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Alternatives to Eyebrow Tattooing

First off, a tattoo eyebrow is fairly permanent, even though they are often touted as “semi-permanent.” Once the tattoo is done, it’s hard to change the shape. And, because there are so many people with very little training offering their services, it often ends up looking unnatural. Then, there are many horror stories of permanent makeup going wrong – tattoos that, unfortunately, people are stuck with. While there are removal processes available, once you get a tattoo on your brows, it’s costly, painful and very time consuming to remove. Now, thank heavens, there are more options than ever, even better than a tattoo eyebrow. Take a look at the alternatives below before you decide to make a decision that may cost you much more than a few extra dollars in the long run. 

Brow aficionados these days have undoubtedly come across the ever-so-popular microblading solution—which involves getting semi-permanent tattoos to fill in patches—to achieve fuller arches. While I’m usually game to try literally any such treatment that pops up (I’m looking at you, vampire and vagina facials!), face tattoos have always felt a little too hardcore for me. So when a microblading tattoo pen (with zero actual tattooing required) came across my desk, I raised an arch in intrigue. Check out our range of eyebrow tattoo services to help with your problems. 

Iconic Beauty Micro Brow Tattoo Pen ($9) is meant to give you that microblading effect without the permanence factor—AKA a makeup bag version of the treatment that requires zero tattooing. That I’m down to try. “Microblading pencils are great for people who need to fill in bald spots in the brows who aren’t comfortable or confident using a classic brow pencil,” says Molly R. Stern, a celebrity makeup artist. “My preference is a hard formula pencil which can be feathered and look very natural. The microblading versions deposit more color, which generally have a stain and cover more area in one stroke.”

To see what the pen, which has four teeny tips to mimic hairs, could do for my brows, I swapped it for my usual brow gel. Now, disclaimer: My brows aren’t super patchy to begin with, but the pen did a great job emphasizing what I’ve already got. I started in the inner-corner of my brow and began dragging it across skin, noticing that my brows looked much fuller as I did so. As I approached the arch, the pen allowed me to define it more than a typical pencil or gel because each stroke looks like tiny hairs. Towards the tail, my eyebrows get thinner, so I need more fullness there—and the pen didn’t let me down. Flipping it so that the hairs tailed down, I created a few strokes that I swear could’ve been mistaken for my real brows.

As I gazed into the mirror afterwards, my arches looked darker and thicker. To add to the brushed-up, fluffy effect I prefer, I glossed over them with my brow gel and wound up having more lush-looking brows than ever before. My faux microbladed brows lasted the entire day, too. All in all, consider me a newfound devotee of microblading pens—so I can live an even fuller brow bush life than I ever realized was possible.

Unless you’ve been chilling under a rock lately, you’ve probably heard of microblading, the new-ish, semi-permanent version of eyebrow tattoos. They’re not your grandma’s stamped-on brows; instead, the delicate, super-fine hair strokes look natural and realistic in a way that the first-gen versions never did. Microblading’s recent popularity has spawned microshading and micro feathering, two techniques that give you a different brow look depending on your preferences. Here’s how they differ—and what that’ll mean for you.

In this day and age, beauty is all about the face, and the most important part of the face are the eyebrows. Beautifully shaped eyebrows provide a frame for your eyes, and full natural eyebrows can even make you look years younger.

But not everyone is lucky enough to have perfect eyebrows. If you have a genetic disposition to thin eyebrows, you over-plucked them in your youth, you have alopecia, you’re recovering from cancer treatment, you have sparse areas or you simply don’t like the shape, you might be considering semi-permanent makeup as a way to enhance your most important facial feature.

Ever wanted to just wake up with perfect brows every single morning? Are you also terrified of pigment being carved into your skin with a scalpel in order to make this wish come true? Same. Luckily, there’s a new alternative to microblading, and it’s far less painful and intrusive.

Ah, the quest for perfect brows without the hassle. Instead of “blading,” try out “shading”! As an alternative to cutting into the skin to create the look of fine hairs, microshading is done with a device that inserts tiny dots of pigment into a deeper section of the skin, much like a tattoo. The result looks more like you used a brow powder, but permanent. This technique is often referred to as the “Shadow Effect” because it gives the brow a gradient appearance. 

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Tattoo Eyebrow Alternatives


Microblading the process of inserting pigment into the upper layer of the brows using a “pen” that contains very fine needles to create very thin, hairlike strokes that blend naturally and look like real hair. It’s a great alternative to permanent makeup for the eyebrows, and while it is semi-permanent, meaning it needs to be redone anywhere from 24 to 36 months after the initial treatment, it can be difficult to remove. Although a great alternative, it is still not a 100% natural solution. Also, it is not for everyone. For example, it is not an ideal treatment for people with sensitive or oily skin, dermatitis, or some autoimmune disorders.Our exclusive range of eyebrow tattoo services  will help you in eyebrow microblading, feathering or hair stroke eyebrow tattooing procedures. 

