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Is Microblading Permanent?



Microblading comes under the title permanent makeup or semi-permanent makeup. It cannot be both, so is it permanent or semi-permanent?

Microblading will always fade eventually, which makes it semi-permanent as it only lasts one to two years. The time of fading varies due to various elements effecting the microblading such as skin type, lifestyle, sun exposure, brow colour, chemicals in products or peels, iron deficiency, saltwater exposure or smoking.


The technique of microblading creates soft, natural looking brows by using 10 to 12 micro needles to create a blade. This is on a handheld tool that is used make hairlike incision strokes in the skin and then pigment is implanted into it. This enhances, reshapes, fills, extends or creates a full reconstruction of the brows. Clients are advised to get a touch up every six months to keep your microbladed brows look fresh and crisp. With microblading the pigment is not implanted into the skin as deep as ink is with traditional tattooing. Cosmetic pigment is what is used for microblading and is implanted just under the epidermis which does not hold the pigment as well as it does when implanted deeper. The reason for this is the epidermis is the outermost layer of the skin and protects the body from the environment. The thickness of the epidermis varies in different types of skin; it is only .05 mm thick on the eyelids. The epidermis contains the melanocytes (the cells in which melanoma develops), the Langerhans' cells (involved in the immune system in the skin), Merkel cells and sensory nerves. The epidermis layer itself is made up of five sublayers that work together to continually rebuild the surface of the skin. The basal layer is the innermost layer of the epidermis and contains small round cells called basal cells. The basal cells continually divide, and new cells constantly push older ones up toward the surface of the skin, where they are eventually shed. This then gradually pushes the pigment out of the skin as the new cells replace the old cells, approximately every 28 days.

Cosmetic pigment is also quite different to traditional tattoo ink. The pigment used for microblading is diluted allowing for a more natural, softer colour in the skin that can be layered to create a much more realistic finish. Unlike tattoo ink that is much more concentrate making it more vibrant in colour that is much deeper and richer than the cosmetic pigment. The traditional tattoo ink has much more of a metal base to it whereas the cosmetic pigment is made mostly of natural components causing it not to last as long as traditional tattoo ink.


Julie at Smudge Proof Makeup and Emma Baglee Aesthetics can not stress enough that the brows will be there each day permanently/semi permanently so always get a pencil sketch first several times this is then tweaked to achieve a look that truly suits your individual face shape so the client is 100% happy.

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