Permanent eyeliner is a cosmetic effect applied by tattooing around the eye (on the upper or lower lids) to achieve the appearance of cosmetic enhancement. This process is also known as cosmetic tattooing, dermapigmentation, micropigmentation or permanent cosmetics.
Permanent eyeliner is sometimes offered as an alternative to traditional makeup for individuals who have allergies, sensitivities due to contact lenses, scars or shaky hands that make it difficult to apply makeup regularly. Although considered permanent, the intensity of color may fade over time due to individual differences in pigmentation, the intensity of the tattoo itself and exposure to sun. HealthResearchFunding.org offers an overview of the pros and cons of getting permanent eyeliner and details the process of having permanent eyeliner applied.