Looking into eyebrow tattooing because your eyebrows have become your nightmare or better say your daymare? Are you tired of filling your eyebrows with pencils every day? Do you fear going to the pool and ruining your pencil filled eyebrows? Or maybe you just suffer some eyebrow hair loss and don’t know what to do with it?

If any of the mentioned above is true for you, that is probably why you have ended up here. Well fear not, you are in the right place. In this article we are going to tell you everything you need to know about eyebrow tattooing, its procedure, its price, side effects and many more tips.

eyebrow tattoo
Eyebrow Semi-permanent make up
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What exactly is an eyebrow tattoo?

We’ve all heard of tattoos or seen pictures of tattoo designs on people’s skin. We may even have a tattoo drawn on our hand or arm ourselves. Eyebrow tattoo is exactly the same, only in it, the artist completes your eyebrow shape and with a shallower depth compared to body tattoo, meaning the pigments penetrate the surface of the dermis layer of skin. The eyebrow tattoo is done in a way that makes your eyebrows look fuller and thicker.

Eyebrow tattoo is also done with a material different from body tattoo ink, this material is called cosmetic tattoo ink or pigment. In contrast to body tattoo ink, Cosmetic tattoo ink will eventually partly fade due to its molecular structure.

Eyebrow tattoo? Microblading? Micropigmentation? Which is which?

Terribly Confused? You have every right to be. Thousands of articles online giving you different information on each, we’d be confused too. But we’re going to settle this issue for you once and for all. Any technique injecting color to your skin is a form of tattooing. So technically microblading and micropigmentation AKA nano brows are both eyebrow tattoo techniques done with different tools and conditions.

But to be more exact, take a look at images below:

Amea eyebrow micropigmentation machineeyebrow microblading tool

The micropigmentation tool (Nano brows) has a needle-like tip. 
As you can see the microblading tool has a blade shaped tip. 

But what about feather brows or powder brows or ombre brows?

Even after we solve the mystery of tattoo vs microblading vs micropigmentation, there’s the puzzle of feather brows vs powder brows or ombre brows vs combination brows.

But again there’s no need to get confused. Feather brows and powder brows are actually eyebrow styles. Both powder brows and feather brows can be done in microblading and micropigmentation with microblading Hand tool or micropigmentation Machine.

Feather Brows

Feather brows refer to an eyebrow style where the tattoo artist draws hair strokes in the eyebrow. This style suits clients who prefer more natural eyebrows with the impression of real hair.

Powder Brows

On the other hand, in powder brow style, the artist creates a powdery look (not hair strokes). Powder brow style is also referred to as block or solid fill method.

Ombre Brows

Ombre brows are the same as powder brows. They give your eyebrows a soft look and depending on the client’s preference it could give a shaded look to your eyebrows, making the tip of the brows lighter and the arch darker.

Combination Brows

Combination brows are actually a mixture of feather brows and powder brows. They are also called Combo Brows.

To understand the difference between Feather brows and powder brows, take a look at the illustration below:

Eyebrow styles for eyebrow tattooing

How is eyebrow tattoo done?

Eyebrow tattoo is actually a multiple session (one or two sessions) process. It may even sound overwhelming at first, but once these sessions are over, you may enjoy your new on flick eyebrows for a good 8 to 15 months, that’s right, no eyebrow kit necessary anymore.

Microblading eyebrows process
Pre-drawing eyebrow shape

Now let’s take a look at eyebrow procedure steps:

1. Eyebrow Consultation

The first step to getting your eyebrows tattooed is to have a consultation session. Some clinics do it and some don’t, but if you want our advice, stay cautious of the ones that don’t give any consultation prior to the tattoo session. After all this is a semi-permanent makeup and will be part of your face for at least 8 months. So it is pretty reasonable to consult with the tattoo artist to make sure of the material and tools they use, the eyebrow shape they suggest and the eyebrow color they recommend for you. 

2. Eyebrow drawing

The second step is actually the very tattoo day itself. The tattoo artist will usually draw the final shape of the eyebrow around your current one. The lines drawn show you what the actual end result will look like. If you have any doubts or have simply gotten cold feet, this is the time to check with your artist.

3. Eyebrow tattoo

And of course the most important step, the eyebrow tattoo job itself. Some clinics use pre-numbing before starting the procedure. However, this could cause the skin to become firm and swollen and the procedure to become harder.

Instead some clinics start the procedure without numbing, and after a few passes, they use a numbing cream. This method also affects the final result and makes it more precise.

After the numbing cream kicks in (which shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes), the main process starts and the artist draws the eyebrow shape and pattern chosen by the customer. Usually this process can take up about 1:30 to 2 hours.

