Microbalding VS Machine – eyebrow treatments

So some of you may be wondering what the difference is between semi permanent makeup and microblading? Or you may not have even realised that there was more than one option available to you. Well wonder no more, we are here to give you some insight into these both equally fabulous treatments.

Lets start with semi permanent machine applied makeup, also known as micro-pigmentation, cosmetic tattooing and permanent makeup. 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 semi permanent 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 semi permanent makeup is, we now need to know what the difference between semi permanent makeup and microbalding?

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.


  • Requires the use of a machine/digital device to employ a pigment into the dermal layer of the skin.
  • Pigment can stay  in the skin for up to 2-5 years and visible for up-to 18 months.
  • A range of design techniques can be produced such as, hair-stroke, powder, combination or ombre.
  • Sensation is often described similar to plucking or a pulling sensation. Also quite similar to rubbing a toothbrush over the skin. Topical anaesthetic is used to aid comfort.
  • Single or grouped needles can be used to create 3d results, can provide clients with a glamorous, bold finish.
  • Charge from £180-£220.
  • Expensive machinery and equipment required.
  • Aftercare required.
  • Minimal downtime.


  • Requires the use of a manual tool that is used to etch pigments into the dermal layer of the skin,  slightly shallower than semi permanent makeup.
  • Last approx 6-12 months before top up work may be required.
  • Most natural like for like hair-strokes.
  • A grouping of fine needles are used to create the most crisp and precise strokes
  • Mild scratching sensation.  Topical anaesthetic used to aid comfort.
  • As microblading is currently a must have treatment, technicians can demand a healthy treatment fee anywhere from £220. Please do-no deal search on this treatment, it is an invasive procedure that requires skill and appropriate training.
  • Currently most requested brow treatment.
  • Aftercare required.
  • Minimal downtime.

As you can see there are quite a few similarities between the two,  essentially its is the tools and technique that stands these two treatments apart. Both excellent in their own right, it just depends on the look that you wish to achieve. From my personal experience I find that microblading will always produce the best hair stroke results, so if you are looking to achieve very natural life like brows, then microblading is the one. If you prefer a more glamorous finish or suffer with oily skin then the machine would be best suited for you, for long lasting and vibrant results.

If you are interested in our bespoke brow treatments, get in touch to book a free consultation.

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