If you’ve ever wished you could wake up with Instagram-worthy eyebrows, you’re not alone. Microblading and microshading, sometimes called the “powder brow” technique, are two forms of cosmetic tattoos you can get so that you have perfect brows 24/7.
What’s the Difference Between Microblading and Powder Brows?
The best way to describe the difference between the two procedures would be to think of microblading as drawing precise pen strokes and microshading as using a pencil to fill in and blend your brow shape.
Microblading is all about creating small strokes of pigment that look just like natural hairs. This gives your brows a natural yet full appearance.
Powder brows tend to look more like beauty influencer brows. They’re thick and full, but the process is more about giving you color and shape than it is defining individual hairs.
The last major difference is how they’re applied. The tattoo artist will manually create each hair stroke during microblading, but he or she will use a tattoo machine for powder brows. Both are semi-permanent, however, so you’ll see long-lasting results with either method.
What Are the Pros and Cons of Microblading and Microshading?
The following are all pros of microblading:
- Natural-looking hair strokes
- Adds fullness to sparse brows
- Lasts 12 to 36 months
- Great for dry or normal skin types
- Can be combined with powder brows
Below are the pros of microshading:
- Brows look thick and full
- Great for bold brows
- Better for oily skin types
- Can be combined with microblading
- Adds dimension to thinning brows
There are a few potential drawbacks to microblading, including the following:
- Doesn’t last as long for oily skin
- Brows will be dark and scabby while healing
- Requires periodic touchups
Because microshading is very similar to microblading, the possible negatives are largely the same. The only big difference is that powder brows are usually better for oily skin types because they’re more forgiving when it comes to fading.
Purely microbladed brows may look patchy or blurry as the oils in your skin break down the pigment. However, because microshading is less precise, the fading process looks more even.
What Else Do I Need to Know?
It’s extremely important for you to follow all of your after care instructions to the letter. How long your results last largely depends on how well you take care of your new brows at home. Keeping your brows dry, clean and protected is essential to keeping them looking great for as long as possible.
You should also be aware that it is possible to have an allergic reaction to the pigments used. This is very rare, but be sure to talk to your brow artist if you have any serious allergies or sensitivities.
These are cosmetic tattoos, which means that they’re intended to fade over time. Most people need a yearly color boost, so be sure to plan for that.
Being able to have gorgeous, “woke up like this” brows may take a little bit of maintenance, but the dramatic difference is well worth it.