Microblading is a popular cosmetic tattooing technique where pigment is deposited…
Not all eyebrow tattooing services are created equal, and in some cases, clients end up with harsh, bold eyebrows rather than a soft natural look. In some cases, eyebrow color corrections are a large part of a permanent makeup artist’s practice.
In the infancy of microblading and eyebrow tattooing, there was a huge learning curve, and now there are many people walking around with too bold and tattooed-looking eyebrows. In some cases, color correction was being completed using camouflage or lighter flesh-toned pigment. After years, this type of color correction ages badly and makes laser removal impossible. Laser cannot remove flesh or skin color tattoos.
At the Cosmetic Design Academy, we have better access to the knowledge and understanding of how pigment actually behaves in the skin. Manufacturers have also worked on finding the perfect pigment formula for safe and stable color in the skin. We focus on more natural-looking, gentle techniques that provide natural results with less skin trauma.
Fixing Old Permanent Makeup and Microblading
When educating our students on fixing old permanent makeup and microblading, we work to help them provide a good long-term cover-up. Eyebrow correction is a process that will not always show results overnight, so it’s important to set expectations with clients. You will need to advise each client differently since every situation varies. A few methods we use to correct tattooed eyebrows include:
Picoway Laser Tatto Removal
If the client’s eyebrows are extensively bad, they can be referred out for a Picoway tattoo laser removal to help remove the heavy pigment.
In other cases, we can use a remover product. You will go in the same way as you would to deposit color, but you would use this product to extract the color from the skin. This method can take a few sessions, depending on the extent of the pigment.
Reverse Engineering with Color
If the color is really dark, we can use color to put the background back into the eyebrow. This method is used to help create hair strokes back into the eyebrow using two or three colors. For this method, we will rely on color theory to correct the eyebrows. This is the science and art of using color. Colors are either warm or cool, with warm colors being like the colors of the sun and fire like red, yellow, and orange, and cool colors being like the sky, ice, or water, like blue and green.
When you look at colors on a color wheel, you will see that the neutralizing colors are found the opposite of each other on the wheel. When attempting permanent color correction, you first need to know the base of the pigment color and the client’s skin undertone to help you choose the correct neutralizing shade.
For example, if your client has red or pinkish brows, you will need to choose an olive corrector to neutralize their eyebrows because green is the complementary color on the wheel.
Another example would be if the client has older eyebrow tattoos that are blue or grey; orange will be the complementary or neutralizing color. You would use an orange corrector to offset the old pigment. If the eyebrows are extremely cool and ashy, your target color must contain a warm undertone, and it may take a few sessions to see the desired results.
Since there are many factors that can make correction challenging, such as unknowns like the color or mix of colors used, or the brand and composition of the pigments used, we recommend that you find out as much as possible about the client’s previous experience to help you prepare a proper treatment plan.
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At the Cosmetic Design Academy, you can learn the latest techniques in eyebrow tattooing and mircoblading, as well as how to correct poor eyebrow tattooing and make your clients feel more confident! Contact us today to learn more about starting your career in permanent makeup!