Microblading vs eyebrow tattoo

Microblading: before and after

You probably have heard of eyebrow tattoos which have been popular for many years. The trend consists of thin, filled-in eyebrows that you may see on your mom, aunt, or grandma! In the past few years, the trend has been changing to microblading. With microblading, the goal is to achieve a natural and effortless look that enhances your natural beauty. Thinking of enhancing your eyebrow? Keep reading to learn more about the difference between microblading and eyebrow tattoo!

Pigment vs ink

The difference in the color used in microblading and eyebrow tattoo is very different. Tattoo artists use black tattoo ink that is used for tattoos. But, microblading artists use a pigment that is specially mixed to match the client’s hair color for the process. Pigment is more ideal for microblading because it fades to a lighter version of the color used. However, tattoo ink fades to a blue-green color just like tattoos do. There was an era where eyebrow tattoos were really popular and you might have probably seen someone with thin and blocky filled in blue-green eyebrows. But as trends evolved, microblading is now on demand because it delivers a natural look that enhances your eyebrows! By using pigment, microblading is semi-permanent and does not deliver a strange hue that is hard to fade. Natural looks are the trend right now! What are you waiting for?

eyebrow tattoo vs microblading

As you can see, eyebrow tattoo has a harsher line that turns blue-green due to using ink. Microblading has a softer and more natural look by using pigment.

Semi-permanent vs permanent

Many people have eyebrow tattoos which is a permanent procedure that does not fade much and changes colors after time. If you are looking for a more subtle look, microblading is a semi-permanent procedure that lasts from 1-3 years. Over time, it will eventually just fade to a lighter version of the color, not blue or green like eyebrow tattoos. Customers with microblading will have to get their eyebrows touched more often for a retouch of the shape and color. But in my opinion, it is better to touch up more often and have natural brows than having strange colored brows that will stay on one’s face forever. You can constantly change your brows to stay on top of trends with microblading by making changes to the desired shape each year. Just in the past 10 to 20 years eyebrows have gone from being thin and dark to natural.

Trends are always changing, so it might be better to have the option to change your brows! Just like tattoos getting eyebrows tattooed on your FACE would have permanent ink lasting forever. It may not be a big deal to some, but for those who like to change their style often it is a problem to have eyebrow tattoos. With microblading, the pigment fades so the style, shape, and color can be easily changed. If you were to choose to have eyebrow tattoos or microblading done…what would you choose?

Individual brow strokes vs tattooed brow lines

The microblading process is very different from the process of eyebrow tattoo. In tattooing, your eyebrows have one thick and dark brow. However, microblading uses a technique of individual hair-like strokes that look almost identical to your natural brow hair. Microblading eyebrows are hand-drawn using a very thin and small blade to draw hair strokes on the skin. Your artist will study the pattern of your brow and draw hairs to match its pattern. They will continue to microblading until the brows are completed. These lines replace the areas where your brows are sparse and do not grow hair at all. Also, by using fine lines instead of a traditional tattoo, you can be assured that your eyebrows do not bleed over time. In the end, the result is fuller, natural brows that enhance your natural beauty!

Today’s trend is having the glow of effortless beauty, to look like you just woke up and were naturally gorgeous. This is the main reason why having services to enhance your natural beauty like eyelash extensions and permanent makeup have become so popular. We want to be able to feel and look beautiful, with or without makeup on. There is a big difference between microblading and eyebrow tattooing. With having the goal of looking more natural in mind, I think we know who the winner is!

Microblading healing process and that to expect

This video from BrowBeat Studio shows the healing process for microblading. It brings many good points about the healing process, what to avoid during microblading, and the results. There are many informational videos on the web that show the healing process of microblading.

Microblading vs brow tattoo healing process

Both microblading and eyebrow tattoos have similar healing and aftercare processes. The healing process generally will take 4-6 weeks to fully heal and starts right after the procedure is completed. During the first 10 to 14 days, your eyebrows will vary in color, definition, and texture almost every day. This may sound unusual, but don’t worry it is completely normal! The first touch-up session will be 4-6 weeks after the microblading process. The results usually last 18 to 30 months depending on the person’s age, skin type, and aftercare. 


Difference in touch ups

You will need a post-procedure touch-up 4-6 weeks after the procedure once the brows are healed. This touch-up is meant to fill in areas that the pigment or ink didn’t take as well as other areas and to overall balance the color and shape. After the touch-up, they will both have redness and possible swelling that can last up to two days. One difference with ink from eyebrow tattoo is that any undesirable mistakes created are very difficult to fix. Microblading, on the other hand, uses pigment which is a very light coloring compared to tattoos. So, if there were any strokes you did not like, they can be easily fixed. In microblading, the pigment will fade to about 40 percent before your first scheduled touch-up. Once it fades, unwanted strokes can easily disappear.

During the touch-up session, the microblading artist just has to avoid going over strokes from the initial visit. Any that you do not want to be kept will just be avoided. When recoloring the eyebrows, the unwanted lines (which rarely happen) will just fade away. It is very unlikely that you will face mistakes in the microblading process, but now you know that there is a solution if your artist messes up. 


Microblading aftercare

Please watch this video from Inkpressions Permanent Makeup about microblading aftercare for the best results after healing. The aftercare is very important to maintain your eyebrows after microblading. In the video, the artist teaches how to care for and keep your eyebrows clean plus a lot of other helpful tips!

Microblading and eyebrow tattoos have many similarities and differences, but it depends on the person’s style. I hope this has been informational and helped you decide if you want your eyebrows tattooed or microbladed. This may be at an expense some do not want, but it saves so much time and makes you more confident! From personal experience, I believe this is one of the best and easiest procedures I have done and I love my eyebrows so much more! 

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