All about Eyebrow Tattoo
This guide will go through all the different eyebrow tattoo styles as well as in-depth information on the treatments, pre-care, aftercare, costs and the like.
Modern-day brow tattoos have evolved from the permanent tattoos being done traditionally. These tattoos are not permanent and they are a great option of enhancing the shape of brows especially for those who want to change or add brows.
- What Is an Eyebrow Tattoo?
- Kinds of Eyebrow Tattoo Are There?
- How Long Does an Eyebrow Tattoo Last?
- How to Prepare for the Eyebrow Tattoo Appointment?
- What Does the Treatment Look Like?
- Is Eyebrow Tattoo Painful?
- What Are the Eyebrow Tattoo Healing Stages?
- What Does the Eyebrow Tattoo Aftercare Include?
- Eyebrow Tattoo Touch Up
- Eyebrow Tattoo Side Effects
- Eyebrow Tattoo Removal
- How Much Does Eyebrow Tattoo Cost?
- Main Takeaways
What Is an Eyebrow Tattoo?
You can choose your eyebrow tattoo to be permanent or semi-permanent.
The permanent kind of eyebrow tattoos are the traditional method which are outdated and slowly dying down. They were done using the same equipment and ink as body tattoos which fade to an attractive bluish tone after a few years.
Modern eyebrow tattoos are semi-permanent. These can be done with manual tools with pigments made from natural ingredients. The cuts do not go as deep as traditional tattoos which is why they can fade after some time.
This guide will talk about semi-permanent eyebrow tattoos.
If you want to learn more about Permanent Makeup, check out our guide.
What Kinds of Eyebrows Tattoo Are There?
Below are the most popular techniques of eyebrow tattoos:
This is the most popular way of enhancing the look of the eyebrows. It uses a manual tool to mimic natural hair strokes to give a natural look.
Check out our Microblading guide to learn more.
This next technique works for all skin types, unlike microblading on oily skin. The difference lies in the powdery makeup look in addition to the hair strokes.
We have a guide on everything you need to know about Powder Brows.
Ombre Powder Brows
Similar to powder brows, Ombre brows have shading to enhance the look of the brows. But this has a lighter head and a darker tail which gives the ombre look.
Nano brows are becoming widely popular these days. It gives the same look as microblading but these are done with a machine. This technique lasts a bit longer than microblading.
You can learn more about Nano brows here.
This type of treatment has a similar look to powder brows and can be done manually or a machine. Microshading is combined with microblading to produce combo brows.
Our microshading guide is here for you to learn more about it.
How Long Does an Eyebrow Tattoo Last?
How long an eyebrow tattoo lasts depends on the specific treatment. The average length of time that an eyebrow tattoo lasts is 1.5 to 2 years. After that time, your eyebrows would look faded and can benefit from a color boost.
The longevity of eyebrow tattoo can defend on the following factors:
- Skin type: oily skin makes eyebrow tattoos last shorter
- Lifestyle: using some skincare products can speed up fading as well as spending time under the sun or water.
How to Prepare for the Eyebrow Tattoo Appointment?
Here are a few things to consider before getting an eyebrow tattoo:
- Avoid using retinol or vitamin A products at least a month before the procedure
- Do not get a tan or work out a week before treatment
- Refrain from using products with retinol, botox and facials about a month before
- To prevent excess bleeding, avoid drinking alcohol and caffeine a day before getting an eyebrow tattoo
- Keep your eyebrows unplucked and unwaxed at least a week before the procedure
What Does the Treatment Look Like?
The procedure should start with a consultation appointment for you to learn more about what procedure you will get. Your PMU artist will use this consultation to know more about your skin type, medical records and see if you are a good candidate for an eyebrow tattoo.
The treatment begins with numbing cream in the area followed by mapping and shaping the brows to see a pre-draw that you approve before moving forward. Once you agree to it, your artist will start to blade or tattoo your brows with a machine.
When the treatment is done, your artist will give you instructions about aftercare and the healing process. After 6 to 8 weeks, you can book a touch up appointment after your brows are healed.
Is Eyebrow Tattoo Painful?
There are numbing solutions to ease the discomfort of the treatments. Some people feel discomfort while others feel no pain at all. It all depends on your pain tolerance.
What Are the Eyebrow Tattoo Healing Stages?
The healing process of eyebrow tattoos comes in stages. It takes around 6 to 8 weeks but it is important to take extra care during the first two weeks.
Here are the stages of the healing stages:
- Day 2: eyebrows look dark and are still swollen
- Day 5: scabbing and peeling starts
- Day 12: ghosting stage - this is when the eyebrows look too light
- Day 21: pigments reappear
- Day 42: your eyebrows are fully healed
What Does the Eyebrow Tattoo Aftercare Include?
The success of the procedure depends greatly on your aftercare. Your artist will give you instructions to follow to ensure healing of the treated area.
Let's look at the different aftercare tips:
- Keep away from spending time under the sun and swimming in pools or the ocean. As well as sleeping on your face, doing workouts and sweating and taking steam baths or visiting saunas or long showers up to 2 weeks after treatment
- Stop yourself from picking the scabs that form because that would pull out the pigments. Let the scabs fall off naturally
- Wash your brows regularly with antibacterial soap after the second day. You can remove the lymph more than once on the first day.
- Your artist will recommend either wet or dry healing. Wet healing is when an ointment is applied on the brows. Dry healing does not involve ointment but cleaning your brows is still crucial to healing
Eyebrow Tattoo Touch Up
It takes two sessions to get the final look of your eyebrow tattoo. After the initial treatment, you have to wait 6 to 8 weeks until your brows are healed before you can book a touch up appointment. This is an important session so your artist can check if your brows have healed and if it needs more pigment.
Eyebrow Tattoo Side Effects
There are a few risks and side effects when getting an eyebrow tattoo. Let's go through some of them:
- Swollen and itchy eyebrows: there is nothing to worry about, this usually happens as your brows heal
- Allergic reaction: this can be avoided by doing a patch test before the treatment. This can avoid an allergic reaction
- Infections: This can be avoided by choosing a reputable artist who works with a clean environment and uses sterile equipment. This is also a reminder to clean your brows regularly as aftercare
- Scarring: If the artist is not skilled, there could be scarring left in the treated area. There is a right amount of pressure for making eyebrow tattoos so it doesn't scar. Additionally, picking on your scabs while it heals can lead to scarring.
- Botched results: Make sure to book a reputable PMU artist to do your procedure. Check reviews and before and after photos.
Eyebrow Tattoo Removal
Eyebrow tattoos can be removed and there are different ways to remove it. Here are the most common ways:
- Laser eyebrow tattoo removal
- Saline eyebrow tattoo removal
- Glycolic acid eyebrow tattoo removal
How Much Does Eyebrow Tattoo Cost?
The average cost of microblading and powder brows is around $600. The cost can depend on the treatment you choose to get.
Eyebrow tattoos are a great way to enhance the look of your brows. These trendy brows can help frame your face, make it look prettier and help boost self-esteem. There are different treatments under eyebrow tattoos such as microblading, powder brows, nano brows and combo brows.