Microblading is a semi-permanent tattoo technique used to create the illusion of fuller brows.

The Ultimate Guide to Microblading

Semi-permanent eyebrows or eyebrow blading is one of the latest popular trends for those seeking to fully reconstruct, cover or enhance their facial definition. An almost trompe l'œil technique, microblading’s delicacy can surpass permanent makeup that can be almost Sharpie-like at times. The hot-new treatment helps those who need to fill-in overplucked brows or simply gain the natural arch they’ve always desired.

A true microblading expert practically embroiders the face with delicate strokes to imitate the effect of real hairs. The effects of a good microblading procedure can last from 12-24 months, dependent on individual skin types. After this time the pigment starts to fade, leaving the skin and your natural brows looking exactly as they were before. If done properly, microblading results can look very simple and realistic, leaving you with eyebrows that complement today’s fashionably natural and fuller look.

The Perfect Eyebrows

Sadly, not all of us are blessed with the eyebrows of our favourite supermodel. And for many the thought of painstakingly drawing them in everyday for the rest of our lives can seem . . . daunting. Microblading could be the solution you are looking for therefore. However, there are a few things you need to know before you consider the procedure:

Microblading or eyebrow tattoos are exactly that: tattoos. Any form of cosmetic tattooing should be undertaken with full care and comprehensive research. Whenever any treatment involves breaking the skin, no matter how small, your infection risks go up. Microblading should therefore be carried out in completely sterile conditions. While it is a form of tattooing, microblading tools are very different from traditional tattooing ones. Speak out if the microblading technician looks to be using the wrong tools.

Pigments should be chosen to match your natural or desired eyebrow colour. It’s important that skin tone is also taken into consideration during your consultation. Oily skin is more likely to reject the pigment and can look powder-filled at the end rather than leaving you with distinctive hair strokes. Your eyebrows are not symmetrical because your face is not symmetrical, so have realistic expectations. This is true for everyone before you get worried!

The colour will fade after the first week of healing. If you’re concerned for any reason post-treatment though, consult your microblading technician. Microbladed eyebrows will eventually fade away if you don’t get any additional touch-ups. Eyebrows can be fixed!

Microblading Techniques

If the procedure is carried out by a trained professional, it can be safe and effective. The treatment should always be carried out in a sterile environment, otherwise you may be at risk of skin infections such as strep or staph, even herpes. Skin infections that affect the facial area are particularly risky due to the close proximity to the sinuses.

Prior to the treatment the microblading professional will apply a topical numbing cream to the skin to lower your discomfort and pain during the procedure. Other than a slight discomfort the whole thing should be relatively pain-free.

Steer clear of any salon that claims to do the procedure in under an hour. The microblading process, if done well, should take between 3-5 hours. A large amount of that time will be spent figuring out what your desired results are; taking into account your features and imbalances; and drawing the brows on before the microblading process itself.

The microblading technician will use a hand-tool with tiny needles to make delicate cuts on the skin. The coloured pigment seeps into these cuts just as with any other form of tattooing. The sensitive procedure aims to give the appearance of ‘hair’ on your eyebrows. It’s all dependent on your skin type as to how well the dye takes. An expert will talk you through the design steps and match and measure the shape of your brow with you beforehand to ensure that you leave looking exactly how you hoped.

You should always get two sessions with microblading. The first session is the initial shaping and eyebrow tattooing, and the second is a follow-up and touch-up session to fill in any faded areas or fix up the shape. This should happen around 4-6 weeks after the first session. A touch-up session is always necessary as not everyone heals the same and the outcome can vary from session to session. The pigment colour may need to be altered slightly, the brow thickness may need adjusting, and more hair strokes can be added in as required.

In order for cosmetic tattooing to fade properly and look as natural as possible, the delicate microblade nicks should not go any deeper than the first couple of layers of skin. If a traditional tattooing machine is used for cosmetic work, the colour will most likely never fade and the only way to get rid of the pigment is through laser removal.

How Long Does Microblading Take to Heal?

Follow a comprehensive healing routine to the letter following your microblading treatment.

- Don’t let your eyebrows get wet
- Don’t touch the skin around your eyebrows
- Don’t apply makeup to the area for the first 7-10 days
- Avoid sweating too much in the first week
- Above all, don’t itch or pick at the scabs that form
- Apply the aftercare balm daily as instructed
- Avoid direct sun exposure for the first two weeks
- Avoid swimming, sun beds, and saunas/jacuzzis for the first 7-10 days
- Avoid face scrubs and chemical peels for two weeks after the treatment

Microblading Don’ts

- Drinking alcohol, taking aspirin, or using any form of medicinal blood thinners are not advised at least one week prior to your treatment. All of these making your blood run quicker and thinner which can critically affect the microblading treatment.

- Don’t tan before your microblading. It’s best to let the technician assess you based on your natural skin colour to ensure you look get the best possible pigment match.

- Don’t have any facial scrubs or chemical peels for at least two weeks before the treatment.

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