14 years ago, the idea of having the eyes adorned with permanent makeup sent most women running in the other direction. It seemed to conjure up thoughts of the late Michael Jackson or unbearable pain.
As women know though, the quest for beautifying our eyes knows no limits, so the brave endured and found it wasn’t so terrible after all, and the results were nothing short of delightful.
In 2003 when I began, Eyelash Enhancements, which involves the placement of pigment at the base of the lashes (and often referred to as invisible liner), were the order of the day. Within a year of training I had overseas clients making requests for latino and thick liners with flicks that replicated their makeup so after further training I introduced liners of various depths, designs and colour options.
There was a phase where “Latino eyeliners” using white or a complimentary lighter tone above a moderate to thick eyeliner as a highlighter was popular. Unfortunately, the educators promoting this technique and selling products to artists did not have the foresight to advise that light and bright colours do not age well and persist long after the primary eyeliner had disappeared. Latino tips were abandoned.
Smokey eyes became the order of the day for those who preferred a strong makeup look. At that time this was achieved using variations of the same colour, graduating from a soft grey at the top down to a jet black at the base.
Eye Liners remained unchanged for many years with the choices based upon the thickness of a Classic Eyeliner, the colour selected and smoky eyes with greys and blacks.
Earlier works by Ashlene McCormack
A New Chapter in Permanent Makeup
Classic and Shaded Eyeliners
The reason for eye treatments is to make you, the client look and feel more beautiful. The reward of this profession is seeing the happiness created when a simple procedure emphasises the natural beauty of a clients face.
As each and every woman has her own unique style and taste in makeup the humble lash enhancement will always remain a firm favourite, especially for those who just want super subtle or nervous first timers for this type of procedure. No matter what else arrives, this look is a safe bet and always flattering.
The Pastel Technique
What’s new on the block is the advancement of light and bright pigments, which create the effect of eyeshadows. Many clients do not want defined lines, and this new range of pigments create a really transparent shadow effect after healing. The best advantage is that they promise to fade smoothly and predictably avoiding the problems created with earlier light and bright colours used 10 years ago. These pigments will fade out after 1.5 to 2 years.
by Nataliya Yeremenko
Colour is for the adventurous and possibly younger clients, but many women of all ages are inclined to indulge in Smokey Eye Shadow’s, Butterfly Eye Shadows as you can see in the work by Sviatoslav Otchenash below. It takes great skill, practice and patience to achieve these results and even if it’s not for you, there’s no denying it takes “eyeliners” to impressive new heights.
Eyeshadow in Grey
by Sviatoslav Otchenash
The possibilities for eye effects with permanent makeup are infinite.
A word of caution, chose carefully who you allow to work on your face. In the right hands, your results can be sublime.