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Eyebrow Tattoo |Ombre Brows, Powder Brows and Eyebrow Feathering

Eyebrow tattoo is a technique of applying pigment to your skin to create a more defined eyebrow shape. The trend is all about natural, full brows. Three main brow tattoo techniques are popular at present. Eyebrow feathering or feather brows, ombre brows and powder brows. So what is the difference between these three techniques, and which one is the right one for you?

At Pearl, our Cosmetic Tattooist, Tara, performs all three eyebrow tattoo techniques and can customise your brow tattoo treatment. Book Online or Call 3350 5447 for a Free Consultation

Eyebrow Tattoo

Feathertouch, Ombre, Powder


Perfection Tattoo

6 week touch up


Annual Touch up

within 1 year


Touch up

after 12-24 months


Eyebrow feathering before and after photo

*Eyebrow feathering before and after photo – results are individual

*results are individual

An Overview of Eyebrow Tattoo Options

The most notable difference between the three semi-permanent brow shaping techniques is how the pigment is deposited into the skin. Eyebrow feathering is accomplished with a microblading tool, whereas powder brows are accomplished solely with an eyebrow tattoo machine. Ombre brows, on the other hand, are a combination treatment that employs both the microblading tool and an eyebrow tattoo machine.

Eyebrow Feathering or Feather Brows

Eyebrow feathering, also known as Feather Brows, is a precise technique used to create a new eyebrow shape by tattooing individual hairs into your brow. The strands are first applied with a microblading tool, which allows for the creation of individual hairs. The hair strokes are then placed to form a perfect arch or shape. Eyebrow feathering creates a very natural look by blending in with your natural brow.

Powder Brows

Powder brows is an eyebrow tattoo technique that is used for clients who want more colour depth and definition. Powder brows are applied with an eyebrow tattoo machine to create a shadow behind your natural brown and to fill in any gaps to create more length or arch shape.

Ombre Brows or Ombre Powder Brows

Ombre brows are typically created by combining microblading and powder brow tattooing. Blending techniques are used to provide a transition of intensity, making the brow appear bolder at the arch. Ombre brows are also known as ombre powder brows because they begin with a powder brow tattoo technique, in which the pigment is placed into your skin using an eyebrow tattoo machine. The microblade tool is then used to create a layer of hair strokes.
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Method One: Eyebrow Feathering

Eyebrow feathering is a semi-permanent brow tattoo technique used to create full natural hairs and more beautiful brows. It is also called a hair stroke tattoo because of its natural, realistic effect of making the appearance of individual eyebrow hairs. However, not everyone is a good candidate for feather brows. For example, women with oily skin should avoid eyebrow feathering because the colour does not hold well. Ombre brows or powder brows are a better choice for women with oily skin.

Benefits: Feather brows appear very natural. Each stroke looks like real hair when done by an experienced cosmetic tattoo artist.

Cons: Because of the shallow depth at which we penetrate the pigment under the skin, feather brows wear off the quickest of all the eyebrow tattoo techniques. As a result, they require more frequent touch-ups than other techniques. Clients typically return every 8-12 months for a colour boost. On oily/combination skin, brow feathering is less effective than other methods.

Who is it best suited for: Eyebrow feathering is ideal for anyone who has thin or patchy brows and desires a subtle shape enhancement with an emphasis on natural hair definition.

Method Two: Powder Brows

Overview: The powder brow tattoo technique has been around for a couple of decades, but it has improved and refined over time. The powder brow method is similar to a traditional tattoo in that thousands of tiny dots of pigment are inserted into the skin, gradually building up a defined brow shape.

Pros: powder brows use a more traditional tattooing method that produces longer-lasting results and is suitable for most skin types, including oily or combination skin. Clients return for colour boosts closer to the 12- to the 18-month mark. In addition, the brow is fuller and more defined or than the feather brow method.

Cons: Due to its long history, this method does not have the best reputation. Many people are concerned that this method will appear unnatural, even though it produces a more defined, solid look than eyebrow feathering alone. However, modern powder brows are far more natural-looking than their predecessors from 1985. In addition, powder brows can be made to appear very natural by not completely saturating the desired brow shape with pigment instead of creating a defined, yet soft unsolid look.

