Eyebrow Tattoo Procedure Guide

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A successful eyebrow tattoo procedure begins by:

- choosing a certified permanent makeup professional {CPCP or the international equivalent} who will provide safe eyebrow tattooing services in a licensed clinic or health inspected private practice where strict medical-grade hygiene and sterilization standards are maintained.

- ensuring that the equipment used, be it high-tech digital devices or manual SofTap tools, will have single-use needles or disposable cartridges {such as the Nouveau Contour needle/cap cartridges}.

To quickly find a micropigmentation expert in your area, view profiles in the Professional Directory where specialists are listed according to region. Each cosmetician, technician or micropigmentologist’s level of certification, years of experience and techniques differ, so consult various websites.

Make sure that your professional aesthetician or tattoo artist is certified. In the US there’s the Society of Permanent Cosmetics, and individuals who’ve been certified will use the term CPCP {Certified Permanent Cosmetic Professional}. Facilities can be clinics, private practices, medical or plastic surgery centers, aesthetic / beauty salons or tattoo shops, but all must have a cosmetic tattooing area and a certified permanent makeup specialist who meets professional micropigmentation standards and follows strict medical-grade hygiene guidelines.

Check that:

- the initial consultations are free, or if there’s a small fee at the time of making an appointment, it’s later credited toward the cost of the procedure

- one or two touch-ups are included in the initial price. If additional charges apply for touchups, know in advance how much they’ll cost and calculate at least one touch-up into your procedure budget

- there’s a portfolio to view before and after pictures of tattoo eyebrows to determine if techniques, pigments and overall style is in keeping with your needs

Remember: some specialize in paramedical tattooing, others in soft natural-looking eyebrows, others in dramatic or artistic permanent eyeliner and tattooed eyebrows.

Watch expert Dorothy Kizoff perform an eyebrow tattooing procedure.

Tattoo Eyebrows – Permanent Makeup by Dorothy Kizoff:

Book the Initial Consultation

A – ask your specialist for pictures of tattoo eyebrows done on other clients

B- Discuss, and test, eyebrow shapes

C- select pigments and have your specialist explain the techniques she/he will use

D – ask for a pigment allergy test to be done a couple weeks before the procedure

You’ll be tempted to leave everything else in the hands of your expert, but eyebrow tattoo pictures and a brief consultation may not provide all you need to know, so read on.

You’re about to have pigment permanently deposited under your skin {which may last 1-5 years or longer}. It will form part of the look you present to the world every single day, so choose your eyebrow shape, pigments and overall design with great care.

Watch how it all begins in this video courtesy of expert Dorothy Kizoff.

Permanent Makeup Eyebrow Tattoos, Dorothy Kizoff

Permanent Eyebrow Tattoos – General Overview

1. It’s recommended to choose a micropigmentation specialist who’s experienced in the latest HAIRSTROKE and soft shading techniques using custom blended pigments to get the most natural colors and designs that mimic brow hair.

You can add more color later, but tattoo removal or lightening is difficult. Tale a conservative approach and you’ll be more satisfied with the results.

2. An eyebrow tattoo is a delicate procedure that requires technical skill, artistry, the correct instruments, needles, equipment and also demands the application of an ANESTHETIC to keep you comfortable before and during the procedure. An eyebrow tattooing procedure can be comfortable and trouble free if you have wisely selected a clinic, tattoo shop or professional aesthetician experienced in modern micropigmentation techniques and will provide a topical anesthetic to numb the region where the tattooed eyebrow will be created. This is essential because the micropigmentation needles rapidly penetrate and puncture the skin in a very small area during an hour or so and this can cause trauma to the skin in that delicate area. However, if an anesthetic has been applied, you can expect to feel a tickle at first, a bit of pressure and a tugging sensation, then a little stinging at the end.

3. Once the permanent eyebrow tattoo procedure is complete, get aftercare instructions and some basic items to keep the area clean and moisturized. Depending on the techniques used, newly tattooed eyebrows need care for 3 days – 2 weeks or more.

4. Be sure to schedule a follow-up visit with your specialist for 4-6 weeks after the initial procedure to check healing and do any touchups that may be required.

