Microblading Versus Machine Eyebrow Techniques

Do you know the differences between Microblading and Machine Eyebrow Techniques? The following article is based on our extensive experience in permanent makeup, knowledge of skin morphology, and skin reaction on certain permanent makeup treatments. We have seen and corrected many procedures done in aggressive and incorrect manner performed by unprofessional hands, the vast majority of which are microbladed brows. Knowing the nature of permanent makeup procedures inside and out, our company doesn’t provide the eyebrow procedure with the use of blades. We provide the advanced cosmetics tattooing with the use of digital equipment performed in the newest techniques.

Newer, popular permanent makeup eyebrow techniques include Soft Shading Eyebrows (another name for Powder or Ombré) that mimic the soft makeup look, Feathering Eyebrows (aka Nano brows) which create a natural hair look, and Microblading, a manual technique that also imitates the natural hair stroke look. While all these services may sound similar, the technique and equipment used for each varies, as does the training required to perform them.


The main difference is in the method of implanting the colour into the skin and how it affects the skin, as well as the healed result.
Traditional permanent makeup transformed into a technology of very gentle colour application with the use of a machine with digitally controlled power and a handpiece with an attached macro needle cartridge. When using this method, the artist is utilizing shading or stroking techniques to implant the colour into the skin. This is similar to a traditional tattoo, but much more gentle and using the equipment designed specifically to work on such a sensitive area.

Soft Shading or Feathering methods are suitable for any skin type, and even work great for correcting old or unsuccessful permanent makeup / microblading procedures.
Since this is minimally invasive techniques similar to drawing on a skin in a hatching or stroking techniques and is suitable to any skin types and skin conditions with a minimal restrictions and pain sensitivity. The long lasting colour does fade over time, but in a way that still looks natural. Refreshing procedures may be done every 2-3 years as needed.

Microblading is a type of permanent makeup that uses a manual pen with attached blade style flat needle which makes a very small cut and deposits the colour into the skin opening. To create eyebrows that look full of hair, technicians make a myriad of micro cuts on the eyebrow line.

Microblading is considered semi-permanent makeup because the colour implanted into the skin doesn’t last as long as the machine method, and should be repeated once every few months. Each time you have a microblading procedure, your skin gets more and more micro cuts, which leads to scarring.

Due to high demand of this procedure, every spa, hair, or nail salon has started to provide microblading, and in areas with no legislation about this procedure, technicians with only a 2-3 day course are performing this work. Many technicians have little or no knowledge of skin analysis and side effects of the procedure, and are not able to or don’t educate the clients about the possible risks.

Not everyone is a good candidate for microblading procedure, and that is something that should be analyzed on a case by case basis by the technician. This technique is only suitable for people  who have absolutely healthy, thick, and tight skin. It is not suitable for thin, fragile, vascular, sensitive, or oily skin and skin prone to scarring. Many technicians only know microblading technique, thereby only offering that service to their clients, despite the fact that it is not suitable for everyone.

Incorrect microblading procedure can cause the skin to not hold the colour, or the colour looks uneven, spotty, blurry, gray, blue, reddish, scarred etc. That is why it is crucial that you research the artist you are entrusting this procedure to, and ensure they are a certified professional who can provide their clients with the technique that best suits their skin type.


When choosing an artist to perform this procedure, it is imperative to do your own research. According to The Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals, proper training covers:

  • facial morphology and bone structure
  • brow shaping and design
  • colour analysis
  • color theory
  • proper handling of equipment
  • prevention of cross-contamination

The association recommends those looking to have one of these procedures done to consider if they can afford a well-trained artist who can meet their expectations and who follow pertinent local legislature. It’s also important to note that going to someone who has little training is much more risky, and can result in permanent damage. Look for artists who are members of the SPCP and have many online reviews from reputable sources to ensure you are working with a true professional.

In conclusion, the decision to have a permanent makeup procedure is only the first step. Take your time researching all of your options to decide what you think will be best for you, and consult with professionals you can trust personally to get the honest advice if the procedure you desire will work for you. If you’re in Toronto, we invite you to visit us to consult with our Certified Permanent Cosmetic Professional at Nova Line Permanent Cosmetics located at 7378 Yonge Street, Thornhill, ON. L4J 8J1.

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