Hairdressing techniques

The differences between microblading and eyebrow micropigmentation

Today we differentiate microblading from eyebrow micro-pigmentation, although they sound similar, they are not the same.


It is a semipermanent eyebrow tattooing technique that is done with tebori, an instrument that comes from a Japanese practice of the eighteenth century, with these characteristics: 

Health first 

One of the most popular questions among your potential clients will have to do with pain. Pain tolerance is very different for everybody, but if you apply local anesthesia before this service, there should be no problem with pain.  

It is important to do a patch test 24 hours before the service to make sure that your client does not present adverse reactions, we do not want to make any mistakes. In addition, this is complemented by asking your client if they are pregnant, allergic to the components of the pigments, if they have diabetes, hemophilia, hepatitis, or are following any medical treatment with anticoagulants, or any conditions that will restrict the application of this technique.  

Is microblading cheaper than eyebrow micro-pigmentation? 

Absolutely, estimate between 295 and 450 euro, this is due to how long results last, the time it takes to do it, the health conditions of the client that may exempt them from receiving it and the use of the tebori. All this means that its practice is not as popular as you might think. This is one of the main differences between microblading and eyebrow micro-pigmentation.  


The eyebrows will look much more natural because of the delicate line that the technique requires, its precise application depends on your expertise when handling the tebori, this completely manual instrument has up to 10 microneedles, which impregnate the dermis with the chosen pigment.  


Between 1 and 2 years, since the pigment will only reach directly below the visible layer of the skin. 


This technique of eyebrow tattooing is considered permanent by some, unlike microblading, and for others, it is considered semi-permanent service. It is performed with a dermograph, an electronic instrument that can be wireless, and is used to trace small grooves in the skin, injecting pigment and drawing each fine hair as you go, so it is a more artistic procedure.  

This technique is very useful if your client wants to conceal certain imperfections in the eyebrows, modify, or enhance them. The result is a color that is close to the natural or desired color of the eyebrow hair, but it will lighten up to 40% after application so it's recommended you touch up your client's eyebrows about a month after.  

Is it dangerous for your clients? 

To answer this question you must perform a patch test beforehand on a small area using the pigments you will be working with. Also, your client must let you know if they have any allergies. 

Another of the differences between microblading and micro-pigmentation and also, one of the problems with this technique is slow healing, which takes approximately 1 month, so you should let your client know that during this period they should not scratch or remove any scabs, sunbathe, take steam baths, or go tanning. 

Approximate cost 

Between 650 and 2,000 euros. 

How do eyebrows look with micro-pigmentation? 

Because the pigment reaches the basal layer of the skin, it causes a small amount of bulk and looks less natural, very different from microblading. However, there are blurring techniques with a separate cost that improve that condition and you will be an extra special professional if you study them. 

How long does it last? 

It differs from microblading because it lasts between 3 and 5 years, however, it depends on the following: 

  • Aftercare.
  • Touch-ups
  • The color and type of skin on which it is applied. 
  • The climate of the area where it is applied, because the pigment will fade faster if your client lives in a city with hot weather year-round. 
  • The pigment: it lasts longer if you use a darker color and it fades faster if you use a lighter color. 

So, now that you know the differences between these two beauty services. Which one would you like to learn how to do? And, if you want to help your clients combine perfect eyebrows with more daring and creative makeup, we recommend the following training that will help you make them look stunning:

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