Powder Brows

Powder Brows: The Ultimate Guide


e have already established, multiple times, that eyebrows play a very big role in the beauty world of today. There are so many different ways in which you can take care of your eyebrows, the most popular method still being microblading.

However, what if microblading effect is simply not the way you want your eyebrows done? Or, your skin type is more suitable for other procedure? Luckily for you, and for a plethora of other women around the world, there are different methods for eyebrow tattooing, such as creating powder brows.

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What are powder brows, who is it for and what is the difference between all of these procedures and techniques?

In this ultimate guide we are answering numerous questions in order to cover all important facts about this highly-requested cosmetic procedure. Look for your answers in the section below.

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What are Powder Brows?

Powder brows (also known as ombre brows, ombre powder brows or simply shaded brows or microshading) is a semi-permanent make-up cosmetic procedure, in which the artist uses a manual process to insert the pigment into the top layers of the skin using dotting technique. As a result, a more powdery eyebrow effect is achieved and a misty, powder filled brows are created.

The whole procedure resembles the procedure of microblading, but the technique used is different, and so is the final outcome (scroll down for more).

The most common way of creating powder brows is by mixing it with the ombre effect. Added to powder brows, ombre effect is the one that creates a misty effect of the eyebrows. The tails of the ombre powder brows are darker, and as one moves to the front of the brow, it starts to fade, giving a three-dimensional look that only makeup can recreate.

The whole procedure is a two-step process, and it consists of the initial insertion of the pigment, and the touch-up that takes place 6 – 8 weeks after the initial procedure. Powder brows are there to help you create the desire fullness of your eyebrows, and create the exact design that you want.

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Who are Powder Brows for?

Just like it’s the case with any example of semi-permanent and permanent makeup, most people qualify as good candidates for the procedure of getting powder brows.

Also, what’s even better is that this is a great option for people with oily skin as well. Most cosmetic treatments cannot be performed well with people with such skin, but this procedure is different.

However, there are certain things that the patients need to bear in mind before opting for this procedure.

What if I Have a Doctor’s Approval?

What is very important to know is that there are people who can undergo the procedure, but only with a doctor’s approval. These include people with:

  • Uncontrolled high blood pressure
  • Organ transplant
  • Pacemaker or major heart problems
  • Epilepsy
  • Any treatment, medication or illness that compromises the immune system.
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What is the Difference Between Microblading and Ombre Powder Brows?

Even though the two procedures are very similar, that is, both involve the artist inserting the pigment into the surface layers of your skin, the technique used is different, as well as the result.

Whereas, microblading creates individual strokes that resemble the eyebrow hairs, powder brows create small dots to achieve more powdery eyebrow effect and a misty, powder filled brow is created. By doing so, the result resembles the look of makeup application, or a fresh eyebrow tint.

Another difference is that the powder brows last a bit longer than microblading, which is typically around 2 years on average.

Discover all differences and similarities between these two treatments at our Powder Brows vs. Microblading page.

Can Microblading be Combined With Powder Brows?

It’s very important to know that the ombre powder brow technique can be combined with microblading. The effects that this combination creates are very fine hair strokes filled in with a smooth shading for an amazingly natural brows.


How Long Does the Procedure Take?

The whole powder 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?

The actual treatment consists of several steps that usually look like this:

STEP 1: Shaping the brows

Consists of preparing the area around brows by threading the hair and cleaning up the area.

STEP 2: Numbing

By using a topical ointment the eyebrows area is covered and set for approximately half an hour, until it kicks in.

STEP 3: Choosing a pigment

Choosing a color of your eyebrows according to a hair and skin color.

STEP 4: Measuring

The area of the eyebrows is measured ,taking into account face shape, symmetry, facial features etc.

STEP 5: Needling process

Process of creating fine dots with a specialized machine and covering them with pigment. If there is any discomfort at this stage another quick layer of numbing cream is added to the area.

STEP 6: Implementing pigment

A final layer of pigment is added, after which the eyebrow area is cleaned.

STEP 7: Touch up

Filling in the gaps where the pigment hasn’t taken or healed properly

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How to Choose the Right Powder Brows Artist?

Remember that this is not the place where you should try to save your money on. The prices of the procedure vary from artist to artist and from salon to salon, with higher prices being most often justifiable.

