Semi-Permanent Eyebrows Styles: A Comprehensive Guide

Various semi-permanent eyebrow tattoo designs

Semi-Permanent Eyebrows Styles: A Comprehensive Guide

Eyebrows play a crucial role in framing your face and enhancing your overall appearance. Semi-permanent eyebrow styling offers a range of techniques to achieve your desired look with long-lasting results. Let's explore the different methods available:

1. Microblading

Before and after photos of eyebrows using the microblading technique


Also known as the "natural eyebrow" method, microblading has been incredibly popular in Korea, especially with the rising trend of the effortless yet polished "no makeup" look. This technique uses multiple needles aligned in a row to create thin, hair-like strokes on the skin, mimicking natural eyebrow hairs.


Types of microblading needle sizes
(Microblading Needles / reference:


- Creates a natural, realistic look with individual hair strokes.
- Allows for some space between strokes, adding to the natural appearance.

- Can be painful and cause significant skin trauma.
- Initially, eyebrows may appear darker for the first 2-3 days.
- Depending on the artist's skill, there can be a risk of red or blue tint residue.

2. Shadow Brows

Before and after Shadow Brows procedure


In contrast to microblading, shadow brows give the appearance of makeup, making it look like you have powdered eyebrows. This technique is favored by those who regularly wear makeup and want a more defined look without daily application.

- Uses a PMU (Permanent Makeup) machine and cartridge needles to apply a shading effect, similar to a soft powder finish.

Cartridge Tattoo Needles Product Photos
(Cartridge Tattoo Needles / Reference: Ali Express)

- No need for daily eyebrow makeup.
- Causes less skin trauma compared to microblading.

- May look unnatural for those who rarely wear makeup.
- Risk of patchy results post-healing, depending on the artist's skill.


3. Hair Stroke Brows

Results of the Hairstrokes technique

(Reference : InkBoss @ Gangnam)


Currently the most popular and trendy method in the semi-permanent makeup industry, hair stroke brows combine the best aspects of both microblading and shadow brows.

- Like microblading, individual hair strokes are created.
- Uses a PMU machine and cartridge needles like the shadow technique, but forms lines with many tiny dots, adding depth and dimension.

- Produces a highly realistic, three-dimensional look.
- Results are exceptionally natural when performed by a skilled artist.

- Requires extensive training and practice due to the technique's complexity.
- Longer procedure time and higher cost.
- Not suitable for everyone, especially those with existing eyebrow tattoos. Additional time and effort may be needed to remove or correct old tattoos before proceeding.

Choosing the Right Method

Each technique offers unique benefits and drawbacks, so it's essential to consider your preferences and lifestyle when choosing a method. Consulting with a professional artist can help you determine the best option for your needs. Shadow brows and microblading typically cost around 20,000 to 300,000 Korean Won. Hair stroke brows start at 500,000 Korean Won, so consider the price along with your preferences to make a wise decision.

Whether you prefer the natural look of microblading, the defined finish of shadow brows, or the detailed realism of hair stroke brows, there's a perfect solution for everyone!



Want to Book a Semi-Permanent Eyebrows?

By exploring these various semi-permanent eyebrow techniques, you can find the perfect method to enhance your beauty and simplify your daily routine. If you want to book a place that feels like it was handpicked by a close friend in Korea, check out Haebom.

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