Brow Crisis: Difference Between Eyebrow Tattoo, Eyebrow Embroidery or 3D/4D Creative Eyebrow?

Published on Sep 17, 2012

Till today, I remember what my eldest sister told me when she put some makeup on for me years ago for a school prom.

"Agent G, you know, if eyes are the windows to your soul, you better make sure your windowframe (brows) looks good."

Ensuring proper grooming of the eyebrow is not just a "good to have" these days - it is widely viewed as a BASIC step to good grooming. Messy bushy brows while attending important events, going for interviews or more importantly, dates can be a sign of disrespect,  ignorance and possibly lack of how "polished" you are - a big NO-NO!

Still, it is not easy to maintain that perfectly arched tidy brow. Going for eyebrow threading at the famous Browhaus and Rupini's every two weeks (and particularly before important events!) can be costly and time-consuming. Hence, many have chosen to perform semi-permanent brow solutions (Eyebrow Tattoo, Eyebrow Embroidery and Creative Eyebrow) that have evolved over the years.

The Ancient Dinosaur of Eyebrow Solutions: Eyebrow Tattoo

When I first mentioned about eyebrow tattoo to my husband, he was like "huh? u want to tattoo my name on your eyebrow for what?"


Obviously, that's not what I'm talking about. I'm referring to cosmetic tattooing of the eyebrow so that the brow is made to look darker and shape of the natural brow is maintained. All you have to do now is to pluck off stray hairs without having to worry about the brow shape.

Apparently, eyebrow tattoo is NOT new. This website states that mummies from countries like Greece and Turkey have been found with tattoos where their eyebrows should be. Movies from 1920s have also featured men and women with permanent eyebrow tattoos.

It works very much like normal tattooing. Ink is injected into the dermis layer of the skin using a mechanical ink-filled gun. Over time, the ink pigments will react with the skin to effect a long-lasting eyebrow.


  • Lasts for at least 2 to 3 years -the most permanent brow solution out there!
  • Some claim it is painless (my sister says otherwise!)
  • Tattoo does not come off easily even for oily skin


  • Looks unnatural within 10m line of sight
  • Possibility of allergic reactions to the ink pigment so make sure you test for it first!
  • If shape is not drawn properly, your eyebrow is ruined for at least 2 years. Corrective laser is possible but very expensive. Apparently, it takes 3 to 4 laser treatments to remove an eyebrow... and it is definitely painful.
  • Some claim that eyebrow tattoo will fade to an ugly green after some years

Refining the Tattoo: Eyebrow Embroidery

Touted to be an improvement over conventional eyebrow tattoos, enterprising brow artists are producing more natural brows with... a needle! Instead of using a mechanical gun, brow artists will embroider the ink into the epidermal layer of the skin, allowing the insertion of greater detail onto the brow.


  • More natural-looking
  • As this is non-permanent, you can modify the shape according to your face shape after some time
  • Sounds more painful than using Eyebrow tattoo as it uses needle to embroider the tattoo in... ouch! Still, Browhaus claims that 9 out of 10 customers feel no pain at all!


  • Requires touch-up every few months
  • Not suitable for those with oily skin as colour comes off much more easily
  • If you are doing an eyebrow embroidery a second time, the effect won't be as good as the first one, as admitted by Browhaus on its website in its FAQs

Are you now convinced to go for eyebrow embroidery? WAIT A MINUTE.


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At Allure, there's Eyebrow Embroidery and then there is Creative Eyebrow and Allure Signature Eyebrow. You can see that the detail becomes more intricate with each new type of embroidery. And *cough cough* price too, also increases.

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Eyebrow Embroidery

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Creative Eyebrow

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Allure Signature Brow

Creative Eyebrows are Sophia Brow House's specialty although they do offer eyebrow embroidery as well.

Creative Eyebrow @ Sophia Brow House

There are simply too many. The major difference? Eyebrow strokes are more obvious in Creative Eyebrow, making the embroidery look more natural. Of course it follows also that 4D Creative Eyebrow looks even more natural than 3D Creative eyebrow.

These salons have turned beautiful brows into a work of art, constantly improving on the basic eyebrow embroidery skills to produce the best looking brow.

Before you decide to sign up for eyebrow embroidery, here are 3 questions we think are ESSENTIAL to ask the therapist:

  • Does the salon use numbing cream? For ladies with low pain tolerance, this will be important!
  • Does the package come with free touch ups? Eyebrow embroidery is not a one-time event; the colour fades with time especially if you have oily skin. Hence, inquire the cost of touch ups to evaluate your choice of salons! Note that some salons may compel you to "replace" the embroidery blade, which they claim to "rust" over time. So do ask about that too!
  • Do they consult you on your preferred eyebrow shape? The shape of the eyebrow determines how good your eyebrow turns out. Hence, get the therapist to design your eyebrow and take your time to decide if its the right one. Remember, corrective action (you either have to "laser" the embroidered eyebrow off or risk waiting for a year to peel off completely) is MUCH more Expensive and Painful. Take a friend with you for a second opinion and voice your concerns if any. Try asking for photos of eyebrows from past customers to see their track record.

Still tempted to go ahead? Find out which salons do eyebrow embroidery here.  

Have I missed out anything? Share your tips with us below!

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