Eyebrow Tattooing – How Long Does It Last?

In recent years we have seen a new wave of brow tattooing, generally called feather touch tattooing or microblading. A favourite beauty procedure amongst celebrities, there’s no doubt you have probably seen the impressive effects all over social media, and the many benefits written about in beauty magazines and blogs. However, there’s one question that is rarely spoken about, and that is how long do cosmetic eyebrow tattoos really last?

Permanent Vs Semi Permanent Tattoos

Many people assume that like a traditional tattoo which is ‘permanent’, cosmetic tattooing will last forever, but as it is a ‘semi-permanent’ procedure, it will fade over time. The main difference between a semipermanent tattoo and a permanent one is how deeply the ink is injected into the skin. The deeper you go, the longer it stays. Traditional body tattoos are intended to last, so artists implant the ink deep into the skin. Semipermanent brows are expected to fade, so technicians use a digital pen or microblading tool to implant ink more superficially into the skin.

What Does the Cosmetic Eyebrow Tattooing Procedure Involve?

The procedure involves tattooing hairlike strokes onto the brow area using a dedicated tool that looks like a slender knife, filling in any gaps and creating a fuller and more defined effect. Unlike regular tattoo inking, the technique uses pigment instead of ink and it doesn’t go anywhere near as deep into the skin. Designed to look like real brow hair, the pigment can be customised to suit any skin tone and hair colour resulting in a completely natural look.

What Factors Can Affect How Long It Lasts?

There really is no exact answer to how long it will last, depending on your skin type and how it holds the pigment, as well as how closely you follow the aftercare instructions, cosmetic eyebrow tattoos can last between 12 months and three years. There are many things that can impact the lifespan including:

  • The quality and technique used.
  • The quality of the pigments used.
  • Your skin type – although not always the case, often dryer skin can hold onto the pigment more than oily skin.
  • Sun exposure – will make the pigment fade a lot quicker, so if you spend a lot time outdoors your eyebrow tattooing will generally fade faster.
  • Beauty treatments – particular beauty treatments can make the tattoo fade quicker. Exfoliants such as glycolic acid, peels and microdermabrasion can impact the life of your tattoos.
  • Aftercare – after your treatment, your body actually treats the area like a cut anywhere else on your body and it will form a small scab. You must take real care not to damage the scab, otherwise the pigment may come out with it. It’s important to follow the aftercare instructions from your brow technician. If these instructions aren’t followed properly your tattooing won’t last as long and may not even heal into the skin at all.
  • Colour – darker colours usually last longer than lighter colours. Blonde eyebrows will likely fade and need to be touched up a lot sooner than darker eyebrows.


If you want the colour to stay perfect, it’s best to be prepared to have a retouch every 12 months or thereabouts. Some people may be lucky and get a lot longer out of the procedure and some people decide to let it fade off a bit before having it re done so that the colour or shape can be changed.

A great procedure for those wanting to spend less time on their everyday beauty routine and have great brows all the time, cosmetic eyebrow tattoos are rapidly growing in popularity. If you are wanting to obtain the perfect shape and colour eyebrows, then contact the expert team at Charisma Skin Studio now on 08 9440 0221. Conveniently located in Stirling, the team at Charisma Skin Studio are committed to providing you with outstanding beauty services and professional advice.

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