What are Eyebrow Tattoos?
Eyebrow tattoo is a cosmetic procedure using micro-pigmentation to embed organic pigments underneath the skin on the eyebrow. The aim is to enhance the features of your face by giving you the ideal eyebrow shape and color.
Also referred to as permanent makeup, permanent eyebrows or cosmetic tattooing, this has fast become a popular eyebrow beauty and medical camouflage technique that helps to do away with the need to apply brow makeup each day. A simplistic way of understanding this is to have someone draw little ‘hairs’ onto your brow. An excellent FAQ on permanent makeup can be found at the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals’s website.
If you want an eyebrow tattoo done done, you will want to look for a licensed professional with great skills, lots of experience and steady hands!
Wake Up to Fuller Brows Each Day
Not everyone is blessed with full and well-shaped brows that look good without makeup.
Permanent eyebrows can be a viable choice for busy individuals who work long hours and do not have a lot of time to spare daily for brow makeup. If you have over plucked your eyebrows and are tired of spending time going to salons to keep them in shape then permanent makeup could be what you are looking for.
There are many possible reasons for eyebrows to thin and diminish. Most common ones are over-plucking, the aging process, vitamin deficiency, chemotherapy and Alopecia Areata.
Not only can eyebrow tattoos help you accentuate your eyes and compliment your face shape, it would also be amazing to be able to once again swim, go to the gym, participate in sports without the worry of making messing up your brow makeup.
Types of Eyebrow Tattoos
Broadly speaking, there are 2 main categories of eyebrow tattoo.
Eyebrow enhancements are suitable for people with very sparse, light or thinning eyebrows revive the basic shape of your brow to enhance the definition and arch. The idea is to blend completely with your natural eyebrow hair.
In contrast, full brow creation may be required for those with very thin or no eyebrows.
Proper Research is Key
The very first thing that you need to do some homework and research for the most reputable licensed permanent makeup professional.
I cannot stress this point enough.
If possible, make sure that your selected professional has a good portfolio of before and after photos of his or her work and preferably highly recommended. Think permanent ink marker on a whiteboard! So do the legwork. You will be thankful that you did.
The second is to decide the ideal shape and color that would best frame your facial expression.
Face shape, bone structure, contours, skin tones, existing brow color, eye color differs from person to person. The key is to blend and complement what you already have.
Find out if you need lifting, thickening, reshaping or just better definition. If you already have magazine pictures of your ideal look, bring it along.
Does it Hurt?
A fine needle vibrates and injects pigment into your skin so there is no way for it could hurt a little. Topical anesthetic is normally applied to the skin to numb the area sufficiently.
Pain after the procedure is completed is rare, although some soreness could be expected. The color could start of a little dark but as healing is complete after a couple of weeks, the desired color should settle in and soften. It is not advisable for you to swim in the immediate weeks after having you eyebrow tattoo.
Is it a High-Maintenance Process?
Some form of fading is expected to occur between 1 to 5 years and is dependent on factors such as age, skin type, the amount of UV exposure, etc. Your best bet is to check with your beautician or professional.
When fading happens, simply book in a maintenance appointment with your original beautician.
Can It Be Removed?
The short answer is, not easily and perhaps nigh impossible.
Any form of tattoo does imply some level of permanence.
It is therefore critical to go to someone who is highly qualified professional who has a ton of experience (and great reviews) and start ‘small’. Begin with something with a lighter and natural color and you have options to make minor adjustments if necessary in future. You always have the option to complement with normal makeup.
Again, the permanent nature of this technique means you need to really think about the brow shape and color that you want. A good professional would be able to give you great advice.
Check with Your Doctor
You should ALWAYS check with your doctor before going ahead with an eyebrow tattoo. If you have a medical concern, please ENSURE you check with your doctor, especially any form of potential allergies.