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Eyebrow Tattoo Aftercare, Cost, Removal & Celebs 

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What is an eyebrow tattoo? Are they permanent or semi-permanent? What of temporary ones? Discover more including cost, aftercare, removal, celebrities with eyebrow tattoos, before, after, eyebrows gone wrong and places near you to get them.

Cosmetic or micro-pigmentation meaning

Eyebrow tattooing, dermapigmentation or micropigmentation refers to permanent cosmetic tattooing done on brow area that closely resembles natural brow hair including their shape. Although popular among women, male eyebrow tattoo is also available.

Cosmetic brow tattooing
Before and after

It is a permanent makeup or permanent cosmetics procedure that involves the use of a machine (permanent makeup machines) to insert some pigment on your skin’s dermis hence the name dermapigmentation. Usually, brush-like strokes can be used to create the illusion of true eyebrow hair strands are created using a chosen semi-permanent eyebrow ink of the desired color such as blonde, brown, dark brown, grey, black, etc.

The brow micropigmentation process is somewhat painful (hurts a little bit) and it will involve steps such as choosing a perfect eyebrow shape that will complement your face shape, getting the design drawn with help of a stencil, and some aftercare during the healing process. People need wisely to choose their shapes since they will last for a while and removal is hectic.

For best results, and the most natural looking ones you need to enlist the services of one of the best eyebrow tattoo artists out there who are certified after undergoing permanent cosmetics training from a reputed institution. There are many permanent makeup classes including brow tattooing course.

Are they semi-permanent or permanent

How long does eyebrow tattoo last? Are they permanent or semi-permanent? Whereas there are tons of materials talking about semi-permanent and others permanent. It is good to know the truth that, whether called permanent or semi-permanent, basically it means the same thing and we will use the terms synonymously. They last anywhere between 2 to 5 years and fades slowly.

Liveabout.com on their article, ‘Truth or Myth? Semi-Permanent Tattoos That Fade Away and Disappear On Their Own’ debunks the idea that there are types of tattoos that disappear after a few months or up to on their own. The ink inserted under your dermis may fade but not just disappear after a certain time frame you may be given.

There may be some kind of ink that is easy to remove as Daily Mail reports on its article ‘No regrets! A new type of tattoo ink means designs can be easily removed, altered and wear off after a year.’ That still needs either removal or modification and not disappear on its own.

Temporary ones –Stickers and henna

What if you want temporary eyebrow tattoos. Are there such?  If you temporary ones,  you go for the so-called stick-on tattoos that will last for between 3-7 days and henna tattoo eyebrows art that can last for up to two weeks since they are done on skin.

Henna is a good way to temporarily tattooing them since it has natural ingredients with are unlikely to have any serious side effects.

The rest are permanent or semi-permanent since they last for between 2 to 5 years and only fade away slowly or will require specialized tattoo removal. Such cannot be referred to as temporary.

Should I go for them?

Botched tattooed eyebrows
Botched case

As Wikipedia notes on ‘Permanent Makeup’ it can help for people who suffer from eyebrow hair loss as a “consequence of old age, diseases, such as alopecia totalis, chemotherapy, or a genetic disturbance. Furthermore, white spots on eyebrows and scars (scar camouflage) can also be disguised with a tattoo

Therefore, they are a good way to go for those who are tired of brow makeup (having to fill brows daily), you have no or have thin eyebrows. Furthermore, this permanent makeup is good for those who have some missing or sparse brow hairs.

Try makeup, false eyebrows, enhancers, brow restoration

Before going for this micropigmentation try makeup ( like semi-permanent eyebrow pen, powders, pencils, etc.) or false eyebrows, use eyebrow enhancers and natural ways to grow eyebrows.  Otherwise, you will be stuck with the tattoo forever.

