How Much Does an Eyebrow Tattoo Cost?


Written by:  Howmuchisit.org Staff
Last Updated:  August 9, 2018

Eyebrow tattoos, considered to be a cosmetic tattoo, is implanted into the dermal layer of the skin and is done to create a long-lasting look that mimics the look of makeup.

How much does an eyebrow tattoo cost?

The average costs of a permanent or semi-permanent eyebrow tattoo will greatly depend on the artist, the complexity of your eyebrows, the method being used, the colors and where you live.  In most cases, a permanent eyebrow tattoo can cost $250 to $775.  If you’re looking to simply define your eyebrows, such as filling in some patches, then this often considered a simple procedure and shouldn’t cost more than $200; however, if you were to greatly alter your eyebrow shape and include various shades of colors, then the costs could be closer to the higher end of the price range.

The popular hair stroke/ microblading eyebrow tattoo method, for example, can cost $500 to $700, with touch-ups, which are required six weeks after the initial procedure costing close to $150.  This method, considered to be one of the most sophisticated methods, consists of thin tattooed fibers that match your original eyebrow hair color.

We researched online to see what clinics were charging for the procedure and what costs they had quoted us in the table below:

CityPrice Quoted (for initial visit only)
Austin, TX$600
Brooklyn, NY$475
Charlotte, NC$575
Colorado Springs, CO$750
Detroit, MI$350
Fort Worth, TX$325
Gilbert, AZ$475
La Jolla, CA$500
Lakeland, FL$525
Nashville, TN$275
New York, NY$610
Ontario, CA$275
Orange, CT$450
Rochester, MI$400
Saint Louis, MO$475
Scottsdale, AZ$500
Seattle, WA$400
Toronto, ON$325
Yuma, AZ$550

According to more than 200 responses on RealSelf.com, people had paid anywhere from $150 to $450.

SimplyBeautifulFaces.com, an artist located in Arizona, charges $200 to $600.

Glamour Magazine says they don’t come cheap, often costing $400 to $800, depending on where you go and if the consultation fees are involved.

On PrettyGossip.com, the author talked about how she paid between $250 to $300, but she did find a brow salon in Los Angeles that charged up to $900.

Eyebrow tattoo overview

Before your eyebrows are even tattooed, the artist will first discuss the results you’re looking for such as the thickness and length.  He or she may also recommend ideas based on your face shape by shaping your face with a marker.  Once you agree to a shape and design, the procedure can begin.

On the market, there are more than 10 methods an artist may use, including the powdery filling technique, soft hair stroke technique, soft fill technique, soft shading technique, full created hair stroke technique, feathering technique, 3D eyebrow technique or the SoftTap® technique.

During most of these procedures, the artist will numb your eyebrows by using a needle and will apply a template, drawing in your eyebrows.  Shaping alone can take up to 30 minutes, depending on the complexity.  Then, mixing different colors to create the desired shade, the artist will create tiny hair-like strokes to make the eyebrows appear as if they are thicker, either using a tattoo gun or a special hand guided tool.

The procedure can take one to three hours, depending on the complexity of the job.

What are the extra costs?

In some cases, the artist may charge a separate fee for the antiseptic or topical anesthetic.

Eyebrow tattoos, even though they may appear permanent, will not last forever, meaning touch-ups will be required every so often, usually every one or two years.  Touch-ups will often cost less than $250, depending on the factors mentioned prior.

A tip, while optional, is often expected.  This can be 10 to 20 percent on top of the estimate.

Similar to a tattoo, the area, after the procedure has been performed, must be cleaned and moisturized to prevent an infection.  These aftercare products may or may not be included in your original estimate.  If not, these products can cost an additional $5 to $10.

Tips to know:

Before choosing an artist, always take a look at their portfolio to see if the results are something you’re envisioning.  Also, make sure you check out their reviews online to see what previous customers are saying and visit the salon in person to check the cleanliness.

A good artist, when you choose one, should be accredited by either a reputable organization and/or official association.  Before booking, also make sure they are insured to protect you both.

As for pain, people report varying pain reports.  Some say the pain is similar to that of a traditional tattoo, but near the eye, whereas others stats the procedure encountered no pain at all.

On BondenAvant.com, she posted some before and after pictures.

How can I save money?

Check out Groupon to see if any reputable artists in your area are offering discounted daily deals.  For example, at the time of this writing, we were able to find highly credible studios for up to 50 percent off.


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