All you need to know about Microblading

To microblade or not to microblade, that is the question (tum-tum-tummm). Microblading is a form of semi-permanent cosmetic tattooing. Reminiscing of the noughties leaves many of us with memories of razor thin Christina Aguilera-esque eyebrows or Gwen Stefani’s over-plucked eyebrows of the late 90s and early 2000s. It’s good to know how far we’ve come.

These days more people tend to lean towards thicker, fuller eyebrows, framing the face and enhancing the eye area.  While some people have been naturally blessed with thick, shapely brows (hello Jessica Alba) some people need a little extra help filling out.

Enter the microblading trend.

While there are options available such as using an eyebrow pencil to shade the colour in, or even permanent tattooing, microblading offers a simple solution.

How does microblading work?

Certified specialists use a handheld microblading pen with tiny blades to draw individual hairs that look just like brow hairs. The blades then deposit pigment under the skin, creating the desired effect.

The brows tend to last about a year or two, in some cases, even longer, depending on individual physiology and skincare habits. It’s a semi-permanent eyebrow treatment, so the needles don’t penetrate the skin. They delicately scratch the surface, much like a paper cut (tiny ouch…).

What is the difference between microblading and microshading?

Microshading tattoos tiny dots along your brows for a less defined finish. Microblading is also known as microstroking and is a semi-permanent eyebrow treatment. Both techniques are often combined for a more natural finish.

What you can expect during the microblading process:

  • To prepare, you need to avoid anything that sensitises your skin. You should also avoid alcohol or aspirin because they tend to cause excessive bleeding.
  • The artist will evaluate your facial shape, bone structure and eyebrow hair. They’ll then find custom colours that’ll look natural.
  • Before using the blades, the artist will outline your brow area with a removable pencil, so you can approve the shape and volume.
  • A topical numbing cream is applied and a liquid anaesthetic.
  • The micoblading is completed within 60 to 90 minutes.
  • The brows will be read and swollen for a few days and it’s advisable that you shield your brows from moisture, oils, cleansers and sun exposure in order to let the pigment set. Only rinse with lukewarm water and don’t pick or scratch at any dry skin.
  • A follow up appointment in six to eight weeks is recommended.

Have you tried microblading before? If not, would you give it a try? Comment down below, I love hearing from you!


Until next time dolls, mwah!