It is the most recent eyebrow permanent makeup (PMU) service technique emerging in 2022. To describe it in everyday language, it’s basically the same as body art tattoo work, but there are subtle differences.
In this short article, we’ll go through the differences between Nano Brows, Microblading, Combo Brows, and Powder Brows.
First eyebrow PMU technique was Microblading. It is a 100% manual process using a bundle of tiny blades and ink. This is an example of the microblades sold on Amazon (We have a "product link here", but this is not what we use to be clear. The link is for illustration purposes only.) As you can see it’s a pen-like tool with bundled tiny blades at the end. PMU artists will dip the end to ink and micropigment it between dermis and epidermis layer of your skin area. The outcome is a bunch of lines like shown below. More details about Microblading was discussed in our previous "blog".
Next evolution of eyebrow PMU was Combo Brows and Powder Brows. Let me start with Powder Brows first. Powder Brows is 100% (or almost) done by a PMU machine, which looks like a tattoo machine.
By using the keyword “pmu machine” on Amazon can give you results something like shown above. Again the product link for image is "here", but this is not the machine I use and the link and image is for illustration purposes only. Powder Brows is a shading technique and not a line creating technique, so it creates “area of shading” using a PMU machine. The tip of the needle is dipped into ink and something similar to body art work is done. In this case, the needle goes only between dermis and epidermis layer precisely. It will give you more makeup look than any other techniques.
Combo Brows is a mixed technique with Microblading and Powder Brows, so it creates lines as well as shading mimicking the realistic eyebrow look. It looks like you have minimal touch of eyebrow makeup.
Now let’s talk about Nano Brows. It was a long journey to get here to explain what Nano Brows technique is, but the steps we took here will make your understanding a lot easier. Nano Brows is also using a PMU machine, but unlike Powder Brows, it will create lines. So the look may be similar to Microblading, but since the PMU machine vibrates at a few thousand RPM compared to 100% manual process by Microblading, it can create lines with thickness control, it gives you minimal to almost no pain, longer retention of eyebrow work, and almost zero bleeding during the process. It’s like heavenly experience in PMU you can imagine. No pain, but you can still get PMU? We’ll take it!
Downside of Nano Brows? Extremely hard to perform by PMU artists. Manual Microblading is much easier to create lines but using a vibrating machine to make a straight line is like drinking hot coffee running on a treadmill.
Another thing to keep in mind is that thickness control is another level of experience needed by PMU artists. Drawing a straight line (or a nicely curved line) is one thing but being able to create the thickness variation is another level. Due to this hard-to-perform tasks, normally Nano Brows is more costly and definitely takes more time than Microblading, Powder Brows, and Combo Brows.
Most important aspect of getting eyebrow PMU regardless of techniques is that your eyebrows should look natural and great deal of consultation should be done before the procedure. Everyone has different eyebrows in terms of scarcity, symmetry, and desired look, so in every procedure it’s most likely that your PMU artist will use mixed techniques (for example, Nano Brows to create line followed by Powder Brows technique to give you a little bit of daily makeup look) to give you the best eyebrows ever!