If you’ve had your Microblading/Ombré Brows or a Combination of the two for a long time now, your probably asking
Is It Time For A Touch Up?
How do I know it’s time for a touch up?
Color retention will vary for each individual and is impossible to give an exact timeline.
Ombré, Microshading and Microblading can last anywhere from 1-3years give or take. Skin type, age, skin care products, health conditions, metabolism, lifestyle and sun exposure are some of many factors. However, Annual Touch Ups are recommended depending on each individual’s needs.
If you have oily skin, larger pores, rosacea, expose yourself to sunlight often, diabetes, thyroid issues or get facials done regularly, these can all lighten the brows quicker than normal. You may want to get your brows touched up between 6-9 months to keep them looking fresh!
If you have dry to normal skin, then your permanent makeup should hold its color longer than someone with oily skin. This is because we all have natural oils. Excess oils may push out the pigment quicker, lightening the pigmented area, but it is at a much slower rate with drier skin.
It is important to keep in mind that the pigment is going to gradually fade over time and it is natural for them to lighten in some areas more than others. The eyebrow area is unique in its position and is always exposed.
Fun fact: the “tails” tend to hold pigment longer as there is little movement in that part of the brow. The front part tends to drop pigment and fade faster due to high level of movement by the brow muscle.
You will want to allow your brows to fade at least 50%-70% before a touch up to avoid over saturating your brows with pigment and getting a harsh “tattooed” look. Over Saturation means there is no room in the skin to add more pigment. When the pigment is way too saturated, the ability to make any difference is little to none.
If you find yourself wanting to fill in your brows with a brow pencil overtime, that is totally ok and highly recommended but does not necessarily mean that you are ready for your annual touchup. Applying a little makeup until your brows have faded is better for you by allowing them to fade to avoid undergoing unnecessary trauma to the skin with each visit.
Color Correction VS Touchup
A touch-up is a simple procedure when the color is faded but maintains the tone and the shape requires no modification. In those cases, this will allow me to go over with the color initially used.
Since the pigment used in permanent cosmetics fades over time as a natural process, in many cases a touchup means “a color correction”.
Most tattooing pigments are formulated with a brown or black pigment. All of these pigments have varying degrees of blue in them, and blue is the last color to fade out. When the upper colors such as reds and yellows fade, the last remaining tone is blue/gray.
Adding an orange based modifier is necessary to correct this occurrence, although it is not fool proof – even with a modifier it can happen, which is why touchups are important.
If you see that your brows have a reddish, bluish, grayish, or violet under tone, this would be considered a color correction as I would not be able to simply apply the initial color used on top. That would result in the same outcome. For this reason, I must neutralize the color before applying the desired color.
What does “neutralize the color” mean?
In the permanent make up industry, we are educated in color theory. Think of when you mix two colors like blue and orange they make brown. When neutralizing a color, it means to add the opposite complementary color to bring back the desired brown color tone before applying the color initially used. This is done in one session with the same aftercare instructions.
For example: If brows are red I would use a green pigment to bring back the desired brown tones
- Green pigment:-is best for neutralizing red or orange tones.
- Orange pigment: This is best for neutralizing a blue or gray color.
- Yellow pigment: This is best for neutralizing purple or a client that has multiple colors in their brows.
If you are unsure if you need a touch up or color correction, feel free to reach out to me or send a photo of your brows and I’d be happy to let you know if it’s time to freshen up your brows.