Cosmetic Tattoos versus Artistic Body Art

While body tattooing artists are skilled professionals that work in hygienic settings with specialized equipment to implant ink or pigment into the dermis, cosmetic tattoos {those that reconstruct hair-like eyebrows or add the appearance of fullness to thin brows, define the eyes with eyeliner or dot-like lash enhancements, lip liner or full lip pigmentation, paramedical procedures for areola repigmentation and scar camouflage} are different from artistic permanent tattoo procedures in some important ways:

1. Permanent Cosmetic Professional Certification

Professionals who are qualified to perform cosmetic tattooing procedures on the FACE and other delicate body areas {such as the breast for camouflaging surgical scars}may be licensed aestheticians or cosmetologists, nurses {RN}, medical assistants {CMA}, registered dental hygienist {RDH} and/or other professionals working within or near a medical clinic {for example: in conjunction with plastic surgeons}or in an aesthetic salon, but they must be certified micropigmentologists or permanent makeup technicians. In the United States such professionals use the abbreviation CPCP which stands for Certified Permanent Cosmetic Professional, and these individuals must undergo specific permanent makeup training in cosmetic tattooing using micropigmentation techniques with equipment designed for the permanent makeup industry.

2. Professional Micropigmentation Equipment

Most artistic tattoo professionals that work from a tattoo shop, studio or other private environment will utilize high-powered coil machines. While the equipment is indeed powerful and uses sterile disposable needles, and provides artists the ability to create precise outlining and artistic details, they’re not ideal for facial procedures in delicate regions such as the eyebrow, eyelids, lash lines and lips. Most micropigmentation specialists who provide permanent makeup services will choose high-tech digital panels connected to handheld devices, such as the Nouveau Contour systems with auto-adjusting or adjustable needle frequencies, adjustable depth penetration with single-use cartridge-style needle/caps that eliminate cross contamination, are lightweight and provide exceptional control. The PMU rotary-style machines, needles and pigments for delicate facial procedures are specifically designed for cosmetic purposes and require qualified, certified and experienced technicians to use them properly.

3. Techniques for Cosmetic Tattoos

The techniques used by an artist in a tattoo shop versus those used in a permanent makeup clinic or salon are based on similar principles – that of depositing pigment to a specific depth and with a certain number of needle punctures per second to achieve a desired design or effect. However, creating eyebrows, for example, requires knowing the hairstroke technique which simulates individual hairs, especially for patients with alopecia {who have no hair}or adding a powdery filler between hairs to provide a 3 dimensional shading effect that looks as natural as possible. Permanent eyeliner techniques may involve depositing a single drop of pigment between lashes to create the illusion of thicker / darker eyelashes, but only in the lash line. Other techniques provide subtle outlining of the eyes, smudging techniques on the eyelids to provide soft shadowing with pigment blends that may involve mixing colors to achieve flesh-tones that go with specific skin types. Areola reconstruction and repigmentation is a field with specialties all its own, and scar camouflage involves providing realistic flesh pigments to make white scars appear less visible. Cosmetic micropigmentation requires a different type of artistic skill and a series of highly specialized techniques, for which certified permanent cosmetic professionals undergo extensive training and are tested.

4. Cosmetic Micropigmentation Clinics versus Tattoo Shop Artistry

Artists working from a modern tattoo shop will offer excellent hygiene, sterile equipment with disposable needles, anesthetic and a comfortable environment, however a tattoo shop is more often an artistic center for body art with all the charm that goes with that field, while in most cases, permanent makeup will be done in a cosmetic micropigmentation center, clinic or salon that resembles a medical or dental facility. PMU procedures are most often done in a clinical environment {inspected and certified by a local Board of Health authority}, and it’s not surprising this is the case. Cosmetic tattooing procedures are done in a medical-type atmosphere partly because many of the “clients” who want such procedures are in fact “patients” seeking help to correct or minimize the effects of medical conditions such as alopecia, Vitiligo discolorations, skin pigmentation disorders, post-surgical scars, lip contouring to minimize wrinkles, correction of asymmetrical facial features – lips, eyes, brows and post mastectomy areola reconstruction and repigmenting and/or post cosmetic surgery scar camouflaging. In many cases, cosmetic tattoo professionals are skincare and beauty professionals that also have a medical or dental background and may work in cooperation with cancer centers and reconstructive or plastic surgery clinics. The professional care, hygiene and comfort level offered by cosmetic tattooing professionals should equal that of a medical facility or surgical clinic.

5. Multiple Permanent Makeup Procedures

Cosmetic tattooing or permanent makeup is not only for the brow. Many people schedule several sessions {or multiple procedures in one day} to have tattooed eyebrow procedures and also get their eyes lined and lips enhanced or filled with color. Each procedure takes about 1 hour.

