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Eyebrow microblading is a form of permanent makeup where ink is placed underneath the skin. It’s similar to eyebrow tattooing (in fact, it is a form of eyebrow tattooing), but it’s pretty different from standard eyebrow tattooing in some very important ways. Let’s clear it up here:
Regular eyebrow tattoos last a lifetime, but with microblading, ink is not placed as deep underneath the skin. This means that as your skin naturally cycles through, the ink eventually rises to the surface or moves around underneath the skin as to appear lighter. Over time, the ink will fade significantly compared to an eyebrow tattoo. Depending on your skin, it may eventually disappear. Microblading requires regular touchups.
Microblading uses a completely different kind of ink than traditional tattooing. With microblading, blacks do not turn blue or brown. Even as the color fades, it stays true to the original hue.
This makes a big difference! Because it’s hand-drawn there is less impact on the skin than with traditional tattooing, which uses a machine. What this means for you is that the ink will not bleed over time. With a great microblading artist, you can be sure that the fine lines that are meant to simulate your natural hair will not bleed out, like the fine lines of a traditional tattoo.
If you already have permanent makeup, and you want microblading over the old tattooed eyebrows, this is the blog to read. Whether you want a correction or a cover up, here is everything those existing PMU need to know. Photo gallery included.
Before taking any class where you’re microblading on skin, you’ll need to register with the local health department. Everywhere is different. This blog will show you exactly how to register in LA County so that you’re able to work on live models in a Microblading LA class, but first we’ll give you four important guidelines to follow no matter where you in the U.S.
As we mentioned above, microblading is semi-permanent.
“Your average person needs about two sessions â€• one first session, and then they can come back four weeks later for a touch-up session,” Tai said. “They have to come back four weeks later because, depending on their skin type, their skin may push out a bit of ink and in some places the hair strokes won’t be as saturated as we want them. You can tell if there’s minor imperfections after the first session that need to be filled in.”
“Very oily skin types are the most difficult skin type to work with,” Tai explained. “They’re at risk of rejecting the pigment, and more concerning, they are prone to pigment hydration, which is where the pigment fans into each other, the strokes sort of blend and it ends up looking like a powder-filled brow more than it looks like distinct strokes.”
Tai takes up to two hours per client just to draw the brow. “The drawing is the most tedious part and the huge majority of the session,” Tai said. “No one thinks about their eyebrows as much as they do when they are about to get them tattooed. It takes quite a while for me to figure out what my clients are looking for, draw that on their face, but most importantly, take into consideration their facial imbalances.”
“Eyebrows are sisters, not twins,” Tai said. “This is very true and very important for people to understand so that they have realistic expectations. Nobody’s eyes are equidistant from the bridge of their nose so the starting points of your eyebrows are a little different. And your ocular cavities â€• one side right above your brow bone is sometimes a little bit more flat or rounded. So there’s a lot to account for.”