So you are considering an eyebrow tattoo so that you can wake up with perfect brows everyday? Well you've come to the right place. On this page you will find a wealth of information to answer all of your questions!
Permanent makeup has come a very long way in the past decade. No longer are we taking a tradition tattoo machine and permanently implanting blocky, fake looking, bold eyebrows on peoples faces!! Now days an eyebrow tattoo when done correctly is barely noticeable and nobody will know you have had it done unless you tell them. Powder brows even when done bold and defined only look as if you have filled your brows with makeup and microblading even up close can be very difficult to differentiate the tattood hair stroke from your natural hair! My favorite thing to hear when suggesting a brow enhancement tattoo is, "oh no, they look so fake!". Give me 2 minutes of your time and I promise I can change your mind!
Feel free to wear your brows the way to like them to your appointment! This will help me determine the final shape!
Pictures posted immediately after procedure often have redness and swelling present. This is normal and will subside within a few hours of the procedure. Additionally, all techniques typically fade by between 30-60% depending on skin type and procedure and aftercare. Pictures right after are much darker than the final healed result!
Brow Tattoo Techniques
Microblading is a cosmetic makeup technique which uses a series of tiny tattooing needles to implant pigment into the upper dermis.
The intention is to create natural looking, hairlike strokes in order to fill, shape or correct the shape of the natural brow. Pigment will be selected to match as closely to clients brow hair as possible.
This is a very natural look for those who wear very little to no makeup.
This technique is not ideal for covering previous pmu, oily skin, mature skin, those with extremely active lifestyles.
These results can last any where between 6 months to 18 months. Annual touchups are recommended to maintain definition.
Powder brow is a semi permanent tatooing technique meant to replicate the look of powder to create a filled in look using a small tattoo machine designed for permanent makeup. This technique implants thousands of tiny pixels into the brow to build up a soft powdery look. This can be very subtle with a very light powder effect which will cast a light shadow under the brow or it can also be more intense for more of a makeup look.
This technique is more ideal for mature skin, those with previous pmu, oily skin, those with thin or sensitive skin.
These results can last between 2-3 years.
A combo brow is a combination of microblading and powder brow shading techniques which will provide hair strokes as well as shading. The most common implementation of this procedure places hair strokes at the front of the brow and uses shading throughout the rest of the brow.
Brow Tattoo Information
Before your appointment
After your appointment
-no botox 3 weeks before. Botox can be done immediately after
-no chemical peels 60 days before or after procedure
-no retinols or anti-aging serums or creams on the brow for 2 weeks before proceudre
-no Accutane 6 months before procedure
-no alcohol or caffeine 24 hours prior
-no sun burns on the area to be microbladed
-no waxing or tinting 3 days prior
-must not have any open lesions, acne or sunburn on the area
Avoid heavy sweating and exercise for 3 -5 days
Avoid any treatments involving touching the brows such as facials, lash extensions, etc. for 10 days
Avoid the sauna, steam room and swimming in the ocean or swimming pool for 10 days
Avoid using makeup on the eyebrows for at least 10 days
Blush, lipstick or eye makeup can be used
Neosporin or Bacitracin type products should be avoided in the treated area because they may negatively affect the color retention
Sunbathing and tanning beds should be avoided for 10 days
What to expect during your appointment
Brows are done in two sessions. The initial appointment will be around 2 hours so please plan accordingly.
-the first 30-45 minutes will be brow mapping. During this portion I will map out the brows, attain your approval and check for symmetry.
-clean up the brow using tweezers, scissors and an electric trimmer.
-dot around the shape using surgical marker to ensure the shape is not wiped away.
-numbing and paperwork
-first pass. A pass is the completion of microblading strokes or machine shading to 1 brow.
-pigment mask. I will spread pigment over the brow to sit as I move to the other brow.
-first pass of second brow.
-this will continue back and forth from brow to brow until they are complete
-once the initial work has been completed I will mask both brows again for 10 minutes.
-next I will clean both brows and have you sit up so that I can check them.
-I will then put an after care sealer on the brow and set you free!
Frequently asked questions
How long does it last?
The method used – microblade does not normally last quite as long as powderfill/machine method – the pigment is implanted in thin strokes with microblade, which are not able to be placed as deeply in the skin as machine cosmetic tattoo.
The density of pigment – i.e. a treatment that has been reinforced with a second adjustment appointment will usually be longer lasting
Your health and overall individual physiology – some people retain pigment extremely well, others do not (however the adjustment appointment gives us an indicator of this and how much darker/how more more pigment needs to be implanted)
A touch-up treatment is recommended every 6-18 months for microblade (finer more natural strokes), and 12-48 months for power fill cosmetic tattoo/machine tattoo.
What does it cost?
Please visit my pricing page.
