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Permanent makeup artist Michelle Bernard showing a client her results

Permanent Makeup: How Is It Different From Microblading?

A common question among those who are curious about diving into the world of cosmetic tattooing is “What is the difference between permanent makeup and microblading?” Although they both are a form of cosmetic tattooing, they are both very different. For starters, microblading is a relatively new practice, unlike permanent makeup that has been around for a couple of decades now. 

What is Permanent Makeup?

    Permanent makeup, contrary to what the name implies, is not “forever” permanent. Though, it does last a decent amount of time. Permanent makeup can last up to 5 years before you feel like you may need a slight touch up. This form of cosmetic tattooing involved the use of a machine similar to that used to create regular tattoos all over someone’s body. The purpose of permanent make-up is to enhance one’s facial features. Most often people choose to have permanent make-up applied as an eyeliner, to fill in their eyebrows, or to add some long-lasting color to their lips. Though it isn’t unheard of to add a touch of permanent eyeshadow or blush. You may hear permanent make-up referred to as several other names, such as “intradermal pigmentation, micropigmentation, or permanent cosmetics. 

    As to be expected, women are the primary clientele in this industry. Though, it is not uncommon for men to get involved as well. Typically, they are seeking scalp pigmentation as they begin to experience hair loss.  The main purpose women seek this sort of cosmetic work, aside from having perfect make up every day, is as a time-saving effort. Some women want to have their make-up routine down to a science in the morning and can be out the door with a full face in under 20 mins. That isn’t the case for everyone, and sometimes they just need that extra 20 minutes free in the morning. Whether it be to sleep in or to wrestle three small children into the car to be taken to school. 

What is Microblading?

  On the other hand, microblading has been explosively increasing in popularity in recent years.  Unlike with permanent make-up, microblading is considered to be semi-permanent makeup, lasting almost as long as permanent makeup, but not quite. Reason being, Is the technique that is used to apply the pigment. 

    Microblading is done by hand with a blade, unlike permanent make-up that is applied with a machine. Microblading is done in such a way, to allow the technician to make precise, superficial cuts to the eyebrow. This blade cuts through the superficial layers of the skin, depositing the pigment just below the surface. Deep enough for the pigment to remain visible for up to three years. With that being said, one of the biggest differences between microblading and permanent make up when it comes to eyebrows, is that permanent make up will create a more defined makeup look within your eyebrow. Unlike microblading’s approach to creating a more natural look through fine, precise strokes. 

     With either technique, you are having permanent or semi-permanent pigment applied to your face to enhance your features in an as close to natural manner as possible. With permanent makeup, you can have more than just your eyebrows enhanced and can enjoy the look for up to 5 years. Whereas with microblading the focus is on the eyebrows, in an effort to give them a flawless, natural look 24/7, for up to 3 years. Whichever route you decide to go with, the biggest favor you can do for yourself is to do your research. This includes potential technicians and their track record in their field. Permanent make-up, as well as microblading, can make a world of difference in how you look as well as how you feel about yourself. Life is too short not to be content with the face staring back at you in the mirror each morning. 

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