The biggest buzz word within the permanent makeup industry has got to be microblading. After it took the UK by storm a few years ago, this ever popular treatment has become the treatment of choice for anyone wanting to lessen the time in their daily routine or replace those long lost hairs.

Despite being around for many years, it wasn’t until recent years that this technique got some clever marketing and people began experimenting with it for themselves. Like semi permanent makeup (the machine method), this should be considered permanent, as there is no guarantee that the pigments will completely fade, however it is semi permanent due to the nature of annual top ups being necessary to keep the colour looking fresh.

What is Microblading?
Medical grade pigments are implanted into the upper dermis via a small handheld manual tool

in the style of a hairstroke pattern or powder to mimic that of makeup, or otherwise. (often numb) implanting

the pigment into the correct layer by the artist in their desired effect. Once the skin has gone through the healing process, the pigment that has been successfully placed into the correct layer will remain, these particles of pigment will slowly fade over time as we are exposed to the sun, as we wash our faces and rub our skin, and go about our lives.

Microblading works in a slightly different way to the machine method in that the microblade, often a curved row of 18 tiny pins, runs across the skin creating a channel for the pigment to be rubbed into. The layer of the skin remains the same, and the longevity of each is very similar, however microblading typically doesn’t last as long before it needs a top up. Please see the semi permanent makeup treatment information page for more information on the other technique.

Done well, on the right skin type, these treatments can look incredibly effective in replicating hairs.

What is the healing process?
When done correctly, and again, on good skin, the healing process can be very quick and minimally disruptive to your daily life. Typically the treated area will look slightly darker for a few days, before it then begins to flake away, like colourful dry skin. Once this has flaked away, a “milky” layer of skin is present, which can mask the pigment underneath making it look invisible and this can be disheartening, it is important to ride this out and wait for this milky layer to shed to reveal the pigment over the coming weeks.

During this healing period you must not get your brows wet, and you must not sweat! Your artist will give you their own tailored instructions however these are the two hard and fast rules.

Which method is best for me?
This will mainly come down to skin type – microblading is less suitable for most skin types than the machine method. Oily, porous, tough, mature, sun damaged, or overly thin skin are a few examples of skin types which typically won’t yield a crisp, true to colour, long lasting microblading result. In some cases once healed all of the pigment can be completely gone. It is not advisable to keep trying as the skin will become damaged and untreatable. An ombre/powder brow would be the best option in this instance.

Should your skin be normal/dry and in good condition, the method best for you is essentially the one you would like to wake up with on your face every day – whichever method you like the look of the most.

Am I suitable?
Noting the skin types mentioned above, there are of course some medical conditions which would be consider contraindications for treatment, along with being under 18, pregnant, breastfeeding, and under the influence of drugs or alcohol.