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How Long Do Eyebrow Tattoos Last? – Model Standards

Semi permanent eyebrows (eyebrow tattooing) is the process of tattooing the eyebrows with a desired pigment to create symmetrical, fuller brows. This post is all about how to make semi permanent brows last longer.

Whether you’ve already had your perfect brows created, or you’re just about to make the plunge – take all of this information in and use it – you’re going to have longer lasting brows.

How long does it last?

We advise that Semi Permanent Eyebrow Treatments usually last for approximately 12-18 months.

This is a question that we get asked by everybody that enquires about semi permanent makeup treatments – and our answer is always the same. It totally depends on the individual. Everybody has a totally unique skin type. Oily skin types won’t hold pigment as well as dry skin types will. Some clients will literally hold the pigment for life – whilst others will lose it in under 12 months.

Why do they fade? I thought they were supposed to be permanent…

As we explained in our last blog (this blog about lip tattooing) – permanent makeup used to be applied with real ink. This used to be the same ink that you would receive in a normal body tattoo. This would literally be permanent for most clients – because the human body doesn’t get push out the watery ink. However, it didn’t look very real at all – so the market naturally looked for a better option.

Then came pigment! Pigment is thicker and powderier than ink – and looks MUCH more natural. If the semi permanent eyebrow technician is of a high quality – it is almost impossible to know if somebody has had their brows tattooed with pigment. However, the human body doesn’t retain pigment – and our skin naturally exfoliates it out. Usually, this process takes about 18-24 months – but most clients come back for a pigment touch up after 12-18 months to ensure their brows are looking great.

Occasionally, we get clients who have faster exfoliating skin types. This means that their skin pushes the pigment out in less than 12 months. This is very rare – but it is just a trait that some people have. In these instances, the client will come in much earlier for their touch up.

Is there anything I can do to make my brows last longer?

The short answer is yes.

I always advise that about 70% of the fading is down to our natural skin type. However, 30% is down to our personal life choices. Many factors will affect the longevity of semi permanent eyebrows, including over exposure to the sun, using sunbeds, not letting the brows heal properly straight after treatment, scrubbing the brow area, and so on.

Here are our 6 steps to longer lasting brows:

1. Do NOT use sunbeds.

In my opinion (and this is just my opinion, so don’t take it too seriously) – you shouldn’t use them at all. They’re terrible for your skin, and can cause real damage. In terms of semi permanent brows – they’re your worst enemy. They will lift the pigment from under the skin and you can shorten the amount of time before they fade.

2. Make sure you let them heal immediately after your treatment.

After your treatment, your body actually treats the area like a cut anywhere else on your body. It will form a small scab – just as if you’ve cut yourself. It is important that you take real care not to damage the scab, otherwise the pigment may come out with it. We advise that, for 14 days, you mustn’t rub the area, get the area wet, go on sunbeds, exfoliate the area or pick at it. PLEASE don’t pick at it. This can seriously affect the length of time that your brows last.

3. Don’t scrub the area with exfoliator.

This is quite self-explanatory (hopefully). The goal is to let the pigment to remain under the skin. If you exfoliate the brow area, it can pull pigment upwards. This is a painless experience, but it can shorten the length of time before they fade.

4. Drinking excessive alcohol won’t help!

This is quite simple. Alcohol affects the quality of your skin. The more you drink, the less likely you are to retain your semi permanent eyebrows.

5. Smoking also won’t help!

As per above. Smoking affects the quality of your skin. Better quality skin = longer lasting brows. It’s all common sense really.

6. Finally, try not to damage the area in any way.

I know it isn’t easier said than done – but try not to hurt the precious brows! I speak from experience here. I have a small scar through my right eyebrow. It is small, and it isn’t obvious and noticeable – but when I get close up to a mirror, I can see that the scar has removed the pigment on that line of my brow. I tripped and cut my brow a while ago and didn’t think much of it (embarressing, yes) – but each time I get semi permanent brow treatments now, the pigment will not hold on that small scarred line.

I’m not saying you should walk round with a motorcycle helmet on – but just be overly cautious with your beloved brows.

Most people will enjoy long lasting semi permanent eyebrows. A rare few won’t last as long. Either way, it would be a good idea to try to use this information to lengthen your experience. If you have any questions AT ALL, or if you’d like to book in for a free consultation, get in touch now and we’ll make sure you get everything you need. 

As always, thanks for everything.

Kirsty. Xxx