Cat Eye Permanent Eyeliner – Does It Age Well? Everything You Need to Know

By PMUHub Editorial Team| Last updated on September 1, 2022
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⏱️ 4 min read

Drawing on cat eyeliner can be a nightmare. It takes too long, requires skill and a steady hand, and you risk ruining your eyeshadow, which can take you back to square one and double the time needed to finish your makeup routine.

However, the look of a perfectly done cat eye eyeliner can do wonders for your eye shape! So whether you’re struggling with applying the perfect winged eyeliner, or are just tired of your eyeliner smudging, cat eye permanent eyeliner just might be the solution for you!

Read this article to discover everything about what cat eye permanent eyeliner is, who it’s for, and what to keep in mind when booking your procedure.

What Is Cat Eye Permanent Eyeliner?

Cat eye permanent eyeliner is essentially an eyeliner tattoo, done with an electric device that’s specially designed for cosmetic tattooing.

The permanent eyeliner procedure is considered non-invasive, and the results are generally long-lasting, with some permanent eyeliner tattoos lasting up to 5 years.

Permanent eyeliner can be customized to best suit your eye shape and features. There are several styles to choose from that can be mixed to create a cat eye wing that can be clean and sharp, or thick and smokey.

The treatment is done in 2 sessions – a touch-up 6-8 weeks after the initial procedure is required. To prolong the results, additional touch-ups can be done once a year or earlier if needed since eyeliner tattoos fade over time naturally or due to improper aftercare.

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Who Is Cat Eye Eyeliner Best Suited For?

A cat eye permanent eyeliner is the perfect solution for people who want to enjoy the benefits of smudge-proof eyeliner that doesn’t budge even if you go swimming or sweat during an intense workout.

However, If you’re not willing to commit to a winged eyeliner look for the long run, there are several other permanent eyeliner styles that are available.

A classic eyeliner or eyelash enhancement is a more subtle option to get all the perks of permanent eyeliner that is also easy to upgrade and model into a cat eyeliner using regular makeup whenever you feel like it.

Before booking your appointment, it is important to note that even though you love the cat eye look today, that doesn’t mean that you won’t change your mind in the next couple of months or years with bold eyeliner looks constantly going in and out of style.

Pros and Cons of Permanent Cat Eye Eyeliner

Having a permanent cat eyeliner done can significantly cut down on your makeup routine and save you some money on eyeliner pens and similar makeup products. However, there are several cons of the procedure to keep in mind before booking the appointment.

Here’s a quick look at some of the pros and cons of permanent cat eye eyeliner.


  • Permanent eyeliner can cut your makeup routine in half
  • Perfectly even cat eye wings without the struggle
  • It is smudge-proof and water-resistant

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  • Permanent eyeliner fades over time, requiring touch-ups
  • It’s hard to camouflage with makeup if you get tired of it
  • The pigment can migrate, giving off an uneven result

Does Permanent Cat Eye Eyeliner Age Well?

The aging of the face usually starts with our eyes and eyebrows, since we use them the most to express our emotions and communicate with others so the muscles move a lot. The corners of our eyes are points of migration, as they tend to move downward over time, so the permanent eyeliner look you choose today most probably won’t look the same a few years down the road.

Cat eye eyeliner is not really recommended for aging skin, because the loss of skin elasticity over time may cause your liner to lose its initial shape and sharpness. Black permanent eyeliner is also not recommended for mature skin, as it tends to look much darker and harsher.

Experienced PMU artists don’t advise getting your cat eye eyeliner on too thick or with a wing that’s too long and dramatic because bolder eyeliner looks are just not versatile enough to be worn on a daily basis. Subtler, more discrete eyeliner styles can be enhanced with makeup for special occasions or whenever you feel like it.

Best Permanent Eyeliner Colors for Aging Eyes

Final Thoughts

Cat eye permanent eyeliner can be done in many styles and techniques – it can be subtle or thick, straight, curved upward, or even shaded. It can enhance the shape of your eyes, add a special touch to your evening makeup and help you look glamorous even on hot, sunny days.

If you have aging skin, cat eye eyeliner is maybe not the best option for you, since it will fade and lose its sharpness over time. It is not the most versatile permanent eyeliner look, so keep that in mind when deciding to book an appointment with your artist or technician.

Learn more about permanent eyeliner healing, aftercare and more.

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