Alternatives to Microblading – Bomb Brows without Blades

By Katarina V.| Last updated on March 31, 2023
Alternatives to microblading
⏱️ 4 min read

It is true that microblading is the best-known brow tattoo technique. People sometimes don’t see the difference between microblading and other eyebrow treatments and come to the PMU salon asking for microblading, even though they have something else in mind, or they are not a perfect candidate for this treatment.

Yes, not everyone is a perfect candidate for microblading. It does not give great results on extremely oily skin with large pores, so these people should look for something else. Also, there are people who aren’t allowed to get a cosmetic tattoo due to some health conditions. They will need to look for a non-invasive alternative for their eyebrows.

Here are some great alternatives to microblading either for those who want to get a tattoo or those who are looking for a less invasive treatment.

PMU Alternatives to Microblading

Nano Brows

If you are looking for hair strokes brows, you can choose between microblading and nano brows. The difference is that microblading is done manually, with a hand tool dipped in pigment which then makes incisions in the skin. Nano brows are hair stroke brows done with a machine.

Nano brows give better results on oily skin and are less invasive, since the machine doesn’t really scratch the skin, but pierces it in tiny dots. Machine strokes also look more delicate and they’re said to last longer.

So, look for certified and licensed nanoblading artists in your area and get informed about the treatment. Soon, there will be more and more nanoblading artists, since the treatment is becoming extremely popular and threatens to replace the good old microblading.

Nano Brows Permanent Makeup treatmentImage source: Instagram @anasalesstudio

Powder Brows

It is obvious that powder brows have grown in popularity lately, and the reason for that is the fact that they are more suitable for almost any skin type.

It is true that they don’t look as natural as microbladed eyebrows but rather give a makeup, powdery effect. But if you have oily skin, microblading hair strokes will not be as crisp as they should, and will look rather blended. That is why powder brows are one of the best alternatives to microblading.

For those who like makeup and follow trends, ombre powder brows are a great choice. They have a lighter head and dark tail and look super trendy. Powder brows and ombre powder brows are also known as Instagram eyebrows since Instagram influencers are huge fans of those.

Powder Brows Permanent MakeupImage source: Instagram @ani_sahakyan_pmu


Microshading is very similar to powder brows. Powder brows are done with a machine, while microshading can be done manually or with a machine as well. Even though it is usually combined with microblading for the best results, you can get this treatment on its own. It can help you fill in the gaps in your eyebrows and make them look fuller and denser.

Non-Invasive Alternatives to Microblading

Henna Brows

If you are not ready to commit to a brow tattoo, you can choose to dye your eyebrows. Henna brows is the most popular treatment because it gives the most natural results. The disadvantage of the treatment is that it lasts up to 6 weeks and then you have to repeat the process. Luckily, the whole treatment lasts only about 30 minutes, and there is no downtime.

Getting henna brows is a good idea to test out how microblading or powder brows will look on you if you are thinking of getting a brow tattoo. Also, it is the only solution for people who are not allowed to get microblading, due to their health conditions or the medications they use.

Henna Eyebrows non-Invasive treatment alternatives to microbladingImage source: Instagram @thewonderlabc

Brow Lamination

Eyebrow lamination has been super popular for some time, and it gives you slick, dense Tik Tok eyebrows. It is a completely non-invasive treatment that doesn’t involve tattooing. Your eyebrow hairs are lifted with a setting solution and stay upward for up to 6 weeks. Your eyebrows look fuller and your arches thicker.

Eyebrow lamination is usually combined with tinting, especially for those who have light and sparse eyebrows. So, since it is completely non-invasive and gives awesome results, why not give it a try and enjoy the trendiest eyebrow style at the moment.

Eyebrow lamination non-invasive brow treatment alternative for microbladingImage source: Instagram @espaco_coruja


So, these are currently the best alternatives to microblading. Since the permanent makeup industry is constantly evolving and new brow treatments are being developed, we are looking forward to new treatments and trends.

If you are a permanent makeup artist, consider introducing new treatments in your service menu, to expand your clientele.

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