There are so many Microblading and brow terms out there that it’s becoming confusing for clients to know what exactly they want.
- Lamination (not semi-permanent make-up)
- HD brows (not semi-permanent make-up)
- Blade & Shade
- Combo brows
- Feather brows
- Powder brows
- Hybrid brows
Are you exhausted yet? Phew! I definitely am.
Ok, let me get in here and sift through all these terms in a very quick fashion:
Lamination isn’t semi-permanent make-up but it is a popular brow term and is best for brows with lots of existing hair, it’s chemical based and lasts for a month.
Ombré is when the brow has a tonal change of colour, light at the front and dark at the ends, think of block colouring but Ombré.
Blade & Shade, is when hairstrokes are fused with an undertone of the same colour to create a fuller brow.
Combo brows are the same as Blade & Shade – not much difference.
Nanoblading, this is hairstrokes but created with a finer tool.
HD Brows is a seven-step eyebrow shaping treatment that focuses on design. It involves a combination of techniques, including tinting, waxing and threading (not semi-permanent)
Feather brows, also known as Microfeathering, is when the Microblading technique is adjusted and individual hairs have more gaps and sparsity between them, they are slightly longer hence creating the term ‘feather’.
Powder brows, can be also known as Pixel brows which provide a soft shading, similar to Ombré, it focuses on natural fading and soft lines with no visible outlines.
Microshading does not tattoo full strokes like Microblading, instead, it fills the whole brow with light pigmentation through the use of a fine tipped needle and a machine.
Hybrid brows are a bit like Blade and Shade but done with a machine where the final look is more powdery but with some hairstrokes.
Phibrows is a Serbian, privately held company, that specialises in permanent make-up. ”Phibrows” is specialised for Microblading and has its own Academy once qualified they become Phibrows Artists.
I’m sure that new techniques will have entered the market by the time you’re reading this, but my advice is..
- Find a good technician that’s qualified
- Have a thorough consultation
- Like your technician, you’re going to be friends for a long time!
- Do the research, look at his or her portfolio, this is normally on their website or on Instagram
- Read the reviews
Your technician will be able to advise you what is best and most importantly will need to LISTEN to what you would like to achieve.
I hope this has helped. X