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Difference between Microblading and tattooing?-Things to distinguish

Ever noticed some older ladies with faded eyebrow tattoos that are strikingly obvious and unnatural? In recent years, a newer technique has evolved – Microblading – which promises that stiff and unnatural looking brows are a thing of the past! Rach’s Cosmetic salon in Mornington is a tattoo and semi permanent make up salon.

At Fine Strokes Microblading, sometimes we hear people refer to microblading as eyebrow tattooing, which is technically accurate but not 100% correct.

In essence, microblading is an eyebrow tattoo but is not like an eyebrow tattoo. Microblading is a “Cosmetic tattoo

People often think microblading is a type of tattoo. While the techniques may sound similar, microblading and eyebrow tattooing are very different.

Differences between microblading and eyebrow tattoos:

Microblading artists hand draw each line. Eyebrow tattooing uses a machine.

This makes a big difference. Microblading features elegant lines, and when applied by a skilled artist, those lines do not “bleed out” over time. Not true of traditional eyebrow tattooing. Eyebrow tattooing is usually done by a machine, with much more significant injury to the skin. The lines created are not as beautiful and, over time, begin to bleed out. If you’ve ever seen someone tattoo handwriting on their skin, only to see the writing get thicker over the years, then you know the effect. 

Microblading creates a more natural result compared to eyebrow tattooing, which results in brows that appear “drawn on” and flat. This is because the microblading technique creates individual hair-like strokes that are identical to the hair growth pattern of the surrounding eyebrow hair. An excellent microblading technician can make treated areas look like a more dense version of the natural brow hair.

microblading feathering

Microblading has a different retention.

The fine lines of Microblading often fade over time. For many, they disappear over 1 to 3 years. With microblading, there is physically less ink deposited under the skin. In the dermis, where the ink is placed, this ink can move around over time, giving a slighter appearance. When there is a lot of ink, like in traditional tattooing, the tattoo remains very consistent, often expanding. With microblading, the ink will fade or disappear, depending on the skin type and how much ink was inserted.

Tattoo ink is used for eyebrow tattooing, while microblading uses a specialized pigment. Ink differs significantly from dye in the way it fades over time. As tattoo ink fades, it often develops a blue-green coloured tint, especially around the edges of the tattoo. This can leave people with some oddly coloured eyebrows that often look as though they were created with a Sharpie.

In contrast, microblading pigment is specifically designed to fade into a lighter version of the colour used, so the patient retains a natural appearance.

Microblading inks maintain their colour better.

Microblading does not use traditional tattoo ink. We use a different kind of ink that maintains its original hue over time. Many tattooing clients report that their tattoos turn blue or brown over time. With microblading, however, colours tend to get lighter, rather than changing hue.

Eyebrow tattoos are permanent. Once the ink is tattooed onto the skin, it is there for life (although undesirable fading of the ink, as mentioned above, is possible). This is very different from microblading, where the results typically last about six months to a year. Simple “touch up” treatments can be done annually if the microblading patient wishes to maintain their enhanced brow. The semi-permanent nature of microblading allows patients the ability to change the appearance of their forehead as trends change.

Microbladed brows will fade sooner, but the outcome won’t be as noticeable or ugly.

That is because there isn’t a lot of ink or harsh lines used in the creation process.

Microbladed ink might disappear, but since it is placed inside the dermis, it won’t look ugly.

Microblading might end up looking a lot darker during your first 7-10 day recovery process. After this time, they will fade and come back to their usual colour.

Tattoos, on the other hand, are drawn and filled in with ink. This ink is a lot stronger, and it can end up looking quite harsh in time.

Tattoos can get a lot lighter, darker, or can sometimes even pick up a blue-ish or green-ish tone. Just as it is with symbols, this ink can spread and end up looking thicker.

This is why your artist needs to do them as thin as possible in the first place since you don’t want that block eyebrow in a year, right?

Microblading is less painful. (And many consider it painless.)

Our artists use a topical anesthetic, which numbs clients of most of the pain. Many microblading clients report little or no discomfort. Some people fear traditional tattoos on certain parts of their bodies because of the pain, but this is typically not an inhibiting factor for microblading clients.

Getting a tattoo can be relatively painful, uniquely if they are placed in a sensitive area like the face. The microblading technique involves much less discomfort, especially if the brow area is numbed with lidocaine before treatment. Most patients describe the feeling of microblading to be similar to tweezing.

During the microblading process, the esthetician will use a topical anesthetic over your brow, which will numb the pain.

A tattoo artist will do the same thing as well.

Results from microblading are more natural than traditional eyebrow tattoos.

Each hair stroke is hand-drawn in microblading. To the naked eye, these individual hair strokes blend right in with a clients’ real hair. While eyebrow tattoos may look more like a filled-in brow or a solid line (“sharpie look”), microblading looks more like natural eyebrow hair.

This is microblading is such an excellent solution for clients with no eyebrow hair. You can see this gallery of cancer survivors and those with alopecia who elected to get microblading.

little feather cosmetic tattoo

The Difference In The Processes

The process itself is quite alike, but the main difference is in the fact that microblading is a hand drawing process, while tattooing is done with a machine.

Microblading will create fine lines that won’t bleed, while tattooing might create an injury.

Rachael Bebe also performs a Lip tattoo service.

Pros & Cons Of Microblading


– The ideal solution if you need a definition and a new shape

– They can look natural

– Done by hand

– Semi-permanent

– Hurt less than tattooing

– Will look beautiful even once they fade


– Will last you 6-18 months

– You will have to redo them

– Pricier than tattooing

Pros & Cons Of Tattoo Brows


– A long-lasting solution

– Ideal if you need to fill in the middle portion of your brow, and if you already have your desired shape

– Less expensive than tattooing

– A great choice if you are someone who doesn’t want to change your style of drawing or filling in your brows


– Might become thicker in time

– Won’t look defined, just filled

– Painful process

– The ink can pick up a blue-ish undertone

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