A good artist can either make or break your final look, so make sure that you do your homework beforehand. Try to see certain before/after photographs of the artist, or read the reviews.

Word of mouth and recommendations are always the best option.

Is Powder Brows Treatment Painful?

This is a very difficult question to answer, mainly because pain varies from person to person. The people who wax or pluck their eyebrows regularly will not find the procedure very painful, whereas someone who has never touched their eyebrows, nor had them plucked might feel some level of discomfort.

The good thing is that 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 Powder Brows is a fairly sensitive treatment, and since it involves incisions, it carries certain risks.

  • First of all, there is a list of conditions that are forbidden in combination with powdered brows. Some of them include pregnancy, diabetes, heart conditions, allergies and other conditions your artist should ask you about and establish whether you are allowed to have the treatment or not.
  • Besides that, there is always the risk of infections. This is because the treatment is very popular and there is a great number of powder brows artists, some of which use unsterile equipment. Even though it can happen, infections are not that common.

If you choose a certified artist who is proved to work with sterile equipment and follow their instructions, there is nothing to worry about.

Are There Any Cons to the Procedure?

The first examples of the ombre powder brows procedure can be traced back to 1985. So this method has been around for a long time, and because of that, it doesn’t have the best reputation.

However, it’s very important to understand that the technique changed, and so did the equipment that’s used to create it. The results do not look unnatural anymore, as the new powder brows technique creates a more defined and solid look than regular microblading.

What’s more, powder fill brows nowadays can be created to look extremely natural, and this is achieved by not saturating the desired brow shape, which allows for a defined, yet soft look.


What Should I Know Before the Treatment?

Powder brow procedure doesn’t start when you enter the salon, but some time before that.

These are the things that you should bear in mind before the treatment:

  • Once the day comes for you to get your ombre powder brows, make sure that you bring along the makeup you apply and photos of the look you want to achieve, if any.
  • Make sure that you’re completely healthy. Before the procedure starts, you will need to complete a medical history form.
  • Do not drink caffeine or alcohol at least 48 hours prior to the procedure.
  • Do not take any blood thinners such as Ibuprofen, Aspirin, Niacin, Vitamin E, B6, Omega 3, Gingko Biloba or evening Primrose at least 1 week before your procedure. Of course, if this is medically necessary, you might want to consider changing the date of your ombre powder brows procedure.
  • Pay attention to your menstrual cycle, as you shouldn’t book a treatment during that time, as it can increase your pain sensitivity.
  • Avoid waxing, tanning or tinting the eyebrow area at least 3 days before your appointment.
  • Avoid any anti-aging treatments, such as microdermabrasion, chemical peels, lasers or facials at least 2 weeks before your appointment.
  • Do not opt for any facial injections at least 1 month prior to your procedure.


What Should I Know About Ombre Powder Brows Aftercare?

Once you finish with your treatment, you will experience some swelling and soreness, which is completely normal. This will subside within a few days, so there’s nothing to worry about.

However, 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
  • Do not scratch, rub, pick or peel the healing skin. Allow it to flake off on its own as this is the healthiest way.
  • 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.
  • Avoid any makeup, facials, sweating, sun exposure, sauna, Jacuzzi or swimming until the area is completely healed.
  • Try to avoid getting your eyebrows wet.
  • 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.
  • Once you complete the peeling phase, you may proceed with your regular activities.

Can I Wear Makeup After Powder 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.

For a detailed aftercare tips and best practices, head out to our extensive Powder brows aftercare guide.


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

It’s very important to know that the result of the treatment is determined by many different factors, such as the medication, skin characteristics (if it’s oily, sun-damaged, thick or thin), your skin’s personal pH balance, alcohol intake, smoking and the post procedure aftercare. Due to all that, the healing process might be different for everyone.

However, you will experience swelling and the redness of the skin upon the completion of the procedure. This will subside within 4 days after the procedure, but this is individual. It’s also important to note that the result will look approximately 50% darker than the desired effect, and it will take 4-10 days to lighten. The true colors will be visible only 1 month after the procedure.

To get a real picture of powder brows healing process, visit our Powder brows healing process guide.


What Can Cause Powdered Brows to Fade Faster?

There are some important factors that can cause your powdered brows to fade faster and thus shorten its lifespan. The most important factor is the sun – tanning beds, sunbathing and sun exposure in general can cause your ombre brows to fade a bit faster. Since we sunbathe one season a year, it’s very important to pay attention to always keep the ombre brows in shade.

