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What makes Powder Effect different from microblading?

There is only one place in the world you can learn the ins and outs of Eye Design’s exclusive Powder Effect technique–Eye Design University! We would love to have you join us for our first-ever Powder Effect MasterClass workshop next month.

From a client’s perspective, Powder Effect (also known as microshading) and microblading may not be all that different from each other. Both techniques are used to add fullness and volume to the brows while creating a stronger shape. But, the two are actually very different, especially from a technician’s perspective. That being said, a good technician should always know the key differences that set these techniques apart from one another.

While classic microblading gives clients with sparse brows the look of hyper-realistic hair-like strokes, Eye Design’s exclusive Powder Effect technique is better suited for those with medium to full natural brow hairs. Using pin-dot pigment application, it was developed to mimic the looks women (and men!) create with pencil, powder and pomade makeup products. (Eye Design can also add Powder in between microbladed hair strokes for a Hybrid look.)

Powder Effect is extremely versatile–not only in terms of the final results but also in terms of how it can be used. For those with old microblading or permanent/semi-permanent makeup from another that has faded, Eye Design can use Powder Effect as a correction method that does NOT require laser pigment removal beforehand. This technique is also a great option for those with mature skin or extremely sensitive skin, as it is more gentle than microblading.

Because the pigment application process is so different than microblading, it requires different tools, supplies and (of course!) techniques. Eye Design uses a small, machine-like pen tool to deposit pigment under the first layer of skin during the Powder Effect procedure. This allows the process to go quickly, smoothly and pain-free, with flawless results every time! Our technicians can create a classic look with a soft-faded edge, as well as a range of fashionable ombré looks to suit every face and eye shape.

(Note: When we add Powder Effect in between microbladed hair strokes, we apply pin-dots using a manual method, without the machine tool.)

Similarly, Powder Effect does better with a thinner pigment. While microblading requires a thick, gel-like pigment for crisp, true-to-life results, Powder Effect needs a pigment with a watery consistency. Technicians who love our cafe-inspired Microblading Pigments can choose to add sterilized or distilled water–or, wait a few more days for the launch of our first-ever POWDER EFFECT PIGMENTS!

Eye Design will soon be launching a range of beautifully formulated pigments developed especially for the Powder Effect treatment. These Powder Effect Pigments have a thinner consistency than our Microblading Pigments and are specifically designed for the Powder Effect treatment. Just like our Microblading Pigments, however, we will be launching a range of six shades that are suitable for all skin tones and undertones, from light to dark.

Beauty professionals interested in learning Eye Design’s Powder Effect technique, or how to use our Powder Effect Pigments and machine tool, should join us for our very first Powder Effect MasterClass! We will proudly be hosting this 2- or 3-day (you choose!) workshop in New York City from March 25 through 27. For all inquiries, please call us at (917) 708-8870 or visit!

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