Permanent or semi-permanent techniques or types

Once you have made up your mind about having this micropigmentation procedure, you must know there are different techniques which are used. Each technique might result to slightly a different final look as well as vary in cost. Ensure you go for what will give you as realistic look as possible. Common techniques include the following:

1. Feather

Feather Touch Brow tattoo
Feather Touch Brow tattoo

2. 3D eyebrows tattooing technique such as the Korean 3D from Asia

Korean 3D Eyebrow Tattoo after the 1st session - Courtesy of Wengie
Korean 3D Brow Tattoo after the 1st session – Courtesy of Wengie

3. Powdery Filled Technique

Powdery fill eyebrow tatttoo technique
Powdery fill brow tatttoo technique

4. Soft Hair Stroke Technique  (hair by hair)

Soft Hair Stroke brow tattoo
Soft Hair Stroke

5. Soft Fill Technique

Soft Fill Technique for permanent eyebrows
Soft Fill Technique

6. Soft Shading Technique

Soft Shading Technique
Soft Shading Technique

7. SoftTap® Technique (SoftTap permanent makeup)

SoftTap® Technique (SoftTap permanent makeup)
SoftTap® Technique (SoftTap permanent makeup)

In addition, you can also go for embroidery or ultra-lift eyebrows technique if you want something that is less permanent.

Finally, a relatively new method known as microblading can also be used to give you good looking brows.

Eyebrow tattoo cost or price

how much does semi-permanent eyebrows cost or how much does eyebrow tattooing cost? Whether you call it micropigmentation eyebrows cost, permanent or semi-permanent,  is the same thing as we have already seen.

The cost you will incur is that it will vary from one country to another as well as one town to another. You cannot expect prices to be the same in various countries. Furthermore,  don’t either expect the price in NYC to be the same as, Sydney, Melbourne, London, Brisbane or Los Angeles.

Again, the kind of shop (quality) you go to will affect the exact cost since depending on its status, expertise, and certification, the technique applied and other factors, they may give you a different price. Let us give you an average of what you expect to spend for this procedure.

Trice in USA ($300-500)

On average in the United States, the eyebrow tattooing cost will range from $300 – $ 500 after which you will require a follow up that will cost you anything between $100 – $150.

Cost in Australia

If you stay in Australia, you are likely to pay slightly higher as opposed to America. Expect eyebrow tattooing prices ranging between $400- $800 with a follow-up costing between $200- $250.

Canadian cost

In Canada, expect to spend between $400 – $700 for the initial process and the follow up may cost 200-$250. This is just the average prices and not exact ones.

United Kingdom

People in the UK have the average prices ranges between £359 – £760 for initial brow tattooing process while a follow up will be around £100 – £200.

Be careful on cheap salons

While trying to save on the cost of permanent eyebrows, try avoiding cheap places unless you are certain they offer quality services or unless you are certain the artists in that place are good. This is a reason why many people complain about having gotten bad looking eyebrows.

This does not mean that you cannot get a good place where the semi-permanent brows prices are affordable.


On caring for your eyebrows, the expert you went for should guide you through. This will ensure perfect results, quicker recovery, and less scarring.

Immediately after the procedure, some tingling, tenderness due to the anesthesia used and the procedure itself. Furthermore, “skin sensitivity, redness and swelling for about 1-2 days” is expected, according to “Aftercare Essentials When Choosing To Tattoo Eyebrows”  by tattooeyebrowshq.com. Try taking painkillers if the pain is much.

For the next two weeks stay away from swimming, saunas, or exposing your tattooed brows too much sunlight to avoid premature fading. I have seen people complaining that theirs faded after a week. Use creams or ointments provide including post tattoo lotions Aquaphor and emu oil to avoid any infections and promote faster healing.

Freshly done ones may have its ink may appear bold or too dark that you expected, do not worry, this will reducing after healing is done which will be accompanied by some shedding and some scabbing.

There are also a number of home remedies that can help reduce the discomfort associated with tattooing such as soothing with a cold piece of cloth without applying much pressure.

