Eyebrow microblading is a form of permanent makeup where ink is fusing 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 significant ways.


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 relatively new form of semi-permanent makeup that 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 worlds apart. Let’s cover both of them and get you informed!



Permanent makeup, also called as cosmetic tattooing, 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 more rooted into the dermis, which then increases the chance of the pigment expanding and becoming unnatural in its appearance.

Cosmetic tattooing is virtually the same thing as getting a typical tattoo. A lifelong makeup artist will use tattoo machines to implant ink into the dermis, just getting shy of how deep a regular symbol 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 put so deep. It 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. Expect moderate pain. Although most of the time, our clients say that they don’t feel any pain at all.

Complications with cosmetic tattooing 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 cosmetic tattooing 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 generally much more permanent lasting decades.


Unlike cosmetic tattooing, the procedure in microblading is carried by experts with the help of hand-held tools that create little incisions on the eyebrows, which will then be filled with pigment to create tiny hair-like strokes. To start with, an expert generally takes six measurements on your brow bone to make out the perfect shape for your brows.

The process is quite similar to regular cosmetic tattooing but is less painful. Semi-permanent makeup expert uses pigment-based ink to be implanted into the epidermis using a fine needle. Since the needles only reach a superficial layer of one’s skin, so the method is called semi-transparent.


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. A sharp, hand-held manual blade made up of 7+ microneedles is the secret in achieving natural-looking results in microblading.

Instead of outlining and filling the outline of your brows, microblading allows the placement of hair-like strokes into the skin. Whereas traditional tattooing uses needles on a rotary/coil machine to push ink seven layers deep into the skin, microblading uses a manual blade and only targets three 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 the life of the semi-permanent makeup, and 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.

Call BrowBeat today on 214 432 3077 to make your Microblading appointment for THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN MICROBLADING AND COSMETIC TATTOOING, Book Now

Dallas Advanced Microblading Experts
1800 Market Pl Blvd Ste 130
Irving , Texas 75063
Phone: 214-432-3077

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