We are asked this question often that I decided it was time to do a blog post. So here you go. No one method is better than the others, because it all comes down to personal style, skin type and colouring. Since everyone’s brows are different we customized them specifically for each individual client based on your desired look, skin type, colouring, bone structure etc.
Method 1 MICROBLADING
aka Feathering, Hairstrokes, Microstroking, Nano brows
Microblading has taken the beauty industry by storm the past 7 years since our Master Artist Tina B at Let’s Face It learned it. The most natural looking permanent makeup brow can be achieved using a hand-held tool with a tiny needle configuration that creates hair-like impressions by implanting pigment in the dermis layer of the skin. Microblading is meant to replace individual hairs, not to fill your brows to look like they’re filled in with pencil or shadow. The closer the imitation hair strokes are the more solid looking it looks. The Nano strokes are done with a single needle and machine and can last slightly longer than a blade.
Microblading is perfect for someone who:
– has thin or patchy brows
– wants a subtle shape enhancement
– doesn’t regularly fill in their brow
– wants to restore the brow hairs that have been lost over the years
METHOD 2 POWDER BROWS
Solid brow tattoos have been around over 25 years but have taken a turn the past 5 years since microblading became popular. Some oily skinned clients where not getting the benefits from microblading because the pigments are oil soluble. Solid brows use to have a very saturated pigment application but not so much anymore. Now they are much more powdery looking. It is the difference between drawing your eyebrows on with a pencil and and drawing them on with a makeup powder. Powder brows are achieved using a a hand tool (microshading) or electric machine, usually a rotary or hybrid machine verses a traditional tattoo machine which disperses extremely fine dots of pigments that look pixelated or diluted-pigment mixture (depending on the needle size) evenly into and across the skin in an airbrush or shading technique. This look is preferred if you like to have a makeup look on all the time. Most people will eventually get Eyeliner tattooed on as well to complete the 24-7 look.
METHOD 3 OMBRE BROWS
These give a light to dark ombre effect, lighter at the bulb (front) of the brow and going darker towards the tail. This gives an even softer powdered makeup look in the bulb or beginning of your brow and usually allows you to bring them closer together than the golden ratio prescribes with looking like a unibrow. The technique is described by its name, with results being powdery with a faded front and a crisp tail, resembling the look of makeup. This can be done with microblading or powder techniques.
METHOD 4 COMBO BROW
This is exactly what it sounds like: a combination of microblading and powder fill. The microblading is in the bulb or beginning and can go all the way out past the arch and then the tails are powdered or it can stop after just a handful of stokes are done. The hybrid technique fills in the area in between the hairstyles for a tailored blend of natural hair and Pmu. This can be done with a hand tool or a machine. It usually has a slight variation of color contrast to give depth.
WHICH ONE LASTS LONGER?
Results do vary based on lifestyle, skin type, health, preferences, etc., but a single ombré powder brows session, using high-quality pigments, can last on average 2-4 years. Microblading, on the other hand, has a high likelihood of more blurring over time thus requiring more frequent touch-ups every 1 to 3 years.
DOES MY SKIN TYPES MATTER?
Ombré or Powder brows are great for any skin type, unlike microblading, which may not be as suitable for those with oily skin. As long as your skin is healthy you should be a good candidate for Pmu. There are few contradictions we will go over with you prior to the procedure.
STILL LOOKS NATURAL: While powder brows have a more “filled-in” look, the healed results appear like softly shaded brow pencil or powder. Immediately after the treatment, ombré powder brows can appear more saturated and bold, however, brows will fade 20-30%, leaving a very soft finish and shape that will allow our clients to quickly groom their brows going forward.
Note: All these techniques can leave scarring if not done by a trained professional. Do not try to this on yourself.