Everything you need to know about Microblading

Taryn Davies
Published: May 27, 2016

Threading, waxing and tattooing, there’s plenty of things you can do to your eyebrows, and there’s a relatively new practice on the market, Microblading – but what exactly is it?

Microblading is the latest Asian beauty development to hit western beauty circles, and promises to give you thicker, bolder brows.

Unlike the effects of some permanent makeup applied to eyebrows, microblading is designed to give the effect of strokes that look just like real hairs.

Nadia Afanaseva, microblading expert explained to InStyle that microblading is the perfect treatment for those who want a whole new eyebrow look. They can define what they already have, create a new brow look, cover up gaps and make brows that have been plucked too much look fuller. If you're looking to add an arch to your brow, microblading might be the best option for you.

It's safe to say that the results look natural, and are undetectable too.

If you’re contemplating Microblading or just want to know a little more, here’s everything you need to know about Microblading.

What is it?

With the use of micro-blades, which are disposable, a technician with use a specialist hand tool to sculpt and define brows. The results are semi-permanent.

How does Microblading work?

Odten referred to as eyebrow embroidery, the brows are carefully crafted by a row of fine needles, the microblade.

The microblade deposits a coloured pigment into the superficial dermis. This is how the technician can create fine strokes that look like natural hair.


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What actually happens?

Technicians will spend time before the procedure creating an eyebrow shape that you want, they'll do it with a pencil that easily wipes away. You can easily get a feel for how your brows will look after it's done.

Whilst this is happening, an eyebrow shade is customised for you, creating the most flattering and skin-enhancing shade for your tone.

Before the procedure starts, a numbing cream will be applied. A liquid anaesthetic then follows. To start the procedure, the technician will deposit pigment into the skin.


What makes it different to semi-permanent tattooing?

Microblading is different from semi-permanent tattooing quite simply because it's carried out manually. Using a hand-held blade, the pigment is deposited closer to the surface of the skin, so you get a more natural look. There's no chance of the pigment spilling under the skin because it's done so finely and without the use of a machine.

Can everyone get Microblading done?

A lot of people will be able to get microblading, however, those who have previously had their brows tattooed might not be able to. This is because when you get your brows tattooed the chances are you'll have scar tissue. This means you won't have the same results as those who have non-treated brows, so the technician might not be able to justify you having them done.

How long does it take?

It usually takes around two hours to complete the microblading, it’s not a rushed procedure.

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Is there much aftercare?

Some people recommend an A&D ointment on the brows for approximately a week after so the skin can repair itself, and it’s also vital that you don’t scrub or pick at your eyebrows. A touch up is usually required after around four weeks to make sure the pigment looks even throughout the brows.

How long does it last?

The technique is described as semi-permanent and will typically last between 18-36 months. Following this, you might need a touch-up to boost the colour of your brows.

How much does it cost?

Generally speaking Microblading costs around £250, which usually includes consultation, the initial procedure and aftercare package. But of course, this can differ from place to place.

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