Ombre Eyebrows

Ombre Eyebrows: The Ultimate Guide

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e all know how important eyebrows are for a trendy, fabulous makeup look. If you’re considering styling your eyebrows through permanent makeup, you might be a bit lost in the sea of different procedures. Microblading is the most basic procedure, but if the microbladed look isn’t quite what you’re looking for, several spin-offs have been developed in the past few years. The list of treatments is long, so it’s important to do thorough research before you decide on a particular treatment.

Ombre eyebrows has emerged as a very sought after procedure. What are ombre brows, who is it for and what is the difference between all of these procedures and techniques?

Here is the ultimate guide that will answer all your questions.

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ABOUT OMBRE EYEBROWS

What are Ombre Eyebrows?

Ombre eyebrows (or ombré eyebrows) is a relatively new trend in semi-permanent makeup for eyebrows. All semi-permanent makeup procedures imply injecting pigments into the upper layers of skin – epidermis. The same goes for ombre brows.

The pigment is inserted using a dotting technique, giving a three-dimensional, natural look to the eyebrows. The procedure is done manually (or sometimes by using a machine) by a trained and licensed permanent makeup artist and has two steps: the initial pigmentation, and the touch up after 6 to 8 weeks.

Ombre brow effect is easily recognized by the color gradation that starts at the beginning of the brow arch – known as the head of the brow – in the centre of the forehead, and gets gradually darker towards the tail. This creates an illusion of fading. In the experience of artists, this particular style is often chosen by people who pencil in their eyebrows, as opposed to those who normally use different types of regular makeup for eyebrows.

Ombre brows are also sometimes called ombre powder brows, powder brows or microshaded brows, so you might want to ask the artist of your choice for examples of ombre brows they’ve done before to avoid any misunderstanding.

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Who is a Good Candidate for Ombre Brows?

Most people are good candidates for semi permanent ombre eyebrows; all men and women who want a longlasting eyebrow styling solution that looks like a gradually faded arch. In some cases, ombre brows are an even better option than microblading, for example, for people with oily skin, large pores or alopecia, as this skin type tends to be problematic during drawing microblading strokes. Also, it’s more suitable for people who spend significant amounts of time in the sun, as sunlight can make microblading strokes fade unevenly. With dotting, this is not so obvious.

Generally, if your brows are already thick, ombre brows are the better option than microblading, as microblading strokes won’t be visible.

Who isn’t a Good Candidate for Ombre Brows?

Some pre-existing health conditions can make ombre brows impossible. If you have any of these conditions, you should avoid this procedure:

• Diabetes
• Cancer (especially if you’re going through chemotherapy), epilepsy or autoimmune disorders
• Bleeding disorders
• You are taking blood thinning medications
• You’ve recently had Botox or fillers
• You are in the middle of pregnancy or nursing
• People with a history of keloids or hypertrophic scarring
• Viral infections or diseases
• Skin irritations or psoriasis near the treated area
• Vitiligo (not impossible, but there’s the risk of new discoloration emerging around the treated area)

If any of the following applies to you, consult a doctor before booking a treatment:

• You have uncontrolled high blood pressure
• You’ve had an organ transplant
• You have a pacemaker or major heart problems
• You’ve had any treatment, illness or have taken medication that compromises the immune system

OMBRE BROWS vs MICROBLADING

What is the Difference Between Microblading and Ombre Powder Brows?

Similarities

Both ombre eyebrows and microblading are semi-permanent eyebrow styling techniques. Pigments are injected into the skin and the results are relatively long-lasting. They don’t wash off or smudge, but do fade over time. Part of the pigment wears off mechanically, as skin renews itself and dead skin cells are shedded, while the rest is absorbed by the body.

Differences
  • The biggest difference between these two treatments is the method used and the results achieved. Microblading is done by creating micro incisions on the skin surface and filling them with pigments. The drags through the skin resemble hairs. Ombre brows are done by dotting (some artists call this method ‘pixelization’, others call it ‘airbrushing’), so there is no dragging through the skin. In this sense, ombre eyebrows are more similar to powder brows, only with the color gradation added.
  • The results of microblading are more natural, while ombre gives the impression of wearing makeup and a bit more drama. Of course, it all depends on what you want.
  • There is less pain and bleeding with ombre brows. The ombre technique is less damaging to the skin, as there is no constant opening and dragging the blade through the epidermis. Of course, every skin will behave differently and there is no way of knowing until the procedure starts, but this is a general tendency.
  • The average lifespan of microbladed brows is 18 months to 2 years, while ombre brows last longer due to the technique used – 2 to 3 years.

