"What's the difference between microblading and permanent makeup?"
Clients often ask what the difference is between 'Microblading' and 'Permanent Makeup', having heard many myths that one technique is more superior than the other.
In fact, both methods of micropigmentation are highly effective at creating beautiful enhancements, and if performed by a reputable, trained and licenced technician, can achieve safe and successful results for clients.
Microblading is a technique that originates from Asia, and is sometimes known as "eyebrow embroidery" or "microstroking". The pigment is 'scratched' into the upper dermis of the skin, depositing pigment in crisp, clean strokes that mimic natural brow hair using a hand tool comprised of a series of fine needles fused together in a curvilinear grouping. The tool can also be used to create shading and powder/mist brows, by using a tapping technique.
Generally, microblading treatments last between 6-15 months in the skin, and requires a yearly refresh. Treatments are usually quicker to perform - sometimes taking as little as 20 minutes for the actual implantation process.
Machine Permanent makeup, also known as "semi permanent makeup" or "cosmetic tattooing", uses an electronically powered device and handgun which deposits pigment into the dermis using fine needles that repeatedly 'prick' the skin, penetrating slightly deeper in the skin than the microblade. This method can be used to draw fine hair strokes, shade and create powder/mist brows by using different needle configurations or tapers.
Generally, machine permanent makeup lasts between 1-3 years, but a yearly refresh is recommended. Treatments usually take longer than microblading, as the needle needs to be moved slowly and consistently over the skin to implant smoothly.
Machine implantation is usually required for the creation of eye and lip enhancements, although microblade versions of these treatments are beginning to appear.
In both methods:
It goes without saying that whatever method a client chooses for an enhancement, whether machine or microblade, researching into the technician, premises and standard of equipment is key. There is good and bad work in either technique!
For more information, please contact Carrina at Micro Art LDN for a complimentary, no obligation consultation where your questions and concerns will be addressed and you can find out the best method of enhancement for you.