A successful eyebrows tattooing procedure requires these 10 basic things:

• a well trained and experienced permanent makeup specialist or aesthetician

• a good sketch drawn onto your brow with the final shape YOU want

• the right pigments that will match your skin tone and hair color

• receiving proper anesthesia before the procedure begins

• the use of a modern rotary tattoo machine or a SofTap manual tool

• the right selection of needles for the right style of cosmetic tattoo

• numbing creams or anesthesia during the procedure to ensure comfort

• proper application of aftercare products immediately following the procedure

• aftercare products to avoid swelling, excessive scabbing / itchiness / infection

• a follow-up visit with your tattooing specialist a 2-6 weeks after the procedure

The Anesthesia or Numbing Agent

Most numbing agents are safe for eyes, eyebrows and lips and some creams are very smooth and effective especially those that contain about 4% Lidocaine made especially for eyebrow permanent makeup applications. Some professionals use a blend of Lidocaine and Epinephrine and other experts, with years of experience, have developed their own proprietary anesthetics especially designed for delicate permanent makeup procedures. There’s no reason to grit your teeth and endure pain if sensation begins to return to the area. Even if the micropigmentation tattoo procedure is underway, instant numbing agents help keep clients comfortable and allow the skin to relax without getting dehydrated as the aesthetician creates permanent makeup eyebrows, lips or eyeliner.

Avoiding Bleeding

If you tend to bleed, this may not only be uncomfortable and unhealthy but it may get in the way of the technician’s work. It’s difficult to make fine lines and use feathering techniques if there’s constant blood. There’s a special gel that can eliminate most of this; a coagulating gel that stops bleeding and swelling (specific for use during the creation of permanent tattoos) and can be combined safely with other numbing cream or instant painkilling ointment. It also contains Epinephrine.

Don’t forget to tell your cosmetician beforehand if you tend to bleed more than average so she/he can have the right products prepared.

Eyebrow Tattoo Needles

You may not need to know what tattoo equipment or what needle your cosmetic permanent makeup specialist has chosen, it may suffice to see her/him remove it from a sealed wrapper and insert it into a machine to know it’s sterile and disposable. Nevertheless, if you’re curious, you can ask your specialist about needle sizes and find out that round ones are mostly used for adding filler to brows and for creating thick eyeliners and sometimes for filling lips.

(Note: A lip tattoo is different from lipliner or a full lip filling tattoo in that a lip tattoo is usually thought of as a decorative mark inside the lip – done in an artistic tattoo shop, whereas a cosmetic tattoo is for adding color to the entire lip. The round needles for tattoo makeup that are often chosen to eliminate scaring on delicate areas such as procedures done on the lips.)

There are 2 prong round needles which ensure that pigments are deposited more quickly and evenly. The angle of the needle is also important. It’s imperative that there be no back suction of pigment and blood. {The latest Nouveau Contour cartridge style needles and the engineering of the equipment prevents this and makes cross contamination virtually impossible.} 3 and 4 prong flat needles may be used to prevent excessive bleeding and are better for leaving fewer scars in delicate areas. 6 prong needles that are flat may be used for lipliner and to mimic fine brow hairs. 7 prong round needles provide strong lines and fill areas quickly.

Eyebrow Shape with Stencils

The eyebrow shaping consultation with a permanent cosmetic professional is imperative. She/he will use an eyebrow pencil or semi-permanent pen to create an initial sketch. You can help by getting professional stencils and trying various designs beforehand, then when you’re at the consultation you’ll know if the shape suggested is what you want. Cosmetic tattooing is permanent and it’s on your face! Get the eyebrow shape right the first time so won’t need to think about eyebrow tattoo removal.

Temporary Eyebrow Tattoos

If you want to test what shapes best suit your face shape and brow structure, it’s a good idea to try temporary tattoo brows that are smudge-proof / waterproof and will give you an idea what to expect prior to the “real” permanent tattoo procedure. Temporary tattoo eyebrows come in many styles and colors.

Temporary eyebrow tattoos are easy to apply. There’s a pen from Sephora that’s waterproof and creates a temporary eyebrow tattoo or eyeliner that will provide an idea of what to expect. Just keep in mind that brows drawn-on with a pen {or the temporary tattoos that stick on} are not custom designed and won’t mimic feathering or hairstroke techniques. Nevertheless, if you like what a semi permanent eyebrow tattoo looks like, you’ll probably be delighted with the real ones.

