Microblading is a tatooing technique in which a small handheld tool made of several tiny needles is used to add semi-permanent pigment to the skin. Microblading differs from standard eyebrow tattooing because each hairstroke is created by hand using a blade which creates fine slices in the skin, whereas eyebrow tattoos are done with a machine and single needle.
Microblading is typically used on eyebrows to create, enhance or reshape their appearance in terms of both shape and color. It deposits pigment into upper region of the dermis, so it fades more rapidly than traditional tattooing techniques, which deposit pigment deeper.
Microblading artists begin each appointment by discussing their client's desired look and needs before measuring and sketching out the placement of the eyebrows.
Measuring brow placement is a multi-step process that begins by determining the center of the face and the set of the client's eyes. The starting point, arch, and ending point are determined by whether the eyes are normal, close-set, or wide-set. The artist sketches out the full brow with the appropriate thickness and arch height to give the client a good idea of what the finished brows will look like and set the outline for the microblading.
Manual smooth shading (Microshading) can also be added to go over spin and between the hair strokes to visually give the dimension of natural eyebrow thickness without any sharp contours on the eyebrows.