If you have fallen into the hands of a bad tattoo artist and you are looking for an answer to the question of “How to fix a bad eyebrow tattoo?” You’re on the right track to solving the problem.

With the advent of the new permanent makeup technique, the trend towards a natural and as natural as possible effect has taken root. And girls whose tattoos do not conform to modern beauty standards feel uncomfortable and look for ways to improve the look of the old tattoo.

You should know that fixing an old cosmetic tattoo / permanent makeup is not always possible. And it is not a matter of poor craftsmanship of the applied master. The matter is in peculiarities of the pigment applied to you before and the depth of its occurrence. To uniquely answer the question, whether you can improve your tattoo, a permanent makeup artist will be able to see your eyebrow, lip, eyelid. Sometimes it will be enough to look at a photo. If not, the artist will invite you in for a consultation. But there are still some general patterns for a preliminary self-assessment of the situation.

Permanent makeup artist Olha Pokatilova cover an old tattoo with a new cosmetic eyebrow tattoo

Signs of permanent makeup that can correct:

  • Your permanent makeup is completely pale and barely visible on your skin. In this case you can fix bad eyebrow tattoo.
  • The old pigment on your brow not inverted into another colour.
  • Your arrows and eyebrows did not turn green, blue, purple, pink, red.
  • You are satisfied with the eyebrows or arrows’ width, and you would not want them to be narrower.
  • The tails of the arrows are not down.
If you are lucky and your tattoo fits the above descriptions, then you can safely contact a permanent makeup master for advice with the prospect of signing up for a session. If your master has confirmed the possibility of improving your old permanent makeup at your request, he will certainly warn you about the peculiarities of the upcoming procedure.

What you need to know before to fix bad eyebrow tattoo

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New eyebrows, eyeliner, lips are likely to look fuller than after the same treatment on girls with clear skin. There are two reasons for this.

  1. You already have pigment under your skin. It has its colour, which will serve as a saturation enhancer for the news coverage, whether we like it or not.
  2. If your old tattoo is quite saturated or has a dark colour, the artist will have to use an even darker colour to overlap it and work not so airy but more densely. Otherwise, it won’t work.


  • You won’t have much choice from overlapping shades of pigment. The master himself will be able to determine which colour can use to cover the old tattoo. And it will most likely be one option, two at the most. The cosmetic tattoo artist can either ‘match’ the colour of the new tattoo as much as possible to the colour of your old tattoo or choose a darker shade to overlap it and thereby wholly renew the colour.
  • Overlaying an old eyebrow tattoo is always done with a darker colour and never with a lighter one.
  • Thin eyebrow threads have long been out of fashion. Unfortunate eyebrow shapes can be corrected mainly by widening them. It would be best if you were prepared that you will have to get used to more comprehensive eyebrows for a while.
  • After the initial procedure of covering up the old tattoo with a new one, you will most likely need a correction once it has fully healed. It’s not easy to cover up an old permanent with a light pudding technique.
  • You should be prepared for the fact that the old pigment may come off after a certain period of wearing your new permanent, i.e. after a year or a year and a half. Modern tattooing techniques are superficial. Consequently, the pigment disappears more quickly. Your old, profoundly ingrained stain, however, remains in place.

And so, above, we have analysed the conditions and peculiarities of the tattoo correction procedure. But we would like to point out that in 80 % of the cases, it is not possible to correct an old permanent mark with a new one. About what signs of an old tattoo indicate that to improve it will not be possible, we will tell in the following article.
About what signs of an old tattoo indicate that it cannot be improved, we will tell in the article “Why it is not always possible to correct an old tattoo”. 

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    Cosmetic Tattooist Melbourne
    Olha Pokatilova

    Internationally trained specialist and studio mastermind. A primary education lecturer, she runs expert workshops for qualified artisans in Australia and overseas. She uses unique author’s techniques in performing the procedures.
    Olga has been in professional tattooing since 2016. Olha is a specialist with a delicate approach to each element, able to emphasise the individuality of each image. A creative person, striving for perfection in her work, for whom tattooing is an art, a hobby, a profession and a lifestyle at the same time.

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