The first question most people ask me about microblading is, “What is the difference between microblading and permanent makeup”?  The answer is not quite that simple, as microblading is a FORM of permanent makeup, yet there are several major differences.


First, microblading is done by hand.  I use an individually wrapped, sterilized one-time use blade to create the illusion of real hair on the brows.  Interestingly enough, what we call a blade is actually a grouping of tiny fine needles that scratch the skin and then a pigment is inserted into the small cuts.   What we traditionally think of as permanent makeup is a technique done with a tattoo machine.

Secondly, the pigment is deposited deeper into the skin with a machine in traditional permanent makeup.  When microblading, the pigment is placed more superficially in the skin. By putting it more superficially, the pigment tends to last about a year before it needs a touch-up.  However, you are less likely to get blurry “blown-out” looking hair-strokes, or have it fade into an “off” color over time.


Both techniques are considered a tattoo by definition, which is the inserting of pigment into the skin.  Microblading is considered “semi-permanent” since it’s lifespan is shorter than that of a traditional tattoo.


Microblading is fast becoming the option of choice for those looking to enhance or improve the look of their brows.  It takes about 2 hours and the brows have a very natural looking “fluff”. With permanent makeup done by machine, the desired outcome is a more “made-up” looking brow (so it actually looks like you have makeup on filling in the brow rather than the illusion of hair).

-Marie Leszczak

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