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).