Ombre Brows Aftercare For Oily Skin (What to AVOID)

Ombre brows (or powder brows) are a good match for those with oily skin as the result is soft and less harsh than say microblading. In this article, I will teach you the best ombre brows aftercare routine for oily skin as well as things to avoid.

Ombre Brows Aftercare For Oily Skin

Main Takeaways


  • Wash brows in the morning and in the evening
  • Use sterile water or a gentle cleanser
  • Always dry your brows after cleaning
  • Use ointment recommended by brow artist


  • Don’t touch brows/peel scabs
  • Don’t go swimming
  • Don’t expose to the sun
  • Avoid sweating
  • Don’t sleep on your face
  • Don’t over-wash your brows

What Are Ombre Brows?

Ombre brows, also known as powder brows, are a semi-permanent makeup technique that fills in the eyebrows and makes them look fuller.

It is very similar to microblading, but there are some key differences as microblading uses a handheld tool, while ombre brows utilize a machine.

The machine deposits little dots of pigment into the skin of the eyebrow, giving it a powdered, ombre effect – hence the name.

This is done by saturating less pigment in the inner brow and gradually saturating more towards to tail of the eyebrow.

Most artists who use permanent makeup pigments use iron oxide-based pigments. However, many artists also carry non-iron oxide pigments for people who may have allergies.

One of the best things about ombre brows is how long they last.

For most people, they last up to 5 years on average compared to microblading which lasts up to 3 years.

However, it is still recommended that you go in 6 to 8 weeks after getting them initially done for a touch-up. This ensures their longevity and keeps them looking sharp and defined.

Also check out: How To Prepare For Ombre Brows

Ombre Brow Aftercare For Oily Skin – Do’s and Don’ts.

up close shot of woman's eye with perfect ombre powder brows

If you have oily skin and decide to get ombre brows, there are some precautions that you should take.

Of course, aftercare for all cosmetic procedures is necessary. But with oily skin, you want to be extra careful to make sure the eyebrows heal properly and still look as they were intended to.

Here’s what to do and not to do:

Wash Brows Every Morning And Night

One of the most important parts of the aftercare process is making sure you gently, but thoroughly, wash your brows every single morning and night.

This will get rid of the excess oil, build-up, and dead skin that will be present during the healing process.

Don’t overwash your brows however, twice a day is sufficient.

Your eyebrow artist will usually recommend you a cleanser to use. If not, ask them what you should get.

If possible, use the most gentle cleanser you can find and apply it with clean cotton pads.

You should also use sterile water and dry the area afterward making sure there is no soap left on the brows.

Apply An Ointment

After you finish washing your brows, you should apply an ointment over the top.

Most often, your eyebrow artist will give you one to use or recommend one to purchase.

Make sure you’re applying the ointment with a cotton swab to ensure no germs are being spread, making the brows more susceptible to infection.

Once the healing process is completely done, which typically lasts 7-10 days, stop using the ointment and let your skin breathe.

Don’t Touch Brows In First 24 Hours

In the first 24 hours after you get an ombre brow procedure done, it is imperative that you do not touch the brows whatsoever.

Even with clean hands, touching the brows with your fingertips can affect the final outcome.

You also want to avoid sleeping on your face or wearing any makeup until they are completely healed.

Don’t Work Out

When you work out, you tend to sweat excessively.

This produces even more oil on top of your already oily skin.

Sweat and oil will most likely interfere with the healing process of ombre brows, making them not as defined.

Don’t go swimming

Just like you shouldn’t overwash your brows, you should avoid swimming for at least a few weeks. Chlorine in swimming pools can interfere with the pigment which may make it fade or even turn it green. Similarly, you should avoid saunas or steam rooms as sweat or water will negatively impact the result of your ombre brows.

Don’t Sleep On your face

Sleeping on your face could cause your ombre brows to rub against the pillow and if you have oily skin, your brows may become irritated and could fade much faster.

If you normally sleep on your stomach, try placing a thick pillow against your front so that you discourage yourself from rolling on your stomach in your sleep.

Be patient

Ombre brows take several weeks to heal and although it may be tempting to use makeup, go swimming or go back to the gym, it would be a shame to ruin your new brows by doing so.

Instead, take brisk walks if you want to work out and use bold eye makeup to enhance your features. The wait is definitely worth it and if you don’t follow the aftercare advice properly, you’re brows are far more at risk of fading.

Are Ombre Brows Good For Oily Skin?

woman at a salon getting her powder brows done.

Ombre brows are perfectly suitable for oily skin, while typical microblading isn’t recommended. Microblading oily skin can make the pigment not show up and appear blurry. With ombre brows, you get a softer, powdered-in look that is much more natural and even lasts longer.

The main issue with oily skin is the healing process.

When the skin produces excess oil, it can interfere with the appearance of the brow as it begins to heal.

When oily skin is microbladed, the color tends to fade quickly, spread out over time, and become blurry.

With ombre brows, you get the same shape, pigment, and definition as you would getting microblading.

But its more natural application method is more suitable for oily skin, as it tends to heal better and stay for much longer.

Does Oily Skin Impact The Color Of Ombre Brows?

There are many factors that can impact the color of ombre brows, oily skin being one of them.

Due to the skin producing lots of oil and having large pores, the appearance of the brows is naturally more faded and blurred.

Though still better than microblading, people with oily skin may experience some color fading even with ombre brows.

However, it shouldn’t be too bad and it should fade gradually over time, not right away.

Other factors that impact the color of ombre brows are frequent smoking, having an iron deficiency, anemia, and chronic acne.

Also, the color of ombre brows may be affected if you have a skin disorder such as rosacea, dermatitis, or psoriasis.

How long do ombre brows take to heal?

Your powder brows will initially be a bit swollen after your treatment and they will also look very dark. Don’t worry, this is completely normal.

The pigment will slowly fade into a soft and smooth shading effect and the overall healing time is about 4-6 weeks.

Do Ombre Brows Hurt?

One of the main concerns people have about getting ombre brows is if it is going to hurt.

Since it is less invasive than microblading, a lot of people will say it hurts a bit less.

The pain levels differ from person to person, but the eyebrow artist will almost always offer a topical anesthetic to numb to pain and cause less discomfort.


To conclude, the best way to provide the best aftercare for ombre brows is to wash them twice a day using sterile water or a gentle cleanser. Also, keep your brows dry and avoid sweating and exposure to the sun as much as possible.

After the initial healing period of 4-6 weeks, you can begin to enjoy everyday activities again such as swimming and going to the gym.