What is the difference between Microblading and SPMU for eyebrows?

What is the difference between Microblading and SPMU for eyebrows?


First of all, it is important to know what “SPMU” actually stands for Semi-Permanent makeup -the technique that requires a specialist tattoo machine to create certain desired aesthetics in various areas of the body.

When it comes to Eyebrows, the beauty industry often refers to this as a “Powder Brow”.  So, now that we have that query cleared up – here’s to answer the main question!

Simply put, the difference between Microblading and SPMU eyebrows is everything; from the technique, the finished look, the shading to even the healed result and the top-up process.


Microblading is the method of Eyebrow tattooing that requires a specialist handheld blade that’s been dipped into the pigment the client is matched up with. The blade then gently cuts individual fine hairlines into the skin which gives the closest results to that of a natural-looking brow.

Because it requires a hand-held blade, it is far more accessible to intricately mimic the exact direction of the clients natural hair growth. The pigment is placed by the blade into a higher layer of the skin compared to that of machine tattooing- thus meaning the final result is less permanent.

Once the hair strokes have been etched into the skin, extra pigment is the rubbed over the brows to ensure that the skin is absorbing the colour fully into the hair stroke marks. Once the pigment has had time to sink in, excess ink is wiped away to reveal the initial templated shape.

This process is repeated 2-4 times over the entire brow, filling any exposed gaps each time till the perfect, natural looking eyebrow has been built. With microblading, a second appointment is needed 4-8 weeks after the initial treatment to fill any gaps that can appear during the healing process.

SPMU/ Powder Brow

It is a much bolder, more defined finish to the Brow with a far longer lasting result. This treatment is done using a specialist facial tattooing machine, which works at a much lower frequency than a standard tattoo machine.

The pigment is gently applied to the skin using very fine needles to stencil over and fill a templated shape that is created during the consultation before the procedure begins. The sensation is that of a gentle electric toothbrush being held against the skin.

The process normally takes about one hour, but it varies from person to person depending on the individual requirements. The finish is heavier, bolder and what is known as a “block colour”, contrasting with the softer and far more natural look to Microblading.

Generally speaking, it is a much heavier look, although there are several advanced artistry shading techniques that can be applied to give different finishes (Ombre brows, etc).

A second appointment is usually required between 6-10 weeks after the initial treatment in order to fill any gaps or patches that may have appeared during healing.

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Areola reconstruction


This particular form of aesthetic is technically known as a “medical tattoo” that was originally designed in order to reconstruct the nipple after a woman has undergone breast surgery. This process can also be applied to the breast in order to enhance the natural shape or colour of the nipple, as well as minimising the appearance of scars. It involves advanced techniques and training, and therefore some form of medical/ aesthetic or cosmetic experience is usually required by the consultant before this practice can be performed. When this treatment has been applied, it can massively increase ones self esteem, and the final result can look incredibly effective and realistic.


Scalp micro-pigmentation

Scalp pigmentation (alternatively known as Micro hair pigmentation or Trico pigmentation) is a treatment that is ideal for anybody who suffers from excessively thin hair, gaps of hair, hair loss due to illness or ageing, someone looking for that perfect shaven look or those too young for an actual hair transplant. This form of pigmentation is a non-surgical cosmetic treatment that uses a specialist tattoo machine to recreate the look of a full head of hair using Micro needles and tinted ink that is dotted sporadically over the scalp and matched intricately to the current hair follicles.


Semi-permanent makeup removal


This is a procedure that is commonly requested in the beauty industry. Whilst there are many experienced, qualified and talented semi-permanent makeup artists out there- clients finding and booking in with the right one isn’t always the case!

Semi-Permanent Makeup Removal is a procedure that is quite literally self-explanatory and in the title! It is a technique that is designed to reverse the results of incorrect Microblading or SPMU. Unfortunately, when the wrong artist has performed either of these techniques on a client- the desired shape the client required, or the expected colour can end up incorrect. The Removal procedure is not only able to correct colour bleeding or incorrect colour matches, but also entirely eliminate any remanence of SPMU work that the client is not happy with.


MCA- scar and stretch mark removal


MCA is the procedure used to permanently improve the physical appearance of all kinds of scarring on the body or face. This can include acne scaring, burns, appearance of regular scaring, stretch marks and even fine lines and wrinkles.

The idea behind this treatment is somewhat similar to that of “Dermarolling”, but the difference being that dermarolling is an ongoing ‘facial’ type treatment that needs monthly follow ups, whereas with this procedure, 2-3 treatments on one area (depending on the initial damage to the scar tissue) is usually enough. The results are long term-permanent, and the treatment involves the opening of the skin with tiny microneedles. The microneedle machine will move around the desired treatment area on the skin to stimulate collagen to move to the surface. This will then break down the knotted tissue and helps to flatten any raised scarring or damage.

Why start a career in Microblading

Why start a career in Microblading?

Microblading has quickly become one of the most recognized cosmetic treatments in the beauty industry today.

Beauty procedure has been around for many years. But the knowledge and practice behind it have vastly developed.

As the Beauty industry has developed over the last few decades, beauty trends have also significantly changed. Long gone are the days of wet-look hair gel and overplucked eyebrows.

Here we are in the 21stcentury where “the bigger; the better” couldn’t be a more accurate representation of all things beauty related whether it be Hair extensions, Lash Extensions or even Eyebrows!

Whilst back in the day, thinner eyebrows were the “in look”, nowadays, more and more people are embracing the bolder brow look. Although not everyone is finding this easy to achieve due to natural hair loss, illness or years of overplucking.

Semi-Permanent Makeup

It has become the answer to a lot of these people’s problems and because it is only temporary- it means the results are effective and long-lasting but not forever. So a brilliant option again for those people who enjoy keeping up with the seasonal trends.

That’s whereas a business venture- for any ladies or gents who are invested in the beauty industry- there is quite literally no better avenue to go down then Microblading. Some people already have experience within the beauty industry, some people don’t. That’s another great positive about training in this particular procedure.

Career in Microblading

Once you are qualified in Microblading – the earning potential is huge and working can be as flexible as you want it to be – because if you are doing this from your own personal salon or treatment room, essentially you are your own boss! (just be sure that your salon or treatment room are within keeping of your local boroughs health and hygiene regulations)

In terms of getting qualified, the process isn’t overly complex nor time-consuming either. The training tends to take between 2-5 days, homework is minimal but the practice is vital.

During training, and depending on which company’s course you chose to book onto, a full kit is usually included and a live model will be available for you to perform your first practical treatment on.

For anyone interested in a career in microblading or SPMU (semi-permanent micropigmentation), please enquire through our contact details above. We have training academies located in Bexleyheath, KENT and Brentwood, ESSEX.