A semi-permanent makeup technique for those who prefer a fuller result than microblading. Suitable for all skin types, including oily skin which can be problematic for microblading. The aim of this technique is to create a soft powder/ombré effect.

What are powder/ombré brows?
The aim of this technique is to create soft and natural looking brows by using a soft diluted colour at the front of the brows and then slowly increasing the saturation towards the tail of the brows creating an powdery ombré effect. The aim of this result is to create a soft fluffy finish which compliments the shape and colour of the natural eyebrows.
How is it done?
This technique is created with a tattoo machine similarly to a traditional tattoo, however pixelated dots are tattooed into the epidermis to create a semi permanent powdery effect. These small dots allow colour to gradually build up to reveal a more natural looking result.
This technique can typically last anywhere from 1 to 5 years. The retention will depend on a number of factors, such as lifestyle, skin type, sun exposure, health conditions, medications etc. A colour boost is recommended every 12-18 months.
Who is a good candidate for this technique?
Unlike microblading, this technique is great for any skin type. Those with oily skin or larger pores can benefit from this technique.
Can microblading be combined with powder/ombré?
Microblading can be combined with soft shading (powder/ombré) to create the ultimate brow treatment, best known as a combination brow! Hair strokes are microbladed into the fronts of the brows using a small hand held tool, whilst shading is applied to the body and ends of the brows by using a machine to create a soft powdery effect. A combination of the two techniques offer long lasting results and is a technique that is suitable for all skin types. Combination brows can look very natural or can mimic a makeup look.
Pain & discomfort
Pain is relative, however the procedure itself shouldn’t be painful. During the procedure, an ointment can be applied to help minimise pain and discomfort.
Will I need a patch test?
Yes. All clients will be required to complete a patch test at least 48 hours before their treatment.
Will I need a top up?
Yes absolutely! The treatment is conducted in two parts, the initial treatment and the top up. Without the top up the area may appear patchy and unfinished. The 4-8 week top up is included in the initial treatment price. Top ups outside of this timeframe are chargeable. The top up cannot be performed earlier than 4 weeks after the initial treatment as we need to wait for the area to fully heal before making any adjustments. Some individuals may require further top ups due to lifestyle, skin type, poor aftercare and other factors. We are not responsible for poor pigment retention or poor aftercare and these actions will result in needing further top ups. Additional top ups are not included in the price of the treatment and are chargeable.
What are the risks?
If you find a highly skilled and knowledgeable practitioner who is aware of your skin type and medical history, then having any type of semi-permanent makeup treatment should be a safe process. You should always do your research and choose the right practitioner for your needs.
There is no definitive answer as to whether we can offer a cover up as this is dependent on the shape, colour and positioning of the previous work. If you have badly-performed semi-permanent makeup, you may need to opt for a removal procedure first. Please contact us to arrange a consultation.
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