What Are Ombre Powder Brows?

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Once known as a gradient brow, the ombre powder eyebrow technique has evolved significantly thanks to innovations by some of the world’s top permanent makeup masters.

The word ombre means “having tones of color that shade into each other, graduating from light to dark”. A permanent makeup ombre powder brow is truly a work of art. They may be bold and dramatic, soft and elegant, or both. A set of ombre brows complements one’s eyes beautifully, and will not wipe off after a hard workout!

To achieve this look with traditional cosmetics is time consuming and tricky. What if you could have your ombre brows skilfully tattooed so that you can dispense with this daily chore? You can wake up each morning and enjoy a second latté without any more fuss with eyebrow makeup. 

An ombre brow typically involves a very soft and airy brow front, gradually building in chromaticity along the length of the brow and finishing off with a crisp, distinct arch, base, and tail. The resulting look is precise and flawless. Up close, the pixelated areas of the brow really do look like specks of soft talc. Ombre brows look best in a thicker eyebrow so as to achieve the perfect balance of intensity to softness. They are long lasting, and remain impeccable for at least 2 years with proper care. Color boosts are always recommended.

Ombre powder brows are suitable for all skin types and colors, making them the perfect choice for even the most sensitive skinned clients. They are completely customizable and designed to amplify the client’s finest features. While many clients go with rather defined edges, some prefer a more delicate silhouette.

A permanent makeup ombre powder brow is accomplished with a tattoo machine. Sometimes an artist will carefully layer two or three shades to achieve the ombre effect, though it is not uncommon for only one colour to be used, with the artist applying various shading methods. Ombre brows require extensive artist training and experience. Because the pigment is finely dispersed along the brow to create a radiant finish that endures, the client is comfortable during the entire treatment. The tattoo needle dances the needle over the skin back and forth, progressively building color to the desired saturation.

These are most decidedly not your grandmother’s eyebrows. They are stylish, sophisticated while equally soft and natural.