What Is the Difference Between Microblading and Ombré/Powder Brows?

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If you wish for thick and shapely eyebrows, you are not the only one. Most men and women desire naturally voluminous eyebrows, however, few are born with them. When it comes to completing a look, eyebrows play a huge role. They also frame our faces and flatter our eyes, in addition to balancing our facial features. Therefore, eyebrows need to look the best all day, every day.

If you are someone who aims to look their best, we are sure that you have looked well into different ways of achieving perfect eyebrows, and are well aware of the two most popular methods i.e., powdered eyebrows and microblading.

To help you further understand the two methods, we are explaining the difference between the two, so you can choose the best one for yourself.


What Causes Sparse Brows?

Before we jump into their differences, let’s first understand their main focus. Both, microblading and powdered eyebrows are a semi-permanent treatment for sparse brows.

Now, what exactly are sparse brows? Sparse brows refer to the condition when you start losing hair from your brows and they aren’t as thick and full as they once used to be. It is a common sign of aging in both men and women, however, sparse brows could also result from excessive plucking, threading, and waxing at a young age. Other reasons for sparse brows include being born with them, having them as a result of genes, or losing brow hair due to hormonal changes. Many people also suffer from eyebrow shedding as a result of nutritional deficiencies.

There are several ways people correct sparse eyebrows, most of them however are temporary. Brow gels, brow pencil, and brow powder are some of the most common temporary methods of correcting sparse brows. However, these correction methods are quite cumbersome and time-consuming. One also needs to learn about the correct brow shape for their face, color, and filling techniques to make it work.

On the contrary, semi-permanent methods such as powder and microblading are done by professionals who make more informed choices, and the eyebrows last for months. Let’s learn more about each type of eyebrow treatment.


What Is Microblading?

Microblading had gained such hype, that few people haven’t heard of the procedure. It’s quite common and one of the most successful methods of correcting sparse brows. Much like a tattoo, but semi-permanent, microblading is conducted using a hand-held tool with the needle at the end of it. The needle is what creates hair-like texture on the brows using skin-safe ink, as a result, the eyebrows appear fuller and shapelier.

You can achieve any kind of look you want with microblading and discuss it with your makeup artist. With microblading, you can enhance your brows, or fill them for a fuller look. You can also pick your color based on your hair color and your skin tone. Once all is decided, your brow area will be numbed with numbing cream and you are ready for the procedure.

Note that numbing is a compulsory step of microblading because it is an invasive procedure. However, the ink is deposited just under the surface of the skin. The technician would also sanitize your skin to prevent any risk of infection. The technician would then use the hand-held device to make controlled strokes with the needles, much like scratches, and subsequently deposit pigment in it. The entire procedure lasts for 30-45 minutes.

After the procedure, your technician will give you after-care instructions. Redness, slight discomfort, scabbing, etc. are to be expected.  After a couple of days, your skin will start healing and the redness and discomfort would subside. The lasting duration of the procedure is between 18 months to two years. How long the procedure lasts depends primarily on the type of skin, skin care products, and lifestyle.

Regular touch-ups also increase the life of the procedure. With microblading, you have to get touch-ups once every year.


What Are Powdered Brows?

Another popular method of treating sparse brows is powdered brows. This technique is also known as ombre brows or micro-shading. The procedure for powdered brows is quite similar to microblading, albeit with a few more pros.

Compared to microblading, powdered brows give a much softer and natural look, the procedure is also less invasive than its alternative. For these reasons alone, many people prefer powdered brows. The technique of powdered brows is different in a way that instead of putting a hair-like stroke, the technician adds dots and dashes in the area where the hair is less. The procedure also lasts slightly longer than microblading because the pigment is deposited onto the skin. With powdered brows, you are required to go for a touch-up once after three months and then you are good to go for the next 2-3 years.

Right after the treatment, the brows look intense and dark but after healing, the brows fade and take a much softer appearance. Between microblading and powdered brows, most people prefer the latter because of its more natural appearance. Powder brows also allow you the option to add layers of pigment, allowing you to get a denser look. Powdered brows also cause less discomfort than microblading.

Permanent makeup artists would often recommend this method for aging and mature skin, as it has a history of responding better to powdered brows.


Which Technique Is Right for You?

It’s a hard decision to take, but with all the right facts, you can choose the correct technique for yourself. People with no eyebrows must go for powdered brows. People with oily skin are also better candidates for powdered brows because oily skin shortens the life of microblading. People who have balding spots on their eyebrows must also go for powdered brows, as it will only target the problem area without causing any discomfort.

If you are someone who’d just like to get the entire procedure done in one go, you would love powdered brows. They only need one touch-up 3 months after the procedure and never again. Powdered brows also fade naturally and much more aesthetically.


Looking for Microblading in Austin, TX

Located in Round Rock, Tx, Christina Morgan at Luxe Brow + Lash provides stunning Microblading and Powder Brows services. Contact her today for a brow consultation!