Wondering about the ombre powder brows, what they are, and how the healing process works?
In this article, we are sharing everything we know about it, plus we gathered a huge list of other questions that you might want to know so you can have all the info you need in one place.
What’s ombre powder brows?
Ombre powder brows are a type of semi-permanent makeup that is tattooed on your face. It will look as if you have normally done your eyebrows makeup but it’s semi-permanent.
They say you will achieve a natural look, but in my opinion, in a lot of cases, it doesn’t look very natural at least most cases I’ve seen out there were looking like makeup stamped on your face.
That’s why if you really want to go for it, do your very empirical research, because in my opinion, when it is not well done, it looks really fake.
But let’s assume you have found a great professional, and you are looking for a practical and relatively safe way to fill your eyebrows so they can look natural and get free from doing it every single time you want to put makeup on, then you got something.
How does the appointment work?
- Once you arrive on your appointment, the professional will take some time to examine and understand your brows, deciding on how they will proceed to mapping. For example, you might need just to fill bald spots, or you really need a brow reconstruction? The first few minutes will be dedicated to it.
- Once you have come to a conclusion on shaping, mapping, tracing, and all these details, they will apply a numbing product that will help you feel more comfortable (if that is possible at all haha) to get your tattoo done.
- Then you will wait until the numbing product works and they will start with your tattoo. That time varies from professional to professional, but on average, the entire procedure can easily take around 3 hours to be completed
Preparation: What to do before the treatment?
In order to grant the best results as possible, there will be a preparation you should take care of. We are gonna talk more about that on the Q&A section below but in a nutshell, here’s what to do:
- 3 days prior to the procedure: No hair removal (wax, tweeze, etc) at least
- 2 weeks prior to the procedure: Say to facial procedures such as botox, facial chemical peelings
- Say no to caffeine and alcohol for 48 hours prior the procedure
- Avoid doing it when you are on your period (because you might get more sensitive to “pain”, during this time
- Avoid thinning blood remedies at least 2 weeks prior the procedure
Ombre powder brows healing process and aftercare
The after care process can take 7 to 15 days but this will vary from person to person. It will depend on your organism, your skin type and other factors can be involved as well. So you need to observe how the healing will evolve.
Pretty much as Microblading, Ombre Powder Brows also demands you to follow an aftercare routine, in order to give you the best final results, preventing loss of pigmentation.
I am sure you can always check in with your aestheticist, that will be able to follow individually how you feel, but you will also notice for example that itching is gone, there is no more redness, and no scabbing, you are pretty much healed.
Right after your section, your brows will be very vivid, but they will fade in the next few weeks, as part of the healing process.
The after care in details
Day 1, 2 e 3: To clean your eyebrows, rinse them with a gentle cleanser, recommended by the professional of your choice, twice a day. While doing it, be careful not to rub it, as any sort of friction will irritate your skin. Just pat the area and rinse very gently. Then apply a good ointment.
Day 4: From the fourth day, you can start applying a small amount of ointment on your brows in the morning, in the afternoon and at night, until your brows are completely healed.
Note that you will probably experience peeling, in the first 7-10 days and it’s ok. Be patient, because this is a very normal thing to happen and never try to remove it yourself, to avoid pigmentation problems.
What you should not do
There are a few things you should pay attention and avoid doing during the ombre powder healing process. Always be very gentle during the entire process and here’s a list of what you should avoid during this period:
- Don’t apply any extra product, different from ointment during the healing process. Wait until you are fully healed to apply something else
- Remember not to touch your eyebrows to avoid contamination and infections
- Don’t sleep on your belly, or by your side during this period. Sleep just by your back
- Be careful with water: Be careful while showering. Just wash your body and not keep your head away, lol I know you can manage that!
- No exercising for 10 to 15 days
- Avoid sweating in the first week
- Wait at least two weeks to get exposed to sun and tanning
- Once you get your ombre brows done, wait 6 weeks to do your first facial
- No makeup up for about 10 days
- Avoid touching your brows in the first 10 to 15 days
- Avoid sunlight and tanning beds for 2 weeks
- Avoid hot tubs, sauna, pools and the sea during the entire healing process.
What to do once your brows are healed?
Once your ombre brows are healed, there are still a couple of things you should do to keep them pretty nice. Here’s some takes:
- Use sunscreen in the area every day
- If you have the habit to do facials, always tell the beautician about your ombre brow procedure
- Avoid harsh facial products onto the area
What factors can affect your healing process?
