Guide to ombré brows
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7 Step Guide to Semi-Permanent Ombré Brows with Perma Luxe

Our tried and tested Luxe guide to getting semi-permanent ombré brows at Perma Luxe, a newly-opened beauty studio in Gateshead…

Caroline Dask

Journalist at Luxe


While each of us is beautiful in our own unique ways, I know I’m not the only one who has stared at a mirror for longer than necessary, examining every flaw we think we might have.

Mine? It has to be my eyebrows. Because of their natural, quite straight shape, I found that they often made me look quite sad and, I’m sure, I was not the only one who thought that.

I didn’t think they matched my personality and after learning more about semi-permanent make-up, specifically – ombré brows, I was interested to see if anything could be done to help boost my confidence when it came to my brows.

After speaking to Caroline Shiels, founder of Perma Luxe beauty studio in Gateshead, and expressing my concerns, she assures me that there is hope and I jump at the opportunity to try this beauty procedure. And this good news is why there’s an extra spring in my step as I’m heading towards Caroline’s studio.

Step 1: Patch Test

My journey to perfect brows began a couple of weeks ago, when I met Caroline to speak about her Perma Luxe business. After I share that I have very sensitive skin, Caroline ensures that before my appointment, we’ll do a patch test, where a small amount of product is applied to my skin to make sure there’s no allergic reaction.

This precautionary measure only underscores Caroline’s commitment to her clients’ safety and ensures I’m in good hands. After a couple of days pass and I don’t see any redness around the area, this gives me peace of mind before my big eyebrow transformation.

Step 2: Consultation

Once I arrive at Perma Luxe, Caroline asks how I’m feeling and I can’t help but give her an over-enthusiastic: ‘I am so excited!’. I’m one step closer to solving something that has been on my to-do list for quite some time.

Now it’s time to bring my vision to life. With Caroline’s expertise and my input, together, we create a customised plan for my ombré brows, ensuring they complement my features and aesthetic preferences perfectly.

My brief? Add definition, create symmetry and, hopefully, create more of an arch to lift my eyebrows up.

Step 3: Sketching and Shape Confirmation

Once the design is finalised, Caroline meticulously sketches my desired eyebrow shape onto my skin using a gentle eyebrow pencil. Taking my feedback into account, she makes any necessary adjustments to ensure I’m completely happy with the proposed shape and symmetry before proceeding.

Looking in the mirror I can see how my brows will look in a couple hours and I can’t help but feel extremely happy. It’s a thumbs up from me, and this is where the procedure starts…

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Step 4: The Outline

With my approval, Caroline proceeds to create an outline of the brows using her specialised ombré brow technique, using a digital pen and the machine brow process to create a new look for my brows.

While some may anticipate discomfort, rest assured that the process is virtually painless, with only slight discomfort. Caroline’s gentle approach ensures a comfortable experience from start to finish, allowing me to relax and enjoy the transformation.

Step 5: Perfecting Symmetry and Filling In

While working on the outline, Caroline ensures perfect symmetry by having me sit up and evaluate the brows from various angles. This careful attention to detail guarantees a flawless result, with any necessary adjustments made to achieve optimal balance and harmony.

Then, utilising her signature ombré technique, Caroline carefully fills in the brows, creating a pixelated effect that mimics the natural gradient of hair, resulting in a soft, realistic finish.

Step 6: The Big Reveal

The whole process of filling in the eyebrows takes less than two hours, only telling of Caroline’s professionalism and expertise. There are moments throughout the process where I feel myself dozing off, only confirming that the procedure isn’t painful, even for someone like me, who has a rather low pain tolerance.

Once I hear the words ‘We’re done!’, I sit up as fast as I can, eager to see the result. When I look in the mirror, my first words are: ‘I look like a completely different person!’, because I really do.

As I gaze into the mirror, my eyes wide in amazement at the stunning transformation staring back at me. With semi-permanent ombré brows expertly crafted by Caroline, my face had undergone a subtle yet profound transformation.

Gone are the days of fretting over uneven brows or spending precious minutes each morning trying to achieve the perfect shape. Instead, I am greeted by a pair of impeccably defined brows that effortlessly frame my face, enhancing my features in ways I never imagined.

Caroline has successfully given my eyebrows more of an arch, a natural-looking appearance and an impeccable, more even shape. Goodbye, sad eyebrow syndrome!

Step 7: Post-Treatment Aftercare

Following the procedure, proper aftercare is crucial to ensure optimal healing and long-lasting results. Caroline provides me with detailed instructions to follow during the initial healing process, including avoiding picking at scabs and keeping the area dry.

Additionally, she supplies me with a specialised ointment to aid in the healing process and maintain the vibrancy of my new brows. This is to be applied on the post-procedure day five.

She informs me that I should try to avoid the sun, but the look outside the window suggests I needn’t worry about that – while Spring is officially here, I don’t expect the sun to make an appearance for the next few months.

A New Look

Now, staring at the mirror, I don’t try to find ways to uplift my brows. What strikes me most is not just the physical change but the emotional impact this has on me. As I observe my reflection, I can’t help but notice a subtle shift in my facial expression – a newfound sense of confidence radiating from within.

With each arch and curve meticulously crafted by Caroline’s skilled hands, my entire demeanour seemed to brighten.

Caroline’s expertise in her field is undeniable. In just a few short hours, she not only transformed my brows but also gave me a confidence boost. Her attention to detail and commitment to perfection is what sets Perma Luxe apart.

As we say our goodbyes, Caroline reminds me that I shall be seeing her again in six weeks for a top-up but until then, I am off to step into the world as a brand-new me.

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