How to identify the skin type and how it affects eyebrow tattoos

The skin type and the colour determine the ease with which the pigments of an eyebrow tattoo are implanted and retained. Therefore, they directly affect the definition of the strokes and the duration of the results from a micropigmentation.

The professional doing the treatment must be able to distinguish the differences between some skin types and others. Only with this insight, the professional will be able to correctly inform the patient of the real expectations of the results.

Why does skin type affect eyebrow tattooing?

To obtain the best result from an eyebrow tattoo, the ink must be deposited in the dermis, which is the middle layer of the skin. Technically, this is called the “sweet spot“, i.e. the optimum depth at which the pigments are injected. The reasons for this are the following:

  • It is the most stable layer, which makes it easier to define the pattern.
  • It regenerates better, therefore the healing process is faster.
  • The process is less uncomfortable and the risk of infection is reduced.


In addition, the deepest layer of the dermis contains the sebaceous and sweat glands. As oil and sweat are decisive for pigment fixation, it is essential to take these two elements into account. It is interesting to note that skin types are classified according to the amount of oils they produce. It is therefore easy to establish the relationship between skin types and tattoos.

The characteristics of each skin type

Basically, there are four types of skin that each of them have a clear difference when it comes to carrying out an eyebrow micropigmentation treatment. It is explained below:

  • Dry skin.
  • Normal skin.
  • Mixed skin.
  • Oily skin.

Normal Dry Skin

Hair strokes and subtel shading

HEALED RESULTS - AFTER 1 MONTH Good healed results

Dry skin

It is characterised by not producing enough oil to create a protective layer. It also does not retain the moisture well. It is therefore more sensitive, more prone to wrinkles and more prone to irritation

Dry skin, as long as it is not flaky, is ideal for microblading or hair stroke micropigmentation eyebrow treatments.

Normal skin

The production of oil is balanced and the skin is soft to touch, with shallow pores. Normal skin is suitable for any micropigmentation treatment.


Natural color and good line results

Mixed skin

People with mixed skin have different areas of facial complexion. The area known as the T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) has a more oily complexion, while the rest of the skin can be normal or even dry.

As we mentioned previously, oil makes it more difficult for pigments to be fixed in the dermis. A person with mixed skin will probably not obtain an optimal result in the first session of their eyebrow tattoo, probably because the affected area is one of those with too much oil.

For this type of skin it is advised to use a mixed technique, which means combining hair stroke eyebrow micropigmentation with a subtle shading. The results will be more favourable and long-lasting over time.



Combination Technique (hair stroke + shadow)

Colour and hair strokes faded completely

TREATMNET JUST FINISHED Shadow Technique - PowderBrows

HEALED RESULTS - AFTER 1 MONTH Good healed results

Oily skin

The skin produces too much oil which, besides other consequences, makes it difficult to fix pigment and define lines. These complexions are characterised by enlarged pores, a complexion that is too shiny and uneven.

The same problem occurs when tattooing as we see with a mixed skin complexion, only more problematic because there is too much oil all over the complexion. As a result of the open pores, the surface of the skin is not so smooth, which makes it easier for the ink to blur.  In addition, the oil accelerates the removal of the pigments, which reduces the durability of the treatment. Therefore, more frequent retouching will be necessary.


TREATMENT JUST FINISHED Combination Technique (hair stroke - shadow)

HEALED RESULTS - AFTER 1 MONTH Good color and healed results

The eyebrow micropigmentation at Omicroart

In our salons we carry out eyebrow micropigmentation by using the “hair by hair” technique, so that we can obtain an exact recreation of your own eyebrow, but we also previously analyse the type of skin and colour because we know that it is a decisive factor in the final result and in the duration of your eyebrow tattooing.

In the cases of oily skin it is highly recommended to carry out an eyebrow shading also called powder effect, which allows you to micropigment the hairs at the beginning and end of the eyebrow, in case you wish to do so.

The problem with micropigmentation of eyebrows hair-by-hair on oily skin is not in the way the treatment is carried out, but the results once it has healed. Probably, most of the hairs will be erased, and will have become thicker, blurred and discontinuous lines. 

This is a very illustrative and clear example of this problem:

“If you draw a line on a dry, clean canvas it will be perfectly defined. However, if you draw it on an oiled canvas, the result will be a thicker line, blurred and, in the end, more likely to be a smudged spot”. 

The same will happen to the hairs tattooed on your skin when the treatment is healed. The result of a microblading or micropigmentation treatment of eyebrows hair stroke on oily skin will definitely be unsatisfactory for you. In addition, it will not last long, lasting between 3 and 6 months. 

At Omicroart we analyse each case and we will advise you on the most suitable eyebrow tattooing treatment for you. 

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