What is Powder Brows?
Powder Brows (similar to Ombré Brows) is a new popular semi-permanent makeup procedure that subtly fills in your eyebrows with pigment to create the appearance of fuller brows.
Powder Brows last for 1 to 3 years but results vary, depending on your skin type, lifestyle, and aftercare. Powder Brows is a 2-step procedure. In 6-8 weeks, a Powder Brow brightening touch-up is absolutely recommended after the initial appointment once the skin has healed to maintain the best results. During this touch-up session, the client will be able to add more shade and make it more intense (as the color might somewhat fade 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 a touch-up to fix it. If you want your powder brows to last longer, you should get a touch-up at least every 6 months.
Why Choose Powder Brows?
Unlike microblading, which is not recommended for oily skin because it might not last as long, Powder Brows* is a procedure that is great for any skin type. Your eyebrows will look fuller and more defined with Powder Brows treatment.
Even though the two procedures are somewhat 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 , which is the biggest difference between powder brows and microblading.
Microblading creates individual strokes that resemble the eyebrow hairs, while powder brows create tiny dots to achieve a misty, powder-filled brow. By doing so, the result resembles the look of makeup application that includes a shade underneath the hairs.
What is powder brows’ advantage over microblading is the fact that powder brows last a bit longer than microblading, which is typically around 18 months on average, without touch-ups.
The choice between microblading vs powder brows comes down to which style you prefer.
What Are the Pros of Powder Brows?
There are many advantages to choosing powder brows.
It uses a more traditional tattooing method, which means that the results last longer.
Moreover, this procedure works with all skin types, including oily skin which can be problematic for microblading. Most clients come back for color boosts after 6 – 12 months.
Finally, the eyebrow looks much more defined and dramatic than with the classic, microblading method. The results resemble the look of wearing eyebrow powder.
What lasts longer Microblading or Powder Brows?
On average, Microblading lasts up to one year, whereas Powder Brows last 1-3 years. Results vary based on skin type, skincare routine, lifestyle, and aftercare. Those with oily skin may find that Microblading fades much more quickly on them. Therefore, Powder Brow treatment is the #1 option for all skin types.
What Can cause Powered Brows to fade faster?
The life of powdered brows depends to a great extent on your actions. There are some important factors that can cause your powdered brows to fade faster and thus shorten their lifespan.
The most important factor is the sun ; tanning beds, sunbathing and sun exposure can cause your powder brows to fade a bit faster.
Exfoliating can also cause some of the color to come off or fade out.
Other factors include oily skin and different medical conditions.
You should also avoid certain skincare products that accelerate fading as long as you want to have your powder brows. If you notice your brows are fading, you can book a “color boost” touch-up appointment that will help you maintain the color.
When Should you get a Powder Brow Touch up?
The powder brow touch-up appointment cannot take place earlier than 4 weeks after your initial procedure. During this session, you will be able to add more shade and make it more intense (as it might somewhat fade 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 a touch-up to fix it. Other touch-ups are not as obligatory as the first one. However, if you want your powder brows to last longer, you should get one at least every 6 months.
Who Isn’t a Good Candidate for Permanent or Semi-Permanent makeup?
Most people can get microblading or powdered brows without any contraindications.
However, some pre-existing health conditions can make semi-permanent or permanent makeup treatments impossible, like poorely-controlled diabetes, active cancer, pregnancy, a history of keloids, or hypertrophic scarring.
Are There Any Side Effects of Powder Brows?
Your powder brow will look swollen and too dark at first, which is normal.
The pigment will gradually fade away and they will look like what you asked for after a couple of weeks. Also, they can be a little bit itchy at first, but you mustn’t scratch them.
Prepare for the powder brows scabbing process after the treatment, which might be a little bit annoying, especially since 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.
PREPARATION FOR POWDER BROWS TREATMENT
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 24 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.
What Should I Know About Powder Brows Aftercare?
If you want to make the most out of this procedure, you need to know some things about the powder ombre brows aftercare process:
- Your artist will probably give you an ointment to use on your brow area. Make sure to apply the ointment 3 times a day, or as often as your artist advises, and always use clean fingers or a cotton swab, especially in the first 3 days after the procedure.
- Never touch the treated area with your fingers unless they are completely clean. There might be bacteria that you don’t want to get on your eyebrow area.
- Always gently cleanse the treated area with 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 a shower, and continue with this until the area is completely healed. 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. Once you complete the peeling phase, you may proceed with your regular activities.
Is There Something to Avoid in the Aftercare Period?
Here are some additional aftercare tips you should follow:
- 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. Certain skincare products can accelerate the fading of permanent makeup.
- In order to prevent future fading of your pigment, use sunblock after the ombre powder brows procedure.
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 to 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 altogether for about two weeks.
How Long Does it Take for Your Powder Brows to Heal?
Powder brows healing takes about 1 month, but it’s important to point out that the healing process can be different for everyone due to many factors that affect the results:
- skin characteristics – if it’s oily, sun-damaged, thick or thin,
- skin’s personal pH balance,
- alcohol intake,
Make sure to see each of the powder brows healing stages through without picking your brows.
Powder Brows Healing Day by Day
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 for them to lighten. The first 7 to 10 days after the procedure are crucial to the success of the treatment.
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 are inevitable. Most clients report that during the healing of ombre powder brows scabbing is the most annoying phase.
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.
What Causes Powder Brows to Fade Prematurely?
Powdered brows have their lifespan, but certain factors can speed up their fading.
The main cause of premature fading is sunlight exposure and tanning beds. You should always try to keep your powder 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.
How Long Does Powder 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,
- attention the clients pays to them,
- amount of sun exposure,
- beauty habits such as facials or peels,
- the quality of the pigments used,
- sun exposure,
- the overall well-being of the client.
Considering all this, we can only give you a general window – ** 1 to 3 years.**
Are There Any Side Effects to the Powder Brows Treatment?
Powdered 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.
As the dotting motion breaks the skin surface, some scabbing, flaking, and dryness are 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.
Although it is rare, it is possible to be allergic to pigments, 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.