What is microblading?
Microblading is a type of eyebrow architecture. It is all about creating the best shape for each face – a totally bespoke approach for each client.
The process is very precise thanks to the tool that is used which is effectively like a pen with the nib being a sloped blade with 10-18 little needles at the end - needles that don’t penetrate the skin but just delicately scratch the surface, much like a paper cut.
The needle very finely implants featherweight strokes with a medical grade pigment on the epidermis layer for the skin, creating fine, realistic and natural hair strokes.
This technique involves making tiny little lines in the skin with a hand tool and ink, resulting in an eyebrow tattoo that looks like hair strokes. This option shows a lot more skin than the other techniques, and for that reason many people think it’s the most subtle.
Looks like hair strokes
This technique typically fades the fastest
More trauma to the skin over time, so touch ups should be minimal and spread over time
Best for people with tight skin and small pores
Better for people with dry and normal skin
Not the best technique for people with extremely oily skin or people who bleed
How is microblading eyebrows different to having your brows tattooed?
Microblading, unlike tattooing, is not in the deep layer of skin, but more on the surface. This is also not permanent, and the colour fades within 12-18 months.
The hair strokes are far more natural and finer than any tattoo, as a handheld needle/blade is used – there is no electrical gadget that permeates deep in this technique. There is therefore more of a scratching noise, rather than a buzz of a tattoo gun which pierces the skin so deeply.
What is Microblading With Shading?
This technique blends both hair strokes and shading into one blended outcome. First microblading is done, then another tool is used to provide a soft diluted version of color to fill the space between strokes. This makes the brow look fuller and slightly more pigmented than can be achieved with just microblading alone.
Looks like hair strokes but with a lot more coverage
Lasts longer than microblading
Still some microblading, however less is needed than with microblading alone therefore less touch ups needed, thus less trauma to the skin
Best option for those with little to no hair, or large holes in their natural brows
Better option for people with oily skin
Not the best technique for people who bleed
How long does Microblading last?
You'll need a touch-up in about 4-6 weeks (the cost of this is included in the fee of the initial service). Then, microblading can last anywhere from 12 months to three years, depending on your lifestyle and skin type. A few ways to extend it: Stay out of the sun, since it can fade the pigment, and avoid putting exfoliants (like retinol and glycolic acid) near your brows, because they'll lift the top layers of your skin with continued use—and the color with it.
How long does Microshading last?
All good news here—there's no difference in the lifespan of microshading and microblading. So, excluding the first touch-up, you have a solid year before you need to see your brow artist again.