A question that I am asked frequently since eyebrows became the beauty obsession of the decade!
Both Methods are a form of cosmetic tattooing where a fine needle (PMU) or blade (Microblading) is used to abrade the skin and pharmaceutical pigments are deposited in the upper layers of the skin known as the dermis.
Microblading is an old fashioned manual technique that originated in far east Asia when bamboo and other devices were sharpened to prick the skin. This technique is now performed using a hand tool which is constantly being developed and has recently made a huge come back. Amazing results can be achieved but it is not suitable for all skin types. If your skin is naturally oily, your skin will not be able to retain the fine/crisp hairstrokes and your enhancement will very quickly look fuzzy. Clients with oily skin are more suited to Ombré brows applied using the alternative digital machine method. Another point to consider is the Trauma to your skin that the blade can leave, if your artist crosses over the strokes then this can lead to scarring. Depending on how well you look after your treatment, to keep your eyebrows looking fresh expect to need them colour boosted around 6 months after your treatment.
At Pure Pigmentation we create permanent makeup enhancements with a cosmedic® digital machine which is my preferred method. The benefits of this method is that the pigment is evenly deposited in the skin and is applied slightly deeper which means the pigment will retain longer in the skin. PMU works well on all skin types, the machine can be set to different speeds depending on the age of the client and gorgeous shading can also be achieved. Using this method, we can produce exquisite eyebrow, eyeliner and lip enhancements. Depending on how well you look after your enhancement and stick to the aftercare, you should not require a colour boost to freshen your brows for at least 10-12 months. There are many contributing factors that will break down the pigment mainly sun exposure, diet, age and sebum in your skin but the pigment can remain visible for up to 3 years.
by Hanna Ameerally