Microblading vs Ombre Powder Brows

4th Feb 2020 | By
Microblading treatment in progress

As our obsession with eyebrows has grown, so has the popularity of semi-permanent brow treatments. We’ve all heard of microblading, but did you know that there are actually lots of other permanent make up techniques out there, each designed to create a different finish? The latest treatment to hit the Instagram radar is the powder brow. We take a look at both treatments, to help you decide which is right for you. 

What’s the difference between microblading and powder ombre brows?

Microblading and powder brows, also known ombre brows, are both methods of permanent eyebrow make up. However, the finishes they create are very different.

“Microblading tends to be a really popular treatment, especially with people who take their inspiration from celebrities and influencers. It’s seen as a ‘trendy’ treatment to have,” says HD Brows CEO and renowned permanent make up expert, Karen Betts.

Possibly the most well-known of all eyebrow tattooing techniques, microblading uses a handheld device with ultra-fine needles. This allows the pigment to be inserted into the skin in realistic looking hair strokes, for a natural finish.

Image: @karenbettsofficial

On the other hand, the ombre brows method uses either a digital machine or handheld tool to insert tiny dots of pigment into the skin. The result is a more defined, fuller brow, similar to the look you can achieve using cosmetic eyebrow powders.

“Ombre brows have really risen in popularity over the last few years,” notes Karen. “Social media apps like Instagram have played a big part. You won’t be able to scroll far down your Insta-feed without seeing the fuller, more dramatic ombre brow.”

Ombre vs microblading brows: which is right for me?

“Microblading is a fantastic treatment for those wanting to get an ultra-fine, natural, hair stroke effect. I created my very own microblading hand tool, the K.B Pro Glider, to create the most beautifully natural strokes,” explains Karen. If you’re after a totally realistic looking brow, this makes microblading the option for you. It’s also perfect for creating the on-trend full and fluffy brow look.

If an Instagram power brow is more your style, you’ll probably be into ombre brows. Instead of the individual hair strokes of microblading, this method delivers a more solid colour. “Ombre brows are perfect for those who like their brows to look more defined. Ombre brows are mostly requested by younger clients who like to have more of an ‘evening’-look brow,” says Karen. 

Image: @kbprouk

Karen also shared her top tips for creating an ombre brow that still looks natural: “I use a ‘powder brow’ technique to shade the brows, giving a denser colour which starts lighter at the inner corner of the brow and deepens to the tail, giving the ombre effect. I use my specialist K.B Pro Pigments that I created with leading scientists – they allow me to get the perfect fade of colour that looks extremely natural.”

Which lasts longer: microblading or powder brows?

The healing process of both is  similar, with both treatments require a touch up appointment around 6 weeks after the initial procedure.

Despite being permanent make up techniques, both microblading and powder ombre brows will fade over time. On average, microblading lasts up to one and ombre brows can last for up to two years, although this can vary based skin type, skincare routine, etc. Those with oily skin may find that microblading fades much quicker on them, so may want to consider the ombre powder brow route.

Microblading is available through HD Brows stylists across the UK. Karen Betts and her team of elite artists offer both microblading and ombre brow treatments at her clinics in London, Cheshire and Yorkshire. 

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