How long do eyebrow tattoos last? Factors and timeline
“How long do eyebrow tattoos last?” is one of the most common questions we get from our clients. Here’s what you need to know about semi-permanent brow tattoos and how to keep them looking their best, for longer.
How Long Do Eyebrow Tattoos Last?
Depending on what type of brow you choose and how well they're taken care of, semi-permanent eyebrow tattoos can last anywhere from one to five years.
Permanent vs. Semi-Permanent Eyebrow Tattoos
Traditional tattoo (Permanent)
A traditional brow tattoo is done with a machine and is considered permanent. However, cosmetic tattooing has come a long way since brow tattooing began with this technique. Microblading and Ombré Pixel Misting give a much more natural look and allow for greater customisation in shape and density.
Microblading (Semi-permanent): Two years
Microblading is a semi-permanent eyebrow tattoo done by hand rather than with a tattoo machine, like a traditional permanent tattoo. The artist uses a small blade to create natural-looking hair strokes, and the ink is deposited just under the skin's surface.
While this means the result doesn't last as long, microblading creates a more natural-looking eyebrow by creating a look that appears just like real hair.
Microblading typically lasts up to two years, depending on factors such as your skin type, lifestyle, and aftercare. The delicate strokes may fade more quickly, especially on oilier skin, so touch-ups are generally needed more frequently.
If you want a very natural look, this method is excellent because it offers a gorgeous subtle enhancement to shape, fullness, and arch. However, microblading does require more frequent maintenance to keep the look fresh.
At Tanya Beauty Care, we use the microblading technique in our salon to create various eye brow styles, including Micro-feather Brows and our TBC Signature Combination brows.
Ombré Pixel Misting (Semi-permanent): Up to five years
Ombré Pixel Misting, also known as ombre powder brows, gives a soft powdered appearance similar to makeup. This technique uses a machine to insert pigment, and Powder Brows usually last longer than microbladed brows - up to five years.
The technique results in a more densely packed pigment, which typically fades more slowly than the delicate strokes of microblading.
If you want a more defined, makeup-like appearance requiring less frequent touch-ups, Powder Brow may be your choice. We usually recommend it if you have oilier skin or are very active with exercise and sweat a lot, as the pigment tends to retain better.
Healing Process of Eyebrow Tattoos
Whether you choose microblading or Ombré Pixel Misting, the healing process of eyebrow tattoos plays a key role in how long they’ll last. During the initial phase, proper care is needed to avoid scabbing and loss of pigment.
- Days 1-2: Brows will appear darker and more defined.
- Days 3-4: The area may feel itchy as the healing begins.
- Days 5-7: The brows may lighten and appear patchy.
- Weeks 2-4: The brows will return to their normal colour, with a softer and more natural appearance.
- Week 5 onwards: The final touch-up session should be scheduled if necessary.
- One to two months: The complete healing process, with the tattooed area settling into its final appearance.
Factors That Affect Eyebrows Tattoos Longevity
Several things can impact exactly how long your eyebrow tattoo will last. Understanding the factors that affect eyebrow tattoos longevity can help you keep your brows looking their best for as long as possible.
Your skin type: Oily or mature skin
Oily skin may cause the pigment to blur or fade more quickly, as the excess oil can break down the ink.
Mature skin might be more delicate and also retain pigment less effectively. Proper aftercare and touch-ups may be necessary to maintain the look.
How much time you spend in the sun
The sun causes the pigment in eyebrow tattoos to fade quicker. UV rays break down the ink particles, leading to premature fading. Wearing a hat or using SPF on the brows can slow fading.
Smoking can affect blood flow to the skin, potentially causing tattoos to fade faster - you can take this as your sign to quit! Swimming frequently in chlorinated pools can also affect longevity, as chlorine can bleach the ink.
The skincare products you use
Ingredients like retinoids and exfoliating acids accelerate skin cell turnover, leading to quicker pigment fading, so it is recommended to avoid skincare products containing these ingredients.
The skill of your brow artist
An expert cosmetic tattoo artist will know how to work with different skin types and conditions to ensure the pigment is inserted at the correct depth and consistency. Choosing a highly skilled professional ensures that you receive a high-quality result that lasts.
Best Aftercare for Eyebrow Tattoos
As they heal, make sure you prioritise the best aftercare for eyebrow tattoos. This will help everything go smoothly at each stage and maximise the longevity of your brows.
Avoid makeup and face creams around the brows for at least two weeks: Makeup and certain skincare creams may contain ingredients that can interfere with healing. Skip these steps in your routine to help the pigment settle properly into the skin and allow for the intended colour retention.
Don't get your sweat on for one week: Exposure to steam, saunas, or heavy sweating from exercise can open the pores and may cause the pigment to blur or fade prematurely.
Do not pick, scratch, or rub the brows: The brows may feel itchy while they heal. Picking, scratching, or rubbing can cause scarring, uneven healing, and loss of pigment. Refrain from picking so the final result is smooth and even.
Use a clean pillowcase to prevent infection: Your freshly tattooed eyebrows are more susceptible to infection. Using a clean pillowcase minimises exposure to bacteria and other potential irritants, reducing the risk of complications.
No facials, botox, or chemical treatments for four weeks: These treatments can irritate the newly tattooed skin or affect the pigment. Waiting at least four weeks ensures that your eyebrow tattoos have healed enough and are not at risk of being damaged by other cosmetic treatments.
Whether you're considering microblading or Ombré Pixel Misting, knowing the factors that affect their longevity, healing process, and proper aftercare will help you maintain fresh, beautiful-looking brows for longer.
Have questions? Contact our team - we’d love to talk to you about your dream brows.