The Differences between Microblading and Cosmetic Tattooing

Thick, full eyebrows are all the rage right now, but they can be hard to attain naturally if you spent years plucking and picking. If you desire bushier brows and can’t grow them yourself, you’ve probably looked into a few different cosmetic options. The two main ways to enhance eyebrows are microblading and cosmetic tattooing. They’re both quite different, so we decided to break it down for you!

Microblading before and after

First up, microblading. This method is done by hand utilizing a blade made up of 7+ microneedles to create strokes that look like natural strands of hair to create a fuller brow. Microblading is semi-permanent and one of the newest trends out there. The pigment sits much higher on the skin than traditional tattooing, allowing it to mimic hair much more accurately. Tattoos sit 7 layers deep, while microblading only penetrates 3 layers of the epidermis. Once your brows fully heal, they’ll last for about 1-3 years depending on exposure and touchups. Many prefer this to permanent tattooing, as you can adjust your brow shape with upcoming trends as the times change!

Permanent makeup is exactly what it sounds like, permanent. Rather than creating thin strokes, this method involves creating a solid shape with pigment. The end result is typically less natural, but it can last longer. Due to the fact that you’re coloring deeper layers of skin, the ink is more likely to spread rather than stay sharp and the colors tend to fade to unnatural shades like blue-green or red-orange. Moderate pain is also typically expected, rather than mild irritation. Scarring, allergic reaction, keloids, cracking, and peeling are also more common.

If you’re in need of some cosmetic touch-ups and have been on the fence about microblading versus permanent makeup, we’d love for you to stop by and see us for a consultation here at Organic Beauty by Eve. Our goal is to enhance your natural beauty with techniques that guarantee satisfaction! Contact us today at 646-406-4456 for more information.

Differences between Microblading and Cosmetic Tattooing