With so many treatments available for achieving perfect brows, the choice can often be overwhelming. This post aims to provide the 101 on different cosmetic tattooing techniques for the brows, specifically breaking down the difference between Microblading and Nanoblading (Nano Brows). Whilst, both techniques are methods of semi-permanent makeup (SPMU/PMU), each are used to attain different aesthetics and suitability’s. Therefore, understanding the differences will enable you to decide if this treatment suits your desired aesthetic and requirements. Likewise, BlushBrow Studio offers both digital consultations as well as in salon consultations to help advise clients and devise an individual Treatment Plan.


[AKA feathering, eyebrow embroidery, feather stroking, micro stroking, semi-permanent brows, hairstoke tattoo, 3D/6D brows]

The Microblading technique involves depositing cosmetic pigment into the upper dermis of the skin with the use of a pencil-like handheld tool. The manual tool delicately grazes a channel into the skin using various sizes, arrangements, and flexibility of ultra-fine needles for a fully customised realistic result. This channel results in a crisp and natural hairstroke appearance, which can be tailored to varying density and textures to match a clients preferred aesthetic, as well as camouflaging partial or complete hair loss.


[AKA nanobrows, digital brows, machine brows, semi-permanent brows, cosmetic brows, nano needling, micropigmentation]

Nanoblade brows are achieved using a digital machine method of semi-permanent makeup. Needles of varying sizes and configurations are used to perform micro perforation and implant pigment into the skin. Nano needles can be used to create crisp stokes, the softness of which is determined by altering the machine/hand speed of the artist. This method allows the artist to emulate the depth, texture and movement of the hairs to achieve the desired definition. Density and fuller brows can also be achieved by layering soft shading techniques either on its own or in combination with the hairstrokes. A light and airy application of shading can achieve a soft and natural Ombré Brow, whilst the pixels can be layered for a more bold Powder Brow, depending on the desired outcome.


Whilst both microblading and the digital machine will produce crisp lines and both can produce natural and realistic results, the ideal method in which pigment is deposited is based on skin type and aesthetic preferences.

Microblading is best suited to normal skin types, although slightly dry/oily skin can also produce an amazing result. Sharper hairstrokes with movement (e.g. S shape strokes) are effortlessly achieved using the manual method and is therefore ideal for a fluffy eyebrow look. The machine technique however is suitable for all skin types and is particularly the best option for mature or oily/sensitive skin who desire hairstrokes. This is due to the gentle way in which pigment is deposited into the skin, and therefore the greater colour retention overtime (pigment does not last as long in oiler skin types making this method much more suitable).

The machine method may therefore be the preferred choice for those wishing to have lower maintenance eyebrows. However, individuals nervous about having SPMU may be inclined to prefer microblading for the very reason that they will fade quicker!


Check out some of the other treatments at BlushBrow for achieving the perfect brows:

· LED Brow Lamination

· Precision Brows

· HD Brows

· Henna Brows

For further information on this procedure including precare and aftercare, and for online consultations, visit the BlushBrow Studio website.

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