Blog June 2022 

What's the difference between Microblading and Powder Brows?

Microblading, Powder brows, Ombre brows and even Combination Brows, when it comes to semi-permanent eyebrows, there are many different types of to choose from now. So how do you know which one is right for you?

SMPU Microblading


Arguably the most popular method for semi-permanent brows, Microblading is a semi-permanent tattoo in which ink is inserted into the skin using a handheld blade to create manual hair-like strokes. It is the most subtle form of semi-permanent makeup due to the blend of real “hairs” mimicking the natural hair growth.

Most people go for this method due to it being the most well-known; however it is only really suitable for dry-normal skin, oily skin tends to soak up the strokes and make them blurry over time.

Microblading on dry-normal skin tends to last a little longer, making the strokes look more defined/sharp. Unlike Powder/Ombré brows, microblading is all manual (without a machine) which is why it isn’t suitable for every skin type. You do get the beautiful, subtle individual hair stokes which is why it’s suitable for people just looking for a very soft, everyday enhancement.

Combination Brows

This is a combination of two semi-permanent techniques (hair strokes and soft shading) and it is completed using a machine.

Combination brows are a perfect alternative to microblading if you want a more defined and “filled in” look. The hair strokes at the front give the illusion of a fuller brow, whilst the soft shading towards the body and end of the brow adds a lot more definition.

This technique is suitable for every skin type (normal, dry or oily) because of the way the ink is implanted into the machine using pixels instead of a handheld tool, and you can expect it to last around 12-18 months.

"This is actually my favourite technique of them all!" - Emily, SPMU at Beauty Therapy Brighton.

SMPU Combination Brows

Powder brows / Ombre

Ombré brows (also known as powder brows) are a technique purely created with a machine. This look (once healed) looks like a fresh tint and wax as the edges are defined, and the whole brow is filled in with a soft wash of colour. Buildable or more of a natural look, it’s up to you!

Ombré brows are suitable for every skin type (oily, combination, dry and normal) due to how the pigment is implanted into the skin; it also lasts a little bit longer with only minor trauma to the skin.

The front of the brows has a soft, faded look, with the middle and end being bolder. An option for those who want a “makeup” look to their brows

Still not sure which technique you should go for?

Book a free consultation with our SMPU specialist, Emily, at Beauty Therapy Brighton here and see how semi-permanent brows can transform your brows.

If you have any questions relating to microblading, please email us at

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