As you know, the healing process may vary from person to person. Factors like skin type, age, diet, if you smoke or not, physical activities, may define not only how long your ombre powder brows will heal, but also how long it will last.
Ombre powder brows healing and stages Day by Day
The healing stage can last about 7 to 15 days, it will depend on your skin type, life style, or organism and medicaments you are taking. It is good to remember to avoid sweating (do your best).
Never touch it during the entire healing period, no peeling and no water on it (use as minimal water as possible just for the cleansing).
Day 1: Brows will be very vivid. It doesn’t hurt that much because they will apply a numbing cream so you might feel pretty much as if it is scratching or so. It’s not the best feeling in the world, but it won’t bother you that much for sure. Second time might feel less uncomfortable.
As I said brows will be quite vivid and you might even feel as if it’s too much (you know…that impact when you see in the mirror). But it will get better, no worries.
Day 2: You might feel it a little stinging but you will be fine. At this point, your brows might look even darker, and you will start noticing a little bit of redness around your brows, and the eyebrow colors will tend to be kinda reddish.
Day 3: You will start to see it scabbing a little, a slightly less red than the day before. A little side note here, there are some professionals that actually recommend you to apply a very thin layer of vitamin E.
However some other professionals tell you to wait at least 10 days to apply something like that. Make sure to ask your beauty center, just to double check what your aestheticist will recommend to you.
Day 4: You notice more scabies on your eyebrows, and it might get shiny due to the product you use on it, but it is not fading just yet. Your brows will probably start to be itchy and scratchy at this point, but take a few deep breaths and keep your hands out of it!!!!!!!! Doesn’t matter what you do, just don’t scratch it, for goodness sake! Haaha
Day 5: Now you are almost regretting you did that, because on day 5 it will be really scratchy and itchy and it will start looking cracked, and close to pilling your skin, but it is not that bad, as people will notice only if they get really close to you.
Day 6: On this day it will look a little drier. Apart from itchy, it will look patchy and you will see the skin pilling. Resist the temptation to pill it off.
Day 7: Today the eyebrows will look very patchy and start to fade away. Actually for some people it will look quite faded. But things will start to get better soon.
Day 8: The color will fade about 10% and you will start to finally feel better about how your eyebrows are looking. The peeling has stopped and no more cracking appearance, and you will start to look more natural.
Day 9: You will feel the relief, because tomorrow is going to be the last day. Also, on day 9 it looks way better and more natural. All scabby and peeling is gone and it starts to make more sense from now on.
Day 10 or 11 : Phew! Last day! Congrats you did it and you should feel the relief. But you still need to keep the guards up, because it is possible that there’s still some healing going on, so still good to be careful. There is no more peeling or scabbing and it will look totally sinked in and a much more normal look.
The Ombre Powder Brows Touch Up
Even though you should always have the final verdict from your esthetical cliniq, It is pretty normal to wait about 5 weeks until you have your touch up.
Your second touch up is normally quick and less painful than the first one, but the aftercare healing process is pretty much the same as you did after your first section.
Ombre powder brows vs microblading: What is the Difference?
Even though they are both semi permanent forms of makeup, they have very different final results.
Microblading is made with a pen that contains ultra fine needles. Using this pen, the professional traces realistic looking hair strokes, which in my opinion gives a more natural look than the ombre powder brows.
The ombre powder brows method uses a toll that will insert dots instead of drawing hair strokes on your eyebrows that will make it look bigger as if you have used makeup powder.
Which one should you choose?
Now that you know the main difference between these two eyebrow techniques, you might be wondering which one you should pick, right?
Well they are both great techniques, but if you ask me which one I think is more beautiful, I’d say the microblading. However, there are some situations that the ombre powder brows will work best.
As for example, microblading can be really interesting for those looking for an ultra natural looking, but maybe you have oily skin or another skin condition that won’t allow you to go for it. Ombre powder brows on the other hand, will work really well on all skin types including oily skin.
Then another question to ask is if you need just small adjustments on your eyebrows. If this is your case, let’s say you want to just fill some bald areas, or do other minor adjustments, I believe that ombre powder brows would be a better option for you.
