Ombre Powder Brows – a newer and more advanced technique was developed in Asia. It’s also known as powder, mist, micro shading, ombre shading, or stardust brows.
Ombre Powder Brows differs from traditional tattooing in that it is surface work—meaning, the application is done on the epidermis layer of the skin.
The technique is described by its name, with results being powdery with a faded front and a crisp tail, resembling the look of makeup. In only the last 3-4 years, ombre powder brows have started to gain world traction, often converting people with prior microblading work and for good reasons.
1. LESS INVASIVE: Ombre powder brows are achieved using a small machine, which disperses extremely fine dots of pigments even into and across the skin in an airbrush or shading technique. Microblading uses a hand-tool that creates incisions or small cuts into the skin. Over time, repeated incisions into the same spots will cause trauma to the skin more quickly.
2. LESS PAIN & BLEEDING: Ombre powder brows are less painful due to the airbrush-like technique we apply, which creates less trauma to the skin vs. the blading technique of microblading. The latter also creates cuts into the skin, thus more bleeding is involved. With ombre powder brows, minimal to zero blood surfaces during the procedure. Some of our clients say that getting ombre powder brows is a similar sensation to an electric toothbrush pressed against the skin or rapid tweezing; some discomfort is to be expected as a needle is utilized.
3. LASTS LONGER: Results do vary based on lifestyle, skin type, health, preferences, etc., but a single ombre powder brows session, using high-quality pigments, can last on average 2-3 years. Microblading, on the other hand, has a high likelihood of healing blotchy, spotty, or with blurred strokes, thus requiring more frequent touch-ups, generating more long-term wear and tear on the skin, eventually maxing out the skin’s lifetime capacity quickly. Like any injury to the skin, the body repairs the wounded area by building collagen fibers, creating a scar. Both treatments will eventually dull out the skin in this way permanently, so choosing the right method to save your skin integrity is critical.
4. GREAT FOR ALL SKIN TYPES: Ombre powder brows are great for any skin type, unlike microblading, which is not suitable for those with oily skin. Microblading on oily skin requires several touch-ups, which causes more trauma to the skin.
5. STILL LOOKS NATURAL: While ombre powder brows have a more “filled-in” look, the healed results appear like softly shaded brow pencil or powder. Immediately after the treatment, ombre powder brows can appear more saturated and bold, however, brows will fade 20-30%, leaving a very soft finish and shape that will allow our clients to quickly groom their brows going forward.