Microblading is a technique using a super-fine pen (technically, a bundle of 12 to 15 needles) to deposit pigment into skin. The tip is so fine, in fact, that it can create hair strokes that look legit. And the needles reach only into the superficial layers of the skin, which is what makes the method semi-permanent (versus permanent, like traditional cosmetic tattoos). Think of each stroke as a little paper-cut. (We know what you’re wondering: Yes, it hurts, but your brow artist can numb the area first.) Compared to other techniques, “microblading gives a very natural look and better simulates hair,” says Betsy Shuki, makeup artist and brow expert who offers microblading services at the office of NYC plastic surgeon Scott Wells, MD.

Microblading, a semi permanent (up to two years) form of eyebrow tattoo to achieve a fuller brow, has proved a great way to streamline a makeup routine. For clients who want a similar look but require something a bit less time-intensive (and less expensive),  Katya Dmitrenco, owner and lead artist at KD Brows @kdbrows, says Brow Lamination is a more affordable and painless alternative.  And it’s just hitting the US market.

“Brow Lamination is a styling for natural eyebrows and it’s completely pain-free,” she explains. “It allows you to fix unruly hairs, while achieving a fuller brow, a better shape, and symmetry.  It works like a lash lift or a brow perm.”

Microblading is promoted by beauticians as the semi-permanent makeup solution for perfect eyebrows, but it is a technique that can leave you with disastrous results. The primary (and scariest) problem with microblading is that the procedure cuts the skin in order to deposit the pigment. Any time your skin is cut there is a serious risk of infection and scar tissue.

As microblading never lasts more than a few months, you will require more and more touch-ups for the rest of your life. As you might imagine, this repeated cutting of the skin leaves you with permanent damage and may even kill your existing hair follicles. Once your skin suffers this kind of trauma, there is no way to repair it. You will have to live with a disfigured face for the rest of your life.Check out our range of eyebrow tattoo services to help with your problems.

As microblading is a manual technique, you are also at the mercy of your technician. If you are unlucky enough to choose an inexperienced person, your results may be terrible. A simple image search on the internet can reveal what happens when microblading goes horribly wrong. But even when performed by the best technicians, microblading will eventually result in permanent scarring sooner or later.

Eyebrow Rejuvenation

This is the first 100% natural treatment for eyebrow hair growth that has only recently become possible due to breakthroughs in stem cell research. Eyebrow Rejuvenation, developed by Misti Barnes, is a proprietary process that combines medical needling with human-derived stem cells to rejuvenate your bodies’ own natural hair. There is no ink or artificial hair involved in the treatment. For more information about this treatment, contact Misti for a free consultation.

Eyebrow Makeup

There are many different ways to apply makeup to fill in the eyebrows or to draw them on completely. Some of the more popular methods are eyebrow pencils, eyebrow gel, and/or a combination of these with eyebrow powder. This gives you flexibility, by being able to change the look of your brows each day, but, let’s face it, it’s a hassle. Who wants to draw their own eyebrows every day?

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It’s a really exciting time, because there are so many choices out there for having gorgeous eyebrows. With all these choices, you’re able to make more educated decisions about which eyebrow treatment is best for you. Remember, a tattoo eyebrow is mostly permanent, microblading is semi-permanent, Eyebrow Rejuvenation by Misti Barnes is 100% natural, and makeup requires daily effort to maintain. Whatever your choice is, do your research, spend the time and don’t cut corners. It’s your face. You deserve to have the best. Find more information on eyebrow rejuvenation here. 


Microshading comes with a number of benefits.

  • Lasts longer than microblading
  • Ideal for sensitive, oily skin types
  • Gives the appearance of fuller brows
  • Helps with eyebrow symmetry

Healy notes that microshading works well for everybody and is thought to offer longer-lasting results when compared to microblading. But it’s especially effective for those with oily skin, as this skin type doesn’t typically do well with semi-permanent tattoos. Then there’s the ouch-factor. “For people with sensitive skin, microblading drags a blade across your brows and it is similar to paper cuts,” explains Healy. “That dragging motion can be more painful if you have sensitive skin.”

All good news here—there’s no difference in the lifespan of microshading and microblading. So, excluding the first touch-up, you have a solid year before you need to see your brow artist again.

If microblading is like painting and micro feathering is more like sketching, microshading is like an Impressionist got a hold of the blade. “Microshading technique is done using either an electric hand tool or a manual tool, which creates a soft, powdered effect that resembles eyebrow powder,” says Shuki. Instead of the hair stroke typical with microblading and micro feathering, microshading employs a stippling method, which uses repetitive dots of pigment. It’s like the pomade or powder to microblading’s pencil strokes—just semi-permanent. The overall effect more closely resembles the sort of brow you’d find on any given Instagram influencer.