Another thing to think about is the powder brows will leave your brows more defined, but it will look like an enhanced makeup, like the normal eyebrow makeup routine, if this is what you are looking for, go ahead.
But you know, all of this is just general assumptions. The most important is that you never do anything without looking for personal, individual tet a tet professional advice.
Ombre powder brows vs microblading Healing Process
Both techniques have very similar healing processes (I have written an article talking about the microblade healing process as well, so go take a look to understand a little more how it works).
Which one takes longer?
Even though both techniques have similar healing stages and healing processes, and both take 6 weeks for a second touch up appointment, in general, ombre brows take longer to fade than microblading.
Best products to have Before and after getting your ombre brows done
Cleansing the day before your appointment
You should use very gentle facial cleansers, something like CeraVe and Cetaphil the day before your appointment, as many dermatologists would recommend, and most people use it for this type of beauty procedure. Use something very gentle and antibactericida.
I have written an article comparing CeraVe Vs Cetaphil, where I also include vegan and cruelty free alternatives for these products, because as they are tested on animals, I think there might be many people who would love to find a cruelty-free alternative such as Vanicream Gentle Facial Cream or the No B.S. Foaming Cleanser.
If you have oily skin, it would be nice to prepare your skin before your appointment by washing your face with an oil free, such as the neutrogena oil free face wash.
Still the day before, are the same day but before your appointment you can also wash your face with a deodorant soap bar.
What to use during the healing process
Cleansing of the area
As you will need to wash your eyebrows twice a day, once again choose an extremely gentle facial soap, something that is easy to apply as well such as a facial foaming cleanser. You can use a fragrance free, oil free, paraben free and something as natural as possible.
As I said, you can go for CeraVe or Cetaphil, but if you are looking for a cruelty free, vegan option, the No B.S. Foaming Cleanser can be a good solution.
I think a foaming cleanser would be a great option because it is easy to apply and will dissolve easily. Much better than a creamy lotion which would require you to rub a lot in order to take all the soap away.
Keeping your skin hydrated during the healing process
For the healing process, less is more. It is generally indicated to apply only healing ointment such as Aquaphor 3 times a day (morning, evening and afternoon). Depending on how your eyebrows are responding, you might opt to apply it only once a day as well.
I have heard many girls saying the applied vitamin E instead, which will work fine as well, but I would still stick with healing ointment.
Top healing ointments
Healing Ointments are advanced creams for very sensitive situations where skin bypass traumas such as tattoos, irritations, dryness, scabbing, itchiness, burns cuts, and things like that.
Here we are listing the top 2 rated healing ointment so you can take a look and compare how they may work for you:
1. Aquaphor Healing Ointment
The Aquaphor Healing Ointment can be used on your brows but it also has many different uses. Can be used as a lip moisturizer, hand and foot cream, minor wound care and will be really effective on treating your ombre powder brows aftercare
As it nourishes your skin and creates a protective barrier that allows oxygen flow which will enhance the healing process.It is fragrance free, preservative free, and very suitable for the most sensitive skin.
2. CeraVe Healing Ointment
CeraVe Healing Ointment can also be used not only on your ombre powder brows but also in many other areas. This is a skin protectant that contains three essential ceramides and hyaluronic acid for extra moisture, very indicated for those with dry skin.
Its formula is fragrance free, lanolin free and the texture is non greasy. Once you apply it, the cream will be quickly absorbed by your skin, and can also give you instant relief, if your skin gets dry, cracked and chafed.
2. Neosporin Original First Aid Antibiotic Ointment with Bacitracin
Another option for using during your ombre powder brows healing process, is the Neosporin Original First Aid Antibiotic Ointment with Bacitracin.
As the name already says it is antibactericida and is very used on the treatment of minor cuts, scrapes and burns and also in the case of ombre brows, where the skin gets irritated. It also counts with ingredients that will give you a 24 hours infection protection.
Products to use once your eyebrows are healed
Once your brows are healing, you know that you should include your browning to your skin care routine. I say this because many people just get worried with the facial skin in general, but for those with the ombre brows (pretty much as for the microbladed gal).
Moisturizers, Sunscreens and Brow conditioner Serum
As a rule of thumb, It is important to apply a nice and lightweight moisturizing onto the area, as well as sunscreens, preferably SPF 50+. But there are some other optional products you can also use, that will help you have better brows, like the next ones we are gonna talk about now.
