How Much Does an Eyebrow Tattoo Cost?

Last Updated on July 28, 2023
Written by CPA Alec Pow | Content Reviewed by Certified CFA CFA Alexander Popinker

First, let’s see what tattooing your eyebrows means, in case you did not know already: a procedure performed by tattooing the skin with medical cosmetic pigments that are introduced with a special device in the upper layers of the skin, where they remain for a period of time.

The time varies depending on several factors like skin type, skin color, how much you expose yourself to the sun, the color you choose for tattooing eyebrows, etc. Depending on these factors, the tattoo may last up to 3-5 years.

Eyebrow tattooing is recommended if there are areas where your hair doesn’t grow, if your eyebrows are too rare or too short, if you have unevenly shaped eyebrows, if you lost your eyebrows due to an accident, or if you simply want to save time and have a fuller eyebrow look all day.

For tattooing eyebrows, one of these two procedures will be used:

 Eyebrow tattoo hair by hair – this procedure provides a natural and clean eyebrow aspect which makes it more subtle. Eyebrow hairs are not plucked or totally shaved, instead, you get a pigmentation that mimics the hair’s presence, then a lighter base will be applied, as shade over the entire brow. This technique fills in the eyebrow gaps.

 Eyebrow tattoo in full lineament (full) – this procedure involves tattooing eyebrows without imitating the hairspring, resulting in a thick eyebrow aspect.

You can choose between these two types of eyebrow tattooing but you should ask an esthetician before making a final decision.

How Much Does an Eyebrow Tattoo Cost?

The average cost of eyebrow tattooing is somewhere between $350 and $500, based on several factors, some more important than others. This price might seem rather high, but this is because eyebrow tattoos are a type of beauty service that is considered semi-permanent and requires a high level of experience and training to be performed properly.

The price depends on the technician you go to, on the type and location of the salon. Make sure you ask for the price list beforehand, because the final prices might vary depending on the eyebrow tattoo design.

How much does eyebrow microblading cost?

Microblading your eyebrows costs somewhere between $90 and $540. This technique will require many touch-ups and is considered as painful, if not more painful, than eyebrow tattooing. Microblading eyebrow tattoos might be an option for you if you want your brows to be filled with singular, thin hair-like strokes, giving them a feathery appearance.

Is it worth going through this procedure?

From our point of view, if these prices aren’t a problem for you, then you should definitely try it. Most of the time people are very pleased with the results.

Factors that affect the cost of eyebrow tattooing

During your consultation which is a must before the application, you will likely discuss some of the many factors that will decide the price of eyebrow tattooing. These factors are:

  • Desired darkness
  • Technician’s experience level
  • Location of the salon
  • Condition of your skin
  • Condition of your brows

The type of permanent makeup beauty service like eyebrow tattooing is usually expensive and you should make sure you’re not going for the cheapest alternative, as the price will usually be influenced by the level of training and experience of the artist, a must for them to get to the level in which they can do a great job.

When you want to get your eyebrows tattooed, you should be looking for the best artist that uses the best techniques, tools, and products, to create the best possible work, as you’ll wear their work on your face for all your life, so you should be sure you like the results.

What are other costs to consider?

There are other costs you should consider, like those for follow-up appointments and aftercare products. You are likely to spend around $150 on follow-up appointments, where you can go over any patchy or faded areas of the tattoo. Of course, aftercare for your permanent eyebrow tattoo is also very important for fast healing, just like in the case of other types of permanent cosmetic tattoos. And the products you are recommended to use aren’t cheap to the least:

DIY Aftercare Kit Professional Aftercare Kit
Topical healing ointment Artist’s healing ointment of choice
Fragrance-free cleanser Artist’s cleanser of choice
Single-use eyebrow combs Reusable eyebrow combs
Cotton pads Cotton pads
Post-appointment instructions

Depending on the artist you’re working with, you might be sent home with an aftercare kit that costs anywhere between $25 and $50. Of course, you can find even cheaper kit alternatives that will surely fit inside your budget:

If you don’t want to go for the artist’s recommended aftercare kit, you can buy the needed products individually and spend a maximum of $20. You may choose to use your artist’s kit and proper aftercare instructions instead. Any of these methods will do if you want to ensure a fast healing process of the tattooed area.

How long do permanent eyebrow tattoos last?

Permanent eyebrow tattoos are made to last forever, although it isn’t uncommon for them to fade away just like other types of traditional tattoos. In most cases, fading will only start to occur after the first couple of years, although an improper aftercare routine could make this happen a lot sooner.

To ensure the maximum amount of color saturation, there are tattoo artists that recommend a touch-up once or two times per year. Brow tattoo touch-ups will usually cost around $150, but they aren’t a must. There are a lot of people that have gone a lot of years without feeling the need to come back to a salon and just enjoyed a light or natural wash of color beneath the brows.

You might also like our articles on the cost of eyebrow threading, eyelid surgery, or brow lifting.

Of course, it is highly recommended that you steer clear of any harsh chemicals close to your eyebrows. A lot of skincare products will have some powerful chemicals like glycolic acid, known to break down the tattoo ink inside the skin, which can create a faded or patchy tattoo in just a few months.

Benefits of getting eyebrow tattoos

This kind of semi-permanent eyebrow makeup can give you a fuller-looking brow. This can be of great help for those that have lost, for one reason or another, the natural brow appearance. An eyebrow tattoo can also be done in an effort to correct the natural shape of your brow, in case you don’t like it.

The benefits of eyebrow tattoos aren’t just aesthetic, although this aspect is what drives most customers to get them. They can also save you money and time in time. You are likely to spend anywhere between $20 and $50 for your average eyebrow gel, powder, or eyebrow pencil, which will need to be rebought almost monthly. So just $40 spent each month will add up in time to a lot more than what you’d spend on the eyebrow tattoo.

And let’s not forget about the daunting process of drawing individual hair-like strokes on the brow every morning, which can consume quite a lot of your time. This step will be completely skipped after getting an eyebrow tattoo.

Are there any risks involved?

As long as the procedure is done by a professional, the risks involved with eyebrow tattooing will be kept to a minimum. Even so, there’s no arguing that there are some risks you should know about like:

  • Fading
  • Allergic reactions to the ink
  • Scarring
  • Infection

What does an eyebrow repigmentation tattoo mean?

If the eyebrow tattoo color begins to lose intensity and meanwhile the natural hair did not grow enough, you can repigment your tattoo color to touch it up, preserving the tattooed eyebrows’ old shape that must be clear and visible.Permanent Eyebrow Tattoo

Eyebrow repigmentation costs less and can be done at any time.

Can I tattoo eyebrows if I’m over 60 years of age?

If you have no health issues, then there is no problem. There is no age limit for tattooing eyebrows.

It is quite normal, for any woman, to try to keep a good tone and a nice aspect, regardless of age.

How to take care of tattooed eyebrows, in the first few days after the procedure?

  • Use as often as you can a post-treatment cream.
  • Avoid intense sweating.
  • Avoid going to the solarium, sauna, or swimming.
  • Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight.
  • Avoid working in dust or touching your face with dirty hands.
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