Micropigmentation Eyebrows Choosing Between Microblading & SMP

Have you been considering tattooing your eyebrows to make them look a bit more defined, full and thick? Have you been thinking about micropigmentation or perhaps you’ve also heard about microblading but you are just not too sure about it? Then you have come to the right place because we’ll be telling you all about micropigmentation eyebrows.

Nowadays, there’s different ways in wich you can improve or replace lost eyebrow shape and hairs.
Micropigmentation is sometimes referred to as semi-permanent makeup. Then you also have microblading, which is another technique that has become very popular, as a way to improve your eyebrows.

When it comes to permanent make-up, it is totatlly ok to get a bit nervous, after all, you could end up with an undesired result. It is hihgly reccomended to research before you settle on what would work best for your specific needs as every person is different. Conitnue reading to learn more about the world of micropigmentation eyebrows and how to choose between microblading and SMP.

Micropigmentation Eyebrows FAQ’s

How long does eyebrow micropigmentation last?

Micropigmentation usually lasts about 3 years, which is considerably longer than microblading.
In permanent tattoos, the carbon ingredient in the color causes the pigment to get oxidized over time and the color may appear different. In semi-permanent makeup, there is iron oxide, which does not cause a change in color but causes the pigment to fade over time.

How much does micropigmentation cost for eyebrows?

The extent of the procedure can affect cost as well. For example, the cost to fill in eyebrows may be only $100. However, people typically want permanent makeup in several areas. The average cost of these multiple procedures can range from $300 to $1,500.

What is microblading?

Microblading is a noninvasive technique that uses a fine needle pen to deposit pigment into the superficial layers of the skin. It is typically used to enhance the appearance of eyebrows in those who have very thin eyebrows or who lose eyebrows due to medical conditions or aging, which creates cosmetic concerns. The tip of the needle is so fine that the hair strokes created by it look like real hair.

How long do microblading results last?

A touch-up is usually required a month after the initial treatment. The pigment can last anywhere between 1 to 1.5 years.

How does microblading work?

With microblading, the technician uses extremely small blades to make tiny, hair-like incisions right above the dermis layer of your skin while depositing pigment directly into those incisions. As a result, your brows will naturally fade over time and require touch-ups. With microblading, pigment is implanted under your skin with a manual handheld tool instead of a machine.

How much does microblading cost?

Generally, you can expect a microblading session to cost (on average) around $400 to $600.

What’s the difference between microblading and micropigmentation?

  • Microblading uses a handheld machine, such as a bladed pen or a small electric machine to create hair like strokes to mimic natural hair growth.
  • Whereas microblading is designed for eyebrow treatments, micropigmentation is also a noninvasive semi-permanent makeup treatment, however it can be used for a range of treatments to enhance the scalp, eyebrows, eyelashes, eyelids for eyeliner and lips. Micropigmentation can also be used to camouflage or improve the appearance of scars, even out skin tone and restore color to areas of skin that have lost color because of conditions like vitiligo.

Does eyebrow micropigmentation fade?

Pigments will slowly fade over time according to one’s metabolism, skin type, sun exposure, medication, facial surgery, and smoking. Schedule maintenance visits as needed to keep it looking fresh. Periodic touch ups will ensure longer lasting results.

Which is better microblading or micropigmentation?

  • Micropigmentation delivers pigment deeper into the skin compared to microblading. The results of micropigmentation last twice as long as microblading. So, while it is still a semi-permanent technique, the results last much longer. However, microblading is a relatively safer technique.
  • It reduces the time spent on applying makeup and, in the long run, it reduces the cost of buying makeup.
  • Microblading is typically done using a manual blade while micropigmentation is performed using a tattoo device to deliver pigment into the deeper layers of the skin. Micropigmentation has the option of natural colors.
  • The technique used in micropigmentation delivers pigment during a brows treatment means it’s suitable for all brow and skin types, even oily complexions. Plus, the microdot approach is less traumatic to the skin than microblading, with minimal skin damage.
  • Micropigmentation specialists are able to select the size of needle and exact depth of penetration. This allows a much higher degree of precision then standard cosmetic tattooing and a consistent distribution of pigment.