Who it’s best for: If you have oily or combination skin or fill in your brows with pencil or shadow regularly. Powder brows give the appearance of filled-in brows without the time and effort required each morning.

Method Three Ombre Brows

Ombre brows are a mixture of brow feathering and powder brows. It combines powder brow technique with the hair stroke eyebrow tattooing. Using the eyebrow feathering to create tiny vertical hairs at the start of the brow, then transitioning into ombre powder brow for the body and tail of the brow. The goal is to have only minor hair flicks at first, so the brow does not start as a solid mass.

Pros: The combination of microblade hair strokes and a powder fill make a brow look incredibly natural. It’s more defined and filled in than straight feather brows but less solid and dramatic than a powder brow.

Who is it best for: This technique is for everyone. All brows are custom-made for each client based on their desired look, skin type, colouration, bone structure, and so on. Therefore, no two clients have the same brow design.
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What to Expect During an Eyebrow Tattoo Treatment

  1. Arrive for their appointment without wearing any makeup if possible.
  2. Avoid anything that may thin the blood 48 hours before the service. No alcohol, pain relievers, other medications, or anti-wrinkle injections until the service is completed.
  3. The appointment could last two to three hours.
  4. Before treatment, a topical anaesthetic is applied and allowed to sit for 20-40 minutes.
  5. Tara will draw a frame around your brows to indicate where the pigment should be used.
  6. Before the pigment is applied to your skin, you will see the shape and colour.
  7. The shading process can begin once you have agreed on and confirmed the look of your customised brows.
  8. Your brows will be darker after the procedure and may feel tender.
  9. Tara will provide you with aftercare instructions and cream to apply.
  10. It is critical to return for a perfection treatment at 4-6 for minor adjustments.


Picture showing drawing up of the shape before eyebrow tattoo

After your numbing cream, Tara will draw a frame around your brows to indicate where the pigment should be used.

The shading process can begin once you have agreed on and confirmed the look of your customised brows. Your brows will be darker after the procedure.

  • Don’t overwork or over sweat for 48 hours.
  • Avoid touching and peeling off the scabs. The scabs will fall off on their own.
  • For at least 12-14 days, avoid wearing makeup
  • Avoid prolonged sun exposure.
  • During the healing process, avoid any facial treatments.
  • Showers that are too long or too hot should be avoided.
  • Avoid over-washing your brows. You can clean the area with a cotton pad.

Ombre brows can last between two and five years. After that, the retention will be determined by various factors, including lifestyle, skin type, sun exposure, health condition, etc.

  • Your brows will appear fuller, more defined, and dramatic.
  • Ombre brows typically last up to 2- 5 years (longer than microblade brows).

Our cosmetic tattooists will advise you on the best style, shape, and colour to complement your natural brow features, but the final decision is yours. Tara provides free consultations so that you can meet with her and go over the entire process before making any decisions. So who gets an eyebrow tattoo?

  • You want your brows to be more defined.
  • You have fair brow hair that needs to be tinted and shaped all the time to look like you have brows.
  • You want your brows to be fuller.
  • You want to change the shape of your brows.
  • You want to reshape your brows after plucking or waxing them incorrectly.
  • You have alopecia areata.
  • Your brows have thinned.
  • Your brows have thinned.

Eyebrow tattooing enhances your natural features, achieves your desired makeup look, or feels more confident going out without makeup. Call 07 33505447 to book a free consultation with Tara or book online. 

Eyebrow Tattoo Removal Using Laser

We also offer laser tattoo removal for women who have had an eyebrow tattoo that is incorrectly shaped, the wrong colour, or changed their minds. Tara can usually work with your existing brow tattoo to achieve a cosmetically acceptable result. However, the best outcome is achieved if a poorly designed brow tattoo is removed with a laser. Cath O’Brien, one of our laser technicians, specialises in cosmetic brow tattoo removal.

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