Feathering Tattoo: The Trendiest Microblading Pattern ATM

Feathering Tattoo: The Trendiest Microblading Pattern ATM

Yes, big brows are still popular and they are not going anywhere. But the point is to make them look as natural as possible. A technique perfect for achieving fluffy, natural hair-strokes eyebrows is a feathering tattoo. Let’s see what a feathering tattoo is, how it is different from microblading, and all about this popular style of eyebrow tattooing.

What Is a Feathering Tattoo?

Yes, you read it correctly – it is a tattoo, one that’s done on your eyebrows. But no, it does not last forever. A feathering tattoo is a cosmetic tattoo, which means that:

  • It uses pigments, which fade after 2-3 years (so no, it is not permanent)
  • It does not go as deep under the skin as a traditional body tattoo (and that is also why it fades after some time)
  • It can be done with a manual blade (microblading) or a machine (nano brows)
  • It requires certain aftercare (more on that below)
  • It will take some time to heal.

A manual blade (or a machine) is used to create tiny scratches that resemble eyebrow hair strokes. They are filled with pigment and once healed, your eyebrows look fluffy, bold and natural! So natural, most people can’t even tell it’s a tattoo. Great, right?

What Is a Feathering Tattoo?Image source: Instagram @brendaterraacademy

So, How Is Feathering Tattoo Different From Microblading?

Basically, they are very very similar. The difference is that the hair strokes of a feathering tattoo are somewhat longer to create a feathery look. Also, while microblading can be done on people who have no brow hair at all, a feathering tattoo is perfect for those who already have relatively thick eyebrows, but want to fill in gaps and make them look even denser.

So, microblading can restore the shape of the brows, while the feathering tattoo uses your brow shape and just makes your brows fuller. A feathering tattoo gives that 3D brow effect. Some people call it feather touch, microfeathering, or eyebrow feathering because the brows look as fluffy as feathers.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Feathering Tattoo?

You need to have good brows that can be enhanced by adding new hair strokes. It is advisable not to pluck the eyebrows before the treatment. Also, people with oily skin are not good candidates since the strokes will not be distinguishable, because the pigment will migrate and smudge.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Feathering Tattoo?Image source: Instagram @brendaterraacademy

Is Feathering Tattoo Painful?

It includes making incisions in the skin, so it does sound painful, but brow tattoo artists use numbing cream to reduce the feeling of discomfort. So, the level of pain is individual – some people compare it to tweezing your brows, while those with sensitive skin find it a little bit more uncomfortable.

The treatment lasts 1.5 – 2 hours. It includes deciding on the shape and style, mapping, and tattooing. Don’t be afraid to speak your mind about the style you want – after all, it is a tattoo and you will be stuck with that for a while.

What Does Feathering Tattoo Aftercare Look Like?

After the treatment is done, your brows will look great, but the next day, your brows will appear a little bit dark and swollen. Don’t panic – the pigment will fade up to 50% during the healing period. Feather brows take about a month to heal, and the process can be a bit annoying since you can experience flaking and you need to be extra careful with the aftercare.

The aftercare includes the following tips:

  • Avoid sweating, saunas, swimming in the ocean and pools, and long showers after the treatment.
  • Avoid sun exposure and tanning.
  • Don’t use cosmetic products nor makeup around the treated area for at least 10 days.
  • Sleep on your back.
  • Don’t pick the scabs – let them fall off on their own.
  • Clean your brow tattoo regularly – just keep it dry for the first 2-3 hours, then blot the excess lymph 2-3 times a day. During the healing period wash your brows gently with sterile water and antibacterial soap on a cotton pad. The freshly done tattoo needs to be cleaned.
  • Apply an ointment, if your artist recommended it.

What Does Feathering Tattoo Aftercare Look Like?Image source: Instagram @browsbyvana_official

How Long Does a Feathering Tattoo Last?

On average, a feathering tattoo lasts 18-24 months. But this is also individual and it depends on your lifestyle and skin type. For example, people who spend a lot of time in the sun and in the water will notice that their brow tattoo fades more quickly.

Some skincare products, especially those that contain retinol, will speed up the fading process. To prolong the lifespan of your feathering tattoo, you will need to book a touch up when you see that your tattoo is fading.

How Often Do I Need a Touch up?

The feathering tattoo is a 2-session treatment, so the first touch up is mandatory. It is done 6-8 weeks after the initial treatment.

After that, it is advisable to book a touch up when your tattoo starts fading. It usually happens after a year, but some people have better pigment retention and can go longer without a color boost. Other people, however, need to book touch ups more frequently because their skin type and lifestyle speed up the process of fading.

How Much Does a Feathering Tattoo Cost?

The average feathering tattoo price is around $600. Some artists include the touch up appointment in the price, some don’t, so you should get informed about that before the treatment.

The price depends on your locations, the popularity of the treatment in your area, the popularity of an artist, materials they use, etc.

How much do feather tattoos cost?Image source: Instagram @browsbyvana_official

Is a Feathering Tattoo Worth It?

It is a bit pricey, but it is definitely a great solution for having perfect, low-maintenance eyebrows every day. It shortens your morning routine and improves your self-esteem by giving you fuller, trendy brows you deserve.

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