Eyeliner Aftercare

Micropigmentation procedures are affected by the “canvas” (your skin) that they are performed on. Lifestyle, medications, smoking, metabolism, facial surgery and other procedures, and age of skin all contribute to fading. The initial application is always applied conservatively because every person’s skin is different, and the final color can only be precisely determined and adjusted during a follow-up appointment after the initial application has fully healed. Because of this, the micropigmentation process is not complete after the initial procedure. In all cases, a follow-up appointment is required approximately 30 days after your initial application to fine tune and ensure the best result.

Though rare, infection is possible. If you see signs of infection such as persistent increased redness or swelling, fever, drainage, or oozing, contact your doctor immediately.

Wash hands before touching your permanent makeup. This prevents contamination and infection.

Use provided aftercare wipes to blot the procedure site, once an hour for the first 4 hours. Discontinue after 4 hours then begin ointment. Wash with mild soap and water at bed time and first thing in the morning. Pat dry and apply a thin coat of ointment.


Apply a thin coat of After-Inked ointment to the area twice a day for 5-10 days before showering and after

Avoid sweating such as from vigorous exercise for 24 hours.

No makeup applied to the procedure area (mascara, eye shadow) for 72 hours. Use unopened mascara after the 72 hours.

Some itching is normal DO NOT PICK, PEEL OR SCRATCH the treated area or the color may heal unevenly, and you can run the risk scarring and infection. Allow the epithelial layer to flake off naturally.

For at least 2-weeks post-procedure or until healing is complete (whichever is longer):

Do not scrub or pick treated areas.

Do not use peroxide or Neosporin on treated areas.

Do not expose area to direct sun or to tanning beds.

Avoid exposing the area excessive moisture or humidity, such as: facials, swimming, whirlpools(hot tubs), saunas, steam rooms, and steamy showers.

Contact lenses should not be worn until the swelling subsides.

Do not use eyelash curlers for two weeks during the healing process.

Avoid Retin-A, moisturizers, glycolic acids, exfoliants and anti-aging products at all times (not just during healing) on all micropigmented areas. These can cause pigments to fade and lighten prematurely.

Avoid tanning beds, sun, chlorine spas and pools, soap and chemicals (including skin cleansers, makeup removers, alpha hydroxyl creams, and tooth whitening toothpaste) near the treated area until healed.

Do not use any eyelash tinting or other coloration for at least two weeks after the procedure.

Tea bags or ice packs may be used to minimize swelling the day of and the day after the procedure.

Pigments will slowly fade over time according to one’s metabolism, skin type, sun exposure, medication, facial surgery, and smoking. Schedule maintenance visits as needed to keep it looking fresh. 

Eyeliner Healing Schedule

If you’ve never had micropigmentation before, there are a lot of unknowns. One of the most common questions we’re asked is what to expect during the healing process. While every person is different, and some heal more quickly or slowly than others, here’s generally what to expect. Temporary side effects from micropigmentation include but are not limited to: redness, swelling, puffiness, bruising, dry patches and tenderness. You should expect to lose approximately 1/3 of the initial color during the healing process. We have selected the optimal pigments for you with this in mind. In approximately six days it may appear too light. After about 10 days, the color will show more. It will appear softer when completely healed.

Day 1 The eyes will be swollen and sore, like you have been crying, with a heavier eye makeup look. For the first 3-4 days, the color is darker than it will appear when healed. Apply a light veil of AfterInked® ointment sparingly to the treated areas with a clean fingertip. Too much ointment makes the swollen area too wet. Use the ointment in the morning and evening. A third application is fine if needed, but don’t over use. Clean the eyes in the evening with clean water and a tissue.

Day 2 The eyelids are swollen for a few hours after waking up, still with heavier makeup look. When you wake up, refresh the treated area with cool water. Tissue dry and re-apply ointment. The eyes will be swollen and sore but will get better throughout the day. In the evening, gently cleanse with cool water, tissue dry, and re-apply ointment.

Day 3 Swelling decreases but is not gone entirely. There is a tight feeling. The top layers of skin begin to lift away. The soreness will become less as the treated area begins to exfoliate. A rough texture appears on the skin. Use a small amount of ointment if needed.

Day 4 There is a pinching feeling. Some itching is normal as the skin begins to flake. When the eyeliner area begins to exfoliate, do not pick at it! Discontinue ointment. It will flake off with the movement of the eye.

Day 5 Color is somewhat grayish and will take a few more days to clarify to full color. The pigmented area begins to shrink and soften in size and color over the next few days. Exfoliation completes. The color will appear a bit “frosty,” but will clarify in a few days.

Day 6 The color has lightened from its initial overly-dark appearance. For the next few days, the color may now be lighter than what the final color will be.

Day10 The final color begins to stabilize and show through. The color will continue to soften as the healing process completes. The final color will not be revealed for four weeks.