PERMANENT VS. SEMI-PERMANENT
Microblading is a semi-permanent procedure, meaning it lasts for a shorter period. The ink starts to fade over time to a lighter brown or black. The eyebrows can last for 1-3 years.
Eyebrow tattooing, on the other hand, is a permanent procedure that lasts a lifetime. This is because the ink penetrates deeper into the brows. It is, therefore, vital to ensure this procedure is done right because there is no going back.
PIGMENT VS. INK
For eyebrow tattoos, the tattoo artist uses ink to perform the procedure. On the other hand, microblading technicians use pigment instead of ink. Pigment tends to fade to a lighter color depending on the used color, whereas tattoo ink fades to a blueish-green color.
MICROBLADING BROW STROKES VS. TATOO BROW LINES
With microblading, the technician will create individual hair strokes that look like your natural brow hair. The microblading technician studies your natural brow patterns, creates new lines, then fills the areas following the pattern created by the borders with hair strokes to give you a natural-looking brow. With brow tattooing, a tattoo artist creates one thick dark brow. The artist does not necessarily follow a pattern, and this means that you get a less natural look.
HAND-DRAWN VS. MACHINE
Microblading technicians will hand-draw the brows following your natural eyebrow line before carrying out the microblading procedure. The good thing about this technique is that the impact on the skin will be less, and the ink will not bleed out over time. With tattooing, a tattoo artist uses a machine that significantly injures the skin. The fine lines created by a machine are not as descent and will bleed out over time.
NATURAL LOOKING VS. ARTIFICIAL LOOKING
The microblading technique ensures you have natural-looking brows. The method makes use of individual hair-like strokes that are similar to the natural eyebrow hair. The results are fuller and thicker brows, which clients have a hard time distinguishing from their natural eyebrows. With a brow tattoo, you end up with thick and dark brows that are less natural-looking.
PAINFUL VS. PAINLESS
The microblading procedure is more or less painless. An experienced microblading technician uses topical anesthetics to numb the pain. Getting a brow tattoo, on the other hand, is a painful experience.