Jan 25th, 2021 | Ashley Rose

Li-FT® and Migration

How many times have you turned away a client who had a migrated eyeliner? Maybe you just didn’t know that it could be fixed? Maybe you thought that something like migration wouldn’t be possible to remove. But luckily, Li-FT® can and WILL fix migration and it does so beautifully.

First, let talk about what migration really is. In the Permanent Makeup Industry, we think of migration as just eyeliners gone bad. But be aware that migration can be found in body tattoos as well. Migration happens for a couple of reasons.

  1. Carbon Based Pigments
    1. Carbon is an exceedingly small particle sized pigment, so small in fact that it can travel underneath the surface if not used properly. The first thing to ask yourself when using carbon is, Does the client have visual surface capillaries. If they do, that is your very first indication that Carbon is not a good choice for them. Instead of using carbon, stay safe and go with an Iron Oxide pigment instead.
  2. Depth
    1. As with all PMU, depth is vital. If an artist goes too deep while using carbon, even slightly too deep, they are risking migration.
  3. Needle Angle
    1. Not using the proper needle angle with carbon can also cause migration.

When an eyeliner or body tattoo has migrated, it means that the carbon did not stay in the place that it was implanted. It actually spread out underneath the skin and this causes a cloudy, blurry or bruise looking effect. For a very long time, years even, Teryn would not even touch a migrated eyeliner. It was believed that removing or lightening a migration would just cause the pigment to spread further. And although this can happen, if you use the proper technique, you can Li-FT® migration safely and effectively.

Never use a spreading technique such as circular movements or whip shading when performing Li-FT® on migration. Instead, you should use the Pointillism technique which is a non-spreading movement. Also keep in mind that it is very important to already be skilled and experienced in tattooing permanent makeup eyeliners before attempting to remove eyeliner and migration.