When and how to colour correct

As the PMU industry expands, so does the increasing the demand for colour correction expertise. Meaning as you embark on your journey as a PMU artist, mastering the art of eyebrow colour correction becomes an essential.

Picture the scenario: a client reaches out to you in distress. They've had their eyebrows tattooed elsewhere, only to find that they've faded to undesirable shades like blue, grey, or red. The burning question is, "Can you fix them?" Your response to this question can make all the difference between being fully booked or not.


Basic Colour Theory

From basic colour theory, we understand that brown comprises a blend of red, blue/black, and yellow. However, variations in pigment quality and formulation can result in imbalanced lightfastness ratings, leading to residual colours like red, grey, or blue, which may be undesirable.

Clients with warm skin undertones tend to emphasise warm pigments more than those with cool undertones. Applying a warm pigment on a client with a warm undertone may result in a warmer healed colour compared to a client with a cool undertone. It's essential to discern the undertones of both your pigment and your client. Warm skin undertones tend to heal warmer, while cool skin undertones heal cooler.


Hanafy Colour Corrector Pigments


Complementary Colours

Understanding complementary colours is essential when looking to correct old tattoos that have shifted to blue, purple, or red hues. For example, in the case of correcting blue eyebrows, identifying the complementary colour of blue is vital. According to the colour wheel, orange serves to counterbalance blue tones. Similarly, when correcting red brows, the use of green is necessary to neutralise the red pigment.

When rectifying previously tattooed brows, adhere to these steps:

  1. Identify the colour of the old tattoo: Determine whether it exhibits blue/grey or red/orange tones.

  2. Determine the complementary colour: Opt for orange for blue/grey tones and green for red/orange hues.

  3. Define the target colour: Ensure your selected pigment aligns with the desired end colour, incorporating warm undertones for cool, ashy tattoos and cool undertones for warm, red tattoos.


The Colour Correction Process

For brows faded by 70% or more, the treatment process begins with mapping the brows. Once the brows are mapped, the next step involves outlining the shape using the target pigment. After outlining, shading with the corrector is applied until the old tattoo is neutralised.

For brows faded by 50%-70%, the procedure involves using the corrector pigment to adjust the old colour. If intensive colour correction is necessary, separate appointments are scheduled accordingly. It's important to remember that the goal is to cover, not remove, the old tattoo. Therefore, only tattoos faded by 50% or more are concealed, with heavily saturated ones being avoided or removed using Laser Tattoo Removal techniques.

Mastering the art of eyebrow colour correction is a pivotal skill that distinguishes you as a PMU Artist, paving the way for satisfied clientele and a thriving business. 

Ignoring or turning down these clients means that you lose these clients to your competition, often for both correction and further brow treatments. Instead, it's crucial to learn how to meet their needs effectively. Just covering up past mistakes won't work in the long run because the underlying problems might crop up again. That's why it's important for us to be proactive in fixing issues and finding solutions in our work.


Lets take a look at some of our favourite Colour Corrector Pigments:

Hanafy Colour Correctors

The Hanafy Organic Colour Correctors are available in three shades:

Corrector No.1
Hanafy corrector Pigment

Corrector No.2
Hanafy Corrector Pigment

Corrector No.3
Hanafy Corrector Pigment

Hanafy Colour Corrector Pigments

Hanafy Mineral Colour Correctors

The Hanafy Mineral Line has been designed to implant easily, healing beautifully soft in the skin, and fading gradually over time until results disappear completely - without any colour change.

Hanafy Mineral Pigments сan be mixed with each other as well as with any pigments from the Hanafy Classic Organic Line

Cairo No.1

Hanafy Mineral PMU Pigments

A rich tone for overlapping any cold shades on eyebrows and lips. An ideal choice when working with oriental, ethnic or African skin types, when the lips are dark and very cold.

This dark-reddish Colour Corrector will also help to prevent darker brow shades from becoming too cold.

Dubai No.2

Hanafy Mineral Pigments

Lighter than Cairo No.1, Dubai can be used to overlap and brighten old permanent makeup.

This yellow-mustard corrector is ideal for the correction of low-quality eyebrow tattoos with an obvious purple tint.

FACE Colour Corrector Pigments

FACE Colour Corrector Pigments

FACE Colour Correctors are available in three different shades:

BrickThis red-orange colour corrector pigment is ideal for overlapping and colour correcting cold and grey residues.

Olive - A green based pigment, Olive is suitable for colour correction and overlapping of red and salmon residues.

Mustard - A warm yellow based pigment that we recommend using for overlapping and colour correction of purple residues.

>> View our full range of Colour Corrector Pigments here!


Here at ID Liner, we offer a 'When to remove and when (and how!) to Colour Correct' webinar designed to equip you with the knowledge to navigate these situations effectively. The webinar guides you on identifying when it's best to remove old Permanent Makeup or opt for successful colour correction or modification.

Covering a spectrum of topics including brow and lip colour correction, the webinar isn't brand-specific, making it applicable to any pigment line. It empowers you with the skills to confidently tackle both daunting and subtle colour correction tasks.