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There are over 10 million #brows posts on Instagram plus another 3 million posts with the hashtag brows on fleek. There is no denying that eyebrows are the feature of the decade, and microblading is one of the newest and trendiest procedures to make a person's eyebrows picture perfect. Read on to learn the difference between microblading and tattooing permanent makeup. 


TALKING ABOUT PERMANENT MAKEUP

Permanent makeup is similar to a skin tattoo but uses a cosmetic tattooing machine. For permanent eyebrows, the technician will outline them first and then fill them in with pigment. This machine implants pigment into the skin with a fine needle. Like a skin tattoo, the pigment for permanent makeup is inserted into the dermis. But permanent makeup is inserted closer to the surface of the skin. You can have permanent makeup on your eyelids, eyebrows, areola or lips. There is different pigment for each area. The results of permanent eyebrows, lip liner and eyeliner may need to be touched up after four or five years, depending on each person's skin type. If a person goes to a tattoo parlor for an eyebrow tattoo, she will leave with eyebrows that look drawn on with a marker. But, a trained cosmetic makeup artist will likely use a powder fill technique. This makes the brows look dense and natural.


WHAT IS MICROBLADING?

Microblading is a manual process of implanting pigment in the epidermis with hair-like strokes. Unlike permanent makeup eyebrows, the microblading technician will not draw the shape of the eyebrows and then fill them in. Instead, a technician meticulously draws each follicle of hair on the eyebrow. Even if there is no existing hair in place, the technician will create natural-looking eyebrows that follow the natural brow bone. Microblading pigment sits in the epidermis, not the dermis. Because the pigment is closer to the surface, microblading is not permanent. Microblading is semi-permanent. You can expect microblade eyebrows to last anywhere between a year to three years. How long your brows last depends on your skin type and how much sun exposure you get. The color you choose and how quickly your skin absorbs pigment are also factors. But, working so close to the surface gives the benefit of being able to use sharper, fine-tip needles. As a result of finer strokes, you'll get natural looking brows. If you are looking for eyebrows that no one can tell are not 100% natural, microblading is the way to go. 


FINAL THOUGHTS ON MICROBLADING VS TATTOOING

As you can see there are some similarities and some differences between microblading vs tattoo makeup. More important than the technique is the training of the technician and the quality of the tools and pigments. If you are interested in becoming a premiere microblading artist, the Scalpa online training course is just what you need. Join hundreds of others highly trained Scalpa artists who are trailblazing in this exciting and growing cosmetic industry.

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