Moreover, exfoliating can also cause some of the color to come off or fade out. Other factors include oily skin and different medical conditions. One thing that’s very advisable is the “color boost” that will help you maintain the color integrity.


When Should You Get a Powder Brows Touch Up?

The touch up appointment will not take place earlier than 30 days after your initial procedure. Once there, you will be able to add more strokes (as some might disappear during the healing phase), choose some darker or warmer colors, 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.

Other touch ups are not as obligatory as the first one. However, if you want your powder brows eyebrows to last longer, you should get one at least every 6 months.


How Long Do Powder Brows Last?

As already mentioned, ombre brows can last for 1 to 3 years, but everything depends on your skin type and the aftercare. A touch up is always required after 6 – 8 weeks after the initial appointment, when your artist will tell you about the progress and see if you need to change your aftercare routine.

Bear in mind that clients who choose a softer look and a lighter color, and not follow the aftercare instructions carefully may require more touchup appointments.

What are the Pros of Ombre Powder Brows?

There are many advantages to choosing powder brows. 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. Most clients come back for color boosts after 12 – 18 months.

Finally, the eyebrow looks much more defined and dramatic than with the classic, hair stroke (microblading) method.


Are There Any Side Effects of Ombre Powder Brows?

Your freshly powdered eyebrows will look swollen and too dark at first, which is normal. The pigment will gradually fade away and they will look good after a couple of weeks. Also, they can be a little bit itchy at first, but you mustn’t scratch them.

Besides that, prepare for scabbing after the treatment, which might be a little bit annoying, especially because you mustn’t touch the scabs. Scabs don’t appear immediately after the treatment. You can expect them after 3-5 days, and they can last up to two weeks.

Also, there is a risk of incorrectly done eyebrows. If your eyebrows are not even or they might look unnatural, or you just don’t like them, you might need to find someone more qualified and skilled to fix them. Luckily, this is a semi-permanent procedure, so they will not stay like that forever.

Here are some potential side effects you might encounter:

  • Swollen eyebrows
  • To dark eyebrows
  • Itchiness
  • Scabbing
  • Quick pigment fading (oily skin)
  • Irritations
  • Infections
  • Allergy

Is There Any Chance of Infection and How to Prevent it?

Even though there is always risk of infection, the right choice of the artist who will perform this procedure is crucial. You always need to find a good artist that uses sterilized equipment, because on the contrary, clients might end up with infection or different diseases.

Can You Be Allergic to Powder Brows?

Unfortunately, yes, some people claim to have had allergic reactions to this treatment. If you are allergic to the tattoo ink, you will probably be allergic to powder brows pigment, too. Also, the numbing cream or the pigment itself can get into a client’s bloodstream thus leading to allergic reactions.

Some pigments contain paraphenylenediamine (PPD), which is used in the hair dye and some people are allergic to it. Luckily, there is a wide range of pigments, so you need to warn your artist about the allergies and make sure they don’t use pigments with PPD.

If you are not sure whether you are allergic to certain pigments or not, the best thing to do is to test the area you want to cover. There are patch tests that are recommended for people who are not sure if they are allergic to a pigment or not. Besides doing the patch test, you can also pay a visit to an allergist, in order to make sure that the powder brows treatment is safe for you.

It is also vital not to apply any cosmetic products or make-up right after the treatment, i.e. before the healing period is finished, because that can lead to an allergic reaction as well.


How Much Do Powder Brows Cost?

The prices for the powder brow procedure vary from artist to artist or city to city. Make sure to check the approximate price of a procedure in your area, and see what is included in the price. The first touch-up appointment is most often included in the price, but this has to be double checked. The average price ranges from $550 to $600.

Visit Powder Brows Cost page for fuller understanding of treatment’s price and factors that affect it.


Powder Brows are a popular form of permanent makeup for a reason. The treatment has a lot of advantages, such as saving you the time you spend on doing your eyebrows every morning.

Trendy and no-maintenance brows are what you get as a result. Also, the feeling of getting back the confidence that was once broken by dissatisfaction with the bad brows situation, is priceless.

Make sure to get well informed before taking the decision which salon to choose and don’t be cheap, cause it can cost you more in the end!

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