Can Microblading Be Combined with Ombre Effect?

Yes, it’s important to know that the ombre brow effect can be combined with microblading. The effects that this combination creates are very fine hair strokes that gradually get darker and more frequent towards the tail of the brow.

ABOUT COMBO or HYBRID BROWS

Can Microblading Be Combined with Ombre Powder Brows?

The combo or hybrid brows are also available. This procedure is a crossover between blading and shading. Both techniques are used in order to get the best of each of them.

This method is great for those with sparse eyebrows who’d normally go for basic microblading, but want a more dramatic look that dense dotting gives. This method is also advised to those with particularly oily skin, as microblading on its own won’t give satisfactory results.

This eyebrows combination is also convenient for client who don’t have any natural hairs, as dotting on its own in not an option here. The blading will leave hair-like markings, while shading will fill them in and make the look denser.

ABOUT OMBRE BROWS TREATMENT

How Long Does the Procedure Take?

The whole ombre brows treatment usually lasts around 2 hours. The length of the treatment mostly depends on how experienced the artist is.

What Does Ombre Powder Brows Treatment Look Like?

Some artists claim that ombre brows are a type of micropigmentation and differs a lot from microblading. In microblading, the strokes are elongated so as to resemble the hairs, while micropigmentation is done by dotting.

The procedure is done using a single needle, which the artists uses to inject pigment countless tiny dots. This gives almost a powder-like effect. The darkness depends on the density of the dots, so the concentration is lowest at the beginning of the arch, and gradually higher towards the tail.

There are two phases and several steps in the procedure:

STEP 1: The consultations

Ask the artists anything you’re curious about and tell them exactly what you want. Bring photos of the desired look. The artist will inform you about healing and aftercare.

STEP 2: Preparation of the area

Cleaning and numbing of the eyebrow area. Topical anesthetics are used.

STEP 3: Measuring, mapping and outlining

This step is to make sure the results are symmetrical and suit your facial structure in the best way possible.

STEP 4: The needling and pigment implementation

Using a special single-needle machine, the artists dotts the skin and pigment is injected. If there is any discomfort in the first pass, more topical anesthetic is added and the artist will wait a bit until it kicks in.

STEP 5: The second round of dotting

It is done to modify the first one where necessary. The denser the dots, the darker the results.

STEP 6: Cleaning the area

This is the end of the first phase. All this usually lasts up to 3 hours.

STEP 7: The touch up appointment

It happens 6 to 8 weeks after the initial procedure. It takes some time for the pigment to set into the skin, so the artist can perfect the results. The touch up appointment does not last as long.

Which Tools and Pigments are Used in the Procedure?

Ombre brows are done using a single-needle machine that injects organic pigments into the skin. The pigments come in a wide range of colors that can be mixed for as close a match to your natual hairs as possible. A trained artists can predict how a certain pigment shade will look under the surface of the skin. They will also consider your hair color and undertone.

It is important to choose an artist who uses top quality pigments, as low quality ones are unstable and their color can change significantly over time. Allergic reations to pigments are extremely rare.

Is Ombre Brows Treatment Painful?

As already mentioned, in microblading, the strokes are elongated so as to resemble the hairs, while ombre brows are done by dotting. Since there is no constant dragging of the blade through the skin, ombre is not so invasive, therefore the expected pain can be slightly less than in microblading.

Although this is a very difficult question to answer, mainly because pain varies from person to person, the artist will use a safe topical anesthetic cream that they will apply to your eyebrows in order to ease the procedure as much as they can.

Is the Treatment Safe?

Ombre brows are a relatively non-invasive procedure, but it does include some trauma to the skin. Since the skin is broken, there is always the risk of infection, but if you choose a certified, professional artist who is licensed and uses sterile equipment. If you follow aftercare instructions, the risk of infection is close to none.

There are several conditions that make ombre brows impossible, including pregnancy, breastfeeding, heart conditions, diabetes. If you suffer from any illness, consult your doctor whether this procedure is safe for you.

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How to Choose the Right Artist?

Choosing the right artist is the biggest factor that affects the final results. For starters, you must always go to a trained, licensed artists who has finished a course at an accredited training centre or beauty school. A low price might be tempting, but the risks of going to a self-trained artist are huge.