More Suggestions for Temporary eyebrow tattoos

Try false eyebrows from NU-BROW® to decide on a shape, or use an instant stick-on eyebrow stencil, then fill with a semi permanent eyebrow pencil, like the ones from Styli-Style {Styli-Style Brow Liner 24} or the Styli-Style Browtints, which are like markers.
There’s a great way to test whether you’ll like an eyebrow tattoo {or other permanent cosmetics} by asking your micropigmentation specialist about the Magic Styl’o semi-permanent pen that mimics the effects of an eyebrow, eyeliner or lip liner tattoo. The Magic Styl’o semi permanent makeup pen is sometimes used by cosmetic tattoo artists to draw temporary hair on the brows {and other areas} before doing the actual procedure and sometimes to create the initial outline. These temporary eyebrow tattoos {that can be expertly drawn-on by a professional} will last 24 hours or longer. Ask your technician if she has the semi permanent Magic Styl’o pens so you can give your brows, eyeliner or lip tatoo a trial run before making them permanent.

Eyebrow Tattoo Cost

Eyebrow tattoo cost is relatively affordable, especially since the alternative is eyebrow implants {eyebrow transplant surgery} which costs between 2 and 3 thousand dollars. Yet, even expert master micropigmentologist’s eyebrow tattoo price ranges around $400 to $800 per procedure. To get exact permanent makeup price quotes and see tattoo eyebrows pictures by experts in the industry, consult the list of professional permanent makeup experts in your area that can be found in the Professional Directory.

Eyebrow Tattoo Aftercare

Once the eyebrow tattooing procedure is complete, your permanent makeup cosmetician will apply something to sooth and protect the newly tattooed area. Tattoo care is important right from the start. The brow area has had a needle inserted into the skin hundreds of times and requires help to heal. It needs something to calm the swelling, ease the stinging, protect from infection, and moistures the skin. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize – that’s the key to eyebrow tattoo aftercare. You don’t want your new brows to scab-up and flake away.

Watch how beautiful the results can be in this video courtesy of one of Toronto’s top cosmetic eyebrow tattoo masters – Dorothy Kizoff.

Permanent Makeup Cosmetic Eyebrow Tattooing – Post Treatment & Unveiling:

Tattoo Care at Home

Don’t panic if your brows begin to itch and form scabs. Don’t pick the scabs. Don’t rub the area. Pat gently, splash with cool water, apply ice, sooth with aloe and fragrance-free lotion or use analgesic ointment to calm the itching. Its best not to wash the brow area {just splash with cool water} and don’t scrub them in the shower or take long hot baths for about a week.

Trouble with Brows

1. If your permanent make up tattoo appears too dark, don’t worry. Eyebrow tattoos often look darker than expected for a few weeks, but they usually fade.

2. If you’re unhappy with the shape, if there’s been a mistake or they don’t appear to be healing properly after 48 hours, call your micropigmentation specialist. She/he will explain what can be done to correct the shape, design or color after 4-6 weeks.

3. If everything isn’t perfect, don’t sulk. Make an appointment with your permanent makeup specialist and plan how to fix things. Most lightening procedures or minor corrections are best done as soon as possible.

Give Your Brows a Month

In most cases, brows will heal in a couple weeks but give them a month to fade a little and heal completely. Never have a procedure done anytime near a special event. Plan your cosmetic eyebrow tattoo procedure for the least eventful month.

Reasons For Permanent Cosmetic Tattooing

- Some women with eyesight problems forgo makeup because they can’t see what they’re doing. Other have shaky hands and find it difficult to apply eyeliner or use eyebrow pencils. For these ladies having eyeliner or eyebrows permanently tattooed makes life easier.

-Another reason women opt to have permanent facial tattooing is because of allergies to commercial cosmetic products.

- Women who’ve undergone chemotherapy or suffer from a hair loss illnesses find cosmetic tattooing an affordable alternative to expensive hair replacement surgery.

More Information

1. Browse a list of suggested permanent make up and cosmetic tattooing books that are available for sale through Amazon
2. See professional credentials, learn individual specialties and quickly find a qualified eyebrow tattoo expert in your area using EbT’s Professional Directory.

26 Responses


All in all, there is some good advice here. However, I take exception to the ‘dingey tattoo parlor’ remark. Tattoo artists have proven over the years to be quite capable of regulating themselves, it is permanent makeup people who have given the public a taste of bad medicine. I know many brilliant permanent makeup artists who work in lovely tattoo studios and I know many perm. makeup people who work out of hair salons with poor standards when it comes to blood born pathogen and cross contamination prevention.
Anyone looking for permanent cosmetics should begin by consulting the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals (SPCP) website at spcp.org.
The SPCP is the largest non profit member supported organization representing the permanent cosmetics industry. Its members must adhere to the strictest and highest standards put forth in the industry. Upon passing a competency exam, SPCP members are proud to hold CPCP credentials. (Certified Permanent Cosmetics Professional).
All permanent cosmetic professionals should seek membership with the SPCP and all the public should begin their permanent cosmetic experience at http://www.spcp.org


Tattoos should be permanent and forever, so if cosmetic eyebrow tattooing is so called ‘PERMANENT” why do they need to be retouched every few months? If the tattooing was done properly with the right “machine” then you shouldn’t need to have them retouched. The reason why you have to keep going back to retouch them is because if it was done properly that resulted it in being permanent then the Micropigmentation Specialist would be out of business.

