Tired of waxing, drawing and filling your brows?!
Do you hate trying to create even brows, not getting it quite right, only to spend extra time trying over and over? Looking for beautiful makeup soft brows but want to ditch your daily brow gel/pencil/powder combo? At Soft Touch Studio, we know that the struggle is REAL, and we are here to help! Wake up with the look you want every day with powder brows.
What is Powder Brows?
Powder brows are a semi-permanent procedure that provides the perfect shape for your face, and your ideal brow look all at once. Also known as “ombré brows,” this technique creates the illusion of a soft natural eyebrow by shading the tail of the brow darker, which gradually fades lighter at the start of the brow. This technique gives the brows more depth and definition, an effect which is similar to highlighting using shadows and brow pencils.
Despite the name, powder brows do not actually use any powder. In fact, the look of powder brows is achieved by applying a creamy pigment into the skin using a motorized pen-like tool. Hundreds of tiny dots of pigment are inserted just below the top-most layers of the skin, going over the area a few times in order to build up the colour intensity of the brows where necessary. This creates a very subtle look that works for everyone!
How long do Powder Brows Last
Powder brows are a semi-permanent makeup procedure. Just like all other semi-permanent procedures, powder brows will eventually fade over time. On the upside, powder brows do last a significant amount of time before fading – typically, they last anywhere from two to five years. The longevity of your powder brows is dependent on a variety of factors such as skin type, skincare regiment, environment, lifestyle and sun exposure. To keep your brows looking fresh, a touch-up treatment is often recommended between the two and three-year mark after your initial procedure.
Who is the ideal Candidate for Powder Brows?
The beauty of powder brows is that they work for any skin type! Clients with oily skin or mature skin often are not ideal for microblading, but they are ideal candidates for powder brows. Additionally, clients who have very thin to little eyebrow hair, unbalance hair in their brows or have experienced hair loss benefit greatly from powder brows. Finally, powder brows are an excellent option for clients who would like to cover up old microblading work. Powder brows create a very subtle makeup soft brow look; contact us at Soft Touch Studio for a free consultation!
How are Powder Brows Different from MicroBlading?
Microblading and powder brows are similar in that they are both semi-permanent cosmetic tattooing procedures; however, the process and results differ. Firstly, microblading uses a hand-held manual tool that allows for more precision to create hair-like strokes into the skin’s epidermal layer. Microblading is not recommended for clients with oily or mature skin. By contrast, powder brows use a motorized tool to create a shaded ombré look instead of individual hair strokes. As a result, powder brows are generally less invasive than microblading due to a machined-tool over a manual tool. Powder brows are best for clients with oily or mature skin, but overall, it works for all skin types. Whether its microbladed or powdered brows, our experts at Soft Touch Studio are trained in the art of skillfully creating the perfect brow look for you!
One is good, but two is better! If you find yourself unable to decide between soft-shaded ombré brows or a microbladed approach featuring hair-like strokes, the good news is that you can have both! Hybrid brows are an advanced technique that requires our experts’ artistic touch and experienced eye at Soft Touch Studio. Hybrid brows are created by microblading hair-like strokes around the edges of the brow to create the illusion of more texture before powdered shading is added to the brow’s body. This creates a very natural full look which is popular with clients of all skin types.
Do Powder Brows Hurt?
Powder brows are less invasive than microblading and therefore are less painful than microblading. In fact, some clients take a little brow-nap when getting powder brows! Many clients liken the feeling of powder brows to rapid tweezing. The airbrush-like technique in powder brows creates less trauma to the skin, so there is minimal to zero blood during the procedure. If you are a client with sensitive skin or one who is unsure regarding their pain tolerance and is looking to decide between powder brows or microblading, a powder brow or hybrid brow approach may be best for you.
Powder Brows Healing and Aftercare
It is normal to experience minimal swelling and tenderness in the area after your procedure. Depending on your skin type and thickness, this will subside within 24 hours, but clients should note not touching or picking at the area. Clients should also not get the area wet for 48 hours after their procedure. In the two weeks following your procedure, your brows will look darker than you may have initially expected and begin to scab slightly – this is all a part of the healing process! After about a month, you are asked to come in for a touch-up session (cost included in the initial price of the procedure) and voilà, your powder brows will be ready to hit the town!
Aftercare for your powder brows includes using a mild cleanser for washing your face (all-natural cleaners are ideal!), do not apply any creams, serums or oils to your brow area, do not tweeze or pluck your brows until they are fully healed, no pool or sauna visitations until brows are fully healed to avoid any infection.
What to Avoid Before Your Appointment
For your safety and the best results possible during your procedure, please ensure that you meet the following requirements:
- No chemical peels one month before or after the procedure
- No Botox treatments one month before or after the procedure
- No Retinols/Retin-A or other anti-ageing/acne creams, or serums containing acids
- No heavy sweating or exercise on the day of and 48 hours following the procedure
- No tanning or sunburn two weeks before the procedure. Minimal exposure to the sun for two weeks following the procedure
- Stop taking blood-thinning medication, Advil, aspirin, niacin, vitamin E, fish oil, and ibuprofen 48 hours before the procedure
- No alcohol or caffeine 24 hours before the procedure
Due to the nature of cosmetic tattooing, powder brows is not recommended for those with the following:
- Conjunctivitis/Corneal infection/Keratitis/Endophthalmitis/Blepharitis/Cataracts
- Eczema / Dermatitis / Psoriasis / Rosacea / Shingles/Skin Rashes around the eye area
- History of frequent eye infections (must obtain medical consent)
- Taking acne medication such as Acutane (must wait one year before treatment; please consult regarding the type of acne medication used if unsure)
- Tanned or sunburned skin (must not tan two weeks before or after the treatment)
- Use any eyelash growth serum (skin will be hypersensitive, discontinue use two months before the procedure)
- Pregnant or nursing
- Prone to keloids or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation
- Diabetes (without medical approval)
- Chemotherapy (without medical approval)
- Ocular Herpes
Failure to disclose any skin/medical conditions or medication may result in a poor outcome. Further touch-ups to improve the results will be at an additional cost, or treatment may be declined. Please contact us here with any questions regarding pre-existing conditions that may affect your candidacy as a powder brow client.