A wise actor once said never under estimate the power of a good brow.He was not wrong.
Eyebrows shape and frame our face Also known as powdered brows, Ombre brows are great for any skin type and we can create a variety of looks from soft shading to more dramatic brows.
What actually are Ombre brows?
The Ombre Brow is designed to create a natural and soft looking brow. Rather than using a block colour throughout the entire brow, the Ombre Brow technique uses a soft diluted colour at the front of the brow and then slowly increases the gradient to produce a darker colour at the tail of the brow. The result: a soft, misty and fluffy finish which compliments the natural shape and colour of the brow, giving it great depth and definition. The Ombre Brow technique will heal to reveal very natural results which last up to three years, providing aftercare is carried out correctly.
How is the procedure done?
It is similar to that of a tattoo in where we use a handheld machine to insert very little pixels into the skin to create our desired brow. The small pixels allow colour to gradually build up to reveal the ombre effect. It differs to that of a traditional tattoo as the pigment doesn't penetrate as deep into the skin. The treatment is a two-part procedure which means you must come back 6 weeks later to complete the treatment. When you arrive for your first appointment, you will be asked to complete an in depth consultation form. This must be read carefully, understood and filled out to the best of your knowledge. Then once this is done, you wll be taken over to do phase 1 of the treatment. This is the most important part of the procedure which is mapping. We will create essentially a 'map' of the best shape we can do so that when it comes to tattoo we create the perfect shape to tattoo over. The mapping part takes up to 1.5 hours as we will try our best to ensure the brows match evenly as possible and everything is spot on, This part is pain fee and no tattoo is done. We will mix a bespoke colour and only when we are happy with the brows and colour mixed, we will then take you over to the actual procedure of tattooing, which will take the remainder of the time, Aftercare will be given and explained to you and must be followed to ensure the best results and prevent any issues. We will also (if not already done) schedule your top up session. We ask that you schedule a brow shape appointment for up to 7 days prior to your appointment. We need as clean brows as possible in terms of stray hairs to help us create the perfect shape. Hairs can be a distracting factor when mapping.
Aything i need to know before app? as in do's and dont's?
arrive with make up on the brows
arrive with sun tan on the area or be sun burnt
have caffeine or alcohol on the day of the procedure
trim the brows before the appointment.
schedule a patch test, this must be carried out at least 48 hours before the procedure. At this appointment not only will we test patch you, but this is also an opportunity to find out if you are a suitable candidate, if we need medical consent before proceeding and also a chance for the technician to find out your expectations and concerns.
be prepared by reading this whole blog post if you can so you have a good idea of what your in for
trust the process, this is a journey.
feel free to have lamination or tinting done a couple of days or more before appointment as this can make beautiful results too.
Does it hurt?
Mostly no. We work on 'layers' on the skin. When we do the first layer at the start clients tend to feel nothing. Then once we reach the middle and front of the brow thats when cleints report a warm, scratchy feeling. The intensity of this differs to each person as things like pain tolerance, skin type, medications, lifestyle factors and more play a role in how intense the feelings are. One thing we would recommend though, is not to worry. We are trained to a high level and will carry out an in depth consultation to ensure nothing goes wrong and everything runs smoothly.
Is it safe and what are the risks?
Provided you go to a reputable technician who is educated properly it is safe. We recommend doing your research and be careful as there are many who are untrained or untrained to a suitable level. One thing to bear in mind is cost. The cost shouldn't be cheap. Paying a little bit more for a reputable, correctly qualified tech is worth it. The cheapest option isn't always the best option. Unfortunately, those who are not a good candidate for spmu brows are those who are pregnant, nursing, under 18 years old or have used Accutane or Retin-A in the past year or are currently using it. If you have used/are using Retin-A or Accuatane you must have stopped using it for one year to then become a candidate for spmu brows. This is where we need you to be honest with us at the consultation as we will not tattoo you if it is unsafe to do so. Your safety comes first and where needs to be, we will ask you to seek medical consent if required.
Is there any aftercare? if so, is it high maintenance?
Yes there will be aftercare and no it isn't high maintenance. Like most of our other treatments you will need to strictly follow the aftercare given to get the best heal and results. We have made a page on all aftercare here. Also, please note that if you have super oily/acne prone skin and pigment doesn't hold well you may need to attend a second top up.
What is the difference between this and microblading?
microblading is one of the other major SPMU techniques used in the beauty industry for brows. The main difference is that microblading use a blade instead of a machine to mimic hairstrokes. Here are the reasons we prefer spmu ombre tattooing brows over mircroblading:
Ombre brows last 3x longer than microblading
Ombre brows are less invasive and is reported to be less painful than microblading.
Microblading is not suitable for people with that of oily or combination brows whereas ombre can suit any. The reason being the pigment will not hold in the skin.
Tattooing isn't just ombre but you can get hair stroke method, ombre and combo of both! Currently we only offer ombre but will look into the hair stroke method later down the line. With microblading you can only get the hair stroke method.
This is not us saying we don't like microblading, no. But we just prefer tattooing as there's way more pro's. Truth be told, we were going to offer microblading before we found out about tattooing method but the pros of tattooing definitely outweighed microblading. We love how it doesn't exclude anyone and the possibilities are endless for us as we can create different techniques and even do smpu makeup techniques such as lip blush down the line if we wanted!
Living with ombre brows...
Once both sessions are completed and healed, it is super smooth sailing from here. You will now have beautiful brows for a couple of years! The thing to note is that, any maintenance such as shaping your brows will need to be maintained and tinting if your brows naturally grow a slight lighter shade. We do try to blend the tattoo with your hairs as possible but depending on if at the tattoo app you like them darker and we did the tattoo darker. but your brows grow in blonde that's an example of when tinting would need to be done. The great thing is you could definitely go longer between tint apps as you already have your tattoo there. Another example is if you like fluffy brows to blend in with your tattoo you can get lamination which could look so dreamy. If your unsure what will look best please bring this up at your consultation/patch test app so we can guide you on what we think will be best as it really depends on your natural brows, personal style and goal.
Please note that currently at this time we are new to the treatment (freshly qualified), so although all the information above is true, our actual experience in the actual service (tattooing itself) is new. We have done a fair amount of models with no issues other than minor improvements needing to be made but this is why the price is reflected on the experience and we have it at such a low price because over time as our experience grows so will our prices. By you agreeing at the intro price you are making allowances, appreciate we are learning, still growing and in turn the treatment timings to be longer. The treatment times are longer. We can proudly say that so far, every person we have done have been delighted with the results. But please do not book at this time if you are not comfortable and have super high expectations or standards., you can however, keep an eye out on our social media as we will be posting pictures of the people we have and will do and so as soon as your comfortable you can book. Because every client we do, we learn, get stronger, wiser and more experienced!