Microblading goes by many names micro feathering, micro stroking, eyebrow embroidery, no matter the name, the procedure is relatively the same. Microblading has been around for about 25 years in Asia and Europe so it is still relatively new to the UK, and that’s a good thing because it has allowed techniques to improve significantly since it began. Microblading is a form of semi-permanent makeup tattoo artistry where pigment is implanted under the top layer of the skin (epidermis) with a manual handheld tool.
During your procedure I will use this tool to make fine cuts in hair-like strokes mimicking natural hair in the brows. It can be used to fill in sparse areas or achieve a completely new look for someone who has no existing hair. The colour effect will fade over time, so touch-ups are necessary to maintain the desired look. Microblading can offer natural looking and defined eyebrows, but the process typically takes some time to perfect.
The initial procedure may take up to a couple of hours including measuring and numbing. Clients now often opt for the combination brow style (shown left) which is a combination of hair like strokes and some shading in of the brow with a similar tool. This option gives a more made up look and saves and filling in with brow pencils and the like. Many clients arrive expecting a tattoo machine buzzing away but in fact this is all done manually with a tool made of several tiny needles. Microblading can be applied using a machine method for both strokes and shading but I have opted to train with and use the manual blades.
A very natural looking brow can be achieved using a hand-held tool, creating many hair-like impressions by implanting pigment strokes under the skin. Microblading is meant to replace individual hairs, not to give your brows a filled in look as though created with pencil or shadow.
Pros: Microbladed brows can look very natural.
Cons: Microbladed brows are the least permanent of all permanent makeup due to the shallow depth of the pigment under the skin. They therefore require more frequent touch ups than other techniques. Typically clients come back between 8-12 months for a colour boost. Microblading is also less effective on oily/combination skin types than other methods.
Microblading is best for clients who
The ombré fill method involves the application of thousands of tiny dots of pigment, inserted into the skin, gradually building up a colour and defined shape.
Pros: Ombre fill brows use a more traditional tattooing method, with longer lasting results, and works with most skin types, including oily or combination skin. Clients come back for colour boosts closer to the 12-18month mark. The brow is fuller and more defined than with the hair stroke method.
Cons: Because this method has been around for a long time, it doesn't have the best reputation. I get lots of old tattoo type brow clients come in for correction and colour correction. Recent methods are much more natural looking than their 1985 predecessors and pigments have also come a long way.
Ombre is best for clients who
Exactly as described this is a combination of the microblading strokes and the manual shading. Slightly more expensive than the previous two methods but I love this method for all skin types. All brows are bespoke to each individual client based on the desired look, skin type, colouring, bone structure etc. There are no two clients with the same brow design.