Here's The Difference Between An Eyebrow Tattoo And Microblading

Tired of filling in your brows every day? Yeah, a lot of us are, too! Luckily, there are cosmetic procedures that guarantee you long-lasting brows! It's time to try microblading, or perhaps even an eyebrow tattoo.

While some might consider microblading and eyebrow tattoos to be the same procedure, the two are quite different. According to Microblading LA, microblading is a form of permanent makeup where ink is placed underneath the skin, though not deep enough to make the makeup last forever. In such cases, the makeup will only last one to two years and will require touch-ups, the outlet added. However, one benefit of microblading is its natural eyebrow look. "Microblading gives a very natural look and better simulates hair," Betsy Shuki, a makeup artist, told Glamour.

Another difference between an eyebrow tattoo and microblading are the tools used. Microblading is hand-drawn, meaning that there is less damage to your skin than a tattoo, which uses an ink machine (via Microblading LA). Thus, a good microblading artist will make fine lines to mimic your eyebrow hair, per Fine Strokes Microblading. You might not even be able to distinguish the difference between your eyebrow hair and the drawn line, the outlet reported. How natural is that? Keep scrolling to learn even more about how the two procedures differ.

An eyebrow tattoo and microblading are two different procedures

In reality, microblading is a cosmetic procedure, not a tattoo. Fine Strokes Microblading added that microblading does not use regular ink like tattoo artists. Instead, a microblading artist will use a specially formulated pigment that will maintain its original color tone over time, the outlet said. Additionally, according to Fine Strokes Microblading, eyebrow tattoos will eventually turn red or blue due to the tattoo artist's use of metallic inks.

Another difference between these two procedures is the pain. Since microblading does not go that deep underneath the skin, the procedure is generally less painful than a tattoo, per Dolly Eye Boutique. Of course, there's still pain involved, but not as much as a tattoo. An eyebrow — or any part of the face, really — is a sensitive area for a tattoo, so expect a lot of pain, the outlet added. You might even bleed!

Lastly, the main difference between an eyebrow tattoo and microblading is the purpose. As mentioned, microblading gives you natural, fluffy brows. A tattoo, by comparison, will be more boxy, according to Dolly Eye Boutique. If your goal is to get nice, natural brows, then microblading is your answer.