In Western Europe, 26% of women say that they are interested in trying semi-permanent or permanent makeup (PMU) applications like permanent eyebrows. Many women even center beauty vacations to major European cities like Paris, Milan, or Rome just to have their permanent eyebrows done by well-known artists. But exactly what type of PMU are they having done?
When it comes to permanent eyebrow methods, you have likely heard an overwhelming number of terms like eyebrow tattoo, microblading, microfeathering, microshading, powder brows, and more. If you are confused from trying to figure out the difference between the methods and one is the best one for you, let us help. These questions and answers will help clarify the difference between the methods so that you can choose the best one for you.
WHAT IS EYEBROW TATTOOING?
Though people use the blanket term “eyebrow tattooing” to refer to a variety of different methods, eyebrow tattooing is exactly what it sounds like, using a tattoo needle to put tattoo ink under the skin. This was the primary method of applying permanent makeup until the 1990’s when more advanced technologies were developed.
However, using regular tattoo needles and ink makes it very difficult to achieve the natural look of fine hairs and powder fill that is possible with newer technologies. Tattooing is also the most permanent of all tattoo methods because it goes deeper into the skin than other permanent makeup methods. While this method may fade and change appearance over time, tattoo removal treatments are the only way to completely remove an eyebrow tattoo. CHOOSING EYEBROW TATTOO INKS THAT WILL NOT FADE TO BLUE OVER TIME will help keep the desired shade longer, even as the tattoo ages.
WHAT IS MICROBLADING?
Microblading deposits permanent makeup pigments into the skin using a hand tool with a tiny needle that only cuts into the uppermost layer of the skin. You may also have heard this method referred to as brow embroidery or feather stroking. It gives the eyebrows the appearance of more natural individual hairs by allowing skilled artists to create very fine hair-like lines.
This application only lasts 1-3 years because the pigments do not go as deep into the skin. The one benefit is that these PMU pigments fade in a more natural way over time. Instead of fading to a new shade, they fade to a lighter shade of the same color. This makes touch-ups and re-application much easier. If you want to be able to adjust your brow shape every few years as trends change, this is the method for you.
IS MICROFEATHERING THE SAME AS MICROBLADING?
Microfeathing is a completely different technique in which small hair-like incisions are created by hand and then dye is then placed into these incisions. Unlike microblading, which can create a whole new hair pattern for people who have sparse or incomplete eyebrows, microfeathering works with your existing hair pattern. Therefore, it requires having as much of your own eyebrow hair as possible prior to application. Microfeathering is perfect for people who want to add shape and color to their existing brows but is not a great option for those who have very sparse eyebrows or conditions like alopecia in which no eyebrow hairs are present.
HOW ARE POWDER BROWS DIFFERENT FROM MICROBLADING?
Powder brows achieve their signature soft powdery look because they are created by a digital machine that implants pigment into the skin. While this method can last as long as 2-5 years, it does not provide the same definition and look of individual hairs that microblading can provide.
However, the powder brow method can be combined with microblading to create the ultimate solution for permanent eyebrow makeup! Using a combination of microblading, for the look of individual hairs, layered with the powder brows technique creates a natural look that is full, defined, and dimensional like real eyebrows.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM PERMANENT MAKEUP?
Whether you are too busy to apply makeup daily or you have physical limitations due to a disability, PMU can save you time and energy. Some great candidates include:
●People who live with hair loss (like alopecia) and want to achieve beautiful, natural-looking brows.
●People with allergies to the ingredients in traditional makeup or those with sensitive skin.
●People who have mobility issues, hand tremors, arthritis, Parkinson’s, or other movement disorders that make daily makeup application difficult or impossible.
●Swimmers or people who work out often and end up sweaty and with runny makeup.
●Anyone who wants beautiful brows without having to spend a ton of time on daily upkeep.
IS PERMANENT MAKEUP SAFE?
Make sure you DO YOUR RESEARCH and only CHOOSE REPUTABLE AND KNOWLEDGEABLE PERMANENT MAKEUP ARTISTS OR COSMETIC TATTOOISTS. Once your eyebrows are done, make sure you follow all AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS and use only the BEST ORGANIC PERMANENT MAKEUP AFTERCARE IN EUROPE.