If you can’t imagine your life without eyeliner, you may be a bit tired of applying it every day and being careful not to get it smudged. You’ve probably perfected your technique by now, but sometimes it takes years to learn how to do it right. And even after all the years of applying it every morning, sometimes the wings still don’t turn out even.
So, you may be thinking about getting a permanent eyeliner tattoo. And if you like your eyeliner with wings, maybe even going for that style.
Let’s see if it is a good idea to get a winged eyeliner tattoo.
What Is Contemporary Winged Eyeliner Tattoo Like?
Until a few years ago, people used traditional ink for their eyeliner tattoos. But nowadays, permanent makeup is prevailing. Eyeliner tattoos are done with pigments that tend to fade over time. So, yes, the tattoo will not stay on your face forever and you won’t have to worry about what it will look like when you get older.
Those are the reasons some artists call it a semi-permanent tattoo.
This term is just partly correct – yes, the pigments will fade, which makes the tattoo semi-permanent, but a portion of them will stay in your skin forever, which makes them permanent. Also, depending on your skin type and the technique, the tattoo may not fade completely – some shade may be present even after 10 years.
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Who Is Winged Eyeliner For?
Now that we explained what it is, let’s focus on one style in particular – winged eyeliner.
Clients more readily decide to get eyelash enhancement or a classic eyeliner, because these styles accentuate the color and the shape of the eyes subtly and still look okay when they fade.
Choosing a winged eyeliner tattoo can be risky, mainly because this style is very prominent and you can get tired of it. Even though you may think that you will never stop doing your eyeliner with wings, you can change your mind in a couple of years and decide that getting a permanent winged eyeliner was not a good idea.
So, a winged eyeliner tattoo is for people who wear makeup on a daily basis and who really thought it through and decided to commit to that look for up to 5 years.
Can the Shape Be Personalized?
Yes, of course.
The wing can be of different lengths and it can be thinner or thicker. It can be straight or go upward, it can be subtle, and it can be shaded. The best thing to do when you choose the style of your winged eyeliner is to put on your regular eyeliner as you normally do and take pictures from different angles. Then show it to the PMU artist so that they know which style you favor.
The PMU artist will do a pre-draw and show you what your winged eyeliner tattoo will look like. Feel free to speak you mind and say whether you like it or not, whether you want it longer or shorter, to make su you end up satisfied with the results.
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Pros of Winged Eyeliner Tattoo
- Saves time
- Not permanent, fades after 3-5 years
- Water- and smudge-proof
- Wings are always even
Cons of Winged Eyeliner Tattoo
- The biggest disadvantage is that the style is very prominent and your taste changes constantly, so you can get tired of it.
- The pigment can migrate – this can happen if you choose an unskilled permanent makeup artist.
Is Eyelash Enhancement Better than the Winged Eyeliner Tattoo?
Eyelash enhancement is the most popular PMU eyeliner style because it gives the appearance of fuller lashes and it’s not too prominent. Some people decide to get an eyeliner tattoo without the wing, to enhance their eyes, but if you always wear it with a wing, then there is no point – you will have to add wings every day.
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How to Choose the Best PMU Artist?
So getting a permanent winged eyeliner is something you shouldn’t take for granted – it will be on your eyes for years. That is why you need to choose a PMU artist carefully. So be thorough when you do the research – check their online reviews and portfolio. A good permanent makeup artist should have a lot of pictures of their work, and reviews from the clients.
It is also a good idea to book consultations (some salons offer these free of charge) and ask everything you want to know before you get the tattoo. It is important to have good communication with the artist.
What Else Should I Know About the Winged Eyeliner Tattoo?
When the color starts fading, you will need to get a touch up, approximately 2-3 years after the first treatment. The artist should tell you all about the healing period and aftercare you need to follow after the treatment.
To make sure you don’t forget something, check out our PMU Eyeliner Healing Guide and Aftercare Guide.
If you want to learn more about Permanent Eyeliner, read this guide, and to get informed about the different styles, read this.
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