Finally avoid scratching (even if it is itchy), scrubbing, exfoliating or applying pressure to it while it is still healing.  Additional aftercare include

  • Not wearing any eye makeup
  • Do not pick your them
  • Avoid wearing contact lenses
  • Use sunscreens

Healing stages and touch up

During the first two days, swelling, redness, itchy feeling is nothing abnormal. This will be followed by scabbing and shedding.

The average tattoo healing is about two weeks after which they will begin appearing natural with little or no shedding or scabbing. This will depend on a number of things including the aftercare given. Other factors include circulation, age, diet, stress levels, how much you swell, exposure to sunlight, medications you use, diabetes status, as well as habits such as smoking.

However, healing can last up to 6 weeks during which you will see a reduction in intensity and thickness of your piercing as the desired permanent eyebrow color will start appearing. This is a normal part of any permanent makeup healing.

After 4-6 weeks, schedule a touchup on your tattoo to correct any imperfections which including its shape and some eyebrow filling. The procedure is more or less like initial tattooing and will ensure you get a perfect brow as well ensure the ink is embedded more permanent.

Celebrities with tattooed eyebrows looking most natural

A number of celebrities have also gone through this cosmetic procedure. Some of the notable girls, models, actresses who have gone for this cosmetic permanent eyebrows include the following:

Actresses with tattooed eyebrows - Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie


Celebrities with eyebrow tattoos - Coleen Rooney
Coleen Rooney


Women with eyebrow tattoos - Natalie Cassidy
Natalie Cassidy

What are your thoughts on the above pictures of celebrities? Do you think they could be something you could consider?

Eyebrow tattoo before and after best pictures

What should you really expect? Here are some pictures before and after to help you know how yourself may look like.

Tattooed eyebrows pictures - Before and after feather stroke
Before and after feather stroke


Permanent eyebrows before and after three weeks
Before and after three weeks


Eyebrow tattoo images before and after - Trichotillomania treatment.
Before and after Trichotillomania treatment.


Before and after Eyebrow and lip liner tattoos, Courtesy of MicroArtMakeup
Before and after Eyebrow and lip liner tattoos, Courtesy of MicroArtMakeup.

We certain you have liked the above pictures. Let them not encourage or discourage you. The before and after look you get may depend on the expertise of the personnel involved. Again, these are some of the best that only the best can help you get.

Tattooed eyebrows gone wrong – bad or fail

As we have just seen on before and after, they look really nice. However, we also intend to show you some of the cases where eyebrow tattoos have gone wrong. Of course, removal will be one of the contemplated things in case of they go wrong.

Eyebrow tattoo gone wrong
Gone wrong


Eyebrow tattoo fails - Mandy Lamrini from Germany
Eyebrow tattoo fails – Mandy Lamrini from Germany

Let not what you have seen on cases gone wrong discourage you. You can still get perfect looks that you have always wanted if you get a good place to have them done and a good cosmetic makeup expert.

Eyebrow tattoo removal before, after and cost

Is it possible to remove eyebrow tattoos or how are they removed? How much will it cost to have these tattoos removed?

There are a number of reasons why you may want to remove your brow tattoos which include you not liking them anymore or if they were done badly.  For instance, on a page entitled ‘Recommendations for Fixing Bad Permanent Makeup Eyebrows?’ At realself.com, there are here is what someone has to say:

“I had my eyebrows tattooed today and I am not happy with the result. Can I have it removed and how long do I have to wait? Can I then re-tattoo over the area again?”

If you want to get rid of your tattooed eyebrows, for newly tattooed ones, you have to wait for up to two months before you can go for removal.

how to remove it

Tattoo removal including requires a specialist. Various techniques are often used which include the following:

  • Laser removal especially the Q-switch laser, YAG laser, Alexandrite
  • Excision
  • Dermabrasion including salabrasion
  • Chemical peels such as glycolic acid
  • Clay tattoo removal
  • Creams

Each of the above removals methods may come the required number of sessions as well as come with a different price tag (cost). For instance, a laser which is most recommended will cost anything between $50 and $200.  To help you decide the best method, you can research online and see reviews on each method.

