Cosmetic Tattooing: The Eyebrow Tattoo Methods

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Cosmetic tattooing is a form of body art becoming more popular each year. There are many excellent procedures to be done to help you achieve the look you desire. Among those is one of the most popular, the eyebrow tattoo. 

There are multiple eyebrow tattoo methods, each with its characteristics and result. We compiled a list of these methods to ensure you find the right one for you. But first, let’s take a look at what eyebrow tattooing is and what all it entails. 

What Is Eyebrow Tattooing?

Eyebrow tattooing is the process of applying pigment to the face or body by implanting ink into the dermis, which is the second layer of the skin. The most common form of eyebrow tattooing is using a needle and an ink implantation gun, commonly known as a machine. 

This method consists of passing the machine’s needles over the area where you want to pigment, for example, a bald spot on your eyebrows. Cosmetic tattoo artists use different methods to apply color to specific areas of skin that require special techniques due to their unique tissue structures. 

For example, lips are subject to much movement, which can distort results when tattooed with traditional methods; thus, micro-pigmentation specialists use smaller needles to give more accurate coloring results. Eyebrow tattooing is a more straightforward procedure, but depending on the type can have a very different outcome.

A lady getting an eyebrow tattoo.

The Different Methods Of Eyebrow Tattooing

Now that you know what eyebrow tattoos are let’s look at the various methods used to create these brows. 


Microblading is probably the most popular form of eyebrow tattooing. It involves using a machine held by a hand, in combination with many tiny needles to draw on micro-strokes that resemble natural hair, making it look like your brows are full and healthy. 

This method gives the most inherent results from all the techniques; however, it requires multiple treatments to achieve the desired look due to fading color or patchiness. 

The pigment used purposely fades over time to update the brows as you age. In addition, there are some techniques used in microblading that require stencils to make the procedure easier. 

Microblading brows

Hairstoking (Nano)

Hairstoking, also known as Nano brows, uses a traditional machine to implant color into the dermis. It is similar to Microblading, but hairstroking only uses one needle, so only one line is drawn at a time. It is ideal if you have oily skin or thick and textured hair because it is more focused. 

The artist makes the small needle go in and out of the skin while embedding pigment, making lines similar to hair. It results in very defined eyebrows that mimic natural hairs perfectly. 

Ombre Brows (Powder Fill)

Ombre brows, also known as powder fill or powder brows, is a method that has been around for many years, but it has been evolving and improving as time passes. Ombre brows resemble a traditional tattoo, meaning a machine is used to insert many small dots of pigment into the desired area and, in this way, builds up the shape and color wanted.  

They are perfect if you would like a fuller and thicker eyebrow but don’t enjoy applying brow makeup every day. They also cost less compared to other methods since they require less pigment and need fewer treatments. In addition, Ombre brows last longer than the other methods, and they blend well because it’s hard to tell where your natural hair ends and where the tattooed area begins.

Hybrid Brows

Lastly, hybrid brows use both Microblading and Ombre brows. Hybrid brows are an innovative, revolutionary method of cosmetic tattooing that uses both hand-driven machines for ombre areas and traditional machine implantation with microblade needles to create soft hair strokes that look naturally full.

It allows for excellent color placement while keeping the pigment intact for longer than other methods because it’s implanted further into the dermis than the rest. Hybrid brows also fade slower than other methods, requiring fewer touchups over time.

A person receiving an eyebrow tattoo at The Fall Tattooing.

Eyebrow Tattoo Preparations

Before you get your eyebrow tattoo, it’s essential to know about the preparations that lead up to the procedure:

  • First, don’t consume alcohol or coffee the day of your procedure.
  • Be careful not to wash your hair before you get your tattoo because it shouldn’t come into contact with water for a minimum of seven days. 
  • Don’t tint your eyebrows before getting the tattoo because it could cause an issue with the color once the tint fades. 
  • Don’t wax or pluck your eyebrows for no less than two days leading up to the procedure. 
  • Avoid tanning and sunbathing for a minimum of three days before the procedure. 
  • Lastly, be careful not to use any intense facial treatments for three weeks before getting your eyebrow tattoo. 

If you follow these instructions, you are on the path to a healthy and fuller brow.

A tattoo gun laying on a table.

Eyebrow Tattoo Aftercare

Aftercare for eyebrow cosmetic tattooing is essential. It’s important to know what products you can use on your skin to get the procedure done. 

For example, as mentioned, you mustn’t get your brows wet after getting your tattoo. Doing so will only cause them to start fading faster since water can interfere with how long the ink stays in place. So, be sure to avoid activities such as swimming or saunas until your artist gives the go-ahead. 

Lady after receiving an eyebrow tattoo.

Eyebrow tattoos are a great choice if you want fuller, thicker eyebrows because it’s a permanent fix once they fade entirely, which usually takes three years at most—but where there’s a will, there’s away. It is also crucial that you research your artist to ensure they have a clean reputation and work well with clients.

Eyebrow Tattoo Removal

If you want to get rid of your cosmetic tattoos, you can do so through various methods. However, the only permanent way that works is laser treatments—all other methods fade and blend in with your skin tone even more than they did before you got the treatment done.

Lady having her eyebrow tattoo removed

Time To Tattoo

Eyebrow tattoos are a great alternative to permanent makeup. They look natural and last for up to 3 years, depending on how much pigment your body absorbs. However, you must be sure about this procedure before getting it done because there are always risks involved—even though the odds of running into complications is minimal, as long as you have an experienced artist.

If you would like to book an appointment with a professional cosmetic artist, visit our website. Otherwise, visit our blog for more information about tattoos and piercings. 

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