What is the difference between Micro Blading and Tattoos

by | May 29, 2024

What is the difference between Micro Blading and other Permanent Makeup modalities.

Microblading is a tool that is popular with the newer generation of permanent makeup artists.  The marketing of Microblading has dominated our industry in the past 2 to 3 years.

Microblade is a hand held tool where the series of needles are configured tightly to form a “blade” or a “knife”.  The artist uses the “blade” to cut “hair like” incisions into the skin.  The pigment is then smeared into the cuts.  The width of the blade is extremely narrow so that the artist can create an illusion of eyebrow hairs.

Due to the narrow width of the blade, the artist must minimize the space in between each stroke.  If the strokes are placed too far apart, the tattoo may appear sparse when healed.  If the strokes are placed too closely, then the pigment from each stroke blend into the next stroke and causes pigment migration or a shaded look. 


Immediately after the procedure, you will see the individual hair like stokes for about a week.  However, when your skin repairs itself, the treated area secretes sebum which then dries into a scab.  The appearance of individual strokes are not as apparent.  Most Micro Blading healed brows look solid in color, due to the closeness of the strokes.

Softap is another manual hand held tool (non electric) where the needles are placed in a linear configuration.  It looks like a microblade tool, but the method of entering the skin is different.  The needles are not as tightly bounded as a Micro Blade.  The artist uses an up and down motion to insert needles and pigment into the skin simultaneously.  It is not a cutting motion, but rather a puncture motion.  You can achieve beautiful hairstrokes with light shading to cover in between strokes.  The hairstrokes are set further apart than microblading.  The trauma to the skin is also arguably less than microblading.

Softap and the Rotary machine are similar in motion of the needle and pigment.  Both Softap and the Rotary machine use an up and down motion, unlike the slicing motion done by Microblading.  All hairlike strokes whether using Microblade, Softap or Rotary machine lasts about 12 months.

Microblading is not recommended for older skin.  

Permanent Makeup Artistry
San Ramon, CA