I Tattooed My Eyebrows Again! – Before and After

Hello Lovelies!

I’m so excited to finally share my eyebrow tattoo touch up experience with you today. It’s been 9 months since I had them retouched and 3 years since I first got them tattooed (read about it here).

Before we get started, let me remind you how my brows looked before any tattoos. So sad right?

Pretty Gossip Eyebrow Before Any Tattoo

All tattoos fade over time and need to be retouched.Β  After 3 years, I was still happy with my slightly faded tattoo (see below) but I decided to go in for a touch up. The main reason was because the tattoo served as my outline when I filled in my brows with a brow pencil for a more dramatic look. As the tattoo faded, it got more difficult to fill them in… guess I got used to having the tattoo as my guide!

Pretty Gossip Eyebrow After 3 Years

My tattoo artist (Sherri) did such a great job on my original tattoo I didn’t think twice about going back to her for my touch up. You can read about how I found her, factors I considered when selecting a tattoo artist, the costs, contact info, and aftercare information here.

Here’s a picture of Sherri’s cute studio. She’s obsessed with brows. If you visit her, tell her Pretty Gossip sent you πŸ™‚

PrettyGossip Eyebrow Tattoo Retouching- Drawing

After Sherri inspected my faded brows, we decided to go with a dark brown. She put numbing cream on my brows and wrapped them with plastic. If you’ve never gotten a tattoo before, go in expecting pain. They hurt, so embrace the numbing cream. Let it sit there as long as possible.

PrettyGossip Eyebrow Tattoo Retouching- Numbing

After a few minutes, Sherri wiped off the cream and went to work. 10 minutes later, my brows were done and the best part was that there was no pain!

Not sure if she switched out her numbing cream for a better one since my initial tattoo, but it worked perfectly! My eyes didn’t water and the tattooed area didn’t swell up at all either! It was amazing!

Check out my entire eyebrow tattoo journey in the before and after photos below. You’ll see my brows every step of the way, from the very beginning to now! Ignore the bad lighting and oily forehead in the first photo. πŸ™‚ That photo was taken before I started blogging so I didn’t have many photos to select from.

Pretty Gossip Eyebrow Tattoo Retouching- Before and After Pics

– Bare Brow
My poor sparse brows. I couldn’t go out anywhere without drawing my brows in. I’m so glad I found Sherri.

– Almost 3 Years After Original Tattoo
I waited 3 years before going back for a touch up. Probably a lot longer than most people wait, but I was happy with my natural brow look. My brows had lost a bit of definition, but for the most part they looked good. You can check out my original tattoo photos here.

– Immediately After Retouching
You probably noticed that Sherri drew in short lines/hairs. Within a month’s time, the tattoo lines AND color softened making them look super natural. As with any tattoo, the tattoo will scab and heal. My scabs were fully healed within 1.5 weeks. More about aftercare here.

– 9 Months After Retouching
I’m so happy with the results. My brows look natural and NOBODY can tell that I’ve had them tattooed. Most people are shocked if/when I tell them.

Some might think that there’s not a huge difference between my before and after retouching photos above. But if you put them side by side, you’ll notice the difference. The results are exactly what I wanted. Natural looking (tattooed) brows that don’t look 100% done. I didn’t want brows that would look out of place if I had no makeup on (which is most of the time). I wanted just enough eyebrow so I wouldn’t feel like the Mona Lisa all the time. I’m in love with my natural looking brows and love that they’ll serve as an outline for those days I want to fill them in for a more dramatic look.

Pretty Gossip Eyebrow Tattoo- Side x Side

Just for fun, below is my pre-tattooed brow next to my retouched brow. What a difference!

Pretty Gossip Eyebrow Tattoo- Side by Side

If you’re considering getting an eyebrow tattoo or any makeup tattoo for that matter, I highly encourage you to read my original tattoo post here. I talk about things to consider before tattooing your face(!), different types of tattoos, costs, aftercare, and how to search for your perfect tattoo artist.

