Nowadays it’s mind-blowing to think how many different techniques and styles are available when it comes to grooming your eyebrows.
many years ago, the simple reach for a pair of tweezers or a 30 second wax with your beautician seemed about as advanced as brow grooming went!
Well, it’s 2022 now, and it seems the sky is the limit when it comes to creating either that super-fine Pammy Anderson arch, or the full bodied, overgrown power brow that Cara Delavigne rocks on the catwalk.
If you are someone who shy’s away from the idea of semi-permanent makeup or microblading, there are still many options available such as Brow Lamination, plucking, threading, waxing and even brow growth serums.
However, here at Eclipse we think the benefits of either semi-permanent powder brow or microblading are extensive.
Not only does it save the time spent on weekly maintenance, varying brow products and daily tweaks when applying your makeup, long term it actually seems rather cost efficient.
As we know with semi-permanent makeup treatments, the results can be very long lasting (of course this depends on varying skin types). With microblading the results can last anything from 6 to 12 months before a colour boost is needed- versus powder brows we find that this treatment is a little longer wearing and results can be seen up to as long as 18 months before a touch up is necessarily needed. Not only are these treatments both long lasting, but we also find that they are the most efficient treatments to have on the brows when wanting to create that near symmetrical, defined and fuller shape.
Both microblading and powder brows are very different treatments in terms of the results that you get from either technique.
Microblading is a procedure that is designed to mimic and replicate individual hairs, in comparison to powder brows which is the technique used to create more of a block colour or ombred block colour throughout the brow to give more of a lasting finish that resembles how your brows would look if you were to either pencil them in or define the shape using an eye shadow makeup powder.
Both of these techniques, whether using a handheld blade or a semi-permanent tattoo machine embed pigment into the surface or epidermis layer of the skin. This pigment will always be matched up to a colour that best complements the natural brow colour and also the undertone of the skin.
As a practitioner wanting to get into the semi-permanent make up field, it is important to do your research on both of these techniques as they greatly vary in the final look that your client is desiring.
If you have a client with thinning eyebrows, no hair, very sparse eyebrows or an older client who is not used to perhaps wearing makeup through their brows, we would always recommend to advise microblading as the treatment for them due to the fact that this finish tends to be more on the natural side and the final outcome will be less intimidating for someone wanting a softer but thicker finish to their brows.
For a client who is use to shaping or filling in their brows, someone who has perhaps quite an outdoorsy lifestyle and someone who needs a slightly longer hardwearing finish, we would recommend the powder brow technique as this tends to be more resilient and more defined.
Ultimately, as a semi-permanent makeup artist-it goes without saying that training in both of these treatments will stand you in better stead when it comes to broadening your clientele due to the fact that you can satisfy a wider variety of clients.
We often find that people who have had microblading done previously and have gone on to have their yearly colour boost will often opt in at a later date to then touch up their brows with a more defined pigmented shape. This is for several reasons. Firstly, being because the look they desire has changed with time, but also because after a while (a few years), with a microbladed brow, we often find that pigment migration can occur between the individual hair strokes which ultimately leaves the eyebrow resembling a soft powder brow anyway. This pigment migration may also occur in a client who regularly touches up their own eyebrows with makeup, has a rigorous skin care regime, someone who exercises regularly or has extreme exposure to direct sunlight or outside elements such as the weather.
The other plus side to training in both procedures is that you open up the opportunity to be able to offer semi-permanent makeup removal or correction. The technique tends to be quite similar, and the procedure is carried out using the same tools and technique that is administered when initially creating a microbladed or semi-permanent powder brow.
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