Micro Feathering

Anyone who wants to lightly fill out the brows they already have.

Micro Feathering is a form of microblading, and a technique created (and trademarked) by eyebrow artist-to-the-stars Kristie Streicher. She’s best known for her feathered brow, a no-needle shaping method that’s all about a natural, fluffy-looking brow. This is similar to that, but with pigment. Like microblading, she uses a fine blade to create tiny incisions. “Pigment is then deposited into the incisions, resulting in an incredible natural-looking ‘eyebrow hair,'” says Streicher. Unlike microblading, which typically creates most of the brow for you, Streicher uses your existing brow hairs as the “starting base” and simply fills it in as needed.

It typically doesn’t have the staying power of microblading because “the pigmented stokes are much finer and natural looking,” says Streicher. Depending on certain factors, like your skin type (oily skin won’t hold the pigment as well), age, and skin care routine, micro feathering will usually last eight to 12 months, max.

Micro Feathering is a little more high-maintenance than microblading, only because Streicher is so exact. She requires a consultation to ensure that there’s enough natural hair to help blend the pigment into your brows. (And, even so, there’s usually a growing-out period of six to 12 months so your existing brow hairs are all accounted for.) It’s also a two-part process (all of which costs $1,000 for Streicher’s procedure). “During the first appointment, micro feathered strokes are created in some of the more dense areas of the brow,” explains Streicher. “Six to eight weeks later, depending on how your skin heals and responds, additional strokes are then added.” Everyone heals differently, she says, so she can better complete the look once she knows how your skin will recover. Want to know more about our eyebrow tattoo services?  

It typically doesn’t have the staying power of microblading because “the pigmented stokes are much finer and natural looking,” says Streicher. Depending on certain factors, like your skin type (oily skin won’t hold the pigment as well), age, and skin care routine, micro feathering will usually last eight to 12 months, max.

Brow Lamination

Lamination is no longer just a reference to that shiny finish your first-grade teacher applied to an important piece of paper. The concept has made its grand return to our adult lives with the latest brow trend. An innovative technique called brow lamination originated in Russia, and it’s quickly making its way west. You may have noticed pictures of full, slicked-up brows with a high-shine finish taking over your Instagram Explore page. Well, that’s brow lamination. It’s more or less semi permanent soap brows.

Brow lamination “takes your unruly or thinning brow hair and smoothes it out while also lifting the hair in a more vertical direction,” says Amber Harrison, a brow expert and the owner of Brow Envy Ohio, which has salons in Cincinnati and Columbus. “The end result is super smooth brows that look like you have brow gel on them.”

No matter what your brow concern is — gaps, thinning, overplucking, unruliness — brow lamination is an amazing solution and a great microblading alternative. “It can give people the brows they have always wanted in less than an hour,” Harrison adds. “It hides small gaps and gives the illusion of major hair growth. Most of my clients are 30s to 50s and have lost a lot of their brow hair, either through the natural aging process, illness, or just overwaxing. This is a noninvasive, temporary, but impactful way to fix their brows in an affordable way.”

Are there any downsides of brow lamination?

As amazing as brow lamination may sound, Shari Marchbein, a New York City dermatologist, has some words of warning. First and foremost, she’s concerned about the eyelid skin itself, as it’s the thinnest, most delicate of the body. “Therefore it requires special care and attention from the skin-care products that we use,” she tells Allure. “It is especially prone to irritation, so harsh chemicals from this brow lamination could cause eczema, which is characterized by red, dry, itchy, and inflamed skin.” Check out our range of eyebrow tattoo services to help with your problems. 

Another concern she brings up is the possibility of getting these caustic chemicals in contact with the eye itself, which could cause “potentially irreversible damage,” she adds. Both of these worries are why brow tinting is frowned upon by experts and the FDA. Of course, people in the U.S. still continue to keep getting their arches tinted, so if you choose to proceed with the treatment, please do so with caution.

Marchbein also notes how brow lamination could harm your brow hairs themselves. “Just as overprocessing the hair on your scalp with chemicals and bleach can cause breakage, dryness, and even loss of hairs, the same holds true for eyebrow hairs,” she points out. “Perms (at least those for the scalp) use a chemical called ammonium thioglycolate to break bonds in the hair, thereby changing the structure and texture of the hair. This is unnecessarily damaging to the delicate hairs.”

With this in mind, conditioning and nourishing the brows afterward with an oil and moisturizing cream in the same way we do so with our hair after chemically treating it is essential, says Sarah Robinson, one of the founders of the Brow Atelier, which helps educate other brow experts on the treatment. Although the overall results give you a low-maintenance look, just be sure to keep the health of your brows (and eyes) in mind.

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