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For the last few years, the trend of natural, bushy eyebrows has become one of many beauty obsessions for women. 

Unfortunately, recreating the perfect arch every time you step outside can be time-consuming, expensive, and downright frustrating. As a result, women have increasingly begun choosing eyebrow tattooing procedures to create natural and fuller brows. 

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But if you’re getting a permanent makeup procedure for the first time, you’ll likely find it challenging to decide which technique is best suited. Here we’ve created a guide to some of the most popular different eyebrow tattooing techniques to make the task easier for you:

Microblading 

Microblading, otherwise referred to as brow embroidery or feather stroking, is a modern permanent makeup technique.

During this procedure, your cosmetic artist manually draws hair strokes into your eyebrows to create the illusion of fuller and darker eyebrows. 

Moreover, the artist implants micro pigments into the layer of your skin using a hand-held tool.

Healing Time 

Microblading usually requires four to six weeks or longer to heal depending on many factors, including, but not limited to, age, skin type and body regeneration. 

During the healing process, your eyebrows go through various phases wherein they appear unnatural and darker before evolving into your desired shade.

Who Should Try Microblading?

Microblading is ideal for many reasons including if:

  • You want realistic and fuller eyebrows
  • You have thin and patchy brows
  • You experience hair loss
  • You are looking for subtle shape enhancement 
  • You don’t want to use makeup to recreate your eyebrows

How Long Does It Last?

Microbladed eyebrows can last for two to three years or longer depending on many factors which influence its longevity, including, but not limited to, the pigments used, client lifestyle, machine versus hand method, depth of implantation, technique used, sun exposure, client skin type & age, health issues of the client, diet, and other factors.  

Nano Brows

A Nano Brow is a popular permanent makeup technique used to fill in thin brows to create a fuller appearance. 

The technique uses a hand-held machine to implant pigment into the epidermis for long-lasting results. The super fine needles create hair-like tattoo strokes to change the shape and density of your brows.

Healing Process

Nano Bladed eyebrows usually require four to six weeks or longer to heal completely depending on many factors, including, but not limited to, age, skin type and skin regeneration. 

You might notice swelling, soreness, and redness during the first few weeks. After this, the color of your brows will lighten, and a new look will develop.

Who Should Try Nano Brows?

It is perfect for many reasons, including, if:

  • You have oily skin 
  • You want natural and dense eyebrows
  • You have thin eyebrows 
  • You want to avoid surgery or makeup to create your desired brows

How Long Does It Last?

Nano brows can last for three years or longer depending on many factors which influence its longevity, including, but not limited to, the pigments used, client lifestyle, machine versus hand method, depth of implantation, technique used, sun exposure, client skin type & age, health issues of the client, diet, and other factors.  

Powder Brows 

Powder Brows, otherwise known as airbrushed brows, borderless brows, or stardust brows, are a cosmetic procedure designed to create the look of gradient shaded makeup. 

The procedure involves a motorized or digital machine to implant pigments into your skin, resulting in subtle or bold brows. 

Healing Process

Powder brows usually take 3 to 4 weeks or longer to heal depending on many factors, including, but not limited to, age, skin type and skin regeneration.  However, the color might take 6-8 weeks to set in fully. 

Who Should Try Powder Brows?

Powder brows are ideal for you for many reasons, including, if:

  • You want to achieve a soft and natural look or bushy and dense brows
  • You have an oily or acne-prone skin
  • You want to add definition and color to your brows
  • You prefer the “powder-filled brows” look

How Long Does It Last?

On average, powder brows last for one to three years or longer depending on many factors which influence its longevity, including, but not limited to, the pigments used, client lifestyle, machine versus hand method, depth of implantation, technique used, sun exposure, client skin type & age, health issues of the client, diet, and other factors.  

Ombre Brows

The Ombre Brow procedure is similar to the powder technique. The cosmetic artist uses a small, specialized machine to position thin dots of pigment into your skin. 

The ombre brow procedure is customizable and can be as subtle or as bold as you want. Moreover, this permanent makeup technique offers a more defined appearance than microblading.

Healing Process

Ombre brows usually require three to four weeks or longer to heal depending on many factors, including, but not limited to, age, skin type and skin regeneration.  Initially, your eyebrows may appear dark. After this, they will start scabbing in one or a few pieces before transforming into your desired eyebrow color.   

Who Should Try Ombre Brows?

You should go for ombre brows for many reasons, including, if:

  • You have a sensitive or mature skin
  • Your skin is prone to acne 
  • You want to change the shape and color of your brows
  • You want soft, subtle eyebrows
  • You want more defined and bold eyebrows

How Long Does It Last?

They can last between two and five years or longer depending on many factors which influence its longevity, including, but not limited to, the pigments used, client lifestyle, machine versus hand method, depth of implantation, technique used, sun exposure, client skin type & age, health issues of the client, diet, cell regeneration and other factors.  

Combo

Otherwise referred to as 3D/4D or Hybrid Brows, a combo brow incorporates two forms of permanent makeup techniques: i.e. microblading and powder brows. 

Your cosmetic artist first performs microblading hair strokes with a manual tool to give your brow a natural, more defined look. 

After this, they apply a powder effect to give extra body, using a motorized machine that results in a fuller brow. 

Healing Process

Combo brows usually require three to four weeks or longer to heal depending on many factors, including, but not limited to, age, skin type and skin regeneration.

Who Should Try Combo Brow?

Combo brow is ideal for many reasons, including, if:

  • You draw your eyebrows every day
  • Your skin is too oily 
  • You have very sparse eyebrows

You want natural and fuller eyebrows

How Long Does It Last?

On average, it usually lasts one to three years or longer depending on many factors which influence its longevity, including, but not limited to, the pigments used, client lifestyle, machine versus hand method, depth of implantation, technique used, sun exposure, client skin type & age, health issues of the client, diet, cell regeneration and other factors.  

Brow Correction 

The Brow Correction technique is a popular permanent makeup technique for refreshing or correcting the shape and color of your brows.

It is applicable for people who have had eyebrow pigmentation done before. But keep in mind that it may include some limitations.  This is best discussed with an experienced technician.

Healing Time

It requires five to six weeks to heal depending on many factors, including, but not limited to, type of correction and/or touch-up, age, skin type and skin regeneration.

Who Should Try Brow Correction?

You should try brow correction if you’re unsatisfied with your previous permanent makeup results or want to refresh your brows.

How Long Does It Last?

It usually  can last anywhere between two and five years or longer depending on many factors which influence its longevity, including, but not limited to, the pigments used, client lifestyle, machine versus hand method, depth of implantation, technique used, sun exposure, client skin type & age, health issues of the client, diet, cell regeneration and other factors.  

The Bottom Line

Whether you’re looking to escape your everyday hectic makeup routine or want fuller brows, a brow technique is perfect for you.

Ensure you check the previous work of a cosmetic artist/technician before rushing to make an appointment!