Btw, “GUNS” kill people “MACHINES” tattoo. It’s a tattoo “machine”. People that are not knowledgeable call them “guns”.

Everyone that gets their eyebrows tattooed by this artist out in Hawaii never had to get them retouched.

So something that is PERMANENT should be PERMANENT. Having to keep going back to get them retouched because it fades etc. is not permanent. The faded tattooed eyebrow remains there forever so I guess that’s the permanent in permament cosmetic tattooing.


Thank you very much for taking the time to comment LiZa, CPCP. I totally agree with what you have said and thank you for bringing this to my attention. There are indeed many lovely, bright and hygienic tattoo shops and parlors where very talented artists create works of art and some are also certified permanent makeup specialists as well. Without a doubt, it is unfortunate that there are dingy hair salons and dingy aesthetic studios that are anything but aesthetic and hygienic and give permanent makeup a bad name. That is why is it is so important, and I stress this in all my articles, that the public seek ONLY reputable aestheticians and cosmetic tattoo professionals that operate according to a hygienic standard that is above the old cliché of a dingy tattoo parlor. The dingy tattoo parlor quote is only valid when read within the context of the full text, and was not intended as a derogatory remark to the many marvelous tattoo shops and parlors around the world but merely intended to highlight that a hygienic and certified environment is a MUST, and I quote the entire passage that stated: “Cosmetic tattoos are different from artistic permanent tattoo treatments because your facial procedures will be done in a clinical environment and not in some dingy tattoo shop(and I could add dingy hair salon or dingy aesthetic center). The comfort level you should be offered (and must demand) should equal that which is offered at a dentist or a doctor’s office or with a plastic surgeon. Anything less is unacceptable.”

Furthermore I recommend wholeheartedly that those who are contemplating a cosmetic tattoo procedure seek all the information available, and I recommend the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals for those who are in the United States, and to seek other similar associations or societies in whatever country a person may reside. Since I live in Europe there are many different associations depending on the country. I hope to be able to compile a list of such professional associations to help international people be even better information.
My articles and advice are in no way intended to replace information offered by professional association but to offer a real life example of successful permanent makeup procedures and answer basic questions from personal experience. My article clearly states: “Make sure that your professional aesthetician or tattoo artist is trained in their craft and have at least 40 hours of practice – more if possible. In the US there is a Society of Permanent Cosmetics. In other countries there are organizations that monitor the quality of these procedures by making sure the technicians or tattoo specialists are qualified and that the equipment is hygienic and modern.”

Thank you again for your comment, and I hope you will visit the site and comment on future posts.


Thank you for your comment Heidi Livens. And I agree that tattoos should be permanent and in fact are permanent in a general sense. I have never suggested in my articles that permanent makeup must be retouched every few MONTHS, however tattoos in general are known to fade slightly over time. To keep permanent makeup fresh and bright it can be retouched every few YEARS not every few months. As you said, if your permanent makeup was done well the first time it should last a lifetime and it does in general. However in the case of eyeliner or eyebrow tattoos the bright, rich tones that make it replace the need for a brow pencil or eyeliner, often dull after some years (especially if a person is in chlorinated or salt water everyday like I am when I swim) and sometimes the initial richness of the color turns light henna or very light brown and in the case of black eyeliner can fade to a gray-blue. To maintain the rich dark eyeliner lines and the brightness of the brow color, a touch-up just refreshes the look even though the tattoo itself is still there. I have had several retouches over the last 12 years, especially of my eyeliner, because I like it dark, almost black. All the Micropigmentation specialists I have read or spoken to agree that permanent makeup fades over time.
Retouching immediately after a procedure is also common, not because the procedure was done poorly, but because we each heal differently. There are cases where scabs have formed and when they fall off there is a small space where the body has rejected the pigment, and these small areas sometimes need a touch-up a month or so after the initial procedure. This seems to be true more so of very sensitive skinned individuals but I am not a doctor and do not understand why sometimes a transplant or a bone or a graft is rejected and sometimes the body accepts foreign material without question.
The permanent makeup and tattoo specialists I know who have clients that have required a touch-up, always do this free of charge and the end result last years and clients are satisfied.
Regarding guns versus tattoo machines, you and I both know that the hand-held equipment used to tattoo is called a tattoo machine, a rotary machine etc…and in this last post I have referred to it as such. In other posts I have used the term tattoo gun because beginners may be familiar with that term.


