Qualified in all the latest techniques of brows including; hairstrokes, shading, powder finish and ombre since 1992. Member of the Association of Cosmetic Tattoo Inc.
What’s the Difference Between Microblading, Ombré and Hybrid Brows?
Which method is right for me? We get asked this question all the time. As we have been providing Permanent make up for over 25 years, we have mastered all methods available on the market! But which one is best for you? To make your decision a little less confusing we have put together some tips for you to think about.
No one method is better than the other, because it all comes down to personal taste, skin type, colouring and lifestyle.
Option 1 Microblading / Hairstroke
Overview: Microblading has taken the beauty industry by storm in recent years. Microblading is meant to replace individual hairs, not to fill your brows to look like they’re filled in with pencil or shadow.
This is achieved using a hand-held tool that creates incisions or small cuts into the skin creating many hair-like impressions by implanting pigment strokes under the skin.
Pros: Microbladed brows look very natural if done by an experienced professional and each stroke looks like real hair.
Cons: Microbladed brows are the least permanent of all Permanent Makeup because of the shallow depth we penetrate the pigment under the skin. They therefore require more frequent touch ups than other techniques. Most clients come back between 12-18 months for a colour boost. Microblading is less effective on oily/combination skin types, and can be painful for some clients. Over time hairs strokes lose their ‘crisp’ look as the colour fades and runs and can look quite blotch after several months.
Who is it best for:
Microblading is perfect for someone who:
– has thin/patchy brows or needs a partial fix
– wants a subtle shape enhancement
– doesn’t regularly fill in their brows
Option 2 Ombré Powder Fill
Overview: This technique has been around for decades, but has been gradually improving over the years. The ombré powder fill method is more like a traditional tattoo performed by a machine and involves the application of thousands of tiny dots of pigment, inserted into the skin, gradually building up a colour and defined shape. Ombré– gives a light to dark ombré, lighter at the bulb (front) of the brow and going darker towards the tail
Pros: Much longer lasting results and works with all skin types. Clients come back for colour boosts closer to the 2-3 year mark. The brow is also fuller and more defined or dramatic than with the hairstroke method.
This method also gets better with time rather than the reverse as seen with microblading. are less painful due to the airbrush-like technique used, which creates less trauma to the skin vs. the blading technique of microblading.
Cons: Because this method has been around for a long time, it doesn’t have the best reputation (think big block brows). Many people are fearful of this method looking unnatural, because it does create a more defined, solid look than microblading alone. But today’s powder fill permanent brows are more natural looking than their 1990’s predecessors. In fact, ombré fill brows can be made to look very natural, by gradually building up pigment over 2-3 sessions, allowing for a defined yet soft/non solid look.
Who is it best for: If you are someone with oily or combination skin, or who fills in your brows regularly with pencil or shadow, then this is the method for you! It mimics the look of filled in brows, without all the effort each morning.
Option 3 Hybrid Brows
Overview: We love this method the most! It’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like: a combination of hairstrokes and powder fill.
Pros: The combination of hair strokes and a powder fill. It’s a bit more defined and filled in than just straight microbladed brows, and a bit less solid and dramatic than the ombré powder fill.
Cons: The hybrid brow costs slightly more than the other two methods.
Who is it best for: We really love this technique. All brows are customized specifically to each individual based on your desired look. There are no two clients with the same brow design.
If you have an existing tattoo you don’t love or want a new look, we can remove it for you in as little as 1-2 sessions.