This is a question that keeps getting people confused! What exactly is the difference between Brow Shading and Microblading?  After all, Microblading recently just gained grounds in the semi-permanent makeup world that has swept its way across the world in 2015. Both Microblading and Brow Shading can be beneficial to anyone. The decision benefits those who are affected by genetic anomalies, alopecia, scars, cancer (chemotherapy), and vitiligo. Anyone that is unable to produce eyebrow hair or lack full eyebrow hairs is a perfect example of this. Though Brow Shading and Microblading seem like the same thing but they have extreme differences.

Brow Shading = Permanent Makeup.

Brow shading aka Permanent Makeup is a form of cosmetic tattoo that is also known as micro-pigmentation, permanent cosmetics, and derma-pigmentation. Permanent makeup artists use tattoo techniques to apply patterns that resemble makeup. Eyeliner, lips, and eyebrows are all areas where permanent makeup is applied. Permanent makeup is almost the same as a typical tattoo.

Permanent makeup artists will use tattoo machines to implant ink into the dermis and just be getting shy of the penetration of a normal tattoo. Permanent makeup complications include allergies to pigments, scars, lacerations, skin infections, blisters, granulomas, and keloids. Many permanent makeup artists use regular tattoo inks that can change color over time and contain dangerous minerals such as mercury and cobalt.

An experienced permanent makeup artist will always use safe inks and techniques. With permanent eyebrow makeup, usually, a powder fill-like method is used to make the brows look more dense and full. The problem with the eyebrows permanent makeup is the inability to create the natural and complete look that successfully reaches microblading gives. In the worst case situation, clients will unknowingly go to a traditional tattoo artist that will outline brows and fill them with color, making a solid eyebrow appear very unnatural and usually regrettable. These tattoos are generally much more durable and last for decades.

Microblading = 3D Hair Strokes

Microblading is a manual method of implanting pigments into hair-like lines in the epidermis to create the appearance of fuller eyebrows. This form of tattoo is the latest trend in semi-permanent makeup.

Natural-looking results are achieved with a sharp, hand blade of more than seven micro-needles. Instead of delineating and completing the outline of the eyebrows with color, microblading actually makes it possible to place tufts of hair on the skin.

While the traditional tattoo uses needles on a rotating machine/coil to push the 7-layer ink deep into the skin, Microblading uses a manual blade and targets only three layers of skin.

Since the pigment is so superficial on the skin, the lines are clean, crisp and mimic the look of real hair. Your new eyebrows will last between 1 and 3 years, depending on the environmental exposure you receive and how you follow up aftercare procedure.

Microblade pigments are all organic and do not change color because they lose their saturation over time. With the expected lifespan of one to three years of semi-permanent makeup, the users can change the look of their eyebrows as trends change.