Understand the difference between microblading vs powder brows to determine
which is the best treatment option for you
Powder brows are carried out using a digital machine, whereby pigment is implanted into the skin via a needle. The result is a soft, shaded effect, similar to that created by filling your eyebrows with traditional makeup methods such as brow powder, pomade or pencil. It offers more structure than microblading due to the nature of filling the entire brow with pigment, but is not comparable with older methods of brow tattooing.
Powder brows open up the possibility of semi permanent makeup to more clients. This technique is suited to all skin types, including oily and ageing skin, which is not best suited to mircoblading. Generally, the powder brow technique lasts longer, thus requiring less maintenance than microblading. The colour tends to be more stable over time due to the way the pigment is implanted into the skin and the way the skin heals with this technique.
This technique is incredibly versatile and can be customised to the client’s wishes, whether that be a whisper soft effect, a graduated ombré brow or a bold power brow. We can also combine this technique with microbladed hair strokes through the front of the brow and machine shading through the tail for a combination effect sometimes referred to as “blade and shade”.
For those looking to cover up or conceal previous SPMU work, for example, due to burring or the discolouring of old pigment, powder brows will offer the best option.
As with microblading, this is a two-step process and requires a perfecting retouch at six weeks in order to complete the treatment. Please visit The Process page for more information.
Microblading is intended to closely replicate individual natural brow hairs, and as such, offers the most natural semi-permanent eyebrow option. Flesh will be visible in between each microbladed stroke, mimicking the natural brow hair growth.
A series of very fine pins is used to manually draw crisp hair strokes into the skin, one by one, implanting pigment into each stroke. The end result blends with the existing hair to give the impression of hairs where there are none.
The result is incredibly natural and whilst it will enhance your natural brows, it won’t overpower your face when you’re not wearing makeup. That said, it can be combined with machine powder shading for added density, and a more defined “blade and shade” look, if desired.
When considering microblading vs powder brows, it is important to understand the limitations of this procedure with different skin types. This treatment is typically best suited to normal/dry and younger skin. It is important to note that whilst individual strokes will appear crisp in the skin initially, over the much longer term, these will blur due to the nature of how the body breaks down and metabolises the pigment over time. Without removal, powder brows will then be the best maintenance option.
As with powder brows, this is a two-step process and requires a perfecting retouch at six weeks in order to complete the treatment.
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