Powder Brows: Everything You Need to Know

Eyebrows are an integral part of makeup. You can style your eyebrows differently to enhance beauty, from using eye pencils to draw and imitate brow hairs to more permanent eye makeup options. 

One such permanent eye makeup option is microblading. However, not everyone loves the microblading effect, which is also unsuitable for all skin types. Some people prefer wearing brow powder to pencil strokes.

Fortunately, there are different methods of permanent makeup (PMU) for eyebrows, and one of these methods is Powder brows.

What Are Powder Brows?

Powder brows
Powder brows by Idil Jolie

It is also referred to as Shaded brows or Powder brows tattoo. It is a semi-permanent makeup technique that enhances the eyebrow. 

It involves the insertion of pigments into the upper layer of the skin with a tattoo machine using the pixelization or dotting technique, which gives a misty, powdery eyebrow effect. 

This procedure is a two-step process involving the initial insertion of pigments and the touch-up; this happens 6 – 8 weeks after the initial procedure.

Though powder brows and microblading have similar procedures, the techniques are also different. Powder brows fulfill your wish for a fuller eyebrow, giving it a well-tailored arch shape that fits well with your facial features and enhances your natural beauty.

Powder Brows Treatment For Beginners

Ombre Powder Brows before and after
Ombre Powder Brows by Ann La Croes

If you are a beginner, you should know what to expect if you opt for powder brows to prepare you for the process better.

It’s important to know that you shouldn’t expect to walk into the salon and waltz out within 30 minutes with glamour-worthy powder brows.

The whole treatment process should last about 2 hours. How experienced your PMU artist is, determines how long it takes to complete the process.

Starting the powder brow process has various steps, which are:

STEP 1: Counsel and Cleaning

First off, have a little discussion with your PMU artist about your preferred look. To make it easy you can come with your regular brow makeup, so your artist can have an idea of what you want. After that, the artist cleans the brow area thoroughly.

STEP 2: Numbing 

The brow area is covered with topical anesthetic, it is left on for almost 20 minutes to work into the skin, to lessen the discomfort.

STEP 3: Select a Pigment

Here, you decide with your artist the color of eyebrow you want based on your hair and skin color. 

STEP 4: Measuring and Mapping

Your eyebrows area is measured, considering your facial features, face shape, and symmetry. The artist draws the outline shape; once you like it, the application begins.

STEP 5: Needling process

This involves creating fine dots with a specialized machine and covering them with pigments. At this stage, if the client feels any pain, the artist quickly adds another layer of numbing cream to reduce or stop the pain. 

STEP 6: Applying Pigment

At this stage, a final layer of pigment is added, and then the eyebrow area is cleaned.

STEP 7: Touch up

Once your powder brow gets healed, book a session with your artist to fill the space where the pigment is lacking or where it has not healed properly.

Is Powder Brows for Everybody?

Some PMU methods won’t give long-lasting, satisfactory results to people with oily skin. A powder brow procedure is the best option for such people.

Most people qualify for this procedure, though there are restrictions concerning medical conditions. Certain existing health conditions exclude you from getting powder brows. 

If you fall in any of these categories, remember that this procedure is not safe for you.

  • If you have diabetes (except with a doctor’s approval).
  • If you are undergoing chemotherapy.
  • If you have any bleeding disorder.
  • For those who recently had Botox injections or fillers in the area (wait for two weeks before you get your Powder brows treatment).
  • If you recently tanned your skin.
  • People with skin irritations like Psoriasis or Rosacea near the threatened area.
  • If you have a viral disease or infection.

As much as these health issues restrain some people from undergoing this procedure, some people can undergo the Powder brows procedure despite having certain health issues, but this can only happen with their doctor’s approval. 

This includes:

People with epilepsy

People with an Organ transplant

People with major heart problems

People with uncontrolled high blood pressure

People with diabetes

Advantages of Powder Brows

Choosing Powder brows has many advantages because it uses the traditional tattooing method, which makes them last longer.

It’s a procedure that works for all skin types, including oily skin, which is a problem for microblading. After 16 – 18 months, most clients go for a color boost.

Eyebrows look well-defined and dramatic, and the effect is similar to wearing eyebrow powder. 

Powder brows can save you makeup time by giving you perfect-looking eyebrows.

How to Choose the Right PMU Artist

Your result depends on how skillful and experienced your artist is, and their price varies. Prices for this procedure vary from artist to artist, from salon to salon, and artists with higher prices are more sure about skill and experience.

An artist can make or mar your look; you must make your findings before undergoing the procedure. Try to get Powder brows before and after healing pictures of the artist.

Read reviews, and get pictures of healed Powder brows because what you see after the treatment is not a realistic idea of the final look. 

More importantly, recommendations and word of mouth are always the best options when choosing a good artist. So ask your girlfriends. 

Powder Brows AfterCare

After the treatment, it is normal to experience swelling and soreness, which will diminish within a few days, so there is no need to worry. 

However, you must know things to make the most of this procedure. You must know these things about the Powder brow aftercare process:

  • Don’t rub, peel, or scratch the healing skin.
  •  Allow it to heal on its own so you won’t damage your skin or the desired result.
  • Make your hands completely clean before touching the treated area to avoid infection caused by bacteria. The same goes for any surface that comes in contact with your brow. Ensure your pillowcase is clean.
  • Your artist will give you an ointment on the brow area; make sure you apply it three times a day. Always use a cotton swab, especially in the first three days after the procedure. 
  • Cleanse the treated area gently with mild antibacterial soap, don’t scrub it so it won’t affect the result.
  •  For rinsing, use lukewarm water and gently pat the area till it dries.
  • Always apply a light coat of ointment to the treated area before showering until the area is completely healed.
  • Avoid facials, makeup, sun exposure, sauna, swimming, Jacuzzi, or sweating until the area is completely healed.
  • Don’t use any anti-aging drugs.
  • To prevent future fading of pigment color, use sunblock after undergoing the procedure.
  • Continue with your regular activities once the peeling phase ends. 
  • The treated area becomes sensitive after the procedure and is prone to infections, so you are not allowed to wear makeup on the treated area.

During the healing process, your brow look will change, and in some stages, they won’t look their best. To help prepare for the Powder brows on the healing process mentally, check up on healing pictures that display what you expect.

We have given you the closure for Powder Brows just in case you consider this semi-permanent eye makeup procedure. If you’d still want to know which suits you better- Powder Brows or Microblading then you need to catch up on this article: Powder brows Vs. Microblading.

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