 weeks)

How Much Does Bottom Eyeliner Tattoo Cost?

The average price for bottom permanent eyeliner is $450 while the average price for both upper and lower eyeliner tattoos is $650.

But cost can depend on a few factors, including location, the experience of your technician, and whether you’re getting permanent eyeliner on just the top eyelid, just the bottom, or both.

A rough range of bottom permanent eyeliner tattoo price would be between $200–$800.

Lower Eyeliner Tattoo – Main Takeaways

A bottom eyeliner tattoo is a popular cosmetic tattooing procedure that can enhance your natural lashline and provide long-lasting results. You can get it on its own or as an addition to an upper eyeliner tattoo.

It is generally considered safe, but people with glaucoma, pregnant and breastfeeding women, as well as people with some underlying health conditions shouldn’t get it.

Always remember to do thorough research, ask for recommendations, and follow the aftercare instructions provided by your tattoo artist to ensure the best possible results.



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