Permanent Brow Makeup Styles & Techniques

All of these names can be confusing! People need to stop creating their own names for procedures because it confuses the client. Which is why I typically dont bother deciding prior to the appointment and rather discuss with the client in person to ensure you understand and get the brows you desire. Below I have attempted to outline the different brow styles noting other possible names you may have heard for the same techniques.

All procedures are completed basically the same way. Prior to the procedure we will shape and customize your brows to a size and shape that compliments your facial features and We select a color that best matches your natural complexion and skin tone baring in mind undertones and skin conditions.Topical anesthetics are applied before and during the procedure to keep pain and discomfort to a minimum. The procedure requires approximately two hours and there is no “down time”. All styles of brows are $450.

Hairstroke Nano brows

NANO or DIGITAL/ MACHINE HAIRSTROKE BROWS- Suitable for MOST skin, best option for oily skins who desire hair strokes. Or those who want a softer power brow with less defined edges and an ombre approach toward the head of the brow.

Ombre/ soft powdered Nano Brows

Also known as digital or machine hairstrokes, Manicured brows that look realistic. Nano brows are custom created to combine hair stroke and shading techniques, or s soft powder/ombre look to leave your arches looking as though you happened to be born with naturally perfect brow hairs. This gentle, semi-permanent tattoo uses Nano Needle’s and or Acupuncture needles to tattoo each individual hair stroke, emulating the texture, depth and movement of real eyebrow hair. Soft shading can also be easily layered to mimic density and fuller brows. The same technique is used for a soft ombre brow with no hairstrokes. Nano brows are suitable for all skin types. The process takes about 2.5 hours depending on how much natural hair you have and desired fullness. Bleeding is minimal and the healing time is typically shorter than microblading. Touchups are required between 12 and 18 months after healing. 

*two different clients

MICROBLADING- Best for normal to dry skin. Also known as Feathering, eyebrow embroidery, feather stroking, micro stroking, semi-permanent brows, Epibrow,etc. For an ultra perfect, distinguished brow, the delicate process of custom microblading, by manually tattooing strokes to evenly mimic natural hairs and amplify your current arches.  The process will leave your brows as a bold and low-maintenance defining feature, in a shape that enhances your unique face. I can create more dramatic brows, build density or fill in areas with shading.
The process takes 90 to 120 minutes and the majority of clients require 2 sessions to have their brows perfected. Touch up appointments can be made 2 to 3 months after your first visit.

Please note:  For the first 2-8 days, eyebrows may appear darker, bolder, and thicker due to scab formation  and the natural skin healing process of the immune system. This is common and to be expected for all permanent makeup procedures.


Combo brows

COMBO BROWS – Good option for oiler skin.The combo brow is the best of both techniques, combining the hairstrokes of microblading with the shading of Ombre. This technique is a good option for those with minimal or no brow hair or patchy spots, and/or for those who just want a fuller looking brow. Created with microblading an shading for depth and dimension using a Nano needle. The results will remain natural, with a slighter deeper definition. Clients who undergo this service can expect a similar healing experience as a regular microblading brow tattoo. The process takes 90 to 120 minutes and the majority of our clients require 2 sessions to have their brows perfected. Touch up appointments can be made 2 to 3 months after your first visit.

OMBRE/POWDER BROWS-Suitable for most skin types. Also known as micro shading, magic shading (I know right?), Bombre, Softap etc.

No more filling in your brows! This is a machine technique achieves a natural soft powder look. By brushing the skin with a single nano needle, building layers of pigment producing a gradient of color. This technique is less selective in terms of ideal candidacy and can be  more successful for those with oily skin, aging skin, acne prone skin, sensitive skin, and even those who have had previous permanent makeup. Ombre does not require any tweezing, waxing, plucking, or shaving of the brows and does not damage the existing brow hair. A touch up is required 2-3 months after the initial procedure. Yearly touch ups are recommended to maintain color richness and shape.

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  1. I have had microblading in another state and need a fill in. What are your costs and how soon can I get an appointment?

  2. Hello there! My cousin has been planning to attend her graduation ceremony and wants to make sure her appearance is astonishing. It’s great to know from your article that microblading is totally suitable for people whose skins are lacking of moisture. I’ll make sure she remembers this useful tip when she hires a professional to help with her makeup process later.

    1. I’m happy you found this helpful, than you. You are both welcome to contact me with additional questions or concerns.

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