THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN MICROBLADING AND COSMETIC TATTOOING
Eyebrow microblading is a form of permanent makeup where ink is placed underneath the skin. It’s similar to eyebrow tattooing (in fact, it is a form of eyebrow tattooing), but it’s pretty different from standard eyebrow tattooing in some very important ways.
MICROBLADING VS. PERMANENT MAKEUP
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 Dallas, Texas, but across the nation since 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 involves a continuous filling of pigment into the skin to create a solid shape. If you’re looking for a permanent fix, this option could be your winner. But, don’t expect natural looking results.
Traditional cosmetic tattooing machines implant pigment deeper into the dermis, which then increases the chance of the pigment expanding and becoming unnatural in its appearance.
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.
Some traditional cosmetic tattooing artists will do individual strokes with their tattoo gun, but the color will still expand and blur much more since the pigment is placed so deep. This will also cause the color of your tattooed brows to change. Black-brown based colors tend to fade to a blue-green and medium-light brown based colors tend to fade to a red-orange. Moderate pain is expected.
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.
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 cosmetic 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 Browbeat Studio, please feel free to contact us at 214-432-3077 or click on the make an appointment online.