Powder Effect Eyebrows: What Are They and How Do I Get Them?

By Katarina V.| Last updated on February 22, 2022
Powder Effect Eyebrows: What Are They and How to Get Them
⏱️ 4 min read

At the moment, there are two most prominent brow PMU trends – hair stroke brows and powder effect eyebrows. Which one you will choose depends on your preferences, your style, but also on your skin type.

In this article, you will find out if powder effect eyebrows are a good choice for you and how to get them.

So, What Are Powder Effect Brows?

Powder brows is a semi-permanent eyebrow tattoo, done with a PMU machine and pigments of natural origin, inserted into the upper dermis layer of the skin. The eyebrows look soft, powdery, similar to when you fill them in with a brow pencil or brow powder, but better! They are perfectly shaped, water-proof, and won’t come off for months, even years.

How Are Powder Effect Eyebrows Different from Microblading?

Microblading eyebrows is done with a manual tool that creates hair strokes. Powder effect eyebrows are done with a machine and give a soft, misty, makeup look of a shadow.

Powder brows are suitable for all skin types, unlike microblading which doesn’t give great results on oily skin.

Powder Effect Eyebrows vs MicrobladingImage source: Instagram @katarzynateresiak.pmu

Are Powder Effect Eyebrows a Good Choice for Me?

Yes, they are if:

  • you prefer a makeup look to a natural hair stroke look.
  • you have oily skin, powder effect brows will look better than microblading.
  • you want to wake up with perfect eyebrows.

How Do I Get Powder Effect Brows?

There are different ways to get powder effect brows. Some of them will last for months, even years, but we will also present some short-term solutions.

  1. Regular powder brows
  2. Ombre powder brows
  3. Microshading
  4. Henna brows

Powder brows are done with a PMU machine that deposits pigment in tiny dots. Misty brows with a makeup effect are created. The pigment is deposited equally in all the parts of the brow arch.

With ombre powder brows you get a lighter head and a darker tail of the brow, the so-called ombre effect, very popular in the beauty industry. Ombre brows are a special powder effect brow technique, done with the same machine and pigments.

Microshading, or just shading, is also adding tiny dots of pigment to your brows. It is very often combined with microblading and it gives awesome results – hair stroke brows with a little bit of powdered effect.

When it comes to henna brows, we’re no longer talking about a brow tattoo. It is simply dying your eyebrows with henna. It lasts for about a month, because the pigment is not inserted into the skin. Henna colors the brow hair strands, but also stains the skin underneath, giving it a powdery effect.

There are different ways to get powder effect brows.Image source: Instagram @cookielookie.pl

Other Treatments that Give Powder Effect Eyebrows

Currently, very popular are the treatments that combine hair stroke brows and the powder effect. So now, you can see that some salons offer combo brows, or as some artists call them, hybrid brows. These are created by making hair strokes with a microblading tool or a machine and adding shading.

One trend that has emerged recently are combre brows – the combination of microblading and ombre brows. As described above, the ombre effect is achieved with shading, but hair strokes are also added to give a more natural and fuller look.

What Else Should I Know About Powder Effect Eyebrows?

If you decide to get permanent powder effect eyebrows, here is what you should know:

  • It’s a cosmetic tattoo. That means that the skin is opened so that the pigment is inserted. It won’t come off when you wash your face and it won’t smudge.
  • Powder effect eyebrows go through the healing period which lasts up to 6 weeks. The first 2 weeks are the most important and your brows will go through several stages, from being too dark, to scabbing and losing pigment, and eventually taking their final shape. Learn more about powder brows healing in this article.
  • Your brows require a special aftercare routine during the healing process. The aftercare means that you should not wear makeup, you need to clean your brows regularly, and avoid sweating, swimming and sun exposure. Learn more about powder effect brows aftercare here.
  • It is a 2-step treatment – a touch up is required 6-8 weeks after the first session, once your eyebrows are completely healed. Your eyebrows may heal patchy, so the touch up is there to correct all the imperfections.
  • It doesn’t stay visible forever. Since the pigments are not the same as tattoo ink, your body will absorb them and the powder effect eyebrows will start fading after 18-24 months.
  • You need to book touch ups to prolong the effect of your powder brows.

All About Powder Effect EyebrowsImage source: Instagram @hulavesbrows

How Much Do Powder Effect Eyebrows Cost?

The average price of powder effect eyebrows is $600. But that’s just the average – there are salons that charge much less, and more exclusive ones that charge more than $1000 for the treatment.

The price depends on the location, and the popularity and expertise of the artist, but don’t let the price be the deciding factor when you choose the technician. Suspiciously low prices can mean that the artist is not certified or skilled enough. It is important to ask for recommendations and check their website, Google and social media reviews before booking an appointment.


Powder effect eyebrows are threatening to take over the popularity of microblading. They are suitable for every skin type and look better when they start fading or after a few years. They also cause less trauma to the skin and the results are awesome.

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