Semi permanent makeup vs Microblading.

So some of you may be wondering what the difference is between semi permanent makeup and microblading? Well wonder no more, we are here to give you some insight into these both equally fabulous treatments.

Lets start with semi permanent 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 to employ a pigment into the dermis.
  • Pigment can be visible in the skin for up to 2-5 years.
  • 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 £250 – £450.
  • Expensive machinery and equipment required.
  • Aftercare required.
  • Minimal downtime.


  • 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.
  • Last approx 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 £250 plus.
  • Equipment and treatment costs tend to be lower
  • 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, training in either will ensure a successful and rewarding career or you could be ahead of the next person and always train in both via the “ultimate brow course”.

To find out more about our training options simply visit our website or request a prospectus.