Ombré hair color became the rage several years ago, but few people know that ombré isn’t just for hair, but also for eyebrows. Ombré powder brows are a great way to add depth and dimension to your brow game and naturally complement your hair color, skin tone, and eyelashes. The differences of powder brows vs. microblading are subtle as far as appearance, but the technique is different. Since the technique is very complex, it is important to assess the quality and experience of salons when searching “ombré powder brows near me” so that you are only getting the results that you truly desire.
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What are ombre brows?
Ombre brows are like hair color ombré- it provides a subtle color transition from dark to light, starting dark at the arch and fading to a lighter color further away from the arch. Ombre brows look can also be created with individual brows. This is a great option for clients with lighter hair color and fairer skin. In this technique, the tails of the brows are created darker and gradually fade to a lighter shade at the start of the brow hair.
Many clients (especially those with dark blonde or light brown hair) may find that their hair color subtly changes with the seasons (getting lighter in the summer and darker in the winter). Since most people want their eyebrows to complement their hair color, this gradual ombre technique allows the brows to match a variety of shades of hair colors- think of ombre brows for lighter hair like black or nude shoes that can be worn with a variety of outfits.
Ombré brows shading is formally defined as a semi-permanent eyebrow styling technique that uses a small machine to place extremely thin dots of pigment into the skin, creating a soft-shaded brow pencil look. This is similar to the technique used in traditional microblading (differences will be discussed later).
Like microblading, ombré powder brows take approximately two to three hours. The technician will typically apply a topical anesthetic before shading. While the anesthetic kicks in (about 20 to 40 minutes), your technician will draw a frame around your brows to map out where to add the pigment and which color will go where. This allows you to confirm that the brow shape and color are indeed what you want before the pigment is applied to the skin.
Benefits of Ombre Brows
The main benefit of ombré powder brows is that ombré adds depth and dimension. The ombré technique makes the arch part of the brow appear darker and bolder, adding emphasis to the most vital part of the brow that defines the shape above the eye. This means that ombré powder brows make brows appear thicker and more defined while still matching the client’s natural color. The other key benefit is that ombré powder brows can be customized to a client’s preferred color and the client does not need to commit to one color. Powder brows are a great option for those with lighter hair or fairer skin. It is an excellent solution for those who are missing natural eyebrow hair or their natural eyebrows are very sparse.
Powder brows give a “softer” look than microblading, which is more harsh and defined. While many clients want a more dramatic look, microblading does not work well with all skin types and eyebrow goals.
In addition to being great for clients with oily skin, powder brows are great for clients with mature, thinner skin. Mature clients may find the microblading technique too abrasive for their thinner skin and may find the microblading approach too dramatic for the look that they are trying to achieve.
Additionally, while ombre powder brows are a lighter natural look that many clients prefer for everyday wear, you can use brow pencil over them once they have healed if you want a more dramatic look for special occasions.
Ombre Powder Brows vs Microblading
The main difference is that unlike traditional microblading, multiple colors are used to create an ideal color match- much like a hair stylist mixes customized colors for his or her client. While both techniques [microblading and ombré shading] are semi-permanent makeup and use the same type of superficial ink, microblading involves the use of short hair-like strokes. Ombré brows, on the other hand, are a series of many fine dots that vary in concentration, giving the look of a powdered, softer, brow.
Ombre Powder Brows and Microblading Combination
It is possible to combine the two techniques, adding both lines and dots to create a custom look. A skilled technician will be able to seamlessly combine the two techniques to create a look that works with your existing brows. For combination brows, your technician will use a combination of strokes to define the overall brow shape and create the base of the natural brow hair. They will then supplement this by adding in soft powder shading throughout the rest of the body of the brow, filling in gaps and adding shading. This technique giv es the brow a full, multidimensional look with a solid shape foundation.
It is a better option than microblading for those who suffer from oily or sensitive skin, unlike microblading, which can be harsher on the skin.
When searching “ombre powder brows near me,” it is important to look at the salon or technician’s previous work. The brows should be natural and blend with a client’s skin tone, hair color, and lashes. You should consult with your technician to define your color goals and assess whether powder brows are a good fit for you. It would be helpful to bring pictures of your desired brows to your consultation so that your technician can clearly see your goals.
Ombre powder brows, like microblading, are often done in conjunction with other services such as waxing, brow shaping, and/or eyelash extensions. At Lash Pilot, our technicians are here to help you find a customized lash and brow game that works for you. Contact us today to learn more and visit our Instagram to see examples of our previous work.