What Is Pigment Dilution?

by Teryn Darling October 06, 2022

Diluting a pigment allows us to create different tones and effects with just one pigment. We can create areas that are more solid and with the same pigment create areas that are less solid with a powder finish.

 

When we dilute a pigment, it lessens the density or concentration of the pigment, producing a softer result…more sheer, less dense result.

 

The more we dilute a pigment, the less dense, less cool and more powdery the procedure heals.

This technique should only be used with pigment lines that have a high pigment load. Both Li Pigments Aqua and Loaded have high pigment loads and perform remarkably well diluted down…even to the highest percentages.

In my experience, brows performed with diluted pigments tend to last just as long as brows performed with full strength pigment.

When it comes to how we tattoo; meaning our depth/pressure, how we move and our techniques when it comes to brows…nothing changes just because we are using a diluted pigment. You will tattoo a brow using diluted pigments just as you would using full strength pigment. Your depth will not change, your techniques will not change and how you move in the skin will not change. I mention this because when I first started using diluted pigments many, many years ago…I thought I should lighten up my pressure and not saturate as much…all because I was going for a soft, powder result. I was wrong and not nearly enough pigment healed in the skin.  So, when you’re using diluted pigments, be conscientious to use proper depth and to saturate the area according to just how much saturation you want to achieve….just as you would using full strength pigment. 

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