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Microblading? To blade or shade?


The word "Microblading" has somewhat taken over the Permanent Make Up industry. Not the actual process of microblading, more so just the word.


When people ask me if I do microblading, I could just give them the answer no, or I can rightfully assume that they would like to know if I offer eyebrow micropigmentation.

You see the two are technically so different but yet the results are so similar.

I say similar because there are differences.


What is Microblading?


A lady having her eyebrows microbladed using a manual hand piece
Microblading using a manual hand piece


Microblading is a manual method of depositing pigment into the skin. A number of needles are gathered together to form a 'blade'.

This is then dipped in pigment and then pulled through the skin to form a faux hairstroke. When done correctly by an experienced artist, Microblading can be a beautiful treatment that is almost unidentifiable. However, more and more clients are coming in for removal sessions as they were unhappy with their microblading treatment. The reason for this is not everyone is a suitable candidate for microblading.

Here are a few examples of why you wouldn't be a candidate:

  • Mature Skin

  • Thin Skin

  • Oily Skin

  • Large Pores

  • Scarred Skin

  • Sun damaged

These are just a few of the reasons you may not be a candidate for microblading.


As a permanent makeup artist myself I wouldn't recommend microblading as I feel micropigmentation has come along way since it began. New techniques using a digital machine are far kinder and better for the skin if done by a professional.


Realistic hairstrokes can be achieved, by implanting hundreds of tiny dots that are less traumatic to the skin, the dots cant be seen by the naked eye as they take on a 'hair' visual.


Powder Brows are the most popular treatment I offer, as almost everyone ( bar a few medical exceptions) can have their eyebrows done in this way.


A powder brow gives the look of a finely pencilled in brow. The way a makeup artist would define them for you . . . but permanent.


Going back to when I said micropigmentation has come so far, we can now offer multiple techniques including

  • Powder Brows

  • Ombre Brows

  • Hairstroke Brows

  • Combination Brows

These, again are just a few different alternatives to microblading.


Overall, I do feel like microblading did once have its place, and in some cases maybe does still have its place in the industry, but I feel like there are far better options that suit far more people.


Permanent make up is a big decision to undertake and I must stress that you should do your research when finding the artist for you. Please don't just type in ' Microblading near me' into the search engine, it could be a very costly mistake.


If you want to know more about anything I have mentioned here or would like to speak in person, Please feel free to contact me!


Many thanks for reading!


Scarlett x


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