What is Microblading?
Microblading has become the most popular choice of permanent makeup for eyebrows. The process consists of a manual blade, made up of 10-12 microneedles, creating strokes along the brow bone which are implanted with pigment to mimic the look of brow hairs. Every individual’s microbladed eyebrows will be specifically designed to match their facial features, skin tone and hair colour.
Microblading gives the eyebrows a completely natural, thick brow look. Having thick and full eyebrows is the ideal beauty standard nowadays and the more natural they look the better. The hair-like strokes mimic natural brow hairs, making them practically unnoticeable. So, what do microbladed eyebrows look like? They look like natural eyebrows.
The priority will be finding out our client’s personal preference. We can give you suggestions when looking at your eyebrows and if you want, you can just go with what we suggest. But your preference will still come as the priority. Whatever your preference, you need to tell us exactly what your desired look is, and we will help you achieve that look.
Is Microblading Temporary?
The common misconception about microblading, is that it is a semi-permanent procedure; this is false. Microblading is a permanent pigment implant, also known as a tattoo. Microblading has recently become popularized, because of public misconception, that the hair-like strokes achieved by this technique are semi-permanent, and will only last 9-18 months. This false claim has created a great deal of controversy within the Permanent Makeup arena, and, as a result, has propelled better education within the industry.
It is important to note that microblading is permanent makeup and the manual hair-like strokes rendered from this technique, can also be successfully achieved with a tattoo machine. What appeals to consumers, about microblading, are the crispy simulated hair strokes created by a Tattoo Artist (also known as Technician, Practitioner, Tattooist, Micro-Pigmentation Artist).
One part of microblading to consider in the process is the client’s brow type. Everyone’s eyebrows come in various degrees of thickness, and it’s important to take that into consideration when applying the colour.
For example, with thicker brows, we usually place the strokes closer together to give the brows a full, defined look. The strokes being closed together will also give off a darker appearance. Meanwhile, if you have thin brows and want to keep them light, then the strokes won’t be as defined so they won’t look as bold and dark.
The microblading procedure requires two sessions, and because of that, we are very conservative during the first. Eyebrows lighten about 40% after the first procedure, so we suggest sticking to a slightly darker colour. If the colour finally lightens up, and you still want to go darker, then we can do that during the next session. Anything you want; we will do.
It is incredibly important for us to understand how deep we make the strokes. It all comes down to how thick your skin is, and this has a lot to do with qualifying the other aspects of your overall health -which can have a lot to do with the way your body reacts to a microblading procedure.
A tell-tale sign that we’ve hit the right area, is when we see a fine split in the skin and/or very slight bleeding. Depth is critical because if we go too shallow we will only land in the epidermis, and the colour won’t stay. If we go too deep, we can cause scarring and the colour will heal too ashy. So how do we figure out the perfect depth?
The truth is, it’s very tricky as every client has a different skin type and often the skin will be much thinner at the tail of the brows than the bulb of the brow. For the colour to stay, we’ll need to microblade to the upper dermis, but no further. When we become familiar with working with different skin types, we start to understand how knowing the skin and microblading to the tolerance level of that part of the skin helps us to blade to the proper level without overworking the skin.