Permanent Make Up has experienced a real boom in the past few years as new techniques and new products were launched and thanks to pigmentation results that can be individually micropigmented from natural to expressive.

What does Permanent Make Up mean?

Permanent Make Up is a cosmetic tattooing method that is generally used specially to embellish eyebrows, eyeliner and lips. There are also camouflage techniques in order to for example cover scars or optically reconstruct areolas. With many brands, techniques and products there are also many terms coming up that may be a bit disorienting at first.

We receive many questions that we now would like to answer in our regular blogposts.

What’s the difference between
Microblading and Microshading?

Basically there are two Permanent Make Up pigmentation methods that need to be distinguished: Micropigmentation and Microblading.


Microblading is a manual method where the pigmentation work is done with a non electric handpiece with needles that are aligned like a blade in order to for example scratch lines into the skin to obtain a hairstroke line. These lines later will be the eyebrow haistroke design. As soon as the lines are drawn, the pigmentation colour is spread over the eyebrow in order to set the colour into the lines. As we believe that this technique is not very skin friendly and comes with various potential risks and potential scarifications, we at Long-Time-Liner® decided to not offer this method.


With a Micropigmentation of a Permanent Make Up, for instance with our Long-Time-Liner® Conture® Liner DUO, the colour is brought into the skin with the help of an electronic device and an extremely fine needle. In our case the needle (that is as fine as an acupuncture needle) micropigments exactly straight, allowing a very precise treatment without further harming the skin with rotating movements of the needle. This allows a very gentle and skin friendly treatment. Also with this method the colour is brought only into the upper skin layers and not as deep as when tattooing. The healing process of a Long-Time-Liner micropigmentation is, other than with some other methods and devices, usually shorter.

Permanent Make Up eyebrows

There are different ways and techniques for Permanent Make Up eyebrows to look defined and perfectly accurate. Fine hairstrokes would give an absolutely natural looking result. Or eyebrows are shaded for a powder effect or -if more than one colour is used Ombré Eyebrows.

MICROSHADING is a technique of eyebrow micropigmentation. This technique combines hairstrokes that build the „frame“ of the brow with a light shading that is placed in the middle of the brow to create a natural looking 3D effect.
So Microshading describes one of many possibilities of an eyebrow design comparable to a Make Up look. Whereas Microblading is a particular pigmentation method by cutting the skin with a handpiece.


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