Microblading vs. Eyebrow Tattooing: 3 Key Differences and Why They Matter

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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. Let’s clear it up here:

1. Microblading eyebrows lasts 1 to 2 years. Eyebrow tattoos last forever.

Regular eyebrow tattoos last a lifetime, but with microblading, ink is not placed as deep underneath the skin. This means that as your skin naturally cycles through, the ink eventually rises to the surface or moves around underneath the skin as to appear lighter. Over time, the ink will fade significantly compared to an eyebrow tattoo. Depending on your skin, it may eventually disappear. Microblading requires regular touchups.

2. With microblading, blacks don’t turn blue or brown. 

Microblading uses a completely different kind of ink than traditional tattooing. With microblading, blacks do not turn blue or brown. Even as the color fades, it stays true to the original hue. 

3. Microbladed brows are hand-drawn; we don’t use a machine.

This makes a big difference! Because it’s hand-drawn there is less impact on the skin than with traditional tattooing, which uses a machine. What this means for you is that the ink will not bleed over time. With a great microblading artist, you can be sure that the fine lines that are meant to simulate your natural hair will not bleed out, like the fine lines of a traditional tattoo.
Microblading definitely has its advantages over traditional eyebrow tattooing, but it’s still so important to find a great microblading artist. Because like tattooing, microblading is an art and requires an artist behind the microblade.