What is Eyebrow Embroidery?

Do you know what’s eyebrow embroidery? I didn’t. Until a friend of mine discussed it with me one day and said she was going to try it. Initially, I had thought it would be like eyebrow tattoo, you know those faded, greenish, eyebrows on some aunties? Eyebrow embroidery is a whole new level and definitely wouldn’t be like that. So if you’re looking to do an eyebrow embroidery, here are some tips to prepare you on what you should expect!



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Introduction to Eyebrow Embroidery

So what exactly is eyebrow embroidery? There are many different types of eyebrow embroidery, such as 2D, 3D Creative, 4D and 6D Korean, with prices increasing every level. The higher the number, the more intricate and natural (and expensive) the brow design.

Pigments are injected via a thin blade into the surface layer of your skin using single hair-like strokes. Unlike eyebrow tattoos whereby pigments are injected into the deeper layers of your skin, (therefore permanent) eyebrow embroidery is semi-permanent and lasts for about 2 years. Eyebrow embroidery fades more naturally over time as compared to eyebrow tattoos, which fades to a greenish-bluish tint. This is because the pigments are only injected to the epidermis layer of the skin, which will not cause any reaction between your blood and the ink. You can, however, choose to do touchups to prevent the embroidery from fading to a light colour.


1. Choosing the right salon


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This is very important as you wouldn’t want some inexperienced beautician to screw up your brows! Even though it is not permanent, the embroidery will last for about 2 years, so choosing the right person to do it for you is very important. It’s best to do your research well and see how many years of experience the particular beautician has. Read genuine reviews about the salon and evaluate the key factors (hygiene, comfort, skills).


2. Consultation


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Don’t be afraid to spend time to clarify any queries or doubts with your beautician. Take this time to let her know what you want or, find out what suits you best! If you’re one who’s scared of pain, let your beautician know and ask her to apply more numbing cream or apply numbing cream for a longer time. The beautician will first draw a desired brow shape using eyebrow pencil as a visual representation of the outcome. Remember, not everyone’s facial structure is the same, so make sure you agree on the shape before proceeding to the actual embroidery process.


3. Getting Down to the Real Thing

eyebrow embroidery

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Note that there are many different shapes and types of eyebrow embroidery available, so after you’ve made sure of what design and style you want, it’s time to get down to the actual embroidery! Below are some steps that you can expect throughout the whole process (that my friend very kindly shared with me).


1. Drawing a sketch of the shape

As mentioned, the beautician will first draw out the shape of the brows using a brow pencil and let you see if you’re satisfied with it. This is very important because you have to make sure that the shape you see is what you really want. Don’t be afraid to ask to make changes many times because ultimately the embroidery is going to last you quite some time and you’re paying lots of money for it, so naturally you’ll want it to be as perfect as possible!


2. Applying numbing cream

Once you’ve given the green light for the shape, the beautician will proceed to apply numbing cream over your brows for around 20-30 minutes. Don’t be afraid to ask for more cream if you’re scared of pain. Meanwhile, your eyebrow will look something like this:

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3. The embroidery process

After making sure that the numbing cream has taken effect, your beautician will start to embroider your brows according to the shape you’ve agreed on. Depending on the style that you’re going for, the blade will be different. Generally, it will be a thin knife-like blade that will ‘cut’ the epidermis layer of your skin and inject pigments into it to stimulate the appearance of brow hair. Don’t worry, it doesn’t feel as scary as it sounds! There should be little to no bleeding, but that depends on individuals. The blade and pigment should look something like this:

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4. After embroidery

The whole process should take around an hour and afterwards you’re good to go! There will be some aftercare instructions given to you that we have summed up below, and also some tips we thought you should know before going for the procedure.

  • Your brows will be very dark and thick for the first 5 days to a week so be prepared to get some stares if you’re heading out. It will fade to a lighter and more natural colour afterwards.
  • Make sure that your new brows avoid coming into contact with water/perspiration for the first week. If water/perspiration touches your brows, quickly pat them dry gently.
  • Be hardworking and apply the aftercare cream as instructed!
  • Your brows will start scabbing (because it is recovering), so it is very important to not try to pick the scabs off or scratch your brows because it will be quite itchy. This is to prevent infection/scarring/unevenly-colored brows.
  • The color will start to fade after the scabs fall off.
  • Avoid putting makeup around the brow area until it has fully recovered.
  • Last but not least, you can arrange for touch-ups when you feel that the color of your brows has faded quite a bit. The earliest you should book a touch-up should be about 6 weeks after your embroidery, but you should consult your beautician as they will know best!


All in all, if you’re sick of having to draw your brows all the time or you’re looking to try new beauty trends all the time, we say go for it! As intimidating as it may sound, the whole process is actually quite straightforward and it saves you lots of time afterwards! Just be sure to take proper care of your brows during the recovery process. This is definitely something that everyone is able to try because everything is customisable, so don’t worry about not being able to ‘wear’ it! If you find the right beautician, you’re sure to have beautiful brows on your way!

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