What are "Powder Brows"
While there are many different names for this method of cosmetic tattooing (ie: ombre brows, micro shading, etc) Powder is a method of machine tattooing techniques that can deliver a soft, powder-like shadowing effect to the brow, and can be customized to look as soft, or defined as the client prefers. It heals very similarly to a pencil or "eyeshadow powder" makeup look in the brow.
Microblading vs. Powder
Microblading is best suited for clients with sparse brows that wish for a low-maintenance look.
Process: Microblading is a form of cosmetic tattooing in which the artist manually inserts pigment into the upper layer o the skin with a blade to give the impression of hairlike strokes and definition.
Results: a soft, natural eyebrow that lasts about 6-18 months.
Powder is best suited for clients with problematic or oily skin OR those clients that desire a completely customizable brow look.
Process: this process is more gentle on the skin, and is a much more versatile option. The effect is a completely personalized brow look- the density level is up to the clients choosing.
Result: Longer-lasting, customizable brows. Powder brows typically lasts between 1-3 years.
Are you a good candidate
for Powder Brows?
- Must be 18 years or older
- Not on any blood thinning medications
- Must not be on medication for acne (Accutane). If you have previously taken Accutane, you must be off it for 12 months before you can receive this service.
- Cannot be pregnant or breastfeeding.
-Not suitable for individuals undergoing active chemotherapy.
-Not suitable if you’ve had Botox/filler in the brow area. We ask that clients wait 4 weeks after botox/filler before tattooing.
-Not suitable for individuals with auto-immune diseases.
-Not suitable for individuals prone to keloids, super thin skin, Rosacea or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation
DO NOT consume alcohol, caffeine, or take any blood thinners (aspirin, ibuprofen, Niacin 72 hours before your procedure, this will cause excess bleeding and may affect your results).
Stop using any skin thinning agents (vitamin A, glycolic acids, exfoliation) on the forehead 2 weeks prior to your appointment
Any waxing or brow shaping should be done at least 1 week before.
Cosmetic Botox or fillers should be done 2 weeks prior or 2 weeks after.
We will not be able to tattoo over any blemishes, sores, and moles in or around the brow area. If you, for example, get a pimple in your eyebrow the week of the procedure, please reschedule within 48 hours.
Absolutely no tanning, sun exposure 2 weeks prior to appointment (if you have been the slightest bit of sunburn, we will refuse service).
What to Expect
The first few days your brows will be very dark. After the first few days your brows will start looking flakey and you will start flaking off patches. THIS IS NORMAL. Your epidermis consists of 7 layers of dead skin cells. The tattoo is placed underneath that 7th layer, in the papillary layer (right underneath the beginning start to the dermis). Once your dark scab flakes off (which is the top couple of layers) it’s common for it to look as if your tattoo has disappeared. There are multiple layers of skin that still need to shed off over the course of 28days (a normal skin shed cycle).
DO NOT expect your brow tattoo to heal perfectly after the first session. This is a 2 step, sometimes multiple step process, it takes time. After 4 weeks you should be able to see what your brows look like post-first session. By the 8th week, you’ll get a touch up anywhere it is needed, whether it be another pass of overall color, or just certain areas that heal lighter.
After care is crucial. It is very important to follow these instructions for the full, 10-day healing period to ensure proper healing and color retention. Keep in mind, results will vary for all individuals, and we cannot guarantee your results.
DO NOT get brows wet for 48 hours
After the 48-hour dry heal period, use Dial antibacterial soap with lukewarm water to gently clean your brow tattoo twice per day to keep the brow tattoo clean. DO NOT use side to side motions when cleaning your brows, TAP soap in, rinse, pat dry gently with a paper towel. It is important to NOT prematurely pick or flake off any of your scabs (as it can take pigment with it).
Apply a light layer of aftercare ointment twice a day for 7-10 days. DO NOT use cotton, as it could pull scabs prematurely.
No sweating for 7-10 days (this includes time spent outside, in the sun and working out).
The FIRST TOUCH UP or Second Session is done within 6-8 weeks of your initial appointment and is used to perfect the brows and add density if needed.
This is a process, and some clients may need multiple sessions to achieve their desired result, as some any have a harder time retaining pigment.
There is no guarantee of results as everyone’s results will vary due to skin type, lifestyle, and the initial 10-day care and long-term care of your brows.
Use at least SPF 50 to protect your brows, as sun exposure can cause fading and alter the color of your tattoo.
Do not use chemical exfoliants or lasers on the brow area, as this will cause the brows to fade faster and may change the color of the ink.
Maintenance is required to maintain desired results. As the tattoo fades, strokes may fade or become less defined. Powder brow touch ups are done anywhere from 12-24 months.