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Permanent Makeup vs. Microblading: What’s the difference?

Updated: Mar 10, 2021

Permanent makeup and microblading may seem like the same thing, but they are really quite different. Both are forms of cosmetic tattoo, a practice that has been around for many years and uses tattoo or pigmentation of the epidermis to produce makeup like results.



To anyone who doesn’t know much about it, cosmetic tattoo may seem like a vanity, but really, it transcends it — many people with alopecia, vitiligo, scars, baldness, genetic anomalies or cancer often resort to cosmetic tattoo to help them feel better about their appearance. Despite their differences, both procedures can help enhance someone’s physical appearance whatever the reason.

There are three main differences between permanent makeup and microblading:

  • Although permanent makeup is not “forever” permanent, it is more permanent than microblading, which can last up to 3 years, depending on the person.

  • Permanent makeup can be done on the eyes, lips, and brows. Microblading is solely for eyebrows.

  • Permanent makeup is done using an electrically powered machine very similar to those regular tattoo artists use.

  • Microblading uses a tool similar to an exacto knife that does not require batteries or electricity.

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