Review: Getting Permanent Eyeliner at Dreamcatching Ink in Benfleet, Essex

What is the favourite cosmetic treatment you have had? When I had my eyelashes tinted in Feb I loved that I looked like I had make up on all the time, but just before lockdown started in March I had the opportunity to review what has become my new favourite: permanent eyeliner. It is amazing. For the last few months I have barely been wearing make up, but thanks to Kaylise from Dreamcatching Ink I am happy with my reflection.

Close up of eyes before and after subtle permanent eyeliner treatment
Before And After Lash Enhancement Permanent Eyeliner



My Experience Getting Permanent Eyeliner


What is Permanent Eyeliner?


Normally I wear subtle eyeliner everyday, it’s the make up that makes the biggest difference to how I feel I look. Despite the huge amount of times I have applied it over the years I am still rubbish at getting it exactly how I want it. The beauty of permanent eyeliner is that for my everyday look I no longer have to do anything, but I can (attempt) to add a bit of removable eyeliner if I want thicker line for going out out.

Despite being excited by the concept I was a little nervous about getting permanent eyeliner. It is applied using a needle which releases pigment in the top layer of skin, similar to a tattoo, but the needle doesn’t penetrate as deeply. It is RIGHT next to your eye though and eyes are kinda precious. I reasoned that Kaylise must be pretty confident to offer a review and her instagram has many gorgeous examples of her work.

Micro-pigmentation for eyes can be done on both your top and bottom eye lids, it can be a variety of thicknesses and styles (from lash enhancement to winged or smokey) and a variety of colours can be used. Despite the name the eyeliner wont actually last forever and it is recommended that a colour top up treatment is given every 12 to 18 months. 

Dreamcatching Ink - Permanent Make Up in Essex


My eyeliner was done by Kaylise from Dreamcatching Ink. She has a studio in her home in Benfleet Essex where she provides a range of permanent and non permanent treatment options. The permanent make up option is available for: eyebrows, eyes and lips. 

After having my permanent eyeliner done at Dreamcatching Ink I can confidently say Kaylise is friendly, knowledgeable and skilled. She quickly put me at ease and I am happy with the results. I recommend her if you are considering permanent make up and live in or near Benfleet in Essex. You can see more of her work on Instagram.

Having permanent make up at Dreamcatching Ink in Benfleet, Essex. Showing me lying on a treatment bed with a ring light near my face.
Dreamcatching Ink Treatment room in Benfleet, Essex

What is it like getting permanent eyeliner?


Before treatment I had a patch test for both the anaesthetic and pigment. This is normally done at an initial consultation where the medical questionnaire is completed and the desired outcomes are discussed. I visited Kaylise wearing my normal make up so she could see my normal shape and shade. The initial consultation lasts around 20 to 30 minutes.

At the main appointment I relaxed on the treatment table and let Kaylise work her magic. She applied an anaesthetic to the area and during treatment I found it slightly uncomfortable, but not really painful. At times it stung a little, but it was a manageable level. How people find the treatment varies between individuals with some feeling more pain and others non at all. Don’t let this put you off having the treatment.

The length of the treatment will vary depending in whether you are having eyeliner applied to just the top lid or the bottom too and how thick you want the end eyeliner effect to be. My treatment took around 2 hours for lash enhancement on my upper eyelids. The result was 2 perfectly matched eyes which will look pretty natural when healed.

Straight after the treatment the liner looked darker than it does now. My eyelids were very slightly swollen, but not noticeable to anyone. After receiving advice on aftercare I was able to drive home, but some people might have a stronger reaction which means this isn’t possible.

Before leaving we booked an appointment in for the follow up appointment. This is the chance to fill in any patches that might appear and make minor alterations if necessary. Unfortunately we had to postpone the follow up appointment because of lockdown.

Close up of eyes straight after having subtle permanent eyeliner applied
Day 1 - Close up of my eyes immediately after the micro-pigment had been applied

Aftercare of Permanent Eyeliner


The healing time after having permanent eyeliner depends on the individual and the care taken.  While healing you should avoid splashing water on your face for a few days, put the (provided) after care skin jelly on at least 3 times a day and let the scabs that form come off on their own. You should avoid wearing mascara for at least 3 days and start a new one when you do because there is a risk of infection. 

The day after treatment my eyelids were slightly red and swollen, a bit like I had been crying, you can apply cold packs if you need to reduce swelling. My partner didn’t notice so it obviously wasn’t too bad.  My eyes felt scratchy and a bit sore for a day or two, the gel helped with this though. The swelling quickly went away and was hardly present by 48 hours after the treatment

On day 4 the scabs which looked just like clumps of mascara, started to flake off and after a week they were all gone, but they are normally fully healed around 2 weeks after treatment. When one of the scabs came off I lost a small patch of eyelashes which can take a few months to fully grow back, they look normal again now and it wasn't very obvious anyway. I got mild conjunctivitis in my left eye around day 4 thanks to my son coughing in it at close range, but that didn't seem to effect the eyeliner at all. 

Close up of hazel eyes with subtle permanent eyeliner the day after treatment
Day 2 - Swelling is visible on the morning after treatment

Half a face in a bathroom showing mild swelling 2 days after having permanent eyeliner
Day 3 - The swelling has mostly gone

close up of an eye showing where the scabs from permanent eyeliner are coming off in places
Day 5 - The scabs are starting to flake off (skin jelly has recently been applied and I had conjunctivitis, but not due to the eyeliner)

A close up of a hazel coloured eye with subtle permanent eyeliner
Lash enhancement permanent eyeliner once healed, but before follow up appointment

Is Permanent Eyeliner Worth It?


Permanent eyeliner is expensive. The person needs to be fully trained, insured and look after their equipment properly so while prices vary you can expect to pay around £300 upwards. I normally wear eyeliner everyday which means the daily hassle of trying to apply it neatly (which I suck at) and cleaning it off. Not having to do this is amazing and I love it so much. I can have a completely clean and make up free face without my eyes disappearing. I can go swimming without worrying about smudges (or I could if the swimming pools were open). It’s transformational. Without a doubt it’s a treatment I would pay for in the future and next time I will go for a slightly thicker line.

Me looking at the camera without glasses, without any added make up and without a filter
I love how I feel comfortable without putting on make up 


***Disclosure: I was invited to try Dreamcatching Ink for the purpose of honest review***

What is it like getting permanent eyeliner? With before and after photographs on lash enhancement

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