Could you please tell me if the eyebrow hair is removed during the tatoo process. If so, does it grow back over the color? Thank you


I live in Christchurch, could you please advise me of a couple of good clinics to go to…I wish to have my eyebrows tattooed on…AMT


This is such a great resource that you are providing and you give it away for free. I enjoy seeing websites that understand the value of providing a prime resource for free. I truly loved reading your post. Thanks!


I agree with Lisa on many points that she makes above. However, as a certified, practicing permanent makeup technician with considerable experience, I would caution against relying too much on SPCP certification in selecting your technician. While such certification is better than no certification at all, it is far less rigorous than may appear to the general public. A far more rigorous examination is administered by the American Academy of Intradermal Cosmetics, the largest permanent makeup educational establishment in the US. The AIIC Master Technician certification is unique in that, in addition to the competency exam similar to that of SPCP, it requires a practical exam. During the practical exam, the technican performs all the procedures on live models before a panel of recognized experts. This assures that the technician has actual practical, not just theoretical skills.

Here are the three criteria I would recommend for selecting your technician:

1. STERILITY: It is extremely important. Make sure that the technican has license from the local Department of Health wherever such license is available. Prefer technicians affiliated with or working under the supervision of a physician.

2. SKILL AS A MAKEUP ARTIST: Many permanent makeup artists are tattoo artists, electrologists, estheticians. None of that means that they have any skills whatsoever in designing makeup that will look good on you. Creating flattering makeup is a very specialized skill and you should seek technicians trained and experienced in that. Especially if the makeup that they will put on your face is permanent!

3. SPECIALIZATION: Avoid establishments that do not specialize in permanent makeup. Such establishments are unlikely to invest time and money into continuous training, top quality pigments and equipment.

You can find additional information on this topic at http://www.ChicagoPermanentCosmetics.com


Had my eye liner done two weeks ago and I love it! I have already made the appointment to have my eyebrows done this week.


Thank you for your informative site. If I may ask a question – Does tattooing destroy existing healthy hair folicles? Or is this avoided by the fact that tattooing only affects upto the second layer only?

By the way, I really would like to see your list of professionals.

Kind regards,


Sorry for the late reply. Thanks for sharing this. If you’d like to add some pics of your before and after results with us, we’d love to see them. Next you can try getting your lips done!


Elena, Thank you very much for bring this information to the attention of our readers. Much Appreciated.


Thank you very much for the encouragement. Yes all the information is offered free.
If professionals in the fields of cosmetic surgery, micro-pigmentation, permanent or semi-permanent makeup (as it’s often called in the UK) or makeup artists and aesthetic specialists wish to contribute, please send us articles and pictures and we’ll be happy to review and post to our site.


Thank you to everyone who has commented on the site!

Regarding the questions:
1. Does tattooing destroy existing healthy hair follicles?
2. Or is this avoided by the fact that tattooing only affects up to the second layer only?

The removal process of a tattoo using lasers can damage hair follicles, minimally in most cases, but it is possible and something that must be consulted with a technician prior to a procedure. However, the tattooing procedure that uses micropigmentation to give color to the skin appears to affect future hair growth much less, if at all. For instance, an eye liner procedure done in the lash line of the eye doesn’t affect the growth of the lashes, in my personal experience. When it comes to an eyebrow tattoo, where there are more hair follicles involved, natural growth does continue after, and most brows that are enhanced will continue to appear natural with real hair adding to the effect. There is more damage done by tweezing and other depilatory methods we use on our brows than by a tattoo. However, if this is an area that is of concern to you, if you have difficulty growing hair in the brow region or if you know that you’re very sensitive, or are on medication, etc., please discuss this with a technician or medical professional prior to a procedure. Each person reacts differently to the same procedure, and it’s best to get advice from someone who can analyze your specific case.

