How Is Microblading Different From Permanent Makeup?

Microblading eyebrows and permanent makeup may sound like the same thing, but they really are different in a few ways. Both are forms of cosmetic tattoo, a practice that has been around for many years and uses tattoo or pigmentation of the epidermis to produce makeup like results. This article will help you determine the real difference between microblading and permanent makeup.

There are three main differences between the two procedures:

*Although permanent makeup is not โ€œforeverโ€ permanent, it is more permanent than microblading, which can last up to 3 years, depending on the person.

*Permanent makeup can be done on the eyes, lips, and brows. Microblading is only for the eyebrows.

*Permanent makeup is done using an electrically powered machine very similar to those regular tattoo artists use. Microblading uses a tool similar to an exacto knife that does not require batteries or electricity.

Permanent Makeup

Permanent makeup is a form of cosmetic tattoo that uses needles and artistic tattoo machinery to implant dyes or pigments into the skin. It is most common on the eyebrows, lips and eyeliner. Women are by far the most common consumers of permanent makeup, however, men can also do it.

Permanent makeup can be done in many styles and shapes. Some artists will use stencils to determine the shape of the brow, which is not usually done by most experts because its stencils are not customized to the clientโ€™s face.

Many people are afraid of permanent makeup because they immediately think of cringe-worthy eyebrows that look like they were drawn on with a sharpie. Of course, no one wants to have that!

But, permanent makeup is meant to look natural, and it is not as permanent as you would think. As always, it will vary from person to person, but it is likely that a client will need a few touch ups a few years after his or her procedure.


Microblading has become really popular within the last few years, and for good reason! Like permanent makeup, microblading is a cosmetic procedure meant to enhance your eyebrows.

The reason microblading has been getting so much attention is because it is semi-permanent, not permanent. This means the procedure can last up to three years and then fade away, that’s if you don’t get touch-ups every eight months to a year. The reason it lasts less than permanent makeup is the hand tool that is used.

Where permanent makeup artists use an electrical machine similar to the ones regular tattoo artist use, microblading is just a hand tool with a fancy blade. The hand tool allows the artist to make highly accurate superficial scrapes to the brow that follow the direction of the eyebrow hair.

After getting the initial first “full brow” appointment done, it is important to follow up four weeks later to get a “touch-up”. The touch-up is meant for the color of the hair strokes to last longer and stay in place. Also, it is needed just in case some hair strokes did not take on your eyebrow. After getting that touch-up, depending on your skin, it is best to get touch-ups every eight months to a year to keep the color intact.


A good piece of advice: If itโ€™s your first time getting a cosmetic tattoo, maybe you should start by getting eyebrow microblading. That way, you get a glimpse of what having perfect eyebrows 24/7 is like and you are not making a permanent commitment if it turns out you are not 100% pleased with the results.

Overall, it is your preference if you are looking for semi-permanent or permanent. At Elements Salon and Wellness Spa, we have our very own microblading artist, Diane, who is a perfectionist when it comes to microblading eyebrows. She will consult with you first on what the perfect shape is for your eyebrows and go from there!

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