Eyebrow microblading: Everything you need to know

The technique of microblading (micropigmentation) of eyebrows has existed on the market of cosmetic services for several years. However, not everyone knows what lies behind Anglicism microblading eyebrows. We have collected the most important and interesting facts about this procedure, which will help you understand if microblading is right for you or not .

What is microblading

Microblading is a color correction of eyebrows, or in other words ‘ manual tattooing ‘. Using a special “handle” (maniple) with a thin blade, the master makes small cuts and drives pigment into the epidermis.

The main differences between eyebrow microblading and tattooing

  1. Microblading is done manually.
  2. The microblading procedure is not as painful for the skin as the classic tattoo. During microinjection, the pigment is driven only into the epidermis by 0.2 millimeters, while a tattoo machine will drive the pigment into the deep layers of the skin by about 8 mm. Permanent make-up lasts longer on the eyebrows.
  3. Unlike a tattoo machine, the manual microcorrection tool does not vibrate and allows you to draw each hair as accurately as possible,

Types of microblading

Basic techniques of hair micro-correction of eyebrows are adapted to two types of appearance – European and Eastern .

When performing European microblading, cuts are made to the skin of the same length, at regular intervals. It turns out that the hairs looks, as if they were combed and applied with a fixing gel.

Eastern technique, on the contrary, assumes a more relaxed drawing without striving for graphicity. it starts from the nature of the hairline: shape, direction of growth, crowding and imitating a natural eyebrow through cuts of different lengths.

Tip: remember that the result is influenced not only by the chosen technique, but also by a mix of individual skin characteristics (type, color, elasticity), hair condition, metabolic rate, and lifestyle. Therefore, eyebrows are not as simple as (something ordered) – they are thoroughly studied and only then they are drawn, supplemented, emphasized.

Pros and cons of eyebrow microblading

Pros :

  1. Conveniently. In the morning, you don’t have to stand in front of the mirror and draw your eyebrows. Plus 10 minutes saved for sleep or breakfast.
  2. Handsomely. Symmetrical, well-groomed, bright (but not defiant) eyebrows make the face expressive.
  3. Practical. Microblading can be a beauty salvation for fans of sports and outdoor activities: in the most extreme conditions, eyebrows will not lose color under the influence of water, sunlight, too hot or cold air.
  4. Natural result . Eyebrows drawn using the microblading technique seem familiar – not tracing, not charcoal, not filled with paint. The pigment, like a cloud, like ash from a volcano, neatly hints at the shape and volume of the eyebrows, does not weigh down the face.

Cons :

  1. High price. Compared to buying a pencil or eye shadow, microblading is a much more expensive beauty item.
  2. Healing. In microblading, as in plastic surgery, precision of movement is important. It is worth making an incision a little deeper, as the case may end with the appearance of a scar, and if the incision is not deep enough, the pigment will begin to “travel” over the skin, change the direction of the drawn hairs, in a word – it will float. Therefore, look for an experienced craftsman with a steady hand.
  3. Care and rehabilitation. After microblading, strict adherence to care and hygiene advice is required. To neglect them means to jeopardize the health of the skin and the preservation of the beautiful pigment on the eyebrows.

Who is the microblading technique for?

First, decide whether you really want to fill in new eyebrows that cannot be erased with micellar water: the effect of manual tattooing lasts for more than one month. Are you confident in your decision? Excellent! Tell your artist exactly what you want to fix: eyebrow shape, length, width, asymmetry. By the way, the microblading procedure can be carried out on the eyebrows of absolutely any color and density. There is no prohibition on manual tattooing for alopecia ( pathological hair loss ).


Before signing up for microblading, carefully study the list of contraindications. There are many serious stop factors among them:

  • pregnancy or breastfeeding
  • menstruation,
  • diabetes,
  • poor blood clotting,
  • high temperature
  • pigment allergy,
  • inflammatory processes,
  • damage to the skin in the eyebrow area,
  • keloid scars or unhealed wounds
  • botox injections,
  • acne in the upper part of the face.

How to prepare for eyebrow microblading

1-2 weeks before the procedure, leave your eyebrows alone. No plucking – not at home, nor at the beautician’s. The microtattoo specialist will necessarily correct the shape before driving in the pigment. For 10-14 days we stop taking hormonal drugs and antibiotics. A few days before microblading, it is not recommended to consume alcohol, caffeinated foods, burgers, and fries.

How microblading is done

Microblading is a several stages procedure.

  1. Sketch and color selection. You tell the specialist what you want to change / emphasize in your eyebrows, together you select the desired shade of pigment. he examines your face: facial expressions, structure, skin type , and then makes a sketch.
  2. Correction . The artist removes excess hairs that go beyond the boundaries of the pencil sketch.
  3. Disinfection and pain relief . Your eyebrows are treated with a disinfectant , after which local anesthesia is applied – an anesthetic cream is applied for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Pigment injection . The specialist makes micro cuts and carefully injects the paint. Residues of pigment are spread with a brush.
  5. Completion of the procedure . At the end, he removes excess pigment, re-disinfects the skin and applies a healing ointment .

Tip: Remember that microblading requires the utmost sterility of gloves, tools and supplies.

Eyebrow care after microblading


The first 2-7 days after the procedure, there may be redness and swelling – treat the skin with chlorhexidine and apply the healing agents D-panthenol. Do not under any circumstances touch the formed crusts on the eyebrows. 5-10 days – and they will disappear without external influences. You should wash gently so that water does not get on the upper part of the face. Do not wash with foams or gels, apply peels and scrubs; it is better to wipe the skin with micellar water, avoiding the brow region. No trips to hot showers, baths, saunas,or swimming pools.

It is definitely not a good idea to do microblading before the vacation: for the next 3-4 weeks you will have to give up all water and sun pleasures. Even in the shade, apply an SPF cream to preserve the color. Make an appointment with your specialist – in a month – this is how long the recovery period lasts on average. This is necessary for the specialist to check how the pigment behaves on the skin, and, if absolutely necessary, make a correction.

How long does the microblading effect last?


Eyebrows made using the micropigmentation technique keep their color for 6-24 months (depending on the individual characteristics ). Once a year after healing, they need to be renewed, the pigment should be nourished. And although the effect of microblading does not last 3-5 years, as in the case of classic tattooing, the paint does not sit deep in the skin, as if it is immured, but gradually fades away along with the renewal of the epidermis.