Don’t feel stupid for asking- we get this question a lot! What exactly is the difference between Microblading and Brow Shading?  After all, Microblading has just recently gained popularity in the semi-permanent makeup world that has swept its way across the nation in 2015. Both Brow Shading and Microblading can benefit anyone. The decision is highly beneficial to those who are affected by alopecia, cancer (chemotherapy), genetic anomalies, vitiligo, and scars. Anyone that cannot produce eyebrow hair or lack full eyebrow hairs is a perfect example. Though Microblading and Brow Shading seem like the same thing, they have extreme differences. This article will discuss these differences, and hopefully clear up the confusion between the two procedures!

Brow Shading = Permanent Makeup

Brow Shading aka Permanent Makeup, is a form of cosmetic tattooing also known as micro-pigmentation, derma-pigmentation, and permanent cosmetics. Permanent makeup artists use tattooing techniques to apply designs that would resemble makeup. Eyeliner, lips, and eyebrows are all areas that permanent makeup is traditionally applied to. Permanent makeup is virtually the same thing as getting a typical tattoo. A permanent makeup artist will use tattoo machines to implant ink into the dermis, just getting shy of how deep a regular tattoo will penetrate. Complications with permanent makeup include allergies to pigments, scars, skin cracking/peeling, infection, blistering, granulomas, and keloids. Many permanent makeup artists use regular tattoo ink which can change color over time and have dangerous minerals like cobalt and mercury in them. A well informed and experienced permanent makeup artist, like Alicia, will always use safe inks and techniques. With permanent makeup that involves the brows, usually a powder fill-like technique is used to make the brows look denser and fuller. The issue with permanent makeup for brows is the inability to create the natural and full look that Microblading successfully achieves. In the worst case scenario, unknowing clients will go to a traditional tattoo artist that will outline brows and fill them with color, making a solid eyebrow look that is very unnatural and usually regrettable. These tattoos are usually much more permanent lasting decades.

Microblading = 3D Hair Strokes

Microblading is a manual method of implanting pigment in hair-like strokes in the epidermis to create the look of fuller brows. This form of tattooing is the newest trend in Semi-Permanent Makeup. The natural-looking results are achieved with a sharp, hand-held manual blade made up of 7+ micro needles. Instead of outlining and completely filling in the outline of your brows with color, Microblading actually allows for the placement of hair strokes into the skin. Whereas traditional tattooing uses needles on a rotary/coil machine to push ink 7 layers deep into the skin, Microblading uses a manual blade and only targets 3 layers of skin. Because the pigment sits so superficially in the skin the strokes are sharp, crisp, and they mimic the look of real hair! Your new brows will last anywhere between 1-3 years based on the environmental exposure it receives, and how well you follow your after care procedures. Microblading pigments are all organic and will not change color as they lose saturation over time. Thanks to the 1-3 year expected life of the semi-permanent makeup, the client can change the way their brows look as trends change.

For more information on Microblading at New Image Beauty Bar, please feel free to contact Alicia directly at 954-774-5087.

Alicia Shapira is one of the very first instructors of Microblading in the South Florida area. She frequently travels to places such as California, Ohio, and New York to share her knowledge with growing professionals in the industry. With many years experience in permanent makeup, tattoo removal, and brow shaping, she is sought after for her treatments and instruction all across the nation.

You can view her portfolio daily on Instagram by following @newimagebeautybar.