Of all the facial features requiring semi-permanent makeup, the procedure to tattoo eyebrows is the most popular and comprehensive, but it includes several different techniques and methods, so how do you know what method is best for you?

The variety of these methods have grown rapidly in the past three years and each technique has its own unique application, benefits and healed outcome. so as a client you need to be sure to have a consultation with your semi permanent brow expert to help you decide which one works best for your personal needs and facial features. To get a better idea of all the posibilities, here is a list of several different eyebrow tattoo methods and techniques, all in which our brow experts at our clinic are trained and experienced in.

Cosmetic Eyebrow Tattoo Machines And Methods:

The Digital Or Pen Machine is a motorised pen that although needs more precise work from it’s artist, it does penetrate the pigment (colour) deeper into the epidermis.The pen does all the work so the artist does not need to use a lot of pressure. The pen does make more noise than than manual method but surprisingly enough it is as gentle on the skin and heals in most cases quicker than most manual methods, once the correct pressure and homecare is applied.

The digital pen/machine is the more advanced option for your brow expert to be more creative with. This longer lasting method is suitable for all skin types including oily (oily skin types tend to break down pigment quicker as their is an over production of sebum). One piece of advise with the digital or pen machine is to ensure you choose a brow expert that specialises in not only this method but has in fact been trained in pigment knowledge, ensure they use a premium brand of pigments as we often get clients, maybe 50% of our clients through the door to correct previous tattoo work. We see pigments fade to all colours of the rainbow if they are not trained in pigment colours and brow skills as its the one method, that even after one session you will retain over 70% of the pigment. This method is where the shape and colour of your brow can’t be lightend on the second touch up and alot of the time you see this work carried out with a pigment too dark for the skin tone it’s applied to. At our clinic, this is one of our preferred methods, we have incorporated this method into our signature brows, so we can create a soft but highly defined, perfect eyebrow for our clients.
Hand Method: The hand method uses only hand tools alone with no electric or motorised parts to tap or apply pigment into the skin with great detail. This method has many names but most of them are very similar, all applications aim to work pigmenent as close to the skins surface as possible. Here is a quick summary to help you understand.

Epibrow, Embroidery, Phibrows to name a few are all categorised under the same umbrella called microblading but all with their unique selling point.

Embroidery is the same concept of microblading but one of the original and first concepts. Over the years, eyebrow embroidery techniques have evolved and improved. From year to year you can distinctively see the difference between each technique and whilst artists are achieving their experience, they are the getting more creative and this is where the new branded names have being created from.I would say that the newer the technique, the more strokes-based and natural the brow is, but alot does depend on the technician and their ability of applying both light and medium pressure to create different dept of hair strokes. I have seen embroidery go from thick straight hair strokes to flawless curved individual hair strokes.

Epibrow was created as one of the first brands of microblading, it was bespoke for each individual client and was designed for creative brow artist that could design each individual client an individual set of brows. Epibrow doesnt follow a pattern so your brow expert needs to be an elite artist to master this technique, it is not a method that is easily taught but a method you individually create. No two clients will be the same.Their philosphy is freehand, feather styling.

PhiBrows is also a manual skill of semi-permanent eyebrows. This application of microblading / embroidery is calculated according to face morphology and it’s become one of the fastest growing concept of semipermanent brows all over the world. Phibrows use a bespoke golden ratio tool to get a precise and acurate map of the each and every clients eyebrows. This application is a huge advantage for any newly trained brow artist and those that wish to fast track their brow skills. Alike our other methods of microblading a pigment is chosen to match the natural hair or eyebrows colour. After the healing, the colour may become several hues lighter than the natural hair colour. Phibrows are very unique as they offer a pattern for their trained brow experts to follow to give each individual client a perfectly balanced but still unique eyebrow, as no two clients are the same.

So where does Embrowdery come into it? 

Embrowdery was the first method we trained in at the clinic, so even though it’s not incorporated into our unique signature brow we recently launched, we still do love this and recommend this method of manual micro pigmentation. Did you know it’s the only method that can be carried out safely whilst pregnant? If anyone tells you otherwise, that’s your key to run, run fast away from any technician that will use a digital machine or microblading throughout pregnancy as it is not recommended. The difference with embrowdery is it uses a method completely different to microblading or embroidery etc. The soft tap technique is carried out by plucking up and placing pigment softly under the the skin, whilst providing maximum comfort to our clients. Alike our other methods it’s non invasive and there is no downtime. With this method I do find you can’t create as many hair strokes as you can with microblading so even though it’s really natural and soft, its not as convincing as microblading if you wish to replicate a lost eyebrow or an over plucked brow but it’s ideal for definition.


Powdery Filled Technique:  The “powdery filled” technique involves a filling in or thickening of areas that already have eyebrow hair present with a soft or darker color which varies in transparency. As opposed to creating hairline strokes from scratch to cover bald or thin areas, the powdery filled technique is best for those simply wanting shaping and/or just an enhancement.
Soft Hair Stroke Technique: The soft hair stroke method is ideal for those who have very little to no eyebrow hair to begin with. Very fine hairline strokes are created to visually replicate individual natural hairs as opposed to a “block” of solid ink.
Feathering Technique: This is basically a combination of the shading and hair stroke techniques, whereby strokes are made closer to one another other creating a shaded dimensional appearance.
Ombre Technique: The Ombre brow comes from using two different brow colors, one lighter than the other. It is more natural looking than solid colour and is the latest craze in eyebrow semi-permanent make up.

The term ‘Ombre’ from the french word meaning shaded or shading. Ombre hair color is generally darker at the roots through the mid-shaft and then gradually gets lighter from the mid-shaft to the ends. For eyebrows the reverse is true. The colour is lightest at the thinnest part of the eyebrow and gets darker to the end.
The Clinic Signature Brow: We created our signature brow from a combination of all our training methods, we now know what pigment, method and technique suit which skin type along with each individual clients desired outcome. Our signature brow is our most creative work of brow art to date.
Light shading is applied to give the brows dimension.Then we create hairstrokes throughout to create a 3d effect to each eyebrow.

These techniques require particular skill and precision from your brow expert to make your eyebrows look natural, so make sure to do your research on your brow experts ability before committing, no matter what cost it’s provided to you at, as we have seen some bad brows over the years, some that we couldn’t even help correct.

See some of our eyebrow before & afters below


Our Before & After photo of our Signature Eyebrows

aileen before and after

Our Before & After photo of a microblading client, coverting to our signature brow on her top-up