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Do 'Powder' Brow Tattoos Look Natural?

Updated: Mar 14, 2021

One question I hear more than any other as an eyebrow tattooist is "Will it look natural???". Which is a totally understandable question! This is your FACE and any form of cosmetic tattooing should enhance your features, not distract from them. There is a difference however between enhancement and a natural look...

What Does Natural Really Mean?

When we ask if 'it will look natural' it's important to really know what we mean when we say 'natural'. Completely natural brows are usually assymettrical and often don’t enhance one’s features. For a tattoo to actually look natural, it would have to be barely noticeable from what your brows normally look like. Most people who want to go down the eyebrow tattooing path aren't happy with how their eyebrows normally look, so a barely noticeable change isn't going to help! Instead of saying a tattoo will look ‘natural’, I like to say it will look like perfect, subtle makeup that balances and lifts your face.

Because that's the goal of any cosmetic tattoo. To enhance your features. By enhancing your features we highlight the best parts about them. Whether you choose microblading or powder brows, the goal of tattooing is to improve your natural eyebrows to better suit your facial structure. A better eyebrow shape can give you an instant lift and increase facial symmetry, which is more visually attractive.

Does Microblading Look More Natural Than Powder Brows?

There is a misconception around the different techniques of eyebrow tattooing, leading consumers to believe that microblading looks more ‘natural’ than powder brows. This is due to microblading being created to simulate eyebrow hairs, whereas powder brows simulate makeup. But healed microblading blurs over time, so it doesn’t look like fine eyebrow hairs anymore but more like soft, hazy lines on the skin. As these lines are literally ON your skin, they can never truly resemble hairs which grow out of your skin in different ways. In my experience healed microblading doesn’t look ‘natural’, just different.

No Eyebrow Tattoo Will Ever Look 'Natural'

Due to changes being made to your brows, any form of tattooing will never look ‘natural’. As microblading blurs over time and can be more traumatic to skin, I chose to specialise in the powder/ombre technique. This style of tattooing gives the appearance of having subtly powdered in your brows, so that it looks like perfect makeup. Unlike microblading which relies on a handtool to make cuts into your brows, the powder technique employs a cosmetic tattoo machine to precisely implant fine dots of pigment. This is far kinder to your skin and actually lasts alot longer. It is also suitable for all skin types, whereas oily skin can’t actually retain microblading cuts.

No matter what technique you choose, it’s important to remember that a tattoo will never look truly ‘natural’. It can look like the best makeup you’ve ever worn but it will still look like makeup! As a lady who has never had any eyebrows to speak of and used to powder in her brows everyday, I can tell you that my powder brows tattoo beats my natural eyebrows hands down!

See the healed Soft Powder brow tattoo here.

Want to find out more about the Soft Powder Brow Tattoo? Book in here for a free, no-obligation consultation with me! Let’s talk BROWS!

Elise Louise
Elise Louise

Elise Louise is the client certified 'brow wizard'. Seriously, she has the certificate her client made her to prove it.

Find her in her Melbourne salon, specialising in the Soft Powder Brow Tattoo, the Keratin Lash Lift and expert brow services.

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