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We get this question a lot. What exactly is the difference between microblading and permanent makeup? It’s an understandable and expected question for those interested in microblading to ask. After all, microblading is a fairly new form of semi-permanent makeup that really started to take off in not only the Las Vegas and Henderson area, but across the nation in 2015. Both permanent makeup and microblading can benefit those from all walks of life regardless of age and sex. They are especially beneficial to those who are affected by alopecia, cancer (chemotherapy), genetic anomalies, vitiligo, and scars. Anyone that cannot produce eyebrow hair or lack full eyebrow hairs is a perfect example. Though microblading and permanent makeup seem like the same thing, they are actually worlds apart. Let’s cover both of them and get you informed!
Permanent makeup is a form of cosmetic tattooing also known as micro-pigmentation, derma-pigmentation, and permanent cosmetics. Permanent makeup artists use tattooing techniques to apply designed that would resemble makeup. Eyelining, color enhancement of skin on the face, eyelids, lips, and eyebrows are all areas that permanent makeup is traditionally applied to. It results in enhanced facial features that would typically be done with temporary makeup. Permanent makeup is the virtually the same thing as getting a typical tattoo. A permanent makeup artist will use tattoo machines to implant ink into the dermis, just getting shy of how deep a regular tattoo will penetrate. Complications with permanent makeup include allergies to pigments, scars, skin cracking/peeling, infection, blistering, granulomas, and keloids. Many permanent makeup artists use regular tattoo ink which can change color over time and have dangerous minerals like cobalt and mercury in them. A well informed and experienced permanent makeup artist will always use safe inks and techniques. With permanent makeup that involves the brows, usually a powder fill like technique is used to make the brows look denser and fuller. The issue with permanent makeup for brows is its inability to create the natural and full look that microblading successfully achieves. In the worst case scenario, unknowing clients will go to a traditional tattoo artist that will outline brows and fill them with color, making a solid eyebrow look that is very unnatural and usually regrettable. These tattoos are usually much more permanent lasting decades.
Microblading is a manual method of implanting pigment in hair-like strokes in the epidermis to create the look of fuller brows. This form of tattooing is the newest trend in Semi-Permanent Makeup. The natural-looking results are achieved with a sharp, hand-held manual blade made up of 7+ micro needles. Instead of outlining and completely filling in the outline of your brows with color, microblading actually allows for the placement of hair like strokes into the skin. Whereas traditional tattooing uses needles on a rotary/coil machine to push ink 7 layers deep into the skin, microblading uses a manual blade and only targets 3 layers of skin. Because the pigment sits so superficially in the skin the strokes are sharp, crisp, and they mimic the look of real hair! Your new brows will last anywhere between 1-3 years predicated on the environmental exposure it receives. Microblading pigments are all organic and will not change color as they lose saturation over time. Thanks to the 1-3 year expected life of the semi-permanent makeup, the client can change the way their brows look as trends change.
For more information on Microblading at Ivy Laser Salon, please feel free to contact us at 702-685-1849 or click on the make an appointment button on this screen to schedule your appointment.
Ani Nina, aka Neenajaybrows, is one of the pioneers and very first instructors of microblading in the Las Vegas and Henderson area. She is also the head Microblading artist at Ivy Laser Salon. With over 8 years experience in brow shaping and rehab, she is sought after for her treatments and instruction all across the nation.
What’s Better: Microblading or Permanent Makeup?
Is microblading or permanent makeup a better choice for my eyebrows? Everyday clients come in and say this: “I want microblading for my eyebrows”. I open and honestly explain what Microblading is during a complimentary consultation. Most of the time by the time I’m done explaining my client wants what I call a “blended brow”.
Microblading is just one permanent makeup hair stroke technique. It’s one way to do the brows. Many artists have only learned this one-way cookie cutter approach. In order to be the best artist, your artist should be able to deliver several techniques based on client’s skin type and overall eyebrow goals.
Incorporating any hair stroke technique, whether microblading or machine stroking, adds dimension to the brow. However, the hair strokes can be detected on the skin if they don’t blend into existing hair. Using a blended approach will hide the strokes if you don’t have the hair. I like to call it “Stroke and Hide”. No one wants to see “tattooed” lines on their forehead.
For microblading, we use a group of inline needles and – to say it nicely – we place the needles on the skin and “glide” through the skin in a hair like direction. Yes, it’s a cut. This micro cut holds pigment for a short time and then it will need to be done again. Depending on the skin type this can be a short 3, 6, or 9 months. So the question is how many times can we do this to the skin without scarring? It’s hard to say- but it is something I weigh heavily when doing the microblading versus a machine hair stroke; which doesn’t cut the skin. Machine strokes aren’t perfect either. They last and about 6 months -1 year and also blur in the skin.
