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Chances are, you've already heard of microblading or microshading. Thanks to a booming interest in brows over the past decade and the damage many have done over-plucking in the '90s (you know who you are). The eyebrow-tattooing technique has grown in rapid popularity among anyone who loves a solid brow.

Microshading and Ombre Powder Brows are currently the most popular form of permanent makeup and are a specific technique for eyebrow tattooing (also my favorite technique!).

Be sure to check out our services page to check out all permanent brow services offered at OC Brow Lab! 

How does it all work?

All permanent brows including, microshading, ombre powder, and microblading are a cosmetic and permanent (with yearly touch-ups) makeup technique designed to create eyebrows with a "wake up and go" look, very similar to your own makeup. It takes the fuss out of getting ready!


Each brow tattoo technique gives a different final result using either a hair stroke nano blade technique or a shading technique using a permanent makeup device, similar to a tattoo machine to achieve a symmetrical and clean brow.

Is it painful?

The answer is, yes and no... While many steps including topical numbing and communication between you and your artist are taken to minimize pain. It is a facial tattoo that takes around 2-3 hours and everyone has a different pain tolerance. Some people take naps during brow sessions while others curl their toes, everyone is different with pain or discomfort. It all really depends on each person's threshold for pain, whether the client is on their menstrual cycle, whether they routinely or frequently use harsh chemicals for their skincare, etc. 

How permanent is permanent?!


Like any tattoo, your brows will fade over time. 
Every brand new set of brows require two sessions to be complete and achieve the desired look. The first session is the initial appointment and the second session is the free follow-up in 4 weeks.

Expect to return every 12 to 18 months for a touch-up. Exactly when to come back is up to you, the pigments are designed to slowly fade over time, so it’s a personal preference when to come in for maintenance once the color starts to lose concentration. Individuals with oily or large pores tend to lose pigment faster than those with combination to dry skin. Results may vary from person to person since everyone's skin is different.

Who should avoid permanent makeup?

Not everyone will be a good candidate for permanent cosmetics and that's okay! As a certified and licensed professional I can help you decide what procedure is best for you.

Below you'll find a non-comprehensive list of reasons to avoid microblading.

  • If you are under 18 years old, we will not perform microblading on you even with a consent form.​

  • If you are pregnant or nursing.

  • If you have skin conditions on or near eyebrows. This includes rashes, eczema, etc. Minor scars are ok, as microblading can successfully cover most scars.

  • If you have had JUVÉDERM® or other fillers are recently done in the area, you must wait at least 6 weeks and we may request a note from your doctor first. If you plan on getting fillers or JUVÉDERM® in the eyebrow area please get microblading done first.

  • If you are prone to post-inflammatory hypopigmentation or keloids.

  • Those with transmittable blood conditions like HIV or Hepatitis.

  • Those with hemophilia.

  • Those who are taking blood-thinning medicines.

  • Those with active skin cancer in the eyebrow area.

  • Those who have healing disorders.

  • Those who have uncontrolled high blood pressure or had mitral valve disorder.

  • Those on any skin medication like Accutane and/or steroids which thin and make the skin more sensitive, AHA’s or any OTC creams and lotions for exfoliating, anti-aging, tone correcting, and fading – these products may discolor your microbladed eyebrows. Please keep these away from the eyebrow area. Please wait 6 months after getting off any prescription medication for your skin before scheduling your appointment.

  •  If you are going through chemotherapy, we will request a doctor’s note before we can work with you to perform any of our microblading procedures.

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