eyebrow tattoo vs microblading

Eyebrows have come a long way! In the 1990s, skinny eyebrows were wildly popular. Then, transitioning into the early 2000s, pencil-thin eyebrows were the trend. With Kim Kardashian, we are now seeing bold, powerful eyebrows for the 2010s.

As we faze through these trends, two eyebrow procedures remain for makeup enthusiasts to make a statement: eyebrow tattoos and microblading.

So, what about these procedure makes the ladies profess #browgamestrong? In this article, eyebrow tattooing and microblading standoff in a head-to-head battle to determine which procedure is the best.

Eyebrow Tattoo vs. Microblading

Let’s get something straight, while eyebrow tattooing and microblading can simplify your overall makeup routine and give you a flawless no-makeup look; however, they are not the same. Let’s take a closer look at each procedure to determine which is the best for you.

Stroke vs Fill

Clients that opt for eyebrow tattoos are looking for a “filled-in” look. This is achieved by using a machine to shade in the eyebrows. The technique is not ideal for clients who want a more natural “makeup” look.

In comparison, microblading artist uses a specialized blade with tiny needles that create hair-like strokes to replicate natural hair. Due to the thin blades, the technician can create more or fewer hair strokes depending on how full the client wants.

Ink vs Pigment

The technique is one component; however, it’s also important to consider the type of colorant used to determine which eyebrow procedure is best.

A permanent makeup artist uses ink similar to the ink used for a traditional tattoo. Like tattoo ink, this ink should withstand the test of time with proper care. In contrast, microblading technicians use a specialized pigment that is designed to fade over time.

Note that for each option, the quality of ink or pigment will determine the end product. In other words, low-quality pigments and inks may fade to a green or blue color over time.

Permanent vs Temporary

Lastly, we must discuss the commitment each eyebrow procedure requires. Because trends are coming and going, it is important to determine whether you’re ready to make a forever commitment or opt for the diverse semi-permanent option.

Just like a regular tattoo, eyebrow tattooing is permanent! Given the everchanging eyebrow trends, it is difficult – if not impossible- to keep up with the Jones’ if you would prefer to.

Microblading is a semi-permanent procedure that fades as time passes. This is because the brow technicians places the pigment on the most upper layer of skin. Typically, women will receive a touchup once a year to fill in any faded sections.

Which one is better?

All in all, there are several factors that make each procedure unique. Microblading is the perfect procedure for women who want realistic eyebrows that can be adapted to trends. On the otherhand, permanent eyebrow tattoos are ideal for women who are content with one style of eyebrows, and want a “one and done” solution.

Ultimately, it is up to an individual to decide which eyebrow procedure suits their needs. The best procedure is whichever that will make you feel confident and beautiful!