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Exploring the Artistry: Microblading vs. Machine-Based Permanent Makeup


When it comes to enhancing our features, microblading and machine-based permanent makeup (PMU) have become popular choices. Both techniques offer long-lasting results, but they differ significantly in their approaches. In this blog post, we'll delve into the nuances of microblading and permanent makeup done with a tattoo machine, helping you make an informed decision about the technique that best suits your preferences.


Microblading: Precision in Every Stroke

An artist doing a microblading treatment showing the use of the hand tool

Microblading is a manual technique, that involves using a handheld tool with fine needles to make small cuts in the skin; these cuts mimic hairs, when soaked in pigment. This meticulous process allows for precise control over the shape and density of the brows. Here are key points about microblading:


1. Natural Look: Microblading creates a soft, natural look by mimicking the appearance of individual eyebrow hairs. This is ideal for those looking to enhance or reshape their eyebrows subtly.


2. Handheld Precision: The artist's skill is crucial in microblading, as each stroke is manually crafted. This technique demands a steady hand and an artistic eye to achieve the desired outcome. Without these skills, microblading can easily scar but with a skilled artist, the results are soft and natural.


3. Semi-Permanent Results: Microblading is considered semi-permanent, lasting around 12 - 18 months. Touch-ups are recommended to maintain the color vibrancy and shape.


Machine-Based Permanent Makeup: Versatility, Efficiency and Consistency

Examples of different permanent makeup techniques showing eyeliner, lip blush, combination brows and nanobrows which look like real hairs.

Permanent makeup done with a tattoo machine, on the other hand, involves the use of a motorized device to implant pigment into the skin. This method is efficient and suitable for various facial features and styles. It can be used on all skin types, unlike microblading which is better suited to normal and dry skin types. Here are key points about machine-based permanent makeup:


1. Versatility: The tattoo machine allows for versatility in procedures, such as eyebrow shading, eyeliner, and lip blush. It's a comprehensive approach for those seeking enhancements beyond eyebrows, whilst still having the ability to produce the same natural results as microblading.


2. Consistency: The machine's consistent motion ensures an even distribution of pigment, making it suitable for covering larger areas. This can lead to more predictable healing and can also be advantageous for clients seeking a more filled or defined look.


3. Longer Lasting: Machine-based permanent makeup tends to last longer than microblading, typically ranging from 2 to 5 years. Touch-ups may be needed to maintain the color intensity.


Choosing the Right Technique:


The choice between microblading and machine-based permanent makeup ultimately depends on your preferences, desired outcome, and the expertise of the artist. Consider the following factors:


- Natural vs. Defined Look: If you prefer a softer, more natural appearance, both machine-based or microblading would be suitable. For those seeking a bolder, more defined look, or for those simply wanting a longer lasting result, machine-based permanent makeup offers a comprehensive solution.


- Procedures Beyond Eyebrows: If you're interested in enhancing multiple facial features like eyeliner or lips, a tattoo machine provides the versatility needed.


- Maintenance and Longevity: Understanding the maintenance requirements and the expected longevity of each technique is crucial for making an informed decision.


Both microblading and machine-based permanent makeup are art forms that can enhance your natural beauty, save time by not needing to apply conventional makeup and for many people - will help to improve confidence. By understanding the distinctions between these techniques, you can confidently choose the one that aligns with your aesthetic goals.



At Face - Permanent Makeup and Aesthetics, we offer machine-based treatments only, with a style to suit every client - whether you're wanting a soft, natural look, or something more defined. Book your free consultation to explore the possibilities and embark on a journey towards your desired look.


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