Powder Eyebrow or the Ombre Effect – is a type of permanent makeup technique that gives dimension by creating a megapixel like effect that inserts pigment into the upper layers of skin in the eyebrows it is often the recommended treatment for people with oily skin and/or anyone who prefers a more fashionable powder eyebrow makeup effect. This differs from Microblading in that we create a soft misty, powder filled look in the eyebrows as opposed to simulated hair. The Ombre method involves the application of thousands of tiny little dots of pigment, inserted into the skin, gradually building up a color and a defined shape, the tails of the brow are darker and fade into a lighter, softer tone as it move towards the beginning of your brows begin.
At iBrow Studio this technique is also performed manually (not with a tattoo machine) using special ultra-thin needle that only touches the top layer of the skin. The effect is waterproof, smudge-proof and completely realistic. It lasts longer than Microblading, typically around 2 years on average, depending on the client's skin type, lifestyle and various other factors. Over time, your pigment fades leaving the skin and your natural brows behind. This technique is gives a fashionable makeup effect in the eyebrows and can also be performed over old permanent makeup eyebrows.
Who is a good candidate?
The simple answer is, anyone that wants to have full, beautiful brows all day, every day! That would include busy parents or business people who don’t have much time to apply brow make up, active people who don’t want to worry about sweating off makeup while working out or swimming, or any person who struggles with getting that perfect shape that the celebrities and YouTube makeup artists always seem to have. Other clients include those suffering from scarring, Trichotillomania, Alopecia and Cancer, or other diseases and disorders that have led to natural hair loss. Let iBrow Studio do all the work for you!
Who is NOT a good candidate?
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Are you certified and licensed to operate?
Yes! iBrow Studio is a licensed business and all working artists are certified permanent makeup artists. All artists completed a hands-on apprenticeship and received certification from permanent makeup artists and training academies. All artists have received extensive training and certification in Blood Borne Pathogens as deemed necessary for tattoo artists by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. It’s crucial that you choose not only a certified Microblading artist, but also a licensed one to ensure your health is protected!
Do I need to shave my hair?
No! We will shape your eyebrows as needed with threading and/or tweezing and choose a color pigment that blends seamlessly with your natural brows.
How are Microblading, Shading and Ombre Powder Brows different than a traditional eyebrow tattoo?
The most common type of traditional eyebrow tattoos involves the use of a lot of pigment and a block style brow, which leaves the client with a dark outlined eyebrow and no depth. These often fade to really unflattering colors. iBrow Studio services leave the client with natural looking eyebrows that look real! Careful selection of pigment is chosen to give depth and shape so that the natural brow hairs and permanent makeup blend seamlessly.
Does it hurt?
Every client is different and pain tolerance varies by client. Most clients describe the pain level as minimal and find tweezing and threading more uncomfortable. At iBrow Studio, we use the best topical lidocaine cream available to minimize discomfort during your micro-pigmentation service. That being said, this is a still classified as a tattoo. You will feel some discomfort. Based on experience, we would describe the feeling a slight burning, astringent like sensation. Very tolerable and worth it!
How long does it take?
The process takes approximately two hours from the moment you walk in the door to completion of your beautiful new brows. The first hour or so is spent designing your new brows and numbing the area. There is no downtime! Occasionally, some clients will have some slight redness and swelling around the area which is very normal and will subside within a couple of hours. Most clients go on about their normal day when they leave their appointment.
What is the healing process?
Some swelling and tenderness after the procedure is normal and may last a day or so, depending on the client. Your new brows will appear DARKER, WIDER, AND SHARPER than the way they will when healed. This is especially true for days 2-5. This is harder for some clients than others. Clients who rarely wear makeup may find that they don't like how their brows look on these days because they are too intense. That's normal!! The pigment is sitting on top of the skin and has not yet settled into your face. As your skin heals over the tattoo, your brows with lighten and soften. This process takes about 7 days or so on average. It’s important to follow all after care instructions and to attend the required follow up appointment to make the finishing touches to your new brows! Your healing is only about 50% in our control. Once you leave it's up to you to be diligent about following the instructions you're given to get the best result! And no matter how great they look, it's important to come for your touch up appointment to get the final result.
How long does it last?
This will vary by client. If aftercare instructions are followed diligently, your new brows will last approximately 18 months before they're mostly faded. For some people, their brows will last even longer. Certain factors such as sun exposure, getting chemical peels, oily skin type, etc. will affect whether your brows will last on the higher or lower end of the expected 12-18 months. Also, some clients really prefer a fresh, bright look. Most clients opt to come in for Color Boosts every 6-12 months instead of waiting for their brows to completely fade.
Will it look natural?
Absolutely! The technique used at iBrow Studio creates realistic, simulated hair strokes and/or powder fill that looks just like a real eyebrow! It’s important you choose the right artist that can give you this realistic 3D look. Your brows can be as big and bold or as soft and subtle as you like!
Are there some clients who cannot retain the pigment?
Yes, this does happen. Some people have highly effective immune systems that reject the pigment, and some just have highly effect skin healing. It's very rare, but it's important that all clients understand this is a possibility and in most cases, there is no way for us to know if this will take place prior to the work being done. Occasionally, I will recommend a third appointment to further touch the brows up if the client is not retaining some pigment after the first touch up, however anything beyond that would likely be too much for the skin and the client would likely not be a candidate for further permanent makeup.
Should I wear makeup to my appointment?
Ideally yes. We would like to see how you look normally to help design your brows. It's helpful to see how you wear your makeup and hair, and what style of dress you choose. Also, we like to see how you do your brows and what color you use, if you're used to filling them in on a regular basis.