Before and after removal picture

to exactly know what to expect after removal, have a look at the below before and after removal of brow tattoos.

If you are removing your eyebrows because they were badly done, consider instead of removing them and having them tattooed again. Do not try eyebrow tattoo removal at home since it can cause scarring.

Professional Eyebrow tattoo near me – salons and shop reviews

Where can I get my eyebrows tattooed or are there cosmetic places near me where I can get this service? If you are looking for nice places where you can get them that are near you, we are going to list a few locations.

While looking for good place to have your brows tattooed, use the engines such as Google, Bing or Yahoo. Read as many semi-permanent eyebrows reviews or eyebrow tattoo reviews to see what everyone who has been to that place is saying. Pictures and images provided by the various tattooing shops can also help you see what to expect.  Check out each link for a few good locations.


In New York City, there are so many places you can get your eyebrows tattooed. Some places you should think of for best places to get them include:

  • Permanent Makeup By Tatiana (Address: 480 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10016) which many positive reviews,
  • Tina Lee Skin Care ( Address: 18 Pell St, New York, NY 10013),
  • Best Permanent Makeup by Jeffery Lyle Segal (Address: 960 Park Ave, New York, NY 10028).
  • Jackie David Skin Care,
  • Ink Couture NYC,
  • Pink Eyebrows Specialist and Nails among other locations

Besides New York City, all other major cities such as Houston TX, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, San Diego, Miami, Maryland among other cities have a great number of permanent makeup salons and shops that can perfectly do your eyebrows.

In Sydney

These cosmetic tattoing quite popular in Australia including on cities like Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, and Brisbane. Excellent places for perfect tattooed brows include:

  • The Art of Eyebrows, Address: Suite 6, Level 5, 195 Macquarie St., Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
  • Sydney Cosmetic Tattoo @ Lady Lash, Address: 2/251 King St, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia
  • Eyebrow Studio, Sydney, Address: 65 Union St, McMahons Point NSW 2060, Australia
  • Cosmetic Tattoo Australia, Address: Brookvale NSW, Australia
  • Sydney Permanent Make-Up Centre: Address: 4/239 Great N Rd, Five Dock NSW 2046, Australia

In Melbourne

For loations in Melbourne, good places to try include:

  • Cosmetic Tattooing Melbourne, Address: Unit 12 45 Marine Parade, St Kilda VIC 3182, Australia with many positive reviews
  • Elixir Cosmetic Tattoo, Address: 284 Park St, South Melbourne VIC 3205, Australia
  • Face Boutique by Irina Beauty & Cosmetic Tattoo Melbourne, Address: 16 Riddell Parade, Elsternwick VIC 3185, Australia
  • Permanently Yours, Address: 406 Bell St, Pascoe Vale South VIC 3044, Australia
  • Tattoo Makeup Melbourne, Address: Milton St, Pascoe Vale South VIC 3044, Australia

In London

London is a very big city, if you are looking for semi-permanent eyebrows in London, there are so many places to try. See favorite eyebrow tattooing places in London.

In Brisbane

Still, in Australia, you can get this brow micropigmentation service Brisbane listed in Google Places. See eyebrow tattoo Brisbane.

In Philippines

In the Philippines, Pretty Looks have multiple of locations and is one of the great Asian eyebrow tattoo places to go. Another place is Permanent Makeup the Philippines found at Lot 4G Congressional Avenue corner Mindanao Avenue, Quezon City, the Philippines

it is impossible to list all places where you can get a good service done. Just ensure they know how to tattoo eyebrows perfectly!

Is eyebrow tattooing safe?

If done properly, with safely approved color pigments, eyebrow tattoos are safe. However, there are instances of allergic reactions and infections which have been noted.

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