Which Eyebrow Tattoo Style is Right for You?

Who knew there were options?

Clients often have some idea of what they would like their brows to look like. After all, who knows your morning brow routine, lifestyle and signature look better than yourself? To help determine which eyebrow tattoo technique will be best suited to each client, I always start with a few key questions to get to know you and your brow goals.

Do you wear makeup regularly?

You may prefer our Ombré/Combination styles.

Do you spend much time outdoors?

Sun exposure does prematurely fade cosmetic tattoos, particularly Feather Touch styles.

Describe your skins oil flow?

Oily skin types do not retain pigment as well as dry skin types. We may need to select darker colours. Oily skin types are not suitable candidates for Microblading but we can still achieve a Feather Touch style using a tattoo machine method.

Have you previously had cosmetic tattooing?

Cover-ups of older eyebrow tattoos may require removal treatments or a powder style technique to completely cover the old pigment.

More on the styles available…

Here’s a breakdown, the pros, the cons, the features and benefits of the most up to date brow tattooing techniques available and how we guide you in the direction of your dream brows.

The most effective tattooing techniques and the 3 styles created here at Feather and Lace Cosmetic Tattoo are Machine-stroke or Microblading (also known as Feather touch, Hair stroke), Ombré (a soft but full powdered look) or a combination of the 2 (also known as 3D brows).

Machine-stroke or Microblading:

Microblading has steadily grown in popularity over the last 5 years and is the most natural of all the styles. A manual tool is used to create very fine hair stroke designs that match in harmoniously with existing brow hairs. If you have sparse growth or no hair at all, this style can create the illusion of fluffy, feathery and symmetrical brows.

This style is perfect for women who don’t wear a lot of makeup or none at all. Clients with oily skin types or sun-damaged skin are not suitable candidates for microblading. We can, however, create the same hair stroke effect using a tattoo machine method. We prefer to create our Feather Touch brows using this machine method at Feather and Lace Cosmetic Tattoo, as it is gentler on the skin and has better colour retention.

Because this technique is the lightest option of the three, it can fade prematurely when faced with challenges such as oily skin, sun exposure or clients who regularly use active skin care ingredients (i.e AHA’s, retinol etc.) Without these factors Machine stroke/Microbladed eyebrow tattooing generally lasts 12 months. We recommend a colour Refresh Appointment annually to keep your feathery arches looking their best.

Before and after Microbladed eyebrows.
Healed Machine-stroke brows.
Healed Machine-stroke brows.


Ombré brows are a modern take on old fashioned shaded brows. The final result is a soft powdery finish with all the definition you’d normally create with brow makeup. Simplify your makeup routine and wake up with flawless brows everyday – perfect for enhancing already full brows or for lovers of makeup and all things glam. These babies are suitable for all skin types and last longer before requiring a Refresh Appointment, around 1-2 years (depending on some lifestyle factors).

Below: 18 month old Ombré eyebrow tattoo Above: Ombré brows after Refresh Appointment
Below: 18 month old Ombré eyebrow tattoo Above: Ombré brows after Refresh Appointment
Ombré eyebrow tattoo directly after treatment.
Ombré eyebrow tattoo directly after treatment.


Last but certainly not least and my personal favourite, combining Machine stroke or Microblading hair strokes with Ombré powder. This technique creates a more 3D effect (hence the nickname, 3D Brows), so it looks like you have amazing feathery brows with the added definition of glamorous powder. Have the best of both styles and your very own show stopping brows! This style generally lasts 1-2 years when cared for correctly. See our article here for information on eyebrow tattoo longevity.

Before and after Combo eyebrow tattoo.
Before and after Combo eyebrow tattoo.
Healed Combo eyebrow tattoo before touch up.
Healed Combo eyebrow tattoo before touch up.

Regardless of the style you choose, Feather and Lace Cosmetic Tattoo are here to provide personalised service, trustworthy advice and to create beautiful brows that inspire confidence.  I love getting to know my clients and exceeding their expectations of what we can achieve with cosmetic eyebrow tattooing.

With Love,