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How Eyebrow Microblading and Eyebrow Tattoos Differ


Eyebrow Microblading

Eyebrow microblading and eyebrow tattooing are often confused for being the same thing. While microblading is technically a type of tattooing, there are quite a few differences between the two. Some refer to microblading as a “cosmetic tattoo,” but there is much more that goes into it. Knowing the differences is important when you’re choosing between the two options.


Natural-Looking Outcome

Eyebrow microblading results in brows that appear “drawn on” and flat, which is from the technique of creating individual hair-like strokes that are identical to the hair growth pattern as the surrounding eyebrow hair.


Pigment Vs. Ink

It’s no surprise that tattoo ink is used for eyebrow tattooing, but microblading uses a specialized pigment. The major difference between ink and pigment is the way it fades over time. When tattoo ink begins to fade, it often develops a blue-green colored tint around the edges of the tattoo. It is no surprise that it leaves an often not-natural look.

Microblading pigment is designed specifically so that it fades into a lighter version of the color that was used so that natural look remains throughout the process.


The Healing Process

When choosing between an eyebrow tattoo and eyebrow microblading, the healing process is something that should be considered. A tattoo is a skin deep flesh wound and the healing process can potentially take significantly longer than microblading. There are several factors that will influence the length of healing such as age, skin type, circulation, among other contributors.

While microblading has a healing time, it typically is much less than the tattoo option. On average, it takes about 7-14 days for the microbladed eyebrows to heal.


Individual Brow Stokes Vs. Tattooed Brow Lines

Like mentioned prior, eyebrow microblading involves the technique of applying individual hair-like strokes that look almost identical to your natural brow hair. Eyebrow tattooing typically involves having one thick, dark brow created, which doesn’t always look as natural.