Posted on July 12, 2022

Eyebrow Trends: Feathering Tattoos

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What is a feathering tattoo?

Feathering tattoos are cosmetic tattoos that aim to imitate naturally even and full eyebrows. These tattoos are semi-permanent procedures that last up to 2 to 3 years. The pigments used in these tattoos aren’t like traditional body tattoos, they don’t go as deep under the skin either. They involve the use of a manual blade or a machine. Feathering tattoos also require an aftercare routine that makes sure the result is healthy and desirable.

 A feathering tattoo is done by making tiny scratches on the skin that look like eyebrow hairs. Once the scratches are all made, we make use of a series of pigments. The pigment settles after the healing process, which creates the effect of robust natural eyebrows. These are great because they’re often indistinguishable from regularly groomed natural eyebrows.

 Feathering Tattoos, much like microblading are relatively painless and the pain level can be compared to that of tweezing eyebrows. In terms of duration, feathering tattoo appointments last between 1 to 2 hours to complete. Feathering tattoos provide the benefit of less upkeep once the procedure has healed. Less makeup and grooming are the benefits in the long run too, making life a bit easier.

Is feathering tattoos different from normal microblading?

Feathering tattoos and microblading are similar, and some artists would refer to feather-style brows as a microblading technique and not a separate procedure. The main difference is the type of strokes done in a feathering tattoo are longer and finer, which delivers a feathery look. Feathering tattoos are more used on clients that have naturally full eyebrows but have gaps or areas that aren’t as even. Feathering tattoos are a brilliant way to create a more balanced look with natural brows.

 On the other hand, microblading is effective for a client, even if they have no eyebrows, to begin with. It is best to think of it as microblading is great for shaping the brows and feathering tattoos work within the brow shape and fill it to make it look fuller. Feathering tattoos are a great way to create a balanced and attractive look.

Who is a good candidate for a feathering tattoo?

These tattoos require a good foundation to get the best results. That is why they are useful to clients who have thick and natural brows as they can benefit from a more even look. Just as with microblading, candidates with oily skin are generally discouraged from having the procedure. These tattoos on oily skin results in smudges and a blurry look, as the pigment doesn’t stay in place and moves around under the skin. The same criteria apply to microblading as it does to feathering tattoos.

Other people we don’t recommend getting this done are people who regularly use active ingredient products. Some of those active skin products can affect the way the pigment takes to the skin. In summary, a good candidate has clear, non-oily skin and doesn’t use any active skin products. A good candidate will have a naturally robust brow, as the better the foundation, the better the result of the feathering tattoo. Click here to see what we have to offer!


Frequently Asked Questions

What you need to know before microblading.


Microblading is a semi-permanent tattoo, used for the purpose of reconstructing sparse eyebrows or simply to enhance already full brows. The proper ink is chosen and mixed to fit your exact skin tone to look the most natural and realistic. We then create small, hair-like strokes to perfectly mimic natural and gorgeous eyebrows.


Healed microblading results last anywhere from 1-2 years, depending on your skin type. If you have oily skin, results usually fade a little faster than those with dryer skin types. Touch-ups are required to maintain the microbladed look. First touch-up is included.


Please read the faqs page completely to ensure that you are an eligible candidate for microblading. Prior to your procedure: -Do not take Advil or other blood thinners such as Ibuprofen, Aspirin, Niacin or Vitamin E ,drink alcohol or take caffeine within 24 hours of your procedure, go tanning within 24 hours of the procedure, make sure to not have had facial fillers done at least 2 weeks prior to the procedure. Do not do facial fillers at least 2 weeks after the procedure.


-Anybody can get microblading done as long as the following does not apply. Those who are: Undergoing Chemotherapy (consult your doctor),Viral infections and/or diseases,Epilepsy, A Pacemaker or major heart problems, Had an Organ transplant, Skin irritations or Psoriasis near the treated area (rashes, sunburn, acne, etc.), Sick (cold, flu, etc.), Pregnant or Nursing. Please contact us if you have had any facial fillers in the past two months*. Please contact us if you have used any prescription acne medication in the past year*.


Microbladed brows typically take 6 weeks to fully heal. Within the first week the pigment will appear much darker, and your eyebrows will look very bold. Do not worry! This is part of the healing process and it means that you are healing properly. After the first week the eyebrows will begin to get lighter, as by now the scabbing should be taking place. This is also normal! Around week 2, most of the scabbing should be done, and you will begin to see your full and natural eyebrow shape come through. Let it heal naturally, and only begin to wash your eyebrows with a mild foamy anti-bacterial soap after 14 days.


There should be absolutely NO picking at your eyebrows for the first 10 days. The first 10 days are the most crucial for having healthy healed eyebrows. Let the epithelial crust and natural scabbing occur on its own. After the first two weeks, you are allowed to begin washing them again. Try to keep the area as dry as possible in the first 10 days. Do not swim in fresh, salt, or chlorinated pool water for at least 2-4 weeks following your procedure. Limit sun exposure for 14 days following the procedure. For the first two weeks, avoid:Water, cleansers, creams, makeup, heavy sweating in the brow area, tanning and heavy sun exposure, Facials, facial fillers, chemical treatments and microdermabrasion.


Discomfort is minimal, although a numbing cream is applied to alleviate any discomfort.