To have lush, thick, and perfectly shaped eyebrows is a dream of every woman, even men are jumping on the bandwagon and are getting their eyebrows done to look sharp and polished. Eyebrows are the most critical facial feature and are the frame for our face. Not only do they balance our facial features and provide symmetry to our faces but they complement and enhance the color of our eyes. There is no doubt that our eyebrows need to look the best at all times. 


Achieving the perfect eyebrow can result in trial and error if traditional methods of grooming are used. But thanks to semi-permanent and permanent makeup almost anyone can get the eyebrows they want in one or two sessions. The two most popular methods of achieving the perfect eyebrows are the Powder Brow technique and the Microblading technique. 


To help you further understand the two methods, here is an explanation of the difference between the two so you can choose the best one for yourself. 

What Causes Sparse Brows?

Before we go into the details of the two above-mentioned methods it is important to understand their main central feature. Microblading and the Powder Brow methods are cosmetic tattoo treatments for sparse or non-existent brows.


Sparse brows are conditions in which the person affected starts to lose hair mass from their brows and their brows become thinner and lighter. This is a sign of aging in both men and women but sparse brows can also be the result of excessive plucking, threading, and waxing. 


Other reasons for sparse brows include the genetics of the individual or loss of hair in brows due to hormonal changes. Nutritional deficiencies, stress, and illness can also cause eyebrow shedding in many people. 


To reduce the effect of this condition people try multiple approaches. These include using brow gels, brow pencils, and brow powders, although these methods are temporary at best, they also consume a lot of time and are quite inconvenient. One also needs to learn about the correct brow shape for their face, color, and filling techniques to make it work. 


On the other hand, semi-permanent and permanent makeup procedures such as the powder brow technique and microblading technique are done by certified brow experts. These beauty and brow experts are trained to advise you on how to make informed choices based on your health, lifestyle and aesthetic and provide you with eyebrows that will last for a considerable amount of time.  Now we can finally move on to learn about each type of treatment. 


What Is Microblading?

Microblading has gained mass popularity and it is known to almost every person who has an interest in beauty procedures and products. It is one of the most common and successful procedures for treating sparse brows.  


Microblading is similar to the age-old tattoo procedure because it uses a hand-held tool that has a needle at the end of it. The protruding needle creates a hair-like texture on the brow skin. The needle, dipped in skin-safe pigment especially manufactured for this method, will etch into the skin giving your eyebrows a fuller and shapelier look.


By discussing with your permanent makeup artist you can achieve any look you want for your eyebrows with microblading, you can enhance your brows and make them look fuller, and adjust the shape. The color of your hair can be matched by the microblading expert so it does not look odd with your skin. Once you have decided and chosen the look you want to achieve, your permanent makeup artist will apply numbing cream on your brows and start the procedure. 


Once your skin is sanitized and numbed, the brow technician will make controlled strokes with the needles much like scratches just under the skin. This deposits the pigment in the dermal layer of the skin. The entire procedure lasts for 30-45 minutes. 


Once the procedure is completed your brow artist will inform you about the post-care guidelines. Redness and scabbing are to be expected and you will not be able to get your eyebrows wet for about a week. The redness will subside in a few days and you can expect the results to last for about 12 months – two years. 


How long the results last depends primarily on your type of skin, skincare products used health, and lifestyle. You can have regular touch-ups to increase the lasting effect of microblading, it is recommended to have touch-ups once a year. 

What Are Powder Brows?

The newest and most popular method for correcting sparse brows is the Powder Brow Technique. The powder brow technique is also called the ombre brow technique or Microshading.  The procedure is similar to microblading but it has more benefits. 


If we compare microblading and powder brows, the latter gives a much softer, natural, and long-lasting look, the procedure is also less invasive and the risk of scarring is greatly minimized. These are some of the many reasons why more people prefer powder brows. The method is done by using pointillism and airbrushing instead of stroking ink in a hair-like pattern so it is a little bit different.

Powder brows have a lasting result because the pigment/ink is deposited into the skin with a little pen-like machine. The procedure can last up to 3 years or more with touch-ups required once every other year or so.


The brows can look fuller and darker immediately after the procedure but they will fade and soften to a more natural look in a couple of days. The procedure is preferred because it ages very well and offers a more natural and subtle look to the eyebrows. 


If the subtle look is not for you, the powder brow technique can be customized, allowing your brow artist to add extra layers of pigment to give a bolder and denser look. It is also less invasive and painful as compared to microblading. 


Permanent makeup artists and cosmetic tattooists will often recommend the powder brow method for aging and mature skin because the long-term results are more aesthetically pleasing.

Which Technique Is Right for You?

Choosing between these two procedures is not so easy because each of them has its own pros and cons. It all comes down to your preferences and what your brow artist recommends for you. However, people who have no eyebrow hair are recommended to go with powder brows. 


Similarly, if you have oily or scarred skin, powder brows are your best option because microblading will blur and won’t last long with oily skin or scarred skin. 

Looking for Microblading And Powder Brows in Los Angeles, CA?

Lily The Pink Permanent Makeup LA offers highly rated eyebrow services and specializes in providing the best Microblading and Powder Brows in Los Angeles and surrounding cities. Contact them today for a consultation for your permanent eyebrow treatment in Los Angeles and the Westside. 310-592-6337