How To: Eyeliner Shading As Permanent Makeup

In this tutorial, we cover the techniques and methods used for shading in permanent eye makeup. This tutorial was provided by Mrs. Shaghayegh Ghanbari. To join our classes and to receive more information, please contact us at 09125958369, or 02126765475.


Greetings. I’m Shaghayegh Ghanbari. I’m a skin and Micro-pigmentation, expert and instructor. Today I want to talk to you about eye shading and how to implement it.

In this technique, the density and the color of the shade depending on what the client prefers and the nature of their eyes and eyelids. It’s more suitable for people who lack the time to put on makeup or are simply not good at it. Those who have eyeliners and aren’t happy with the design or have pigment diffusion issues with their prior pigmentations. I should note that permanent makeup can help prevent the side effects and aging that can come from constant use of makeup products and the chemicals in them.

Eyelash pigmentation, like any other form of pigmentation in the area of the eyes, requires a high level of expertise and delicacy. First, clean the area of pigmentation and then apply your anesthetic ointment to the area. Wipe off the ointment after the allotted time, which is around twenty to thirty minutes. It’s recommended to use Naphazoline eye drops in both eyes prior to the pigmentation process. The will help prevent any possible allergic reaction.

First, use your chosen cartridge to draw a line on the eyelash line and then continue along the same line. For this process increase the speed of the pigmentation device as much as possible and proceed at medium speed with medium hand pressure. Pull the skin of the eyelids and remove any excess ink from the cartridge to prevent color diffusion. We’ve drawn our thin line and now want to draw a shade. To do this decrease the speed of your device as much as possible and proceed at a high speed. Make sure not to apply too much hand pressure and do it delicately. The penetration depth for eyepigmentation should be around 0.5 millimeters and there’s no need to go any deeper than that.

If you do the shading process with a high device speed and slow hand movements, you will draw lines instead of creating powder-like pigments and the result will be different from what we want. The skin of the eyelids are very sensitive and we should always maintain a gentle hand pressure and control it throughout the process. Otherwise, it can cause color diffusion and damage the tissue. We can use different colors of our shading process such as black, brown, green, yellow, or even blue. What matters most is that you should have the darker shade on the outer edge of the eyelash area and the lighter shades on the inner edge of the eyelash area for both eyes.

Shading is done using different techniques and methods, which we can combine and use throughout the process. You can design your shading based on what the client likes, but always try to design a smaller shade especially in the first session and then change it later in the future sessions if the client preferred and expand it or darken it further. As you can see, we are almost done with one eye and now we can start working on the other eye.

It’s important to note that for this process, or for any other permanent makeup procedures, you have to check the client’s medical records to see if there’s any medical issue or drug use that might prevent this type of procedure. Those who have skin diseases and their skin is prone to keloid formation, pregnant women, people under the age of 18, people with a history of hemophilia, heart disease, people with eye problems, and any other coagulation abnormalities are not good candidates of any of these procedures.

As you can see, there’s a small inflammation on the eyelids. This is expected and not a cause for alarm. To prevent further inflammation it’s advised to administer cold compression on the area during the first 24 hours. Make sure not to put the cold compression bag on the eyes for long, because it can cause a headache. Also, don’t put the bag directly on the eyelids, instead put them above the eyelids on the eye socket bone or below and do it in different hours during the day. Do this for the first 24 hours after the procedure and apply vitamin A ointment on the area for the first three days. Avoid high moisture and direct sunlight until full recovery. Don’t use makeup and if you want to wash your eyes after the third day, use gentle detergents like baby shampoo.

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial. I invite you to join our classes. Thank you for watching.

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