Brow Color Correction

What is Brow Color Correction?

Brow color correction is a way to improve the look of brows that underwent semi-permanent makeup procedures that have faded by disguising the pigments that have shifted color over time, or in some cases,  when clients want to change the color of the pigment in their brows. As time passes by, microbladed brows will fade and turn into blue-grayish, green, red, or even purplish. What the treatment basically means is applying an additional cosmetic tattoo in the opposite color to the pigments that have faded into unwanted results. The color on the opposite side of the color wheel will neutralize the unattractive shade and significantly diminish its visibility.

How does Brow Color Correction Work?

It is done by microshading the skin saturated with unwanted pigment with a carefully chosen corrector shade. The first step is choosing the right corrector shade. The basis for this is permanent makeup color theory, which may sound simple, but it takes years for PMU artists to perfect their color-matching skills.

Apart from finding the opposite color on the color wheel, the artist has to take into consideration the client’s skin tone, their undertone (warm, cool, or neutral), the properties of their skin (oily skin can affect color shifting), and the composition of the pigments. Corrector shades can be customized to target each specific situation.

Who Is a Candidate for Permanent Makeup Color Correction?

Anyone whose microblading results have faded into a color that’s too warm, too cool, red, green, blue-grayish, purple. Basically, anybody who is not satisfied with the color of their brows and doesn’t want removal, but rather a brow PMU refresher.

In order to check if you’re a candidate for permanent makeup color correction, book a free consultation with us and let us assess the situation.

Why do PMU pigments change color?

The new generation of cosmetic tattooing is great because it fades over time, and in many cases, it becomes virtually invisible if you decide not to refresh it.

However, the fading process is affected by a whole range of factors, and not even the most experienced artists can always predict how it will go.

That said, let’s take a look at the most common causes of pigments turning color and fading unattractively:

  1. Poor technique

If the pigments are inserted too deep into the skin upon initial implementation, their color is likely to turn blue/gray.

  1. Poor color matching

The initial color has to be chosen carefully, keeping in mind the client’s undertone, and whether the pigment’s undertone is compatible with it. Another factor is the client’s ethnicity – immune systems of different ethnic groups interact with permanent makeup pigments in different ways.

  1. Poor pigment quality

With the explosion of the PMU industry, the market got flooded with various pigment formulas and brands, and not all of them are created equal. The composition of the pigment greatly affects its color stability, and low-quality pigments are likely to change color within a short time.

  1. Client’s behavior and aftercare

Certain actions and activities affect PMU results. Exposing them to sunlight often and for long stretches of time affects their color, and so does sunscreen. A whole range of skincare products can cause color changes, too. We’re not trying to say PMU should prevent anyone from living their life to the fullest, but it may be a good idea to wear a hat more often and reconsider your beauty rituals so as to avoid skincare that damages PMU.

  1. Certain medications and conditions

Clients who take certain medications on a regular basis might experience pigment color changes over time. Likewise, some skin conditions may have the same effect, temporary or permanent. For example, PMU clients with iron deficiency should know that their system will absorb the iron oxide components from the PMU pigment faster and the color balance could be disturbed, leaving them with a shift in the color of the results. Flare-ups of conditions like rosacea leave the skin reddish, so the pigments appear like they’ve changed color.

What should I AVOID doing after the procedure?

  • DO NOT sweat excessively for 10 days. Sweat contains salt and can infect and prematurely fade your new brows. Salt in the sweat could possibly alter the color of your brows.  Moderate exercise is fine. 
  • DO NOT pick the crust off of your brows!
  • DO NOT expose your brows to the sun during your healing process.  UV Rays can alter the pigment of your brows as well.  Following the first 10 days SPF is important for the longevity of your micropigmentation.
  • DO NOT run direct water on your brows. This is especially important in the first few days, as you do not want to prematurely wash out any pigment. You can wash around your brows.
  • DO NOT use Vaseline, antibiotic creams or gels, vitamin creams, or retinol acids on the brow area. Only use the aftercare cream given to you by your brow artist.
  • DO NOT use any makeup, creams, exfoliants on the brows for 10-14 days. 
  • DO NOT go into saunas, pools, and/or steam rooms.
  • DO NOT get massages, facials, skin treatments, or use exfoliants during the healing process.
  • DO NOT go tanning and if you do cover your brows, UV rays can alter the color of your brows.
  • DO NOT use laser light therapy on your brows. This can darken, lighten, and/or distort the pigment

Following all Post treatment Instructions will maximize your results and minimize your risk of complications. Please contact us with questions or concerns regarding your treatment.


Schedule your Brow Color Correction appointment at Kay Elaine's Beauty Bar today!

Here at Kay Elaine's Beauty Bar, our goal is to ensure that we are a welcoming one stop shop for all things beauty. We strive to ensure that if you walk through our door, you would leave as a renewed person. We want to help you feel and look your best, and be more confident with the help of our services. So if you’re thinking of color correcting your brows, feel free to get in touch with us today. 

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