4. Eyebrow perfection AKA touch up

And last but not least, the touch up session. Usually after eyebrow tattoo procedure the color will fade to some degree in the first month after. This time varies for different clients based on their skin type and hair color. Therefore another session might be required besides the main session. This session is known as the perfection or the touch up session.

Eyebrow touch up includes adjusting the eyebrow color and also applying necessary changes to eyebrow shape to make it perfect.

How long does eyebrow tattoo last?

Eyebrow tattoos can last anywhere between 8 to 15 months depending on skin type and the technique (whether it’s done by microblading or micropigmentation). Therefore technically all these techniques are semi-permanent make up methods. But to be more precise, microblading technique lasts about 8-10 months and with micropigmentation technique about 12-15 months. 

How much does eyebrow tattoo cost?

Eyebrow tattoo cost varies depending on the technique being used (microblading or micropigmentation) and the experience of the artist. However, the average price for the proper technique without touch up price could be between 400-1000 AUD.

Eyebrow tattoo price in Perth

Eyebrow tattoo price in Perth, Western Australia normally starts from 400 dollars to 900 dollars. But when it comes to price, take a vital advice from us: Eyebrows are the frame to your eyes and a distinct feature of your face. So spend wisely on them and don’t choose the cheapest place.

Pay attention to the clinic’s portfolio, their hygiene and the tattoo artists’ expertise and experience. Also check out this information page on Healthy body art including semi permanent make up by the Australian Department of Health.

Frequently asked questions about eyebrow tattoo?

Can I wash my face after an eyebrow tattoo?

Yes, you can wash your face after. Actually washing your face helps remove plasma off your skin which gives you easier and better-healed results and also helps prevent scabbing. However, do this with soaps or face cleansers which are fragrance free.

Can I remove my eyebrow tattoo?

Yes, eyebrow tattoos can be removed with laser technologies. It doesn’t matter which technique was used, microblading or micropigmentation, you can rest assured that if someday you grow tired of your tattooed eyebrows, you can easily remove it by laser. To learn more about tattoo laser removal, read this article.

Do eyebrow tattoos fade?

You might have heard the term “permanent make up”, however as we mentioned above, there’s no such thing. All techniques are semi-permanent, meaning they fade over time, Unless body tattoo ink is used instead of cosmetic tattoo pigment, which is highly not recommended. 

What is a 3D eyebrow tattoo?

3D eyebrow tattoo AKA eyebrow embroidery is actually the same as feathering which can be done either by microblading or nano brows machine. The tattoo artist will create hair strokes similar to real hair.

What is a semi-permanent eyebrow tattoo?

Semi-permanent eyebrow tattoo refers to all kinds of eyebrow tattoo, including microblading, micropigmentation and different eyebrow styles.

Can I choose my eyebrow shape before my eyebrow tattoo?

Yes, and to be honest, this is a must in the process. Before the tattooists start their work, they must draw the client’s eyebrow shape. If you already have eyebrow hair, the eyebrow pattern should probably match your natural shape, however if you’ve lost your eyebrow hair, you’ve got quite a ton of options to choose from. Check out these eyebrow shapes and patterns for instance.

Is eyebrow tattoo painful?

No, to be more precise, not that much. Of course in the process, the device’s blade/needle goes into the skin, but since it doesn’t go deep into the skin, the pain is similar to eyebrow plucking. The tattoo artist might also need to use a numbing gel\cream to comfort the client.

Does eyebrow tattoo have any side effects?

Some people might have an allergic reaction to their tattoo which will calm down after a while. Also without standard hygiene there could be a risk of infection. So it is important to choose a professional clinic. You can also read this article to see what you can expect after having an eyebrow tattoo done.

Conclusion, should you get an eyebrow tattoo?

So there you have it: all the details on eyebrow semi-permanent make up. Now you know that:

  • Both microblading and micropigmentation are forms of tattooing techniques done with two different devices.
  • Both techniques can give you feather, powder or combination eyebrows.

Now you might wonder if eyebrow tattooing is really the right path for you

Here’s what we recommend:

  • If your eyebrows are thin or not properly shaped …
  • Whether you are forced to take your eyebrow kit everywhere with you …
  • If you are a working woman or a busy mom who never has enough time for filling eyebrows properly …

… Then we definitely suggest eyebrow tattoos for you.

If you are still uncertain about getting an eyebrow tattoo, you can get a free consultation at Elka Clinic. Our consultation sessions are 30-minute-long and we will help you with any concerns regarding this process.

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