MICROBLADING VS POWDER

GET TO KNOW THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE TWO

 MICROBLADING

Microblading is the MOST common "buzzword" when it comes to permanent makeup. It is the hottest trend right now in permanent makeup, but there are a couple things you must know before you decide on having this treatment done. 

When it comes to Microblading, I've worked on about every skin type there is.  Through experience in working on many different skin types, not every single person is a candidate for Microblading. Fewer people are actually candidates for Microblading. Optimal healed results are important.  These results should be very similar to what the hair strokes look like when freshly implanted as they are healed.  Clean, crisp, thin, hairlike strokes are the desired healed result.  If these results cannot be met because of the canvas the artist is working on, then it's highly recommend to go with another option of permanent makeup instead. Another great option for you would be Ombre Powder Brows.  

Technique:

A disposable tool that has tiny needles stacked in a row that resemble a blade, but it is not actually a blade.  See picture below.  Hand pressure is used to glide the row of needles (micro blade) into the skin essentially cutting the skin in small little strokes that resemble realistic looking hairs.

What skin I don't recommend for Microblading:

Thin or mature skin: This type of skin can easily turn ashy with microblading, as the pigment is super compacted into a small area of skin, and thin mature skin has a very high risk of healing ashy/cool.  Also, it is very risky to go too deep on this skin, with the technique of Microblading. Case by case situations can be assessed in deciding if your skin will do well with Microblading.  

 

Oily skin: This skin type is a big NO for microblading.  Microblading will eventually turn into a messy powder brow, and the strokes will fatten, appear blurry and lose color once healed. This includes clients who are oily all over, or t-zone oily. Go with powder brows if this is you.  

Sensitive skin:  Microblading technique can be traumatic to the skin, and sensitive skin can start the healing process before the procedure is already done.  It's comparable to the skin acting as if has broken out in hives, and the skin hardens, becomes inflamed and extremely red. Now imagine trying to implant pigment into skin that is super mad.  The pigment will not implant correctly, nor heal correctly.  Powder brows are the way to go if this is you.  

Types of brow hair NOT recommended for Microblading:

Thick coarse brow hair:If you have thick coarse hair, microblading will not appear realistic, as the hair strokes will be sitting directly on the skin.  If the hair protrudes out a lot farther than the microblading strokes, this look will not appear seamless or natural. Powder brows will give you more of a seamless backdrop if this is you.  

No brow hair: If you have no brow hair at all, microblading by itself can sometimes appear too unnatural.  It is recommend having hybrid/ combo brows (Microblading and powder) or just powder by itself.  

Missing chunks on top of brow: The brow can have a more smooth transition with powder if this is you.  

Pros to Microblading:

It can look extremely natural. 

Microblading is a good start to venture into the permanent makeup world. 

It can eventually be transitioned into powder brows.

Cons to Microblading: 

If you have previous permanent makeup, or microblading by another artist, Microblading cannot be done.  Previous powder brows will not allow the hair strokes to show up once healed.  If you have Microblading by another artist, it is difficult to work over due to different stroke patterns, hair stroke direction, difference in diameter of needles on micro blade.   

Scar Tissue is more noticeable than Powder brows

It is difficult to keep the exact crisp stroke as years go by, and strokes will start to fatten the more they are worked on over time.  

About 80% of my microblading clients end up transitioning to powder brows, as they realize they want a fuller look, and also realize that microblading is too natural of a look for them.  

It may sound like I don't like Microblading.  I do love the look of it.  I do feel that we need to view our permanent makeup as long term. Powder brows are my favorite and my most popular technique, as clients expectations of how their brows should look are most achievable with powder.  There are so many more pros to powder brows over Microblading.  

If you typically fill in your brows everyday, microblading will be too natural of a look for you.  

It is normal for Microblading that is done correctly to last 1-2 years before needing additional touchups.  Additional touchups are recommended to have color looking fresh and up to date.  

 POWDER BROWS

Microblading is the MOST common "buzzword" when it comes to permanent makeup. It is the hottest trend right now in permanent makeup, but there are a couple things you must know before you decide on having this treatment done. 

When it comes to Microblading, I've worked on about every skin type there is.  Through my experience I have learned that not every single person is a candidate for Microblading.  If you search long and hard enough, you will find someone that will microblade you even if you are not a candidate.  When it comes to Microblading, fewer people are actually candidates for Microblading. Optimal healed results are important.  These results should be very similar to what the hair strokes look like when freshly implanted as they are healed.  Clean, crisp, thin, hairlike strokes are are desired healed result.  If these results cannot be met because of the canvas the artist is working on, then it's highly recommend to go with another option of permanent makeup instead. Another great option for you would be Ombre Powder Brows.  

Technique:

A disposable tool that has tiny needles stacked in a row that resemble a blade, but it is not actually a blade.  See picture below.  Hand pressure is used to glide the row of needles (micro blade) into the skin essentially cutting the skin in small little strokes that resemble realistic looking hairs.

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