Well, yes you can! However, it will be dependent on several factors. Is your previous work saturated with ink or pigment? Has the tattoo faded in color? Is the shape correct for your face? If the eyebrows were previously tattooed with a machine the pigment would have to be extremely faded in the eyebrow area for the microblading strokes to appear over the old tattoo. Microblading may not be a good option but don’t fear you could be a great candidate for powder brows. Powder brows are accomplished with a machine and pigment. The powder brow will give more of a makeup appearance to the brows as opposed to microblading.  Microblading is completed with a manual hand tool equipped with small tiny needles that allow for a natural look of individual hair strokes.

Your eyebrow artist should ask you, how long has it been since your last eyebrow procedure? The length of time you’ve had tattooed brows is very important. If you’ve recently tattooed your brows the color will most likely be too saturated in the brow area for Tucson microblading strokes to appear. Thus, making you a poor candidate for microblading. Controversially, if you had your eyebrows tattooed several years ago and the brow color has faded, you could possibly be a microblading candidate.

Ultimately, this question should be addressed and discussed during your consultation appointment with your microblading artist. At Bello Cara each individual client will be given various rationales on whether you’re a good candidate for Tucson mircoblading or not. Your expert Tucson mircoblading artist should know when it is appropriate to recommend eyebrow tattoo removal or powder brows. Tattoo removal will allow for a clean slate and the artist will then be able to correct the shape, color, and change the style from tattooed brows to microblading.

What is the difference

Pigment VS Ink?

Simply stated pigments are semi permeant; while the ink is permanent. Tattoo ink is NOT used in permanent makeup. Many consumers wrongly perceive that ink and pigment are one in the same. However, pigments used in microblading (permanent makeup) is NOT the same as tattoo ink.  The ink used in tattoos is compromised of several chemicals that included lead, sulfide, chromium, ash, nickel, and iron oxide, to name a few. Ink has a higher risk of allergic reactions, due to the mix of chemicals compromised within inks. Tattoo ink is designed to be permanent, although the color hue can change over time. Eyebrow tattooing is permanent, it will slightly fade and the color can change to grey, black, red, green, and even blue.

Permanent makeup is applied using pigments, which is compromised of iron oxide making it the safest pigment to use on the face. Iron oxide is non-reactive, inert, and innocuous. For over a century iron oxide has been the most commonly used color agent found in cosmetic makeup. Allergic reactions to iron oxide are essentially unheard of, making this one of the safest ingredients for permeate makeup applications.

Pigments are classified as semi-permanent and the color hue will not change over time. Pigments reside in the category of semi-permanent due to the natural fading qualities, cell turns over. Pigments also have a great advantage of being able to complement several different skin tones creating a natural appearance of color unlike, ink. For example, microblading is a semi-permanent procedure that utilizes pigment. The pigment color can last for three years dependent on several factors. Artist will recommend an annual color boost because of the fading composition found in pigments.

What Makes Brow Pigments Different From Ink?

Pigments were created to penetrate the epidermis layer of the skin, thus allowing for less absorption.  The epidermis layer of our skin is consistently renewing and shedding itself, push out old cells equating to cell turn over. Cell turn over is actually what makes permanent makeup so ideal for you the consumer. Ink, on the other hand, is delivered deep into the dermis layer of the skin making tattoos a permanent application.

Pigments are compromised of smaller molecules, while the ink is compromised of larger sized molecules. Therefore, the density of the deposited color is much less in pigments than compared to ink. This is why the pigments will fade and are considered to be semi-permanent while the ink is considered permanent. In, fact one of the greatest advantages of pigment is, that you can change your shape, size and color as trends come and go.

The Application of Pigment vs Ink

Another major difference between pigment and ink is, how it is applied to the skin. Cosmetic tattoo machines use pigment, the machine itself is a rotary mechanical system. The rotary machine slices the skin and turns while inserting pigment into the dermis layer of the skin. A standard tattoo machine is composed of needles that pierce the skin and create a suction that in turn pulls the ink into the skins hypodermis layer.


Safety of Pigment vs Ink

Pigments that are used in permanent makeup and specifically Tucson microblading are regulated by the FDA. The FDA  regulates the particle size of pigments. Permanent makeup falls into the category of cosmetics and must adhere to the guidelines and regulations that the FDA applied. Ink does not fall into the cosmetic category and is not regulated to the same degree as pigments.

To summarize Pigments vs Inks please view comparison table below.

Pigments Inks
Small Molecule Large Molecule
Semi-Permanent Permanent
Iron oxide Several Materials
Regulated by FDA Not Regulated by FDA
Epidermis Layer of Skin Dermis Layer of Skin
Rotary Machine Tattoo Machine
Color hue does Not Change Color hue Changes


Please find a reputable company and artist when considering any and all permanent makeup applications.

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