Powder Brows

July 18, 2023

Do you remember how we used to buy powdered brow fillers? A powder eyebrow filler from Body Shop was my go-to 15 years ago, and most of my friends had the same. When it came to eyebrow products, we didn't have nearly as much choice as we do now. Powder products or straight pencils that made your brows look like a stamp were the most popular. Back then, brow fashion was also different. They were darker, thinner, and fuller in appearance. At least, that's how it is where I come from. When Anastasia Beverly Hills launched her eyebrow product line in the year 2000, it was a game changer. Because those products were not available in my country, I only learned about them a few years later. Her Dip Brow and, of course, the tinted gel were my first purchases. This was a game changer! And I still use her products today. They give me a powdery filled look that doesn't look fake. They're a must have in every woman's cosmetic bag. Look at her tutorials and see for yourself. When it comes to eyebrow products, there are so many options today that everyone can find something that suits their personal style. But it does not hurt to have amazing powder brows to create the perfect base.

What Are Powder Brows? 

Powder brows are one type of cosmetic tattooing or micropigmentation. For this specific treatment, the PMU artist uses a fine needle/Cartridge with an electric device to create filled soft powdery brows. Pigment is inserted into the skin and  Instead of filling the eyebrows completely, they have more of a shading kind of look. There is a popular eyebrow treatment called shading, and powder brows are definitely very similar. 

Are Powder Brows The Right Treatment For You? 

First, you need to think about how you do your eyebrows every day? Are you using any products at all? Are you using a pencil, a powdery eyebrow filler, tinted gel or a wet pencil to create hair strokes? If you have your eyebrows tinted regularly, and you love how they look the first days after when the color is still in the skin so your eyebrows look fuller. Powder brows could absolutely be for you! My personal choices are shaded brows or powder brows. I love having my eyebrows filled and full. 

Powder Brows Are For You If

  • You use powdery eyebrow filler with a pencil every day to fill your brows
  • You use dip brow or similar products to fill in your brows completely
  • You love the way your eyebrows look after you have tinted them
  • You love tinting your eyebrows with Henna long lasting tint
  • You don't like the hair stroke effect microblade and nano brow treatments give you
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What Is The Difference Between Microblading And Powder brows? 

Even though both are semi permanent cosmetic tattoo treatments, they are not the same. Microblading is done with a manual tool, while powder brows are done with an electric device. Microbladed eyebrows have the appearance of hair strokes that simulate natural hairs, while powder brows are more filled. 

Can All Permanent Make Up Artists Do Powder Brows?

Not all PMU artists can do powder brows treatment. There are some artists that only specialize in microbladed brows, or filled brows, for example. Make sure to ask when you are doing your research and making the appointment. A good tip is to find a photo of brows you really like and ask if they can do the same for you.

How Long Do Powder Brows Last?  

There are many factors that can affect how long your powder brows will last. The most important factors are your skin type, aftercare process, sun, medication, diseases, lifestyle and of course the pigments that the Powder Brows artist uses. The average time should be from 12-18 months, and then you will go for a one touch up appointment. That does not mean that they have faded completely and are completely gone, they might just have faded that much, so you want to freshen them up.

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How often do You Need To Get a Touch Up For Your Powder Brows?

As mentioned above, the recommended time is 12-18 months. For some it could be 24-36 months. All depending on skin type and lifestyle. For example, if you have oily skin you might have to get a touch up more frequently. If you live somewhere where there is sun and humidity, that could also be a factor for the pigment in the brows to fade faster. 

Is The Healing Process The Same For Powder Brows as For Microblading? 

Yes, absolutely. The healing process is the same. You have to skip exercising for 7-10 days, no sunbathing, no swimming or getting your eyebrows wet. Always follow the aftercare instructions you receive from your PMU artist. 

Personally, powder brows are my favorite. I strongly recommend you to look into that option as well if you are considering getting your eyebrows microbladed. Overall it all comes down to personal preferences. But before you go and get your permanent makeup treatment, research all the options, and pick the right PMU artist from there. 


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Kristjana has years of experience as a Customer Success and Marketing Manager in the Permanent Makeup industry. Her passion is to share information in a simple way in order to assist everyone in making well informed decisions about which treatment and PMU Artist to choose.