Manual Microblading vs. Permanent Makeup

Manual Microblading is a technique where needles are drug across the skin, creating a fine cut where pigment can be placed in the skin. When this cut heals, if done correctly, it creates a thin, crisp line that mimics the natural look and texture of hair. Due to the nature of pigment insertion, a lot of pigment cannot be forced into the skin, leading to a shorter lifespan than more traditional tattooing methods. On average, 6–18 months.
 Permanent Makeup this is similar to tattooing methods involving the insertion of a needle or needles into the skin in a tapping motion. This is done by a machine. This movement forces a lot of pigment into the skin, causing the pigment to last longer. On average, 1-3 years.
People wanting “Hair Strokes” need to understand that this can be achieved by either method however it is imperative that the artist educate you on the different outcomes and whether you are a candidate. For example; If you are an older person that has experienced your skin thinning then you are not a good candidate for Microblading. You would be a better candidate for Permanent Makeup. You also need to understand no matter how clean your Hair Strokes are they will eventually blur.
Will you need touch-ups. The answer is yes, however there is no exact number of touch ups that can be determined because the life of your permanent makeup takes into account many factors. Such as, how active you are in the outside elements, your skin type, the amount you sweat, products you use, the pigment that was used, the machine that was used, and the depth of the pigment placement.
How long should I wait between touch-ups? It is recommended that you wait 4-6 weeks between permanent makeup touch-ups. Is there a limit to how many touch-ups I can have? There is no limit however you have to be aware that with any permanent makeup tattooing procedure there are risk. Oversaturation of pigment, applying a different color over old pigment can cause an unwanted color, too deep in the skin can cause scarring are among a some of the risk.
First and foremost, a skilled technician will let you know if your skin even allows for some of these techniques to be an option. Very thin, easy-to-tear, or brittle skin, for example, will not be able to heal well from the trauma of manual microblading. This results in a complete fading of the tattoo at best or unsightly blotching or smudging of the tattoo with possible scarring at worst.
Someone who likes dark, full brows, and fills them in everyday, probably won’t be satisfied by microblading. Even once the area heals, they may find themselves using their make-up over perfectly shaped brows, just because they are not full enough. Manual Microblading will not create a completely filled look; it will add hairs and shape, but not fill.
If you are looking to create a full look you are better off having shading done with the digital machine and could have the artist add in some Hair Strokes.

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