Ombre Powder Brow Procedure

Everything You Need To Know About Preparing For Your Ombre Powder Brow Procedure

When we think about getting ombre powder brows done, often our mind first goes to the aftercare. How do we take care of ombre powder brows? What can we expect afterward and how do I do the aftercare? 

Our clients can be nervous sometimes, and we need to reassure them that even though the process takes about 14 days to heal, that the end result is worth it. The ending results will be dependent on their aftercare, however, we can’t forget about the preparation. 

In many cases, the preparation is actually just as important as the aftercare. We want our clients to have the best chances at an easy ombre powder brow procedure.

In this article, we will be discussing all of the steps to take to prepare your clients for their Ombre Powder Brow procedure. If all these steps are followed, your client will have the best canvas for their procedure.

Before Getting Ombre Powder Brows

Think about an artist painting a picture on a canvas. They will get all of their PMU supplies ready - brushes, paints, water, etc. They have all the tools in place to start their painting. 

They also prime their canvas - usually with a white primer all over the canvas. Sometimes you will see different primer colours being used, but nonetheless, the canvas is primed. 

This is what we want our clients to be - a primed canvas. While we have all the tools in place: the certifications, and the hands-on experience, it is equally important to be using these tools on the best canvas possible. 

If your client is asking about what to do before they come in for their ombre powder brows, you need to be able to tell them the proper before-care instructions. When you give them the best chance of being a beautifully primed canvas, then this will make your job easier.

How should you prepare for Ombre Powder Brows?

There are several things you need to do before going in for your ombre powder brows. All of these steps should be implemented 1-3 weeks before the actual appointment happens. Some of the steps are longer than others but we will go over that here.

The point of before-care is to make sure the skin is in the best state possible for applying ombre powder brows. You don’t want your skin irritated and inflamed. 

You also don’t want to be consuming anything that will naturally thin your blood - which may come as a surprise but many products do this!

Things to avoid consuming before your ombre powder brow procedure:

Do not take any Advil or Ibuprofen before your appointment. It may be tempting to take this for pain relief and to help with inflammation, but both of these over-the-counter drugs naturally thin your blood. 

While they are safe to take after the procedure, it needs to be avoided beforehand to ensure there is no additional bleeding. 

You will also not want to consume any alcohol 1-2 days before getting your ombre powder brows. This also applies to any other kind of tattoo that you get. Alcohol thins your blood, so if you consume it 24-48 hours before your procedure you are likely to bleed more. When you bleed more during a tattoo, your skin can become even more inflamed, and the pigment is less likely to deposit into the skin.

Make sure you are looking at the vitamins and minerals that you take as well. Some popular supplements to take are fish oils and vitamin E. Fish oils can help with brain function, reduce anxiety, and help dry skin. Vitamin E is also great for the skin and can be taken either orally or applied topically. You will want to avoid taking these supplements for at least a week before coming in for your ombre powder brows. The reason you want to avoid taking them is that they are altering your skin, even though they help repair it. We don’t want the skin to be compromised in any way.

Another natural blood thinner is caffeine. You will want to avoid grabbing Starbucks or Tim Hortons before coming into your appointment. Remember many teas and sodas also contain caffeine, so you will also want to avoid these beverages. 

It is best to stick with water the day of your tattoo and also make sure you have something to eat. Coming in on an empty stomach can not only make you feel unwell during the appointment, but it can make you lightheaded as well. We want you hydrated and fed with at least a light snack before you come in for your procedure!

What NOT to do before your ombre powder brow tattoo:

There are still some more steps you will want to take to make sure that your canvas is well-prepped for this tattoo. 

You want to avoid any irritation around your brow area. There are several common things that we do on a weekly, monthly, or sometimes daily basis that need to be avoided. 

You will want to stop getting botox at least 3-4 weeks before you get your ombre powder brow tattoos. Botox is injected with a needle into the areas around the brow which can cause inflammation. The area around where you get botox becomes very tight - if we were to apply a tattoo over top of that area it would cause too much inflammation.

You also do not want to get any facials 2-3 weeks before getting ombre powder brows. Many facials compromise the outer layer of the skin - exfoliating any dead skin cells away. While this helps to rejuvenate the skin, it is also compromised. During this more delicate state, you do not want to be applying a tattoo and causing an injury to the skin. 

Do not tan for about 2 weeks before the procedure and avoid getting a sunburn. When you have a sunburn, your skin is essentially injured. We cannot apply a tattoo onto the skin that is already injured as it will be very painful and your skin is already compromised. 

You will also want to avoid doing anything to your eyebrows at least one week before your ombre powder brows. This includes waxing, threading, plucking, tinting, and laser treatments. Anything that will remove hairs from your eyebrow area you will want to avoid. You also want to avoid tinting because often your eyebrows are cleaned up and plucked when you get them tinted, and the dyes from tinting can sometimes irritate the skin. We want to avoid irritation to the skin around the eyebrows as much as possible!

What To Do When You Go In For Your Appointment

You will want to follow the steps above to ensure that you have the best canvas for your ombre powder brow artist. Some artists will want you to come in with makeup on - or at least your eyebrows. When you come into the business with your eyebrows on, they can see how you typically draw on your eyebrows.

While your artist will map them out and shape them specifically for your face shape, it can be helpful to see how you normally shape them yourself as well. 

If you artist wants you to come in with a clean face, make sure you have a picture on your phone that you can show them of your makeup done. 

Remember, your artist will have to remove the makeup on and around your eyebrows - this includes your eyelid and forehead makeup. 

How long does ombre brows take?

After this preparation, it is time to actually get your ombre powder brows applied! A common question we get is how long does the actual procedure take? 

Usually, you will be in the business for a total of 2 hours. This will include the time to map out your eyebrows, using a numbing cream to numb the area, clean the area, and then apply the tattoo. 


Here is a quick recap to remember all of the steps you need to take before you get your ombre powder brows tattooed:

  • Do not take Advil, ibuprofen, or any other over-the-counter pain relief medication for the appointment.
  • Do not consume alcohol 1-2 days prior to your appointment.
  • Do not take vitamin E or fish oil supplements at least a week before your appointment.
  • Do not consume any caffeine the day of your appointment - this includes teas and sodas.
  • Do not get botox for 3-4 weeks before your appointment.
  • Do not get any facials or exfoliating treatments at least 2-3 weeks before your appointment.
  • Do not go tanning or get a sunburn at least 2 weeks before your appointment.
  • Do not get any other treatments done to your eyebrows. This includes waxing, plucking, threading, lasering, and tinting.

Remember to stay hydrated and drink enough water the day of your ombre powder brows, and also make sure to at least have a snack before your appointment. You don’t want to come in on an empty stomach, especially when the whole process takes about 2 hours.

If you do all of these steps prior to getting your ombre powder brows, it will ensure you are the best canvas possible for your artist! By preparing the area to be the best canvas possible, will help you have a better recovery as well. 

To learn more about aftercare for ombre powder brows, check out our post here!

To learn the difference between microblading and ombre powder brows and why we recommend ombre powder brows, check out our post here!

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