Case Study 4: Cover-up: From red to brown eyebrows

Tina Davies Case Study Color Correction Red Brow to Brown Eyebrows Before Image


This client came to me after four removal attempts of PMU eyebrows that she was unhappy with (not done by me) and this is what I had to work with. She went through four sessions of Picosure laser tattoo removal over a period of 8 months. At this point, she wanted to improve what was left instead of going through more sessions of laser removal. Since her brows were faded by a minimum of 50% and her skin was in very good condition with no signs of scarring or damage with her last session being 3 months ago, I opted to take on this challenge and give her new brows.

This was a really challenging cover-up case and I wasn’t sure of the outcome since the old color and shape was still quite unpleasant. Regardless, I knew her new eyebrow "hopes" were now in my hands and I had to use my experience and tools in my arsenal to get her to a happy place.  

From a shape and balance perspective, I felt that she needed thicker eyebrows and to get away from the older and outdated “skinny eyebrow” look.  

I ended up doing a lot of tight, microbladed hair strokes packed closely together to hide all the old PMU and thickened up her brows to give her a shape that would suit her face shape. Going with thicker brows enabled me to hide the old eyebrows and create soft wispy borders versus flat ones. 

Another option would have been to do a powder/ombré brow but I’d rather give the illusion of texture especially in cases where the client has little to no hair.

In the end, we were both super thrilled! 

Tina Davies Before and After Correction Case Study from Red to Brown Eyebrows

Before and immediately after

Tina Davies Before and After Correction Permanent Makeup Results from Red brows to brown brows

Before and immediately after

I know a lot of artists don’t work on other people’s work or attempt corrections but these cases can be really transformational and life-changing. You can yield great results on a cover-up if you have:

  • Proper experience and training
  • Good pigment
  • And you work conservatively

You can confidently create better eyebrows for your clients by reshaping and recoloring them with lasting results that don’t fade back to their old fugitive color.

Shop Tina Davies x Perma Blend I Love Ink Brow Pigment for Permanent Makeup and Microblading in Medium Brown
Shop Tina Davies x Perma Blend I❤️INK Eyebrow Pigments

Be sure to work conservatively and have a good game plan so you can carry this out. Also, be sure you always pre-draw the shape with the customer sitting UP to ensure gravity is factored into her new eyebrows design. Never pre-draw with her laying down because once they sit up, their brows could be lopsided! I used the Tina Davies Pro Pencil in “Brown".

Tina Davies Pro Silk Eyebrow Pencil for Pre-draw in Brown

Procedure Notes:

Technique: Microblading

Tools: Tina Davies 9 Classic Microblade

Pigment Color: Tina Davies x Perma Blend I ❤️ INK Medium Brown

Age: 34-Year-old Italian woman

Skin Tone: Fitzpatrick 3, mid-skin tone 

Skin Type: Apple and mildly sensitive (Read about all of the skin types here)

Artist: Tina Davies

Tina Davies x Perma Blend Eyebrow Pigment Collection for Microblading and Permanent Makeup Up

Leave a comment and let me know if you like to see these more complicated “real talk” kind of cases, and I’ll keep bringing them to you.


I had a similar experience.
I had my brows done 10 years ago in New Orleans LA. and the tech (who had been doing permanent make-up for 25 years) did an amazing job !
Seven years later I was in need of a touch up.
I did my research and found a medical spa in Fort Wayne IN. with good reviews.
They turned out terrible !
Within 1 year they had faded to a powdery red shade !
Today I had them touched up to correct the color and shape.
Kay Manley at Kay Manley Studio in Columbus OH. did an excellent job !!
Now I have dark brown brows again, that match my hair color !
I’m so happy with the results 😊

Rachel Heinrich September 16, 2021

Love this!

Shannon March 01, 2021

I had mine done about 14 years ago and about a year later they turned orange. Worst mistake ever. Now I feel terrified of having them “fixed”…

Jodi Pickett March 01, 2021

Love all your tips and tricks. I always come away inspired.
Would love to see more healed results, three to six months later.
Thank-you for sharing all your knowledge.

debbie aubin August 19, 2020

Thank you YES! More of these types of difficult cases! Especially great for those of us who work alone and don’t have anyone to bounce around ideas with and get other peoples experiences from.

Caroline Menard July 28, 2020

Wow.. thanks for sharing your knowledge. Learning a lot and please do more.

Isabella July 28, 2020

I would love to see more deeper skin tones…especially in the examples of pigment choices and what works best, for cool Grey coverups. There are no dark brown or black skinned examples.

Rickina August 19, 2020

Love this convo on coverups rather than removal. I live in a pretty rural area and many won’t even consider a removal due to location of services. The transformation is amazing. Brows are fantastic and she looks 10 years younger. Superb!! Win win.

Diana Sherwood-Shaw July 21, 2020

I have a client who was going to get this done before COVID-19 so now we are waiting, I’m a bit nervous and I’ve already done proper training but I’m never done a correction myself, I’m excited for the results since I will be using the I ❤️ Ink from your line! Thank you for this empowering blog! Yes please make more like these!

America Gutierrez July 21, 2020

I would have guessed this color to be dark brown before you posted it was medium brown. I have used medium brown on Fitz 1 and 2 and it is so light. That would lead me to use dark brown on a Fitz 3.

Patricia July 21, 2020

I have nearly mirror client coming in this morning,I can’t wait to use my new ‘I love ink’ on her, I’ve now used the medium brown a few times and the grey…… the grey was amazing….. it’s a colour I’ve always had trouble mimicking mixing my own. Love, love, love your products and posts! Thanks for being such an amazing source, the place I did my training years ago unfortunately are too busy to lend advice so finding you has been fabulous xx

Mandy April 16, 2019

I would like to see follow up pictures for example The color that you did over the pink eyebrows looks great right after but what will look like when she comes back for her touchup will that pink that is super warm bleed through? I think it would be nice to see some pictures that are done before the second touch up and then some pictures that are done three months after . We all know with Microblading it is an art not a science and even the best pigment does not give the results your looking for. There are other underlying conditions that affect the healed microblade such as oily skin versus cool or warm undertones .

Kim October 05, 2018

Thank you for all this cases that you share and for all the important tips for this carear you are my inspiration thanks, one thing couple times I have a question but I never receive any respond I don’t know why maybe I send to the rwong place please keep us with all your training experience’s you are very gifty person

Connie garcia July 20, 2018

Great coverup! I love seeing these cases!

Julianne July 16, 2018

You nailed it Tina! Amazing;)

Edna July 16, 2018

Dear Tina
I make sure I take every bit of your very inspirational info in by reading it over and over and I have learned so much from you the very best education by far and I thank you for that. Please carry on with the “real talk cases”

Ria Jordaan July 16, 2018

This is really good and hopeful information for persons that have red eyebrows after microblading like me. I cant wait for the pigment launch and get my eyebrows fixed.

Ivette Gonzalez July 16, 2018

Well done. Always learning something from you. Thanks 4 shared

Tita chapman July 16, 2018

Looks amazing! And I’m excited about the pigment launch

Lala Cain July 05, 2018

Great cover up.

Shirley Armstrong July 05, 2018

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