Microblading VS Soft Powder Brows

Soft Powder brows and microblading both are permanent makeup procedures that implant pigment in the dermis layer. Powder brows should be completed with a tattoo machine and make micro-punctures in the skin to implant pigment. The artist should shade from light to dark without using much pressure. Powder brows should look soft and natural and not solid. Powder brows commonly fade after 24 months and the client should be the judge when a touchup is needed. This is my favorite out of the two procedures. It is ideal for clients wanting to fill in, give shape or enhance what they already have. If you have no brow hair, I prefer this treatment. 


To complete microblading the artist utilizes a hand tool with a configuration of needles. Hair strokes are drawn in with pigment by making a slice in the skin. It is more traumatic than powder brows on the skin. Microblading fades patchy and commonly fades within 12 to 18 months. Microblading is best for clients wanting the illusion of natural hair strokes. 



Cartridge Needles Type and Size

As a new artist, I had a hard time figuring out the different in needles types and sizes to choose from. I put together this guide to help artists that are also developing there own style and knowledge. 

I prefer to use a size 1R 0.30 mm needle Silky Round Needle for all services.

I have found uses for all permanent makeup services for each of the different type and sizes of cartridges. 

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Microblading 101

What is Microblading?

The microblading procedure is a method of permanent cosmetics. The method creates a more natural appearance. It involves implanting pigment in a hairstroke pattern to imitate real hair. The purpose is to fill gaps and correct eyebrow shapes. 

The Setup

It is vital for the artist to prevent contamination within the brow area and to keep the setup sterile throughout the procedure. The artist should prepare the set-up prior to the appointment. Make sure when you arrive to your appointment that everything is setup and that the blade is in sterile packaging. The procedure should be performed with personal protective equipment: Mask, sterile gloves, gown, hairnet. 

After the Procedure

After the procedure you may think your brows are too dark. An important reminder: eyebrows lighten 20% to 40% after the procedure. You should be aware the thickness of the eyebrow immediately after the procedure will appear 15% higher than before the procedure. The final result after the first procedure can be seen in just three weeks.

Aftercare Rules

  1. Avoid exposure to sunlight or any form of UV radiation for one month. 
  2. Applying foundation, powder and blush in the eyebrow area for the next week 
  3. Avoid the pool for one week. Chlorine can cause irritation to the eyebrows. 
  4. No sauna for one week. 
  5. No sleeping with your head in the pillow. Pillow contact with the healing eyebrows can cause pigment retention issues. 

Healing Process

During the healing process, small skin peels may appear. It reminds me of dandruff. You should not remove or peel your brows or use any abrasive creams or salts. Additionally some hair strokes may superficially disappear and then reappear later in the healing process.

The Perfection Visit

The touchup is the session where you can fix the small imperfections from the first session. You can darken or even make the color lighter. This session is necessary to add strokes in betweenthe healed hair strokes. You can add over healed hair strokes for a more natural effect. If hair strokes faded in the healing process, you must go over them again to try to rebuild the stroke.