I hope this post has been helpful for you!
What is your experience with makeup tattoos? I’d love to hear!

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21 Comments

  1. caroline French
    December 2, 2016 / 9:35 am

    I am an older lady and have pretty well plucked out all my eyebrows, and any coming in are white, I keep plucking the white ones out so I have no eyebrows at all. Would it be possible to get a normall looking eyebrow on basically just skin left. Pencilling them is no good. They dont take the pencils. Also, I am staying in Ft. Myers Fla. for next 5 months. Anyone know a person working in this area. Thanks for your consideration guys.

  2. Rocio
    June 18, 2016 / 7:28 pm

    Does it scar?

    • June 20, 2016 / 8:47 pm

      It’s just like any tattoo. The ink is left behind.

      • Linda
        June 20, 2016 / 9:24 pm

        Hey Mindy, can you give me the info to your eyebrow lady? Can’t get the link to open. Thank you!!

  3. cathy
    February 19, 2016 / 10:01 pm

    your post was so informative thanks for sharing. I need to find one in Louisville Kentucky. can anyone recommend one in Louisville?

  4. fionajk42
    January 27, 2016 / 10:58 am

    I think this looks fab. I over-plucked my eyebrows back when it was fashionable to have very thin brows (probably before you were born!), and now if I’m without makeup my brows look very sparse. I shall have to investigate to see if this is available near were I live.

    • January 28, 2016 / 12:51 am

      Thanks! I hope you find someone that is great near your town. Please be sure to share if you find a good location! I’m sure other Pretty Gossipers would love to know. πŸ™‚ xoxo

  5. January 25, 2016 / 10:09 am

    Um wow. She did an excellent job. This is one of the best ones I’ve seen.

    • January 25, 2016 / 9:18 pm

      Thanks Elise! I’m very happy with them too. πŸ™‚ I highly recommend her!!! thanks for visiting and for your comment. xoxo

  6. eurogirl
    December 13, 2015 / 5:04 pm

    Hi ladies if anyone is looking for permanent makeup specialist in Florida. I would highly recommend Marie .She is the owner of Beauty Glam Studio ,in Boca Raton. I just got done all-heatherstroke eyebrows, eyeliner and baby doll full lips. She did amazing job. She was trained by master known in all world Anna Savina and uses great techniques,equipments and pigments from Biotek .She is also distributor for United States for Biotek. Highly recommended!

  7. October 6, 2015 / 7:25 pm

    i need to find a good one in the Tacoma WA. or Bremerton WA. area

  8. Vic
    August 31, 2015 / 10:40 pm

    Did Sherri do your original eyebrow or retouching? Where can I find her? Really like your eyebrows!!!

    • September 1, 2015 / 12:24 am

      She did the original and the retouching. You can find her link on my original post or you can google her. She’s in Los Angeles, ca. Tell her PrettyGossip sent you!

  9. Grace
    August 31, 2015 / 7:03 pm

    What city is Sherri located? Did Sherri do your eye brows? What is there phone number?

  10. August 14, 2015 / 5:45 am

    I am a permanent makeup technician in upstate
    New York, the Hudson Valley! I’m so excited to see how popular eyebrows are becoming! I specialize in the latest hair stroke method, it’s the new way of doing brows and when done right they are Gorgeous! Check out my website and if you’re in my area and interested in a free consultation, give my a call! I also do eyeliner!
    http://www.permanentmakeupbydina.com

  11. August 4, 2015 / 7:15 pm

    This is really cool!!

    • August 4, 2015 / 7:19 pm

      Thanks Jen!!! If you’re ever considering, I highly recommend Sherri. πŸ˜‰

  12. Linda
    August 3, 2015 / 11:51 pm

    I’m going to your eyebrow lady. Thanks for this helpful post! I love your brows, mindy! Definitely going to her. πŸ™‚ what are her rates?

    • August 4, 2015 / 7:20 pm

      You should go for a consultation since rates can vary depending on your situation and what you’re looking for… I think I paid between 250 and 300.