Microblading and eyebrow tattooing are commonly confused with one another. While they are technically similar, there are differences between the procedures that are important to take note of. With microblading, artists hand draw each line, where eyebrow tattooing uses a machine. In addition, microblading uses a different retention than eyebrow tattooing.
The fine, hairlike lines of microblading will fade over time, which takes about one to three years. The fading is due to significantly less ink depositing under the skin into fine lines. Because of this, microblading is considered to be less painful and is known to maintain its original color longer. Eyebrow tattooing can turn brown, blue or purple overtime. Microblading also has a more natural appearance because of the small, hairlike and hand-drawn strokes. Those seeking microblading should also know that microblading artists are not necessarily tattoo artists, and vice versa.