The Difference Between Microblading and Micropigmentation

A micropigmentation, or permanent makeup, procedure

A brief overview of the similarities and differences between the popular microblading technique and the more traditional micropigmentation techniques.

Despite the difference in application, both procedures can look quite similar, especially after healing, and can help enhance the appearance of one’s eyebrows.

Here we will go over the details of each type of application.


  • Microblading is applied with a hand tool that is made up of micro pins, that are dragged through the top layers of the skin, leaving tiny scratches that resemble the look if hair. Pigment is then soaked into the scratches to create the look.
  • Microblading does not require batteries or electricity.
  • Microblading is only used on the eyebrows.
  • Microblading is considered to be semi-permanent, especially on thicker, or oilier skin types. Results can last six to twelve months or longer. On thin or dry types of skin, the procedure can last up to three years. However, due to its superficial placement, and the diversity of skin types and textures, microblading is usually only guaranteed for a year.

Permanent Makeup:

  • Permanent makeup is considered “permanent”, because it is more permanent than Microblading, and does not wash off; however, it does not last “forever”. Even Regular Tattoos will fade over time.
  • Permanent makeup It is applied with a type of scaled-down tattoo machine called a Rotary tool. This machine does not go as deep as a regular tattoo machine and utilizes micro needles to implant fine dots of color in the bottom of the Dermis layer of the skin.
  • Permanent makeup can be applied to look like microblading, if applied in tiny hair line strokes, with a single or flat needle configuration. This technique is called Hairstrokes or Feathering.
  • The technical name for Permanent Makeup is Micropigmentation and is sometimes referred to as a Cosmetic Tattoo. Micropigmentation looks softer than a regular tattoo, due to its placement in the bottom of the Dermis, versus a regular tattoo that is placed deeper into the fatty tissues of the skin.  This allows the procedure to reflect more light and lends to a more natural look.

Permanent Makeup (Micropigmentation) is ideal for the detailed work of facial feature replacement and/or enhancements on the face. This procedure can last up to 3 years or longer, depending on the person’s skin type, texture, and how dark the original implanted color was.

  • Permanent makeup can also be used on the eyes, lips, brows, cheek color, eye shadows etc.

More advanced paramedical permanent makeup procedures also include scar revision, camouflage on the body and face, as well as scalp micropigmentation and areola pigmentation. While there are very few artists that do this kind of work, it is possible.  I suggest that you do your homework and find a seasoned artist that specializes in paramedical permanent makeup.


While microblading will look a little more natural immediately following the procedure, due to the implant being more superficial, it does not have the same longevity. Hairstrokes can look slightly thicker than its microblading cousin for a couple of days following the application, due to swelling from a deeper implant, however the final healed result is very similar.

Many of our clients have a hard time deciding which technique is best for them.  I usually tell them to start with microblading if they are not sure what to choose. Since microblading is more temporary, it will give them a chance to wear it and see if it’s something that they want to commit to with a longer lasting technique later. However, if your goal is to get a longer lasting procedure out of the gate, the micropigmentation method is for you. Just be prepared to have darker swollen brows for 4-5 days after the procedure. A small price to wake up to beautiful brows every day.

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