What can prematurly fade or change the color of my permanent makeup?
Be mindful of facial procedures that may not only fade but completely change the color of your permanent makeup. Ensure the brow is protected at all times during such procedures.
Environmental factors such as exposure to UV light. Tanning and not using sun protection will fade cosmetic tattoos faster, and those with oilier skin, the tattoo will not last as long as in someone with a dryer skin.
After care – regularly tinting over the area, using glycolic acid based products or peels on the area, or regularly exfoliating over the brows can cause them to fade more quickly.
What is the difference between powder brows and microblading?
Powder-fill gives a more defined, solid appearance, and is usually a longer-lasting option, whereas hair stroke, as the name suggests, involves cosmetic tattooing on tiny lines/strokes in a design that gives the appearance of hair. Hair-strokes alone, with no background, do require more re-touching than other methods. A good, longer lasting option can be a combination of these, where a lighter powder-fill will be done at the first appointment, then hair-strokes over the top, to give texture and a realistic, hair like appearance. We can discuss these options and what would give you the best result and your consultation.
How long does the procedure take?
Typically about 2 hours, depending on the treatment you are having. Often, for eyebrows, the longest part of the appointment can be the consultation and actually drawing on the brow shape – I will always spend time getting them as symmetrical and as close to perfect as possible, with your approval before any cosmetic tattooing begins.
Does it hurt?
It varies between person to person, most people experience very little discomfort during the treatment and actually fall asleep. For those near their period or who are resistant to lidocaine you may feel some discomfort for the first few minutes, however, I have found that once the skin has been broken, the secondary numbing agent is highly effective.
Can it be removed if I change my mind?
I do offer emergency removal which will almost completely remove the pigment before it has had the opportunity to heal within the first 48 hours. However, I stongly advise against this as typically most people only have "brow shock" meaning they have gotten so use to seeing them selves with their current brows that anything else can be a dramatic shock to them even if the new brow looks perfectly normal to those around them.
Is it a safe procedure?
Yes, very. The cosmetic tattoo machine is one of the most hygienic available, a small, pen-like device that uses completely disposable parts. All needles, tubes, chambers, caps, casings – anything that comes into contact with clients, are brand new and sealed prior to your treatment. Our salon is clean, hygienic and compliant with all Department of Health Regulations for Skin Penetration. Allergic reactions to the pigments are incredibly rare. The pigments brands used are trusted, long-established USA made brands that have been on the market for decades. The pigments contain iron oxide that is already present in the human body, so highly unlikely to cause a reaction. In regards to patch tests, this can be arranged, and is recommended if you are concerned/are a highly allergic individual. However, – as an allergic reaction can sometimes show after 2 weeks, but sometimes 5-10 years later (this can be due to hormones/medications or simply unknown) a patch test can be rather ineffective. Most clients do not request a patch test.
Why are 2 appointments required?
The skin on the face is not only thinner but has a much faster cell turn over rate than that on the rest of the body. Your face is exposed to all of the elements, all day everyday. We wash our faces constantly resulting in exfoliatio, apply creams and serums and makeup daily. For many reasons facial tattooing is vastly different than body art. The initial appointment lays the ground work. But because we do not want a solid "old school" tattoo on your face, we are not tattoo a solid line, rather we are implanting tiny dots or tiny lines that will heal soft. This means that some areas may need more saturation after the initial work has healed. Additionally, this is art and there is no one size fits all approach. Some will hold onto a majority of the pigment and it will heal darker and some will have skin that is quite resistant and will fade a lot and will need much more saturation. Thus the second appointment is required to perfect the brow now that we have seen your healed result and address any shape and color concerns after the initial ground work has been laid!
How is the color chosen?
The color is chosen based off of multiple factors including: skin tone, undertones, hair color on your head, hair color of your brows, skin type and your preferences.
I am pregnant/breastfeeding – can I have cosmetic tattoo done?
I cannot perform a tattoo service on you if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Additionaly if you are hoping to become pregnant I do not recommend it as if you become pregnant immediatly after it could impact your healing process as well as result in the inability to complete the service by performing the touchup appointment which may result in brows that appear unfinished.
Do you offer free consultations ahead of the treatment?
Most things that need to be covered before an appointment can be done over the phone and I prefer text or email that way I have a written copy of the consultation. I am typically booked back to back with clients and unfortunatly do not have time during the day to talk on the phone. If you decide to have an in person consultation I require a small fee which will be credited toward the service if you book. Additionally, if you require an allergy test prior to the appointment I will perform the test using all of the tools and products that would be used during the service. There will be a small fee for this as well which would also be credited toward the service if you book.
What if I am very particular about how I like my brows done?
That perfectly fine! I always suggest wearing your brows the way you like them so I have an idea. This will save time with the predraw process!