Eyebrow Tattooing Vs Microblading. Your eyebrows play a huge role in how you look, with the shape, symmetry, and the fullness of your brows all working together to frame your upper face and highlight your eyes. Thin or patchy eyebrows can be time-consuming to fill in all the time, but the good news is that there are various treatments to consider to help you maintain the look and feel of your brows. If you’d like more permanently shaped and fuller brows, here’s what you need to know about eyebrow tattooing vs microblading before you choose.
What is Microblading?
Microblading is a popular semi-permanent eyebrow makeup technique for improving their thickness, shape, and definition of brows. It uses a hand-held tool with a unique blade to deposit pigment into the skin’s second dermal layer. This creates very fine strokes that mimic natural hairs. People often mistake microblading for one of the various eyebrow tattoo methods, but although the techniques are similar, microblading and eyebrow tattooing have several differences. Some of the main ones include:
More Natural-Looking Outcome:
Compared to eyebrow tattooing, microblading creates a more natural finish. Often, tattooed eyebrows can look flat or drawn onto the face, while microblading does not since it creates individual, hair-like strokes that follow your hair’s natural pattern. Both create more fullness for your brows.
Permanent vs Semi-Permanent:
While microblading does not last forever and will need topping up after 10 months to one year, an eyebrow tattoo in London is more permanent. Once the ink is tattooed into the skin, you’ve got it for several years if not for life, depending on the pigment used. While this might sound appealing to anybody who is tired of using eyebrow pencils and powder to create the brows that they want, the downside to this is that if you are not completely happy with the appearance of your tattooed eyebrows, there is not much that you can do with them aside from laser tattoo removal or salt saline removal, which can be costly and painful. If you want an eyebrow tattoo but don’t want this permanency, you can also opt for a semi-permanent eyebrow tattoo lasting up to two years.
Microblading is also more flexible, giving you the option to change your brow’s appearance with each top-up if you like.
Ink vs Pigment:
Another key difference between eyebrow tattooing and microblading is the materials used. A more pigmented ink is used in eyebrow tattooing, while on the other hand, a specialized pigment is used for microblading. The way that these two materials fade over time differ – ink fades out much slower over a longer period of time, while microblading pigment is specially designed to fade into a lighter version of the colour used, making it easier for you to maintain your natural brow between top-ups.
The good news is that neither eyebrow tattooing nor microblading has to be a painful procedure, especially with the right numbing cream used before beginning. However, microblading is often more painful, especially since the tattoos are placed in a very sensitive area on your face. On the other hand, eyebrow tattooing is gentler and involves much less discomfort compared to getting a tattoo. Most clients who opt for microblading describe the feeling of having the procedure done as similar to having your eyebrows threaded or tweezed.
While both eyebrow tattooing and microblading have a range of unique benefits, the best option for you will depend on your natural brows and the type of results you’re hoping for. Tattooing might be an ideal option for you if you’re looking for a certain shape of brow to last a long time, while microblading is best for people who want the appearance of fuller, natural brows for up to a year. Get in touch to find out more about how our tattooing and microblading services can help you achieve the look you want.