• Sharon

Permanent Makeup vs Microblading

So firstly some of you may be wondering what the difference is between Semi permanent and Permanent makeup... as long as it's done with micropigment - nothing! It's referred to differently by different technicians and manufacturers.

Ok, so what's the difference between Semi/Permanent Makeup and microblading? Well hopefully this will give you some insight into both of these equally fabulous treatments. Lets start with Semi/Permanent Makeup, also known as micropigmentation, cosmetic tattooing and SPMU/PMU. This treatment is essentially a form of tattooing however differs somewhat to a “permanent”regular, artistic tattoo. You may ask why?

  1. The machinery used for s/pmu cosmetic tattooing generally has a lower frequency. as we do-not want to penetrate as deep into the skin layers.

  2. Cosmetic tattoo is much more superficial than a regular tattoo.

  3. We use pigments not inks to project a cosmetic design. A pigment has the ability to fade out of the skin overtime.

Now we have established what permanent makeup is, we now need to know what the difference between permanent makeup and microblading? The two are in a sense very similar. They are both treatments that are used to provide clients with lasting cosmetic results in replacement of conventional makeup, with the added bonus of lasting substantially longer. Both treatments can provide clients with natural alternatives to lip, eye and eyebrow makeup.


S/PMU Machine

Pigment can be visible in the skin for up to 5 years;

  • A range of eyebrow design techniques can be produced such as, hair-stroke, powder, combination or ombre;

  • Sensation is often described similar to a plucking sensation; also quite similar to rubbing a toothbrush over the skin. Topical anesthetic is used to aid comfort;

  • Single or grouped needles can be used to create 3d results, can provide clients with a glamorous, bold finish;

  • Cost from £250 – £450;

  • Expensive machinery and equipment required;

  • Aftercare required;

  • 7-14 days healing although a full 4 weeks is required between treatments.


  • Requires the use of a manual tool that is used to etch pigments into the epidermal layer of the skin, so slightly shallower than semi permanent makeup;

  • Can last approx 12 months before top up work may be required;

  • Most natural for fine hair-strokes;

  • A grouping of fine needles are used to create the most crisp and precise strokes;

  • Sensation is described as a scratching sensation.  Topical anesthetic used to aid comfort;

  • As microblading is currently a popular treatment, technicians can demand a healthy treatment fee anywhere from £250 plus;

  • Equipment and treatment costs tend to be lower;

  • Currently most requested brow treatment;

  • Aftercare required;

  • 7-14 days healing although a full 4 weeks is required between treatments.

As you can see there are quite a few similarities between the two,  essentially it's in the tools and technique that stands these two treatments apart. Both excellent in their own right, however if longevity is more important then in my opinion s/pmu wins.

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