How does micropigmentation machine work?

The perfect shape and dimensions to suit each client’s personal preferences and features are created with a state-of-the-art, digitally-controlled Micropigmentation machine, the specialist deposits pigment into the dermis layer of the skin. The Micropigmentation machine, needles, and pigment are purpose-built to create a more permanent effect, but are very different from traditional tattooing.

What does preparation involve?

  • There are some things you need to avoid before getting started, namely, anything that will thin out your blood. If you drink a lot, take aspirin, or use retinol, stop one week before your treatment.
  • Along with alcohol, some non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin are classified as blood thinners. Your technician may also advise you not to drink energy drinks, coffee, or tea before an appointment because they can also act as blood thinners.

What does aftercare involve?

  • Aftercare means protecting freshly bladed brows from all moisture, no sweaty workouts, swimming, or washing your face with water for a whole week
  • Some patients may require more than one treatment to achieve the desired result.
  • You will return home the same day as your procedure. You can usually return to work or other activities immediately after your procedure.
  • Expect some swelling and redness in the treated area. Your cosmetic specialist will instruct you on how often you should ice the area and what type of ointment you can apply to the area.

Micropigmentation Eyebrows

Nano Hair Strokes

Gives the effect of natural hair that blends in with the person’s natural hair growth pattern. This is great for someone who is looking for something very natural and not too drastic of a difference from their appearance.

Powder Brow

Full powderd brows is a very intense and hihgly pigmented technique. This is a very long-lasting form of micropigmentation and will last between five and ten years. The brows will look very solid.

Combo Brow

This can be combined with hair stroke micropigmentation and powder brows. The hair stroke effect gives realism to the brow while the shading throughout gives depth and dimension to the brow. This is a very realistic and polished look to the brow.

Microblading Eyebrows


Is microblading with a lighter touch focused on adding just a little to the brows’ existing shape.

Ombré or microshading

This from of microblading mimics the look of brow makeup with a more obviously filled-in look instead of hair-like strokes.

Micropigmentation vs Microblading


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  • No additional makeup required: Even though microdots of pigment are used, the results from micropigmentation are much fuller than microblading.
  • Long lasting: The average is 3 years for ombre brows, compared to 1-1.5 years for microblading and the top-ups are required less frequently too.
  • Suitable for all skin types: The technique used to deliver pigment during an ombré brows treatment means it’s suitable for all brow and skin types.
  • Machine based treatment: Unlike the manual microblading technique, machine led micropigmentaion offers more uniquity when it comes to customising brows for each individual client.


  • Might not be for you: f you’re all for the minimalist look when it comes to your brows then this might not be the treatment for you.


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  • Natural: This skilled treatment uses microfine blades to create hair-like strokes which are incredibly lifelike.
  • Fills in sparse areas: The hair mimicking ability of microblading makes it a suitable treatment for touching up sparse brows.
  • Good for fine hair: The very fine strokes used in microblading ensure that this treatment is suitable for those with fine hairs too.


  • Not for all skin types: Unfortunately, those prone to oily skin won’t get the best results from microblading. If your t-zone is known to shine up during the day this is a sign that microblading may not offer the longevity of results that you’re after.
  • You may still need makeup: The incredibly natural results from this treatment often require makeup to further enhance results in order to more seamlessly blend in with everyday cosmetics application.
  • Traumatic to the skin: In order to maintain microblading the regular top-ups mean many repeated incisions. Over time this causes trauma to the skin, potentially damaging it.


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I've a problem with thinning hair and had tried everything under the sun, It started when I was 18 years old. Then I found Scalp Micropigmentation, which is a new and exciting solution; it was my last chance to be happy with myself. And it paid off.
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I've a problem with thinning hair and had tried everything under the sun, It started when I was 18 years old. Then I found Scalp Micropigmentation, which is a new and exciting solution; it was my last chance to be happy with myself. And it paid off.