Obvioulsly, you could end up with asymmetric, botched brows that will stay on your face for 2 to 3 years, but there’s also the risk of infection if the procedure is not done in a professional, sterile environment.

Trained artists know the theory behind the procedure. They can give professional, medically justified instructions on aftercare, as well as provide you with aftercare products necessary for proper healing. They have knowledge on pigments and color matching, which is particularly important.

PMUHub tip: Research the artist that has caught your eye. Book a consultation appointment and ask anything you want to know. Ask for examples of their previous work. Also, consider the hygiene of their workspace.

PREPARATION

What Should I Know Before the Treatment?

Research! This is the most important part of the preparations. This includes choosing a technique that best suits you and the artist who is professional, crafty, experienced and licensed.

There are some general guidelines you must follow before the procedure in order for the procedure to be safe and successful:

  • You must be healthy. Most artists will ask for your medical history.
  • You mustn’t drink caffeine or alcohol at least 48 hours before the procedure.
  • You mustn’t take blood thinners (Ibuprofen, Aspirin, Niacin, Vitamin E, B6, Omega 3, Gingko Biloba, Primrose etc.) at least 1 week before your procedure.
  • You mustn’t wax, tan or tint the area at least 3 days before the procedure.
  • You shouldn’t get any facials or peels at least 2 weeks before the procedure.
  • You shouldn’t have any facial injections at least 4 weeks before the procedure.

AFTERCARE

What Should I Know About Ombre Powder Brows Aftercare?

If you want to make the most out of this procedure, you need to know some things about the aftercare process:

  • Your artist will most probably give you an ointment to use on your brow area. Make sure to apply the ointment 3 times a day, and always use clean fingers or a cotton swab, especially in the first 3 days after the procedure.
  • Never touch your healing area with your fingers unless they are completely clean. They may contain bacteria that you don’t want to get on your eyebrow area.
  • As far as the cleaning is concerned, always gently cleanse the treated area with a mild antibacterial soap – never scrub as it will affect your final result. Rinse with water and gently pat the area until it’s dry.
  • Always apply a light coat of ointment on the area before any bathing, and continue with this regimen until the procedure area is completely healed. It is important to try to avoid getting your eyebrows wet.
  • Do not scratch, rub, pick or peel the healing skin. Allow it to flake off on its own as this is the healthiest way. Once you complete the peeling phase, you may proceed with your regular activities.

PMUHub tip: The artist should give you all the instruction needed on how to treat eyebrows throughout the entire aftercare process. Follow them as closely as possible and don’t be afraid to ask for additional information.

Is There Something to Avoid in the Aftercare Period?

Here are some additional aftercare tips you should be following:

  • Avoid any makeup, facials, sweating, sun exposure, sauna, Jacuzzi or swimming until the area is completely healed.
  • Do not use any anti-aging products, especially those that contain Lactic acids or Glycolic acids, as it will fade your eyebrow area.
  • In order to prevent future fading of your pigment color, use a total sun block after the procedure.

Can I Wear Makeup After Ombre Brows Treatment?

The treated area is very sensitive and prone to infections right after the treatment, so it is forbidden to wear makeup on the treated area. You are allowed to apply it on the other parts of your face.

However, since makeup can get to the treated area easily, it is risky to wear during the healing period. Therefore, it is advisable to avoid wearing makeup at all for about two weeks.

HEALING

How Long Does it Take for Your Ombre Powder Brows to Heal?

It takes about 1 month to show the real effects of the ombre brow treatment.

It’s important to point out that healing process can be different for everyone due to many factors that affect the results:

  • medication,
  • skin characteristics – if it’s oily, sun-damaged, thick or thin,
  • skin’s personal pH balance,
  • alcohol intake,
  • smoking,
  • post procedure aftercare.

How Do Healing Process Look Like?

Take a look at the healing process and expected eyebrows healing stages given by days:

Day 1-10: The result will look approximately 50% darker than the desired effect in the first week, and it will take 4-10 days to lighten. The first 7 to 10 days after the procedure are crucial to your health, as well as the appearance of the results.

As any type of pigment injection is trauma to the skin, there will be some inconvenient consequences – redness and some swelling. This is normal and will go away relatively quickly, so there’s nothing to worry about.

Day 11-15: As the dotting motion breaks the skin surface, some scabbing, flaking and dryness is inevitable. It is essential not to touch or pick at your skin. Just leave it be. It will heal at its own pace, usually by the end of the second week following the procedure.

