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If you're dreaming of effortlessly perfect brows, choosing the right semi-permanent makeup technique is crucial.

You've probably heard the terms 'Microblading,' 'Powder Brows,' and 'Nano Brows' from your bestie or your favorite influencer. These are all popular Permanent Makeup Procedures (PMU), but they have distinct differences.

In this comprehensive guide, we'll delve into what each technique is, how it's done, the healing process, and the ultimate outcome.


Microblading: Microblading is a meticulous technique where skilled technicians use a handheld microblade to deposit pigment into the skin, making a small cut to create strokes.

Powder Brows: Powder Brows (Hairstroke Technique) uses a gentle machine to deposit tiny dots of pigment, gradually building color and definition, akin to powdered makeup.

Nano Brows: Our newest technique that takes precision to the next level. It uses an even finer needle and advanced PMU technology for incredibly precise, pixelated results, resembling perfectly applied makeup. Nano Brows combine the precision of Microblading with the gentler approach of Powder Brows. This technique employs a specialized Nano needle for unparalleled accuracy.


Microblading: Microbladed brows provide a hyper-realistic appearance, ideal for those seeking a defined and precise brow look. However, this precision comes with potential downsides, as the technique can be more abrasive on the skin, possibly resulting in increased discomfort and longer healing times.

Powder Brows: Powder brows offer a versatile look, from soft and natural to bold and defined. They are a skin-friendly alternative to microblading, making them ideal for those with sensitive or delicate skin.

Nano Brows: Nano Brows provide the precision of Microblading with minimal skin abrasion, reducing discomfort and healing times. They are a long-lasting option that can endure up to 24 months.


Microblading: Post-treatment, microbladed brows will go through several phases. Initially, they may appear darker and bolder before settling into a more natural look over the next few weeks. Since skin gets more damaged during the procedure it could take about seven days to heal

Powder Brows: These heal faster, typically within five days. After the procedure, powder brows will go through a healing phase. Initially, they may appear darker before settling into a softer, more natural appearance.

Nano Brows: The recovery period is often similar to Powder Brows. Post-treatment, Nano Brows experience a healing phase. They may appear bolder initially but gradually settle into a more natural appearance.


Microblading: Best for dry to normal skin, providing natural results.

Powder Brows: These can work well for oilier skin types, especially when we've got the right ink formulations.

Nano Brows: Versatility is the name of the game here, and Nano Brows are often favored for their ability to complement various skin types.


Microblading: Expect nine months (single session) to 18-36 months (both sessions), with an annual touch-up to maintain the magic.

Powder Brows: These beauties generally last nine to twelve months. 2-3 years with an annual touch-up.

Nano Brows: They often share a similar timeline with Powder Brows.

Check out some amazing Before and After of Powder Brows and Nano Brows from our clients:

Choosing the right technique depends on your preferences, lifestyle, and desired outcome. While Microblading offers unparalleled precision, both Powder Brows and Nano Brows provide gentler alternatives. At Art PM, we prioritize your comfort and satisfaction, ensuring you achieve the perfect brows without compromising skin health.

Ready to enhance your eyebrows? Contact us today to schedule a consultation and discover which technique suits you best. With Art PM, you're just one appointment away from Chicago's best Powder Brows and Nano Brows near you.

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