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As part of the modern infatuation with cosmetic enhancements, some women turn to permanent makeup to replace the daily routine of makeup application. Permanent eyeliner application, similar to tattooing, requires a technician to place pigmented granules into the skin using a needle. This procedure affords women an ever-fresh appearance of having makeup on even when they don't have time to apply any. Unfortunately, as with any cosmetic procedure you will have to consider the potential side-effects of getting permanent eyeliner.


Immediately after your procedure you should expect to see some swelling in the eye area. This should go away in a few days' time, but in the meanwhile applying ice wrapped in paper towels or in a wash cloth to the swollen area during the first 24 hours after the procedure can help to reduce the swelling. Do not apply the ice for more than ten minutes.

Bleeding and Bruising

Ssome bleeding and bruising may occur during the application of the permanent eyeliner. The cosmetic makeup artist should tend to any bleeding during the procedure. Patients that continue to bleed after the procedure will need to contact a medical professional.


Tenderness accompanies the swollen appearance of the eyes immediately following the application of permanent eyeliner. As with the swollen appearance, the tenderness should fade within a few days. Tenderness and a warm, inflamed appearance after the first few days may indicate an infection.

Darker Color

Immediately after the application of permanent eyeliner the new eyeliner will likely appear much heavier, darker, and glossier than you originally expected. This darker eyeliner color should only last for six to ten days after the application of the permanent eyeliner, and then fade.


Although rare, secondary infections such as conjunctivitis can occur as the result of cosmetic permanent eyeliner treatments. After the procedure patients use a topical antibiotic ointment to avoid infection. If the patient has an allergic reaction to the topical ointment they should see a medical professional for some antibiotic shots.

Allergic Reactions

The chances of someone developing an allergic reaction to a permanent cosmetic makeup treatment is very low. There have been so few reactions to the pigments that some doctors are suggesting that the patch test be eliminated. Some people choose to get permanent makeup to avoid the allergic reactions they have to regular cosmetics.

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Shannon Reynolds

Shannon Reynolds has been writing regularly since 1999, and received her first editing job for "Perceptions" magazine in 2008. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing and literature from Southwest Minnesota State University. She currently attends Antioch University where she'll earn her Master of Fine Arts in poetry.