Traditional Tattoo vs. Microblading vs. Ombré Powder Brows
When it comes to waking up with the perfect eyebrows to envy all others, there are 3 techniques that are used in the industry; traditional Permanent Makeup, Microblading and Ombre Powder Brows.
But what’s the difference between the 3 techniques and what fabulous results can each treatment offer? Well, we’re here to give you the low down!
Permanent makeup is the most common phrase used but terms such as Micropigmentation and permanent cosmetics are also used to describe the same procedure. For permanent eyebrows, as well as lip and eyeliner treatments, a cosmetic tattooing machine is used to gently implant pigment into the skin using a variety of fine needles. It’s different from a regular tattoo machine in that the frequency is much lower meaning the pigment is implanted closer to the surface. Some would say the sensation feels like an electric toothbrush pressed against the skin; a little uncomfortable but not too painful.
There are a variety of looks you can opt for when choosing your permanent makeup treatments. If it’s a dramatic powder brow you are looking for to mimic the look of makeup, you’ve got it. If it’s more realistic brows you’re looking for go for a procedure using individual strokes to create your desired brow shape, go for it. You can also opt for bright lips, natural lip blush, subtle lash enhancement or feline latino eyeliner flicks – the choice is yours!
Microblading is a slightly different technique that’s still firmly in the tattooing family, meaning pigment is implanted into the skin, but a precision hand tool is used instead of a machine. The beauty of microblading is that the hair-like strokes you can achieve are so fine that it’s the most hyper-realistic treatment yet, it’s no wonder that it’s often referred to as ‘eyebrow embroidery’.
A microblading technician meticulously draws each hair stroke onto the skin to follow the direction and length of the existing hairs. If there are no hairs present, not to worry, a skilled technician can create beautiful brows that suit your face shape and mimic that of a natural brows. The channels created by the microblading technique are closer to the surface then when using a machine and the needles used are even sharper, meaning even more precise and finer hair strokes can be created. If you want the most natural looking treatment that no one could ever guess you’ve had, this is ‘the’ treatment to go for.
Ombre Powder Brows is a form of tattooing, but it is different from the traditional method. It is a more modern method because it is surface work meaning it is on the epidermis layer of the skin. The technique is described by it’s name – the results are more powdery and fluffy with a faded front and a crisp tail --- and looks like you have makeup on! Because it does not penetrate deep into the dermis layer of the skin, the results will last UP TO 1-3 years depending on skin type and lifestyle. All results vary.