What Is Better Powder Brows or Microblading?
Updated: Sep 7
Microblading is basically the McDonalds of eyebrow tattooing. It’s EVERYWHERE. Almost everyone has heard of microblading. But just because something is super well known doesn’t mean it’s the best option for your brows…
What Is Microblading?
Microblading is a type of eyebrow tattoo that is meant to simulate the look of hairs. The technique involves a hand tool that looks alot like a mini scalpel. This hand tool (microblade) is actually a row of needles which a technician uses to slice the skin. Tattoo pigment is then put into these slices to give the appearance of brow hairs. Microblading is also know as ‘feathering’ but a more fitting term (but less appealing) would probably be slicing!
How Does Microblading Last?
You can expect to get anywhere from three to nine months out of your microblading results, before they will start to look quite different…
As microblading is a manual method, it is difficult to place the cuts precisely or at a consistent depth in the skin. The slicing technique leads to the pigment migrating over time, meaning the cuts will start to look blurry. Those fine ‘hairstrokes’ you see in microblading photos don’t actually stay that way for long.
What Are Powder Brows?
Powder brows are a type of eyebrow tattoo that are meant to simulate the look of soft brow makeup. Using a cosmetic tattoo machine, a single needle places very fine dots of pigment throughout the brow. This gives a light, shaded effect and can be built up in areas that need more definition for a truly tailored result.
How Do Powder Brows Last?
You can expect to get anywhere from one to three years out of your Powder brow tattoo. A tattoo machine can place pigment at a precise, consistent and deeper level in the skin compared to microblading, meaning Powder brows will last longer. The skin heals far better around dots of pigment compared to microblading slices, so the overall integrity of the skin is better preserved.
As the years goes by, Powder brows gradually fade out so annual colour boosts are recommended.
Which Looks Better?
If you prefer the look of hairstrokes and don’t mind them getting blurry over time then microblading is for you.
If you prefer the look of soft brow makeup (like you’ve powdered your brows in) then Powder brows are for you.
What Should I Choose?
For a longer lasting result that is better for your skin - choose Powder brows. This technique can be done with minimal colour for a subtle result or built up where you want it for more definition. The options are endless and completely tailored for your unique brows and preferences.
Want to find out more about what the Soft Powder Brow Tattoo can do for you? Book in for a free phone or in-studio consultation with Elise Louise, the Soft Powder Brow Tattoo specialist.
Elise Louise is the client certified 'brow wizard'. Seriously, she has the Hogwarts certificate her client made her to prove it.