If you don’t want to use a moisturizer, you can and should try an eyebrow conditioner serum, like the RevitaLash Cosmetics, RevitaBrow Advanced Eyebrow Conditioner Serum, that will condition and protect your eyebrows against breakage, giving shiny to it.
Brows Protection and Thickness
Products such as the Glossier Boy Brow for example, comes with a little bit of shade and will help your brows to stand out and look fuller. Plus these products will hydrate and help them look thicker at the same time.
The Glossier Boy Brow is a creamy wax that will not only keep your brows in place, but will also protect. You can have it clear (without shade) or you can choose between the shades blond, brown and black. It has an immediate thickening effect and counts with hydrating ingredients.
And for the best part, it is cruelty free!
Brow Volumizing Serum
The Vegabrow volumizing Serum is safe to be used every day and will help you achieve fuller brows. One thing I also like about it is that it’s vegan and cruelty free. Good for us and for the environment.
But what called my attention is that they are so confident you will get visible results in 30 day, that they offer a 30 day satisfaction policy. If you didn’t experience any results after that period, you can have your money back guaranteed.
Ombre powder brows Frequently Asked Questions ( FAQ / Q&A)
Here we have our FAQ / Q&A section. Hopefully you can find all your questions answered here, but if not, you can always leave your own queries on the comments section below!
Question 1: What are the Main Benefits of Ombre Powder Brows?
Answer: First, as it is a semi-permanent makeup (or a makeup tattoo), you will save tons of time doing your brows makeup every day, because this is just more practical. Also, when done by a good professional, it can look natural and will give another light to your face.
Apart from that, there still a few aspects that your should have in mind that makes ombre powder brows a procedure to be considered:
- It works well for any skin types: Other procedures like microblading for example, might not perform so well for the oily skin folks out there. With ombre powder brows, it can be oily skin friendly as well
- The results will be a full and defined eyebrows (but make sure you really trust the professional, otherwise it might look really fake)
- They can last up to 5 years
Question 2: Does ombre powder brows hurt?
Answer: Many people reported that it doesn’t really hurt that much. You will use a numbing cream or gel before and even though this is not the best sensation in the world, you will be able to go through the entire process, pretty fine.
Question 3: How long do ombre powder brows last?
Answer: It lasts longer than microblading. Some professionals have said it lasts 5 years, other ones say it may last 2 to 3 years. But this will depend on lifestyle, skin type, for example, it might last less for oily skin.
Question 4: How much does ombre powder brows cost?
Answer: The cost of the ombre powder brow procedure will depend on the area/country you live but in the USA, the cost ranges between $500 and $1000 dollars.
Question 5: Are ombre powder brows permanent? Do they fade?
Answer: Ombre powder brows are not permanente and will fade over time. Depending on your lifestyle, skin type and how you take care of your brows it can take one to three years to fade.
Question 6: Can I do microblading and ombre powder brows together?
Answer: Yes you can opt to do both microblading and ombre powder brows together. That way, bloth techniques can complement each other. It is called combination brows, where the designer can trace some strokes around the edges and powered shading is added to fill the eyebrows, giving you a more natural looking.
Question 7: Who can do ombre powder brows? Is there any restriction on who can do it?
Answer: Basically Ombre powder brows can be performed on any skin type. So if you have oily skin, you should not worry, because it will be suitable for you. Also those with dark eyebrow shade will be able to benefit from it.
However, there are still a few considerations to be made here on who can do it, because some people might present restrictions to the method. Having this in mind, the person should not do it if he/she is under certain treatments as for example:
- Cancer treatment
- Bleeding disorders
- Skin irritations
- a major heart problem
- Special medical conditions
Question 8: What are the pros and cons?
Answer: Many of you must be interested in knowing beforehand the pros and cons of performing the ombre powder brows technique on your brows. Having this in mind, I have selected a few positive and let’s say not so positive aspects about this semi permanent brow tattoo.
Ombre powder brows Pros:
- I think the reason you think about getting a semi permanent tattoo done, is because you want a more natural looking eyebrows, more beautiful and you don’t want to spend tons of time on it.
The first benefits you get from these types of procedures are exactly that you will get your dreamed fuller eyebrows and you will have it there ready to go when you wake up, or go to the beach or dance in the rain.
- Apart from that, you might experience a significant boost on your self esteem as your facial features are enhanced. You will look more vivid, more awake, more beautiful.
