Eyeliner Embroidery: All you need to know about the process, aftercare and effects

by The First Refresh

Do you wish your eyeliner could always look perfectly, subtly winged at the ends? 

Have you completely given up on drawing eyeliner in the morning before work? 

We get it. After all, the extra five to ten minutes taken to create that perfect, even look can be better allocated to a bit more beauty sleep.

With Eye Refresh, our eyeliner embroidery offering, we now have a low maintenance solution to beautifully lined eyes, always. 

What is eyeliner embroidery? What is a session like? 

Eyeliner embroidery is a semi-permanent makeup treatment where pigment is applied along your lash line to define your eyes. It’s typically applied on your upper lash line, and sometimes on the outer corner of your lower lash line too. Your beauty technician will advise on the most suited option based on your eye shape and preferences.

During the session with your beauty therapist, she will assess your eye shape and facial features before recommending a suitable shape and thickness of the eyeliner embroidery. 

Then, a pencil will be used to mark out how the shape would look, so that you can give feedback on how to further tweak it to your desired look. Following that, your eye area will be thoroughly cleaned, before the beauty therapist carefully lines your eyes with the pigment. 

A session takes typically two and a half hours, and the embroidery lasts for 12 to 24 months, depending on skin type, skin cell turnover rate, and how well you care for it.

Is it painful?

No, but it may cause slight discomfort. Numbing cream is applied to ensure that the process is as painless as possible. 

What does the downtime look like?

In the first 1 to 4 days after your treatment, some minor swelling is expected around your eye area. This is normal, so do not worry. During this time, the colour may darken too due to oxidation of the pigment. This will lighten over the next few days. 

After these few days, you will also notice some scabbing around the area. After scabbing, your skin will start to peel off. Do not peel it off yourself, and let it come off naturally, or it might affect the evenness of the pigment. 

What aftercare tips should I follow?

Dab the area gently with a soft, damp tissue to keep it clean. Don’t skip on applying your aftercare cream too for the first week after treatment. 

Avoid your eyes coming into contact with water for a week after treatment in order to ensure the pigment is fully retained. As such, you might need to give your exercise routine a little break for a week to avoid strenuous workouts and sweating excessively. 

Avoid applying make-up for 14 days after treatment, and be prepared to not go for any cosmetic treatments like facials for at least 28 days. 

For a detailed aftercare primer, check out our guide for you here