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What is MicroBlading Eyebrows?

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Microblading is one of the latest major trends in the beauty and makeup world, embraced by stars and influencers across the internet. Their pictures look great, but what is microblading? Is it the same as eyebrow tattooing? Is microblading permanent?

If you’re interested in adding microblading to your skill set but feel like you’ve missed the boat, we’re here to get you up to speed.

What is Microblading?illustrated yellow question mark icon on light blue circular background

Microblading is a cosmetic eyebrow tattooing technique for inserting pigment into the epidermis layer of the skin using a specialized hand tool called a microblading stylus. The stylus uses a multi-point needle to create fine, precise pigment strokes that closely mimic the appearance of natural hair. Microblading has become popular because it produces the most natural look of all the available cosmetic eyebrow tattooing techniques.

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Can Anyone Get Their Eyebrows Microbladed?

Microblading is best suited for dry to normal skin. It is not recommended for clients with oily skin because the pigment does not hold as well.


Is Microblading Permanent?illustrated lock icon in blue circular background

Microblading is not permanent because the pigment is only inserted into the uppermost layer of skin. Typically, microbladed eyebrows last for 1-2 years, depending on your skin type, skin care routine, and daily activity (swimming, tanning, and excessive sweating, for example, can all reduce the longevity of microbladed eyebrows).


What Tools Do I Need to Start Microblading?illustrated microblading hand tool, needles, and cartridge needle in blue circular icon

To start microblading eyebrows, you will need a stylus, microblading needles, and microblading pigments that match your client’s hair color. As with traditional tattooing, there are various sizes and types of specialized needles for specific purposes, but these products are a good place to start.

If you’re just learning to microblade eyebrows, you should also pick up the instructional manual The Art of Microblading. This text features detailed information and over 100 color pictures covering all aspects of microblading, including the tools of the trade, hygiene practices, skin types, color theory, and microblading technique. It also includes an accompanying DVD.

Check out the full offering of microblading and other permanent makeup supplies in our online store, and our PainfulPleasures blog for more information on tattoos, tattooing, and tattoo and piercing supplies.