With the popularity of microblading - the tattooing technique that makes eyebrows appear fuller - more and more folks are getting face tats, including celebs like Lena Dunham and Mandy Moore. But there’s a new beauty tattoo trend that masks those pesky dark circles with tattoos that make the skin lighter. It’s called dark circle camouflage and as great as it may sound, it does have some downsides.
Professional tattoo artist Rodolpho Torres has millions of Instagram followers, in part because of his “eye camouflage” work that covers up dark circles with ink. He has over 10 years of experience, but dermatologists warn this procedure could be really damaging.
“No nonmedical personnel should be touching that area of your eyes - especially with a sharp instrument,” explains Dr. Lance Brown. “Under the eye, you need to be very cautious - you can cause an infection around the eyelid, or a sty or cyst could grow around the hair follicles.”
If a tattoo artist is inexperienced or presses too deeply with the needle scarring can occur, and that could be an issue with the delicate skin under the eyes. Scarring on the lower eyelid can cause an issue that pulls the lower eyelid down and away from the eye, which can lead to tear duct issues, cysts and more, Dr. Brown says. Plus, the tattoo may help you need less concealer, but it won’t fix all under eye circles that can be a result of too much or too little fat under the eyes.