Powder Brows vs Microblading: Key Differences

Stylist doing a microblading procedure on a client

Nothing makes a statement like gorgeous eyebrows. When you wake up with glamorous brows, your day is already off to a good start.

If you are a beauty enthusiast or are looking to enhance your brows, you may have noticed that Microblading and Powder Effect are two eyebrow procedures.

Powder Brows technique uses pin-dot pigment application to create flawless, ready-to-go eyebrows utilizing a machine or hand tool. The Powder Effect gives brows a subtle yet put-together look where the start of the eyebrow is a lighter color that darkens at the tail of the brow. 

Microblading, on the other hand, is a more invasive procedure that employs a handheld tool to create realistic, hair-like strokes, giving the appearance of thicker brows.

So, what’s the difference between Microblading and Powder Brows?

Differences Between Powder Brows vs. Microblading

If you aren’t well-versed in the makeup industry, distinguishing between these two most common brow procedures can be difficult. Here’s how to tell the difference between Microblading and Powder Brows.

Application style

While powder brows use a pin-dot pigment application to create the appearance of freshly applied makeup, microblading is a technique that employs a microblade to create a realistic, hair-like brow, one stroke at a time.

Skin type

Consider your skin type before deciding which procedure to use to achieve glamorous brows.

The ability of your skin to heal determines how well your brows will look. Microblading entails making slow incisions and dragging the blade through the skin. Because the healing process causes the strokes to look crisper than on oily skin, Microblading works best on normal to dry skin.

If your skin is oily, acne-prone, mature, sensitive, has enlarged pores, or exceptionally thick, powder brows are the best option.

Longevity

The Powder Effect will last for 2-4 years with a few touch-ups. This time frame is due to the lack of penetration of the vegan pigment into the epidermis. Microblading, on the other hand, lasts for 2 – 3 years, with annual touch-ups required to keep your hair strokes looking crisp.

What kind of look do you want to achieve?

Powder brows are ideal for defining your brows. Why? The Powder effect gives the appearance of perfectly powdered brows as if you spent time applying your makeup flawlessly.

Microblading is ideal for those who want to fill in their brows or have fair skin and want to appear more natural. Microblading is at a disadvantage if you have oily skin. We can still do microblading on oily skin, but the strokes will fade more quickly and require a touch-up sooner than usual.

Downtime for recuperation

Powdered Brows require less healing downtime than Microblading. While Microblading requires seven days of healing, Powder Brows only requires three.

If you plan on attending a meeting, party, or any function, keep in mind the number of days needed for each procedure to heal. You can still go to an event before the 3 to 7 days of recovery are up, but you may have some discomforts such as itching, swelling, and redness.

Can I Combine Microblading and Powder Brows?

You only need to tell one of our eyebrow artists if you want a combination of Microblading and Powder Brows.

Our artist will create a natural hair look with some strokes for combined brows before softly shading the rest of the brow. We draw strokes around the brow’s edges, where they’ll be most visible, and then add powered shading to the brow’s body to give it a full look that keeps its shape throughout the day.

How Do I Choose Between Microblading vs. Powder Brows?

The possibilities are endless, regardless of which procedure you choose. But don’t worry; an expert artist will ‌ advise you on the best treatment options and tailor everything to your unique features.

Keep your skin type and pain tolerance in mind. Both procedures are unpleasant but do not cause pain. Microblading is a little more unpleasant than powder brows because we make incisions slowly and drag the blade through the skin. There’s a chance there’ll be more blood as well while Microblading. However, because we apply a numbing cream on the brow, you will not feel any pain.

Microblading, powder brows, and combination brows will give you a perfect look for a stress-free morning when you need your brows to match your perfectly made face. 

Consult the artist working on your brows if you are unsure which procedure to choose. Your technician will assess your characteristics, listen to your preferences, and make recommendations based on that information.

You can have maintenance-free and beautiful brows by choosing any of these cosmetic tattooing styles at our Lisa OM.

 

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