Bad Ombre Eyebrows – What Can Go Wrong and How to Fix It

By Katarina V.| Last updated on May 19, 2022
Bad Ombre Eyebrows - What Can Go Wrong and How to Fix It
⏱️ 4 min read

You’ve seen them all over Instagram – one of the most popular brow trends set by celebrities and influencers such as Kylie Jenner. Powder brows that have a lighter head and a darker tail took the world by storm and became one of the most sought-after PMU treatments, especially among people who like the makeup look.

But sometimes (hopefully very rarely) they don’t turn out as expected and some people end up with bad ombre eyebrows. Here is what can go wrong and what to do to fix it.

Your Ombre Eyebrows Look Bad Right After the Treatment

One thing you should bear in mind is that freshly done eyebrows don’t look quite right at the very beginning of the healing process. Beware of day 2! That’s when they are the darkest. You will probably hate them and regret the decision, but don’t panic! They will fade, even up to 40%. Some clients even cry because their brows look so dark immediately after the treatment but then want to add more color at the touch up!

Also, if they look too big, don’t worry, they tend to shrink. Not drastically, but still enough to look right.

So, don’t judge your ombre brows while they are healing. Wait until the healing period is over, so 6-8 weeks, and you will see whether they turned out as expected. If some minor corrections need to be made, a mandatory touch up is there to perfect everything.

But My Ombre Brows Are Totally Botched!

Of course, sometimes you can tell immediately after the treatment that you ended up with bad ombre eyebrows. Either they are uneven, the shape is wrong, or they just don’t suit your face. Luckily, this is very rare, especially if you carefully research artists and choose an experienced one.

So, what can you do? One option is to do an emergency removal, in case they are disastrous. The options are saline or glycolic acid removal and this needs to be done in the first 48 hours after the treatment. If you wait longer than that, your eyebrows will start the healing process and emergency removal is not possible. You’ll have to wait 6-8 weeks to remove them.

My Ombre Brows Are Totally BotchedImage source: Instagram @thedermbarstl

Brows Still Look Bad After They’re Healed

If you can tell you have bad ombre eyebrows after they’re healed, here is what you can do, depending on the problem you are facing:

You still don’t like them

Solution 1: Fading

If you think you have bad ombre eyebrows even after they are healed, and you don’t like the color, you can try fading them with some at-home ingredients. Some people find retinol and hydrogen peroxide paste effective in fading microblading, so you can use them to fade your bad ombre eyebrows as well.

Solution 2: Removal

If they really look disastrous, you can have them removed by saline removal, glycolic acid or laser removal. Bear in mind that these require several sessions, with a waiting period of 8 weeks between them, so the whole process can last for months and get expensive.

They are not even

Solution: Correction

If your ombre brows healed and they don’t look even, they can be improved significantly at the first, mandatory touch up. However, if you still have bad ombre eyebrows after the first touch up, maybe you should look for another artist to correct them. Bear in mind that, depending on the amount of work that needs to be done, a new artist can charge you up to the full price of the treatment.

Ombre Eyebrows Still Look Bad After They’re HealedImage source: Instagram @artistriesofphi

Your brows are the wrong color

Solution: Color Correction

Your artist should have a solid knowledge of the color theory and know what to do if your eyebrows heal reddish or any other unattractive color. Again, if your ombre brows artist is unable to correct your bad ombre eyebrows, look for another one.

Pigment migrated

Solution: Partial removal

You can do a removal of the part where the pigment migrated.

After a few years, your ombre brows haven’t faded

Solution 1: Correction

If you got tired of the style and shape and you are sick of trying to cover up the remaining shadow with makeup, it is time for correction or removal. If you decide to do the correction, an artist will know how to improve the shape and style of your brows. If the brows are pretty faded, you can go for another ombre or full powder brows. Some artists also can add hair strokes and create combo or combre brows.

Solution 2

If there is still too much pigment and correction is not possible, removal is the only option. The most common ways to remove bad ombre eyebrows are laser removal, saline removal, or glycolic acid removal.

After a few years, ombre brows haven’t faded Image source: Instagram @yokototalbeauty

Final Word

It’s important not to judge freshly done eyebrows, but to wait after the healing period is over. But, if you still think you have bad ombre eyebrows, don’t despair. They can be fixed, either with correction or removal, depending on how botched they are. Just stay calm and be patient.

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