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.
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.
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