I find that if I blend techniques and don’t rely too heavily on the strokes I will have the best brow result for my client. Many times I will start with a super soft washed out background color, and clients like this so much we may decide not to stroke. Or, if we do the strokes, they are an accent and blend into the soft shading.
Microblading is a tool in my arsenal of techniques, and it may or may not be right for your skin. If your artist is experienced, they can decide which techniques to recommend for you.
PERMANENT MAKE-UP VS. MICROBLADING: 3 DIFFERENCES EXPLAINED FOR STUDENTS IN MICROBLADING TRAINING
It’s a well-known fact in the beauty industry that eyebrows set the stage. They frame bone structure, make eyes pop, and can add personality to a face. To help get the perfect set of brows, many women have turned to make-up and even permanent make-up for a solution. However, there’s a new procedure that holds a lot of promise.
In many ways, microblading professionals can consider themselves eyebrow miracle workers. Microblading has been increasing in popularity over the past several years, with people everywhere jumping on the trend.
Microblading is a welcomed step forward from traditional permanent eyebrow make-up. Curious to learn the difference between the two? Keep reading to find out!
1. STUDENTS IN MICROBLADING TRAINING KNOW MICROBLADING OFFERS A MORE NATURAL LOOK
One of the most obvious differences between microblading and permanent make-up is how it looks. Permanent make-up is an older technique that creates a thick solid line. It is designed to resemble make-up, but can often look very unnatural, with some even saying it makes eyebrows appear drawn on with a Sharpie.
Microblading is not designed to look like make-up. Instead, it’s meant to look like actual hair strokes. As you will learn through hands-on practice during your microblading training, the strokes are individual and thin, giving the illusion of real hair. That realistic look even helped earn microblading the nickname “3D brows.”
2. STUDENTS IN MICROBLADING TRAINING MAY KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TOOLS USED
So, what are the differences in the way each look is created? The answer mostly lies within the tools professionals use. Permanent make-up uses a traditional tattoo gun with a rotary and coil to draw on eyebrows. Because of this approach, it’s hard to get precise and small lines, which causes eyebrows to look thicker and less natural.
Microblading, on the other hand, uses a small blade with many micro needles to create fine hair strokes. It is a manual tool and each stroke is individually pressed in by a professional. The blade is dipped into ink and then carefully pressed into the first two layers of a client’s skin. Because of the precision involved in this procedure, the lines stay sharp and the ink does not bleed—unlike traditional permanent make-up.
3. STUDENTS IN MICROBLADING COURSES MAY KNOW THAT PERMANENT MAKE-UP LASTS LONGER
One of the most significant differences between these two methods is how long they last. As you’ll soon learn during your microblading course, microblading is a semi-permanent procedure. This is due to a combination of factors, such as the ink used. With microblading, semi-permanent ink is used so that over time the ink naturally dissipates and disappears. In addition, microblading deposits the ink much more shallowly into a client’s skin. By comparison, permanent make-up is as permanent as any other tattoo. The ink is deposited much deeper into the skin, and is designed to stay throughout the course of a client’s life.
Which one is better? While it may be disappointing to some that microblading only lasts for one to three years, this is actually a benefit. Over time, the pigment in permanent make-up may turn blue or brown, whereas the ink used in microblading procedures will not. Also, if styles change—which they likely will if history repeats itself (remember the early 2000s, when tweezers were everyone’s best friend?)—your clients have the freedom to change up their eyebrows’ shape and colour.
Microblading (or eyebrow embroidery) is a relatively new, manual method. It is considered to be semi-permanent, as compared to the traditional hairstroke technique.
It is done using a very fine blade to deposit pigments into the epidermis. Because we’re impacting color closer to the surface, the strokes appear crisp and very fine. There is no “spilling” under the skin.
This method is ideal for anyone wanting to enhance the look of their eyebrows. The results are natural looking, hair-like strokes, regardless of the amount of hair present.
People suffering from alopecia, trigonometrical or any other condition that causes hair loss benefit greatly from Microblading, as well as people who simply aren’t happy with their eyebrows.
The pigments used in this method have been formulated to match your original eyebrow color, and if the eyebrows are still present, blend perfectly into them..
The results are a natural, flawless, fuller looking brow. Initially, the brows appear darker, but fade significantly over a two week period. It is absolutely crucial to have a touch up done, as it is very difficult to predict how well the skin will retain the pigment.
The results can last anywhere from 11 to 18 months, depending on different factors affecting the procedure. However, a touch up once a year is recommended to retain the shape and saturation of pigment.