Microblading or Permanent Makeup?
Yes, both are a method of implanting pigment into the skin at a superficial level, but different techniques. In this chapter I will help you understand the beauty and objective of each.
Microblading is an amazing eyebrows technique with remarkable natural looking results, so natural that people cannot tell you have had PMU done. However, as amazing technique it is just as sensitive to many of the factors I mentioned in the FAQ section and now we will approach it from a more complex perspective. It is not only in the hands of the Artist but your health and skin play just as important part in the result. So, is Microblading right for you or would Ombre PMU be a better investment?
Whether combination (T area) or oily skin type (large pores and constant oily shine), both are quite sensitive skin types that bleed easily to minor trauma. Combined with its natural sebum pushing pigment out during the healing period, it will result in either a faded healed result, or blurry strokes and generally a short lifespan of your cosmetic tattoo. Oily skin usually needs a colour boost every 6-7 months and healed results will never look ideal. However, Ombre Permanent Make-up or Fusion Brows (Microblading & Ombre combo) are better and more viable solutions for this particular skin type, with beautiful and longer lasting results.
If your skin is sensitive, it is likely to be easily aggravated and bleed easily. One way to know if your skin is sensitive is if turns pink very easily from a little scratch or you bruise easily. If your skin has large pores, specifically in the region of the eyebrows and forehead (aka the T-Zone), the color will blur and result in a powdered look. Along similar lines, tattooed hair strokes will not lay properly on skin with deep wrinkles, which can make the overall look appear uneven. Moles, bumps, piercing, and generally raised skin around the eyebrows will also not be able to retain color.
If you have Fitzpatrick Skin type 1 (i.e., you are a redhead, have thin, translucent skin with light eyes), your skin is very likely to be hypersensitive and your skin will not be able to tolerate microblading well. The same applies if you just have generally very thin skin - it will bleed easily and not retain colour. However, Permanent Makeup Ombre technique is adequate for this skin type.
Hoping to get microblading done but have gotten a tan or worse, a sunburn, it’s best to wait until your skin has resumed it's normal colour and wait until your skin has healed before booking in for a procedure.
Skin Complications or Chronic Conditions
If your skin is extremely sensitive and dry, prone to itchiness and dry patches including Eczema, Psoriasis, Seborrheic or other types of Dermatitis/Eczema, it will not be suitable for Microblading nor PMU. Even if the condition is not near your face, due to the chronic condition your skin will be in a state of unrest and be at high risk of flaring up in the tattooed area, of course rejecting all the pigment at the same time.
Acne and Rosacea cause skin an inherent nature of easy bleeding, which once again means your skin will not retain the color very well and intended effect of Microblading. Moreso, there is a high risk of flaring up or infection due to the minor trauma and constant wiping.