Permanent Makeup vs. Microblading

Nowadays, a new form of cosmetic treatment has become available to people. As it became more developed and enhanced, a lot of dermatologists, doctors and artists became more efficient with it. But it didn’t just become readily available as it became a big time hit in the world of cosmetics. A lot of people were drawn to the effectiveness and wonders of cosmetic tattoos. Specifically, two names come up when speaking about cosmetic tattoos: Permanent Makeup and Microblading. However, both are often mistaken for one another as they seem to be the same thing. Contrary to that common misconception, these two are quite different. While we understand that they indeed seem relatively the same, we are here to explain the two and their key differences. 


Permanent Makeup

Permanent makeup is formally known as micropigmentation. Others call it dermapigmentation and it has been practiced for many years already, far longer than Microblading. Originally, permanent makeup was used to address some people’s difficulties with makeup such as limited time, allergies, and unstable hands. Due to its convenience and effectiveness, it became popular in the cosmetic world as it encouraged more and more people to try it out.

Permanent makeup is a procedure where doctors, dermatologists and technicians use a tattooing machine to implant ink or pigmentation in the deeper layer of the skin to make the skin appear with makeup. It can be performed in different ways and with different items. It can also be performed in the different parts of the face such as the eyebrows, eyelines, lips and even on scars on the face. However, it is always recommended to first consult with an esthetician so as to have a real time and sight on what will happen and how it will look. Notably, despite its namesake, permanent makeup doesn’t last forever but it sure does last for quite some time. Be that as it may, that isn’t really a bad thing since people can change their permanent makeup from time to time. Of course, despite it not being permanent, people can also visit their doctors and artists back for a touch-up which will extend the duration of permanent makeup and make it more refined and defined. 




Microblading, if not more sought after than permanent makeup, is actually on the same level with the latter because it is rather a new technique developed by doctors and artists alike. Its popularity was also brought about by its less painful procedure and semi-permanent nature, lasting anywhere between 1 to 3 years. Unlike Permanent Makeup, Microblading is focused only on the eyebrows as ink is used to hand-draw every single strand-like line to mimic tiny hairs in your eyebrows. As such, it does not use a lot of ink because it is achieved through the use of hands and not through machines. 

This recent cosmetic wonder can have amazing results because the human mind and human hand are involved in drawing the eyebrows. In other words, it can achieve more artistic feats like creating more curves, shadows and more. However, microblading is not readily available to all skin types since those with skins that produce more oil tend to disrupt the ink that will be placed in the skin. As such, it is important to first consult with the doctor and artists regarding your skin type and if you have skin allergies since these will prevent you from achieving your desired results. 


Here are their key differences:

Uses more ink Uses less ink
Performed through machine Performed through hands
Permanent (3-5 years) Semi-permanent (1-3 years)
Little painful Little discomfort
Less expensive More expensive
Longer recovery time Quicker recovery time
Less touch-ups More touch-ups