The Difference Between Microblading and Powder Eyebrow Tattoo
Microblading is the most natural approach to permanent eyebrows. Hair strokes are drawn by hand to create realistic and 3 dimensional looking eyebrow hair where there was none before. Microblading is technically also a “tattoo” since we are depositing pigment in to the skin. It should however be considered ultra natural since you may want to continue to fill in your eyebrows with makeup if eyebrow makeup is something you already wear daily.
Microblading is going to give you a fuller eyebrow and more attractive shape without looking like you’re wearing makeup.
Powder Eyebrow or Eyebrow Tattoo
Powder Eyebrow or Eyebrow tattoo, also known as an ombre brow, is a fuller approach to permanent eyebrows. This is not done manually like microblading but with a machine. Color is evenly and proportionally distributed throughout the desired eyebrow shape to give you fuller coverage. This will resemble filling your eyebrows in with topical eyebrow makeup. It can be done softly so that it is still considered very natural, or more layered to create a glam look.
Powder Shading or Eyebrow Tattoo is going to give you a more dense eyebrow and symmetrical shape, resembling wearing makeup.
The difference between microblading and eyebrow tattoo:
Microblading lasts for 1-2 years and Powder Eyebrow Tattoo lasts 1.5-5 years.
Microblading does not last as long as Powder Eyebrow Tattooing because there is less color saturating the skin. Therefore there is less color to lose and you will notice it fading more quickly.
Only a certain level of fullness can be achieved with Microblading. With Powder Eyebrow Tattoo, the level of fullness and density is nearly endless.
Microblading hair strokes can be placed close, but not on top of each other otherwise you lose the natural look of each hair. This is because the strokes require skin tone to show in between so that they look like real. This means that there is a limit to how much density can be achieved. With Powder Eyebrow Tattoo color is layered. There is no worry about loosing the natural look of the hair strokes so max density is achievable.
Microblading is best for normal to dry skin types. Powder Eyebrow tattoo is universally best for all skin types.
When Microblading we want to see crips, clean, healed hair strokes. This is beautifully achieved with normal to dry skin types, and even some slightly oily skin types as well. Microblading on someone with very oily skin however will heal much softer and lighten much more quickly. It would be best to begin or switch to Powder Eyebrow Tattooing if you are very oily otherwise you may have to come back in for touch ups very often. This blurring happens because oil coming through the skin is diluting the color as it passes through. Powder Eyebrow Tattoo is best for all skin types.
What about a combination of Microblading and Powder Eyebrow Tattoo?
Absolutely! This is a very popular choice. Combing Microblading and Powder Eyebrow Shading can give you the best of both worlds. Microblading hair strokes are placed near the front and along the top of the eyebrow shape while the Powder Eyebrow Shading is placed throughout the center of the eyebrow and along the bottom arch.
A Combination Eyebrow is great way to add some density to your Microblading without worrying about it looking too glam if more of a makeup look is not your style.
Both Microblading and Powder Eyebrow Tattooing are incredibly popular and our clients ask equally for both!
If you are having a hard time deciding, you can discuss this further with your permanent makeup artist. They should have an understanding of both techniques and how each will heal for your skin in order to help you make the best choice.
We hope this has helped you to better understand the difference between Microblading and Eyebrow Tattooing or Powder Eyebrow. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call (949) 933-2583. We’d be happy to help you with any inquires you may have.