Permanent under eye concealer: The cosmetic tattooing treatment for dark circles
Just when we thought the only way to get rid of dark circles was to cover them up with concealer or religiously apply brightening eye cream, a new cosmetic trend comes to our attention – and it’s a rather bizarre one at that.
Enter permanent under eye concealer – a new treatment which banishes dark circles using a cosmetic tattoo gun, reports Glamour Magazine.
While permanent makeup isn’t new (think microbladed eyebrows, tattooed eyeliner, and lip tints), tattooing the delicate under eye area is arguably on a whole other level.
With the logic that topical products can only do so much for the shadows under our eyes, it's no surprise dark circle sufferers are jumping at the chance to mask them for good.
Before and after the treatment / Photo: @rodolphotatuador
How does permanent under eye concealer work?
Brazillian tattoo artist Rodolpho Torres, who has 2.3 million followers on Instagram, specialises in the procedure, which unlike microblading uses permanent ink.
Before tattooing, he uses a small handheld device to detect each client's unique skin tone to ensure the ink will match perfectly, he explains to Spa + Clinic Australia.
Next, the pigment is inked into the skin via a cosmetic tattoo gun. The pigment sits underneath one layer of skin, acting as a buffer between the source of darkness and the surface of the skin.
“It’s not micro pigmentation, it’s a tattoo,” he explains. “You can live a normal life and expose it to sunlight knowing that your skin will not become stained, because the tattoo pigments approved by Anvisa [Brazil's National Health Surveillance Agency] give us this security.”
It's not just under eye circles that Rodolpho disguises – the procedure also works on the body to minimise the look of stretch marks.
How many sessions are needed?
According to Rodolpho, only one session is needed if it's a permanent, camouflage tattoo.
Glamour predicts this treatment could be offered with semi-permanent ink if ever introduced in the UK, which would likely mean two sessions six weeks apart and top-ups every 2-3 years.
Can you get permanent under eye concealer in New Zealand?
As of now, no clinic in New Zealand offers the treatment.
Are there any negatives to the treatment?
Speaking to Metro, Founder of Tracie Giles Bespoke Permanent Makeup, Tracie Giles says it might actually ruin your face. "You would be covering the underneath of the eyes with an opaque chalky pigment which is permanent in the skin and will never fade," she explains.
"Over time the opaque covering, even if applied diluted or with a pixilation effect, rises in the skin and discolours rather like sour cream. It would be a major long term regret because it is really difficult if not impossible to remove [by laser]."
But as the procedure is very new, it's hard to tell exactly what negative long-term side effects there could be.
Still, it might be wise to stick to concealer for now!
Would you ever get this treatment if it was made available in New Zealand?