Microblading has been a growing beauty trend due to its amazing benefit of giving up the daily pencil and beautifying those over-plucked 90’s brows – whilst still maintain a very natural appearance. The semi-permanent secret to amazing eyebrows and everything you need to know.
Firstly, what is Microblading?
Microblading is a totally bespoke treatment that creates ‘hair like strokes’ in the eyebrows, that blend with existing brow hair. An extremely fine needle is used to implant medical grade pigment under the skin, so each stroke resembles a realistic looking hair.
The little stroke is done with a tiny row of micro-needles (about 10-12) that delicately scratches the epidermis of the skin. The treatment is not very deep and is preformed on the outer layer of the skin, the Epidermis.
How is microblading different to body tattooing?
The main reason is the depth of the treatment. Microblading is a very superficial treatment, meaning the pigment will exfoliate away over time. Body tattooing goes deeper in to the skin (to the dermis) which once the pigment is implanted there, it’s there for life. Body tattooing is performed with an electric machine – so expect lots of buzzing noises. However microblading is done with a little tool, so you really can’t hear anything at all, other than a ‘scratch’ sound.
Can you have a reaction to microblading?
Microblading is used as an alternative for those with cosmetic make-up allergies or allergies to brow tinting products as the ingredients are completely different and a great alternative for skin sensitivities.
Although it can happen, it is extremely rare. The pigments used are medical grade and highly tested to be safe for use in the skin.
How is Microblading done?
A little hand tools with a row of fine needles is used with pigment to 'etch' little hair-like strokes into the brows. The results look very soft and natural.
How much do artists charge for Microblading?
A reputable artist/salon charge from $800 up.
What do you need to look for when choosing a microblading training?
You want to choose an artist who has been Microblading for years. That way you gain the experience from the artist. You also want to look into the style of the training, are the classes small? do you learn thorough foundations to set up your career? is the style of work you will learn aligned with the style you want to offer?
Are all microblading artists trained the same?
In short, no, this is the biggest thing to look out for. You want to ensure that your artist is highly reputable in the industry and has great training. Some artists will use cheap products and tools, and not follow basic sterilisation processes (yuck!) This is where reactions and cross-contamination can occur. Be very careful and do your research.
What pigments are used?
Blacks are never used on the eyebrows, it is far too harsh for the face. The pigments are custom blended to suit your natural brow colour, so that it heals to look like little brow hairs. The pigments used are specifically formulated for the brows and face.
How long does Microblading last?
Microblading is semi-permanent so will require a refresh every 1-3 years. This is also dependent on your skin type. Oily skins need to top up more frequently.
I'm thinking about learning Microblading, is there anything I need to know?
With practice and dedication, anyone can learn Microblading. Is a great career that is both scientific and artistic which gets your creativity flowing. Microblading is a skill that can be learned step by step under the guidance of a trainer.