FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN OMBRÉ POWDER BROWS VS. MICROBLADING?
Ombré Powder Brows (also known as Powder Brows/Microshading) is the newest and one of the most advanced machine techniques in semi-permanent eyebrow tattooing. The technique is described by its name, with powdery soft results finished with a faded front and a crisp tail, resembling the look of makeup. Ombré is great for all skin types, but especially those with previous semi-permanent makeup, and oily, mature, and acne prone skin.
Microblading has a hyper-realistic eyebrow look achieved by manual hairlike strokes cut into the skin. This technique creates a natural result, giving brows a fuller appearance, however, this technique is best suited for normal to dry skin types with minimal appearance of pores.
Semi-permanent eyebrow tattooing is often a two step process, which includes an initial insertion of pigment, followed by a touch-up 6-10 weeks later. Sometimes a third or fourth session is necessary depending on your skin type or not following through on aftercare instructions.
Results vary based on lifestyle, health, skin type.
Results should evaluated after the touch-up application is completed.
Microblading is not recommended for mature clients or those with large pores or oily skin.
WHAT IS A SEMI-PERMANENT TATTOO VS. REGULAR TATTOO?
The purpose of semi-permanent makeup tattooing is to enhance the natural features of a client. Permanent makeup is softer and more subtle – it is meant to be a natural-looking enhancement. Traditional body tattoos use ink while cosmetic tattoo procedures involve pigments. These pigments are designed to gently fade over time. Fading is desired as it allows the artist to make changes to color and shape over the years as client’s natural coloring and facial changes occur.
DOES IT HURT?
Most of our clients will agree that the procedure is tolerable with a pain level of 4-5 (0-none, 10-worst). We use a highly-effective topical anesthetic gel containing lidocaine for numbing before and during your procedure. As a needle or blade is used in the application, a certain level of discomfort is to be expected. But the pain level is similar to that of laser hair removal, or teeth cleaning. Pain threshold levels vary from person to person and every effort is made to ensure you remain comfortable for the entirety of the procedure.
PLEASE NOTE: Having this service performed during your menstrual cycle may increase discomfort during your procedure. If you are a frequent smoker, the topical anesthetics used during the treatment will not last as long. If you have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, be aware that this may affect your sensitivity tolerance to the procedure.
WHAT DO OMBRÉ BROWS LOOK LIKE?
Ombré powder brows are soft and light in the front and gradually get darker towards the tails. The intensity of the ombré effect is contingent on how much existing brow hair there is, thus results vary per person.
If you have darker hairs or patches in the front of your brows, you will likely need more a fuller powder-filled brow style so your natural brow hairs blend seamlessly.
HOW LONG DO OMBRÉ BROW LAST?
Ombré Brow can last for 1-3 years. A touch up is required 6-10 weeks after the initial appointment. Clients that choose a soft ombré application, light color shade or did not follow the after care instructions may require more touch up appointments.
Factors that will cause your semi-permanent brow tattoo to fade faster include: tanning bed/sun exposure, exfoliating, oily skin, profuse sweating (e.g. hot yoga 5x/week), medical conditions. We recommend a yearly "color boost" touch-up to maintain the procedure’s color integrity.
WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW BEFORE MY APPOINTMENT?
Do not drink alcohol or caffeine 24 hours prior to your procedure. Do not drink alcohol in excess after your procedure as it will slow down your healing process.
Do not take an Aspirin or Ibuprofen, Niacin, Vitamin E, B6, Omega 3, Gingko Biloba, St. Johns Wort, evening primrose one prior to your procedure, unless medically necessary. You may resume immediately after the procedure, but these will thin the blood and compromise pigment retention in your skin.
Bring any photos of the look that you want to achieve.
Avoid booking during your menstrual cycle as it can increase pain sensitivity.
Do not wax, tan or tint the eyebrow area 3 days before your appointment.
No anti-aging treatments such as microdermabrasion, retinol, chemical peels, laser, facials 2 weeks before your appointment.
No facial injections one month prior to procedure.
On the day of your appointment avoid caffeine/exercise and wash your hair prior to since hot showers are not recommended.
CAN I WEAR MAKEUP AFTER MY PROCEDURE?
The tattooed area is a healing wound, so proper aftercare is critical. Therefore, absolutely no brow makeup is allowed. You can still wear foundation and powder, but they should not be applied to close to your brow area. Do not tint your lashes or brows and avoid any products that contain active skincare ingredients, Vitamin E or Aloe Vera. If you’re unsure, it’s always best to defer to your brow artist.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO HEAL & HOW DO I CARE FOR MY BROWS AFTER?
The immediate healing process takes about 7-10 days, however, the brow area takes 3-4 weeks for your new eyebrow tattoo to shed completely and the pigment to surface to its true color.
Proper aftercare is an extremely important aspect of the long term success, effectiveness, health, and overall satisfaction with your new ombré powder brow tattoo. You must follow the below instructions in order to achieve the best possible results from your procedure:
Skin sensitivity, redness and swelling is to be expected for up to 2 days after the procedure and will go away with proper aftercare
Before every ointment application, take a dry, clean Q-tip and wipe off any existing ointment on your brows, Dampen another Q-tip and with water and gently wipe clean. Pat dry with a tissue and reapply the ointment.
Do not exfoliate or use a washcloth/wipe on the brow.
Do not pick, itch, or scratch the tattoo as it can remove pigment. A cold compress may be used to relieve discomfort
Avoid hot tubs, steam rooms, pools, long hot showers, sweaty exercise for one week.
Avoid direct sunlight and tanning beds for 2 weeks.
Avoid putting makeup on the area for the first week.
Avoid facials for 4-6 weeks.
Do not use any anti-aging products on or around the brow area.
Alcohol consumption in excess can slow down healing.
While your skin begins to shed, your brow tattoo may appear to be extremely faint. Don't worry, the pigment will resurface when your skin is completely healed in 3-4 weeks.
HOW DO I MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?
In order to begin the process of scheduling your appointment, our artists first set up a 10 minute call with each of our clients to discuss brow goals, appointment preparation, the procedure itself and aftercare steps.
Unlike a hair color or a spray tan appointment, getting a semi-permanent makeup procedure requires a commitment of preparation and aftercare for best results. We realize this procedure is an investment, so it is extremely important to us that our clients are fully informed, confident and at ease going into their appointment.
Please give us a call at 646.480.9814 or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to begin the process!
I’VE HAD PREVIOUS EYEBROW TATTOOING, AM I GOOD CANDIDATE FOR OMBRÉ POWDER BROWS?
All clients with previous microblading or brow tattoo work from another studio must first send a photo of your makeup-free brows to email@example.com prior to booking an appointment. This is a case by case basis, and while we hope you a good candidate for our ombré powder brow procedure, we need to make sure by analyzing a photo of your bare brows.