Have you been thinking about getting Ombre Powder Brows? Well, I did a little Q&A with my brow lady, Linda, to answer some of the questions you may have about the procedure.
1. What’s the difference between Ombre Powder Brows and Microblading? Does one last longer than the other?
Ombré Powdered Brows is the newer shading technique. A method that creates pixilated dots for a powdery effect with no harsh lines. Also buildable from light to dark. Some may call it the makeup look. This technique is minimally invasive, lasts longer and great for all skin types.
Microblading is a technique creating 3D hair like strokes using microfine needles. Great for those who want to add more volume to their brows.
2. How long does the initial visit usually take? What’s the process?
For first time clients with virgin brows a visit usually takes 3-4hrs. First, is ensuring client fills out consent and understands agrees to the procedure. Second, we take “before” photos. Third, we talk about clients brows. Everything from asymmetry, scars, desired color, shape etc. Fourth, is mapping the brows. Meaning with meticulous precision, the artist measures and draws out the perfect set of brows on the client. Once both agree that the preliminary drawing is perfect the procedure begins. Fifth, using new sterile needles artist will; outline brows, shade, apply numbing cream, shade, numb, shade… until the perfect smooth color and gradient is achieved. 6th, apply ointment to take down redness and swelling. 7th we take “after” photos while going over a post 6 week touch up and aftercare instructions. Aftercare instructions and ointment are typically provided before you leave.
3. Dos/Don’tbefore and after your appointment?
No caffeine, alcohol 24 hrs prior. Exfoliate before appointment. Follow aftercare instructions provided for best results. Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight, excessive sweating, no picking or peeling brows during the healing process, apply ointment as needed, etc. are just some of the directions post procedure. (I personally like to wear and normally wear oversized sunglasses to protect my brows during this time and at all times)
4. Will the process work if you have any birthmarks or scars near your eyebrows? Will ombre brows work for those with super sparse brows?
Birthmarks, scars, and sparse brows are not major issues to have ombré powder brows done. With these minor issues, keep in mind touch ups are a must.
5. Does skin tone/type matter when it comes to deciding to do microblading vs ombre brows?
Skintone shouldn’t matter when it comes to either procedure. However, skin type plays a factor. Microblading yields better results for those who have normal to dry skin. Oily skin will result in blurred lines with microblading. Ombré powder results is known to be great for all skin types: normal, oily, dry, and combination.
6. What is the healing process like, and when should touch ups be scheduled?
Healing process varies for each client. Everyone heals and leads different lifestyles. Typically healing can last 2-4 weeks. During this time Brows will flake (lightly scabbing) the best thing to do is; to just let it be. No picking or peeling for best healed results. Apply ointment at least twice a day. Schedule a touch up if needed. After six weeks is the rule of thumb for touch up.
7. What’s the best way to maintain stray hairs that grow in? Waxing or threading?
Maintain stray hairs after you’ve healed with any method you prefer: shaving, waxing, threading are all ok. After you’ve completely healed.
8. Will the shape of your brows remain sharp or will they soften over time?
Essentially the shape of brows will remain the same. It’s the color that will fade over time. Which may result in a more soft look. This is a semipermanent procedure. Ombré powder brows are good for 2-3 years.
9. How to keep your brows looking their best over time?
Keep your brows looking their best by moisturizing and applying sunscreen. Avoid exfoliating the brows.
10. Lastly, any bit of advice for anyone considering getting ombre powder brows?
Number one tip is to TRUST THE PROCESS and enjoy the brows. It’s ultimately a tattoo (way less painful.) A few hours of possibly napping while getting tattooed for 2-3 years of NOT HAVING TO DO YOUR OWN BROWS… is the best thing to consider.