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Microblading vs cosmetic tattoo: What’s the difference?

Updated: Mar 14, 2021

Eyebrows matter.
Eyebrows Are Big Business.

Eyebrows matter. For the last few years eyebrows have taken front & centre stage as THE most important beauty feature. And the beauty industry has kept up with the demand, by offering more types of brow products that have ever been sold before. The eyebrow trend has also increased interest in more long lasting solutions, like cosmetic tattooing. With increased demand comes increased options, as the industry tries to match the market. And while it’s amazing to have more choice, it can also be overwhelming…

What should i choose?

Do I choose microblading or micropigmentation?

Feathertouch or 3D brows?

Wait is that actually the same thing?


Deep breath. Relax lovely! Pour yourself a calming cup of tea & let’s talk BROWS.

what's microblading?

Firstly let’s understand what microblading is. Also known as ‘featherstroke’, ‘feathertouch’, ‘3D brows’ and ‘eyebrow embroidery’. Using a hand held tool (microblade) that resembles a mini scalpel, fine cuts are made into the superficial skin layers of the brow. Pigment is then placed in the cuts to mimic eyebrow hair. The microblade is actually a row of very small needles, which can create fine lines in the skin.

what's a cosmetic tattoo?

Now onto micropigmentation. Also known as ‘cosmetic tattooing’ or ‘semi-permanent make up’. Using a cosmetic tattoo machine, pigment is implanted into the lowest layers of the epidermis via needle. The process is very similar to traditional tattooing, however different machinery, pigments and techniques are used which are better suited to more delicate facial skin.

Ok great, now I know the difference but which one do I CHOOSE???

Well, it depends on the look you prefer, the type of skin you have and how long you want your new brows to last.

The Look

-Microblading creates the look of hair strokes.

-Micropigmentation creates colour, which gives the look of having powdered your brows in.

Your Skin

-If you have oily skin or larger pores, microblading is not for you. Excess sebum and large pores means pigment from microblading is not retained in the superficial layers of oily skin.

-Due to micropigmentation reaching lower layers of the skin, pigment retention is not affected by oily skin. Meaning all skin types can have micropigmentation successfully.

How Long It Lasts

-As microblading only reaches superficial layers of the skin, it does not last very long. Typically results last anywhere from 3 months to 1 year.

-Micropigmentation reaches lower layers of the skin, so it lasts much longer. Results last anywhere from 1 to 3 years.

it depends on your preference

So basically if you don’t have oily skin or large pores, are happy to get your brows redone potentially every 3 - 6 months and are wanting a hair stroke look… microblading is for you.

See 'Should I Get Microblading?' to help you decide.

If you have oily skin or usually powder or pencil your brows in and want a long lasting powdered look that you only need to get touched up annually… go for micropigmentation.

Find out more about micropigmentation here to help you decide.

I specialise in a particular type of micropigmentation that I like to call the 'Soft Powder' brow. After healing, brows look like they've been softly powdered in PERFECTLY. Want to find out more about the Soft Powder brow tattoo?

Book in here for a free consultation with yours truly to have all your questions answered! You can also see the healed results of the Soft Powder brow tattoo here.

Elise Louise
Elise Louise

Elise Louise is the client certified 'brow wizard'. Seriously, she has the certificate her client made her to prove it.

Find her in her Melbourne salon, specialising in the Soft Powder Brow Tattoo, the Keratin Lash Lift and expert brow services.

Check out more of her blog here.


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