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Tattoo Eyebrows Versus Microblading: Which is Right For You?


In recent years, brow tattoos have become a popular solution for people looking to fill in sparse brows or non-existent eyebrows. But which is really better: traditional eyebrow tattooing or microblading?

They both use specially formulated PMU pigments, which differ from traditional tattooing ink. Thus, allowing brow artists to create beautiful, fuller-looking eyebrows, no matter the client's skin type.

However, while these eyebrow tattoo procedures are similar, they will produce slightly different results. It's important to know the difference before deciding which form of brow tattooing to go ahead with.


Beautician doing permanent brow tattoo


Both types of cosmetic tattoo involve depositing pigment into the skin to create a look that mimics natural eyebrow hair. By matching the pigment to the natural colour of the client's brows, the appearance of patchy eyebrows is reduced.

The main difference between both procedures is that eyebrow tattoos are carried out with a PMU or tattoo machine, while microblading is done with a handheld tool to recreate hair-like strokes.

What Are the Benefits of Getting an Eyebrow Tattoo?

Tattoo eyebrows are a popular solution for people who are looking to fill in sparse or non-existent brows. The pigment is tattooed into the skin to achieve a more natural-looking brow line that won't fade or smudge away. Eyebrow tattooing can be a great way to save time on your daily beauty routine, as you won't need to apply brow makeup.


 Permanent makeup on female eyebrows


The results are also more consistent and natural-looking than using cosmetics to create an eyebrow look. By opting to get your eyebrows tattooed, you can also create a more symmetrical appearance and help to frame the face. Tattooing can also be a great option for people with scarring, alopecia, or medical conditions that cause issues with hair growth.

An eyebrow tattoo session typically takes between one and two hours and the results will last several years. However, a lot of this time is spent drawing on your brow shape to ensure your eyebrow tattoo is as close to perfect as it can be.

The tattooed area will initially appear darker than the surrounding skin, but this usually fades within a few weeks as the pigment settles into the skin. With proper care and maintenance, you can expect the results to last for years. After that, like any regular tattoo, touch-ups may be necessary for the colour to remain vibrant and consistent.


What is Microblading and How Does it Differ from a Brow Tattoo?

Microblading is a relatively-modern semi-permanent makeup technique that helps to create fuller, more natural-looking brows. During the procedure, a microblading artist uses a small, hand-held tool with tiny needles called a microblade.


Microblading tools for applying permanent eyebrow makeup


This tool is used to deposit pigment into the skin in a series of precise, fine strokes that mimic natural brow hair. Once complete, this series of individual hair-like strokes helps create the overall appearance of fuller brows.

Unlike other forms of cosmetic tattooing, microblading is semi-permanent and typically lasts anywhere from one to three years. This means you can switch up your look more often and make adjustments to your brow shape as desired without the commitment of a permanent solution.

Microblading also creates a softer and more natural brow look compared to eyebrow tattoos, as tattoo artists apply the pigment by hand rather than by machine. The results can therefore be more subtle and will fade gradually over time.

Microbladed brows are therefore a great solution for those who want to add volume to their brows—but don't want overly dramatic or unnatural-looking results. Although, it should be noted that microblading will require touch-ups on occasions throughout the year to maintain a permanent colour and shape.

What Type of Pigment is Used for Eyebrow Tattooing?

PMU or microblading pigment is formulated specifically for cosmetic tattooing. These types of pigments are different from traditional tattoo ink as they create a softer, more natural look and won't drastically change colour over time.

Tina Davies PMU pigments for eyebrow tattoos

They are also gentle enough to use on delicate eyebrow skin. You can view our selection of pigments for permanent makeup procedures here.

For all other equipment needed for brow tattooing, check out our permanent makeup collection today.

What is Recovery Like for an Eyebrow Tattoo or Eyebrow Microblading Procedure?

Recovering from an eyebrow tattoo or a microblading procedure can vary depending on the individual, but typically it takes a few weeks for the skin to heal properly.

After a cosmetic tattoo, you must take good care of your eyebrows to ensure the best results. It is normal to expect some redness and swelling at the tattoo site, which should subside after a few days. You may also experience some slight peeling of the skin as your eyebrows heal.


Eyebrow tattoo


During the aftercare process, your brow artist will also advise you to keep the tattooed area clean and avoid any activities that can cause it to become irritated. After an eyebrow enhancement, it is especially important to avoid sweating or rubbing the tattooed area too much for at least 48 hours.

No matter which procedure you choose, you should listen to the aftercare instructions given by your brow artist to ensure a safe and successful recovery process. This will help make sure that your tattooed or microbladed brows look their best for as long as possible.

Tattoo Eyebrows versus Microblading: Which is Right for Me?

When it comes to tattooed eyebrows versus microblading, there are a few things to consider before making a final decision. Both have their benefits and drawbacks, so it's important to consider your lifestyle and overall beauty goals first.


Microblading eyebrows


A brow tattoo is potentially better suited for those who want a more permanent, makeup solution. However, if you prefer a more subtle eyebrow look that appears more similar to natural hair, microblading may be a better option.

Microbladed brows are also a great solution for those who like switching up their style more often or don't want a permanent eyebrow tattoo, as the pigment fades more quickly over time when applied this way.

Whichever form of eyebrow tattoo you choose, it is important to work with experienced tattoo artists or professional permanent makeup technicians. Skilled tattoo artists will help you determine the desired shape, colour, and intensity of your brows. They can also provide the best aftercare advice.

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  • Sarah Crookes