Regarding the best list of professional micropigmentation specialists in your specific region, I recommend using the information offered through The American Academy of Micropigmentation, whose president is Dr. Dixon, as well as the lists of certified members of The American Academy of Micropigmentation and The Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals, headed by Rose Ann Cloud. It has also been recently brought to my attention that the Chicago Permanent Cosmetics Center, LLC, is a great resource as well. Here on this site, while I would love to create a comprehensive list of technicians and professionals in the field of cosmetic tattooing, I have not yet found the time to do so, since this is a place where I offer free information and post items when I have a moment, but do not offer consultations or have a clinic to attend to patients. As such, I try to review specific centers and some top technicians and professionals in the field and offer specific posts that highlight particular places or people who offer unique services or are highly recognized in their field. There are numerous posts on a variety of subjects where I recommend specific individuals or centers that are outstanding. For now, that is what I have to offer. Any professionals who wish to be featured on this site, can send us a link to their website, and it may be possible that after investigating the services, we may include them in our posts.

Thank you for reading and sharing your stories, concerns and ideas. We welcome participation from professionals and patients, and those who are contemplating having a procedure.

Warm Regards,


I want to do a permanent tattoo of my eyebrows but I already have a “medium” thickness of hair on my eyebrows. The beggining of my brow hair has been falling out since I was young. I would like to get this procedure done to outline and fill in my natural brow shape. My question is will it cause my brow hair to fall out? And if it does will it be able to grow back naturally? Will some of the hair not be able to ever back again?


I agree its true you do have to find the right person, and the person that YOU like. I went to Harley Street London and had some consultations, I was not really happy with the shape and how they went about it.

I have since found a lady called Heidi Worman, http://www.heidiworman.co.uk/ recommended by top surgeons and is the UK top practitioner.

I am over the moon with the outcome, and think I have found a top expert, but I did take a long time to find Heidi Worman, but its worth it in the end.

I would say choose very carefully, and see what the person was about, i never flt rushed at all, saw a full c.v and looked at all the celebrity people she had worked with, she drew some nice shapes and went through all the colours with me, I was very happy.

Best of luck people


I’m wondering if u can provide me with clinics in EGYPT which i can visit and have an Eyebrow Tattoo cuz I’m very interested in the idea an I’m willing to do it but i don’t know any trustful clinic…
Thanks in Advance
Sarah Elhagry


First, thank you for all the great info you provide. That helped me decide to go ahead, and to choose a practitioner. However, 10 days after the first procedure, most of what she did is coming off in scabs. (I followed care instructions beyond the letter.) She said there’d be “some flaking.” Also, my brows are still a little painful. What’s left is very light, so now I’m afraid that the next session will be as brutal as the first.

My question to you, is: is this normal for post-procedure? Shall I run to another practitioner, or let this one finish? By the way, I have another “regular” tattoo, and that went easy and well. One time, still looks great. Why are the cosmetic tattoos so different?



So glad you’ve found the eyebrow tattoo information on this site helpful.
Let me try to address your concerns regarding:

1. Cosmetic eyebrow tattoo healing – flaking versus scabbing

2. Continued pain in the region of the brow days after the procedure

3. Deciding if you should choose another eyebrow tattooing expert

4. Why cosmetic tattoos and decorative ones may react differently

1. If you have followed aftercare instructions and kept the area moisturized, and still experience scabbing, not just a little flaking, it may be a sign that the eyebrow area has been overworked during the procedure. The eyebrow area may be slightly “injured”. The body creates scabs to protect and help heal a wound, and the deeper and more severe the wound the larger and deeper the scabs will be. What happens in the case of cosmetic tattooing is that the pigments are placed in both the dermis and epidermis (the first and second layer of skin). Usually the flaking and light scabbing will take with it some of the pigment in the epidermis, but after a couple weeks the skin heals and the deeper layer holds the majority of pigment in tact. However, in the case where a technician has worked the area too much, it’s possible that the pigment in the dermis will come off with scabs. It happens on occasion, although it is NOT normal for most of your eyebrow tattoo to disappear with flaking or scabbing.

2. Regarding eyebrow pain 10 days after the procedure: although it’s not normal to have “pain”, the area will certainly be sensitive (for up to a month), however, “pain”, is a second sign that the micropigmentation expert who did the procedure may have gone over the area too intensely and worked it a bit too much, therefore damaging the dermis, causing the pain, the scabbing and the eventual loss of pigmentation.

3. Based on the information provided: scabbing, pain, loss of pigmentation, I would choose another permanent makeup tattoo professional for a re-touch or second procedure. I don’t know if the first technician did anything wrong or not, and my initial reaction would be to say that your body may be reacting to the pigments, perhaps you’re allergic to the brand used, and therefore it’s not the technician’s fault. However, you mentioned that you have had successful tattooing done previously, so this makes me wonder more about the competence of the specialist than about your body’s ability to accept pigments and heal.

