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  • Writer's pictureLauren Carter Spmu

Permanent Makeup & Microblading: What's The Difference?

For anyone considering a permanent cosmetics procedure for their eyebrows, one of the first decisions they need to make is whether to choose microblading, or machine permanent makeup.

There is often confusion around terminologies used in the world of permanent makeup. Many of our clients have heard the term 'microblading' used to describe a brow procedure, and many will be familiar with the term 'permanent makeup', yet may not understand the relationship between the two.

Simply put, microblading is a form of permanent makeup, applied manually using a hand tool - a microblade. Where the term 'permanent makeup' is used, the reference is usually to pigments applied to the skin using a machine, not a hand tool.

Both procedure types are capable of producing beautiful, natural-looking hair strokes, however we favour machined permanent makeup for a number of reasons:

  1. Not all clients are good candidates for microblading, particularly those who have had previous microblading work, or those with oily skin or other skin conditions.

  2. Microblading causes more trauma to the skin.

  3. Machined permanent makeup is generally more flexible, less invasive and a more skilled process than microblading.

Most experienced permanent makeup artists favour machined permanent makeup versus microblading. Some companies like Reverencia have even adapted their technique to exclude the blade altogether.

Ultimately, what matters is that you make the correct, informed decision for you. We are here to guide and advise, and despite our preference for one procedure over another, if we believe that microblading is the better solution for you, based on your individual requirements, then of course we will let you know.

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