Day 16-30: You will also notice that the pigment color will fade slightly over time; this is normal and expected. This is why the touch up appointment is done so that the corrections can be made.

PMUHub tip: If any unusual irritation or significant swelling appears, consult the eyebrow artist.

FADING

What Causes Ombre Brows to Fade Prematurely?

Ombre brows do have their lifespan, but certain factors can speed up their fading. The main cause of premature fading is a sunlight exposure and tanning beds. You should always try to keep your ombre brows out of the sun. Also, they tend to fade faster on oily skin and on clients with certain medical conditions.

Mechanical damage can lead to fading, too. You should avoid exfoliation (both scrubs and chemical peels) on the treated area.

TOUCH UP

When Do Ombre Brows Need to Be Touched Up?

The touch up appointment that is part of the treatment should be done 6 to 8 weeks after the initial appointment, once the pigment sets into the skin. This is an opportunity to add pigment where necessary and make corrections to the pigment shade, and correct the shape. For example, if your skin didn’t take the pigment in some spots, there is the touch up to fix it.

Additional touch ups are not obligatory, but if you don’t want your ombre brows to fade, you can have them touched up every 6 months or more often.

EFFECTS

How Long Do Ombre Brows Last?

As with every permanent and semi permanent makeup procedure, the duration of the results without touching them up varies based on skin type, lifestyle, attention the clients pays to them, amount of sun exposure, proper aftercare, beauty habits such as facials or peels, the quality of the pigments used, sun exposure, as well as the overall wellbeing of the client.

Considering all this, we can only give you a general window – 2 to 3 years.

What are the Pros of Ombre Powder Brows?

There are many advantages to choosing ombre brows. Here are the most prominent ones:

  • It uses a more traditional tattooing method, which means that the results are longer lasting.
  • Moreover, this procedure works with most skin types, including oily skin which can be quite troublesome for many other cosmetic procedures.
  • Finally, the eyebrow looks much more defined and dramatic than with the classic, hair stroke (microblading) method.

SIDE EFFECTS

Are There Any Visible Side Effects of Ombre Eyebrow Treatment?

As the dotting motion breaks the skin surface, some scabbing, flaking and dryness is inevitable in the days following the procedure. It is essential not to touch or pick at your skin. Just leave it be. It will heal at its own pace, usually within two weeks. If any unusual irritation or significant swelling appears, consult the artist.

Could I Be Allergic to Ombre Eyebrows?

Although it is rare, it is possible to be allergic to the pigments used for permanent makeup, or more precisely, to some ingredients. If you’re allergic to tattoo ink, you’ll probably react to the pigments, too. If you know you are allergic to certain ingredients, tell your artist so they can work with pigments that do not contain them.

If you don’t know of any allergies, it’s best for the artist to do a patch test before the procedure. If you’re prone to allergic reactions, it’s a good idea to consult a doctor beforehand.

CORRECTION

Can I Remove the Results of Ombre Eyebrow Treatment?

If you’re not happy with the results and don’t want to wait until they fade naturally, there are ways to remove ombre eyebrows. Although, it can take some time and effort. The most obvious way is to do all the things that accelerate fading: sunbathe, wash your face often, visit saunas, etc.

The alternative is laser removal, but this is not advised as it can seriously damage your skin. Also, it’s quite an expensive option. Yet, the best solution seems to be scheduling a correction appointment and trying and fix them. Also, you can try a different artist, if you don’t trust your initial choice any more.

COST

How Much Do Ombre Brows Cost?

As with any beauty procedure, the price varies from one salon or artist to another. The average cost of an ombre brows procedure is $500, but it can go up to $1000. Additional touch-ups cost around $100 (but some artists may include the touch up in the cost of the initial procedure).

The experience of the artist, the location, the competition in permanent makeup in the area, the quality of the tools and pure exclusivity all affect the pricing. It might sound like a lot of money at first, but since the procedure is done on the face and there is no convincing way to disguise a botched job, this is not the time to try to save money.

MAIN TAKEAWAYS

Ombre brows are the perfect trend for anyone who likes a dramatic look that emphasises the eyes to the maximum. This is not a look everyone can pull off, but a well-done arch will boost anyone’s confidence. And besides, you won’t have to draw it on every morning!

Make sure to do some thorough research before deciding and to get well informed before taking the decision which salon to choose. It is advisable not to be cheap here, cause it can cost you more in the end!

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