There are several ways to tattoo color into the skin and I often used cross hatching so I can achieve both texture and even shading.
This works with most needle groupings. If you see too much of a pattern and needle marks in the skin, try moving the needles in the other direction on your second pass to create a blended shade.
My first pass was vertical and the second pass over it is horizontal. I didn't wipe in between in this case but sometimes I do to check on the skin and saturation before adding another pass.
This skin was radiated and is similar to an orange peel texture. Textured and bumpy skin can grab the ink the same over and over if you move in one direction too many times so cross hatching is helpful for several procedure areas and not limited to just areola.
To your PMU success,
PMU Artist & Needle Specialist
Inside Needle Knowledge
This chart helps you pay attention to your hand speed, machine speed, and hand movements when using liners for a liner effect and shaders for a shaded effect.
It also shows how you can use:
A great go-to chart is just the beginning!