- If done with the right professional, It will look way more natural than everyday makeup, which will also boost your self stem.
- You won’t need to use brow makeup anymore
- It offers long lasting results: Because this micropigmentation delivers the pigment deeper on skin. It can last from 1 to 3 years (even though I have heard some professionals saying it can last up to 5 years).
- It is suitable to all skin types, including oily skin and hyper pigmented brows
Ombre powder brows Cons
- As any tattoo it might hurt a little (Even though many people have reported that it doesn’t really hurt, it feels more like an uncomfortable sensation. It will all depend on how your skin will react to it)
- Of course I’m gonna include the healing process in this list, right? Depending on how your organism reacts, the healing process might take 7 to 15 days, in which it will scratch, itchy, scab, crack, and you will have to keep on hiding from the sun, manage to stay the entire healing process without touching your skin. Also say no to sun exposure, no pools no sports, sleep on your back on the first day. The good news is that you’ll have amazing brows after all, when the healing process is done.
Question 9: What about the side effects?
Answer: The side effects are the ones that we have already mentioned during the healing process. Also, if you don’t choose the right professional, it can look really fake, no good, so be sure you know very well the portfolio of your desired professional.
Take a look at the ombre powder brows healing process section upward in this article for more details, but
Here’s a quick recap of what will happen during the healing process:
- Eyebrows get itchy
- After 2 to 3 day it will scab and crack
- You will not be allowed to sweet and exercise for 2 weeks (more or less)
- You won’t be allowed to splash water onto the area
Question 10: Can it be done in all skin types?
Answer: Yes, it is indicated to all skin types, even if you have oily skin, you will be able to benefit from the ombre powder brows technique. Also if you have very dark eyebrows, it will be possible to go ahead with this semi permanent tattoo.
Question 11: Is it possible to have allergy to ombre powder brows?
Answer: Yes. Be aware if you have allergies to tattoo ink, you will be allergic to this procedure. If you know that you have really sensitive skin, it is always indicated to consult a dermatologist for a final verdict.
Question 12: Is there a risk of infections?
Answer: Pretty much as a tattoo, there is still a risk to contract infections. The best way to prevent it, is to choose the right professional that uses sterilized equipment, otherwise risks of infections are high.
Not ready yet? Here’s How To Fake Ombre Powder Brows with makeup
If you think ombre powder brows are cool, but you still didn’t get that courage to do just yet, or maybe this semi permanent tattoo thing is not really meant for you…you know, you might fear the healing process, or for whatever reason, we’ve got ya covered.
Keep calm, and take your notes because heere you have a super quick step by step guide, where we are gonna share our FAKE ombre brows powder, that actually won’t look fake at all.
Step 1: Take the excess out
The first step is to tweeze your brows. One tip is to apply a hot compress onto your eyebrows so you can open your pores. That way will be a little bit better to pluck away the excess out with a tweezer, and remember to pluck in the direction of hair growth.
Step 2: A dual-ended eyebrow pencil or a spooley brush
Use the spooley brush to align your brows and brush them to the shape that you prefer, that works best for your face.
Step 3: Outline and fill your brows with a brow pencil
Start tracing the brow shape that suits you best. Once you are happy, use the same brow pencil to gently fill the gaps where need to be filled.
Step 4: Enhance your brows
To finalize, use something like the Benefit 3D Browtones Subtle Brow Enhancing. It comes with a spooley, is water resistant and lasts for about 12 hours.
Another alternative: Use a temporary brow tattoo
If you wish to have your brows tattooed temporarily, you can use the Maybelline New York Brow Tattoo that will last for 3 days. Once you apply this tattoo, you can use a clear lash and brow gel so everything will be in place.
Here’s how to apply it:
- Make sure your eyebrows are really clean to get started with your temporary eye tattooing process. Use a gentle wash for that, so your skin will not dry out and loose natural moisture
- Be careful and decide what shape will suit your needs. Apply a thick layer of the product and leave it sitting there for at least 20 minutes, if you are in a hurry. If not, the brand recommends to let it sit for 2 hours for best results
- After that peel off and pat a cotton but to set things in, and you are done!
That’s it guys hope it was helpful and that you could take some good information out of this article. If you have any questions, please leave it in the comments below. Also, I would like to invite you to connect with me on instagram! @patriciarios.insta
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