4. The fact that you have had a decorative tattoo that was successful means your body accepted the inks or pigments used, that the tattoo artists did a good job, and that your body heals well. Why might cosmetic tattooing react differently? In most cases the difference in reaction will be due to the pigments used. You may not have been allergic to the inks or pigments in the first tattoo (the decorative one) but are sensitive to the ones being used by the micropigmentation specialist. You may want to find out what pigment brand was used (in the eyebrow procedure you just had) and, when you select a new technician, cosmetician or tattooing specialist, ask for a different product. There are organic / natural pigments and synthetic ones and everyone reacts differently. You may also want to request a finer needle to lessen the possible damage to the area.

Before going for a re-touch, or second procedure, please wait until the pain has totally dissipated, there’s scabs or flakes, and you’re totally healed. Hang in there a month, if you can.


Hi, I had my eybrows tattooed yesterday and yes although it seems a little dark at the moment, i have been advised this will over time fade to a more natural colour. I was given some anathestic gel to apply which i am doing twice a day (i was told no more than this) The area is a little sensitive but nothing to bad.
Just wondered if anyone knows if having my hair coloured (which i am due to have done on Friday, so only 4-5 days after the initial procedure) will be ok? Is it likely to cause me any problems do you know?
And exactly how long should i wait before i swim or actually get the area wet? at the moment, i have been advised to keep my eyebrows away from water when in the shower etc…. which I am doing as best as i can.


I stopped reading after this comment “Cosmetic tattoos are different from artistic permanent tattoo treatments because your facial procedures will be done in a clinical environment and not in some dingy tattoo shop.”
How could I trust the accuracy of the content after such a naive comment?


Hi. I didn’t see this until after I had it done. My eyebrows were okay escept the color of my brows kept getting almost white. I wanted the same color but tatooed on my brows. I have no idea why but the aesthetician decided (on her own and without notifing me) that she added a bit of an arch onto my eyebrows.

To me, this looks hideous. I didn’t want an arch and I didn’t ask for it. But I got it. I was wondering – is there something that can be applied to the eyebrow area to lighten the skin? It is way too arched – I would like a bit of the arch rounded down. No, the aesthetician drew “freely” above the top of my normal eyebrow area. She didn’t ask if I wanted an arch at all. I told her (after a few months) that I dont like it. She and the hairdresser at the store said “people would kill” to have it done. Or that they want that done. Why didn’t she ask me before making the arch?? You’d think!!

And , to add insult to injury, I have noticed some people laugh at them (but they won’t tell me why they are laughing).


This is really good advice, I have had my eyebrows for 6 months now, it was the best move I ever did. I has some consultations but settled with a lady called Heidi Worman, she has clients from all over the world come to her and has the best reputation.

Its worth finding the right person, and its not easy, dont be fooled by flash website and posh postcodes, I was at first.

Good luck



It’s a shame we don’t hear of possible problems till after the work is done. I had my brows done about a month ago, and when the scabs flaked off, there was no colour at all. I discussed the problem over the phone and went back last week to have it done again, darker and deeper. At first it seemed OK, but now, 5 days later, the scabs are flaking again, and there is very little colour, if any underneath. I am due to return for a checkup next week, but think I will be pencilling in again before then. My hairdresser (who recommended the treatment after having it done herself at the same place) now tells me she had to go back 4 times! After that she was told she would have to pay to have any more corrective work done. She is Russian, and on a visit home last week, had it done over there, and looks fantastic. She said it was a different experience, and she looks lovely. I don’t. Not yet, fingers crossed I wll eventually.


Thank you so much for this informative site. I read every single word before I head and had my eyebrow done, I asked all the questions were listed there an watched all the steps very carefully. I didn’t feel any pain just the area was itchy little bit afterwords which actually didn’t bother me much. today is the second day and I am following the instructions very carefully. I feel they are darker than my natural ones, but I came back home and didn’t tell any one I had tattoo and nobody (family or friends) noticed, except a friend who told me I like the new shape of your eyebrow….I felt relaxed after that even with the color.
I have to say that the site helped me a lot in understanding and feel better. I am a career woman and on the active side, I have hairy eyebrow and even I get them done by a pro, every time there is a mess in the shape…when I am busy I am doing them myself and I always get them wrong…so now I hope I will follow the line.

Thank you again and I encourage all who want to have a tattoo read, have good knowledge of what you are going to go thru, ask questions before and after, make sure to have the post tattoo procedure care and follow instructions….

Good luck and will keep you posted.


i wish i had seen this web site b4 i went an had my brows done…the colour has come out except 4 the outline…looks horrible…they make you sign that they are not responsible if anything goes wrong….think carefuly b4 you go…

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