Microblading Eyebrows

Microblading vs. Eyebrow Tattoo: Key Differences

Many people believe that microblading and eyebrow tattooing are one and the same regarding both the technique used and the final outcome. The reality, however, is different.

Although the ultimate result and the process are similar, the type of ink used and the duration of the eyebrows differ significantly. 

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So, what is Microblading?

If you “suffer” from overplucked eyebrows, or you simply have thin and sparse arches, then the microblading might be the right treatment for you. It enables you to reshape your eyebrows and give them newer and fuller look.

The key to this look lies in dexterous hands of the aestheticians who use a manual blade that creates tiny cuts in the second layer of your skin, called dermis, and implement pigment in it. This technique, if done correctly, mimics the look of real hairs and it provides natural looking brows.

The incisions are tiny and cause minimal to no bleeding and the pain is also negligible thanks to the numbing cream which is applied before the treatment. These micro-cuts take only minimal amount of pigment, which prevents the pigment from “bleeding-out”.

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old eyebrow tattoo technique before microblading

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The Lifespan of the Treatments

There is a significant difference in the lifespan of these two treatments.

Microblading is a semi-permanent makeup technique which uses pigments that fade after a year or two, depending on your skin type and the lifestyle. This fading process happens gradually, with the touch-ups needed every once in a while, depending on your personal preferences. Another great trait of this procedure is that you can just leave them to fade if you grow tired of this look. These pigments won’t change their color, but will simply fade away after a period of time.

The eyebrow tattoo, on the other hand, is there to stay. Once the ink is inserted, it stays for a lifetime. The possible side-effects include the change in the hue of the ink, which can sometimes go from black to greenish or bluish color.

The Difference in Application Process

Although it might seem that both of the treatments are done in the same way, there is a significant difference. The artists who do microblading use a manual tool that creates micro-cuts using a tiny blade. The tattoo artists, on the other hand, will mostly use a machine that will insert the permanent pigment into your skin.

The blade does less damage to your skin and less pigment is inserted as well. With tattooing, greater amount of ink is inserted, which can lead to bleeding-out after a while, which changes the shape of your tattoo.

The Difference in Pigments

Apart from the difference in the application process, another key difference is in the pigment which the artists use. While the tattoo artists use a permanent ink that can last a lifetime, the microblading technicians use a pigment which fades and usually lasts from one to two years, depending on the skin and other factors. After this period, the clients need to do a touch-up if they wish to still have their microbladed brows.

Microblading vs Tattoo, Which One is More Painful?

Tattooing has never been the most comfortable experience for most people, which is completely logical since there are needles involved. And if we add to that that the needles are used on our faces, we understand the concern.

However, both the tattoo and microblading artists use numbing creams to numb the area before the procedure, with this being the standard step in the microblading treatment, and fairly common step in tattoo parlors. To be sure you go through procedure with as little pain as possible, make sure you ask about this before the procedure.

The Pros and Cons of Treatments Compared

Now that we’ve established the differences between these two procedures, let’s sum up the pros and cons of each.

Pros and Cons of Microblading


  • Provide natural-looking brows
  • Semi-permanent
  • Great choice if you wish to reshape your arches
  • Fade gradually, and look nice during the whole process


  • Last between ½ year to 2 years
  • More expensive, and require touch-ups

Pros and Cons of Eyebrow Tattooing


  • They last a lifetime
  • Cheaper than microblading
  • Great for middle part of the brows, gives fullness and thickness


  • Can change color after a while
  • Can become thicker in time because the ink might “move”
  • Don’t look as natural

Microblading vs. Eyebrow Tattoo: How Do I Choose?

It all comes to your personal preferences and desires. There is no right or wrong option, only what you want and need.

If you suffer from overplucked eyebrows and wish to have trendy, full and natural-looking brows, then microblading might be a better choice for you. If, on the other hand, you don’t care as much about the changing fashions but you are more interested in a permanent solution for your brows, then the tattoo eyebrows might do the trick for you. 


It pretty much comes down to your likes when choosing between microblading and eyebrow tattoos. Whichever you choose, make sure you find a reputable aesthetician with proper certification and lots of experience who will do their best to give your desired set of arches.

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