Have you heard of microblading? Maybe “microstroking” “eyebrow embroidery” or “3D / 6D brows”? Microblading is a relatively new cosmetic tattoo procedure sweeping the beauty industry, offering women (and men) a solution to the need for makeup, or non-existent hair growth to have the most realistic brow tattoo possible!!
YES! Microblading is a form of manual tattooing (i.e. using a hand tool instead of a traditional machine). Just like traditional tattooing, microblading places pigment into the dermal layer of the skin, which holds the pigment there permanently. Permanent cosmetics, micropigmentation, dermal implantation, microblading/microstroking, eyebrow embroidery, and long-time/long-lasting makeup, are all different names for the same procedure – cosmetic tattooing. Any time color is placed into the skin with any device, it is a tattoo process as defined by many well-informed regulators, the medical community, and dictionary sources.
YES! Microblading is a tattoo, and tattoos, by their nature and definition are permanent. Some practitioners advertise microblading as a “semi-permanent” procedure, and this procedure tends to change and fade over time. All tattoos fade with sun exposure, and the eyebrows, being in a position where sun exposure is a daily occurrence will endure some fading with time. Results depend on how well you take care of them. Other factors include skin pigment, texture and oiliness. No guarantee can be made regarding benefits from the procedure.
NO! Contrary to the misleading title, microblading does not actually use a blade to perform the procedure; instead, a grouping of needles is used to create the fine hairstroke lines of the brows. Needles come in different groupings and configurations and chosen based on the artist’s needs. *ALL needles and hand tools are ONE TIME USE ONLY!! *
The first thing to ask any artist is about their TRAINING!! A great training course is the fundamental keystone to a great microblading artist. There are certainly exceptions to this theory, however, the microblading & tattoo industry is often loosely regulated, and with the uprising in popularity of microblading, there are people who are self-teaching or learning via YouTube tutorials and 1 or 2 day trainings! A solid foundation begins with bloodborn pathogen control, color theory, THEN microblading. As a consumer, don’t be afraid to ask where your artist had their training and how long it was.
The process of microblading can take 2-3 hours for the initial appointment. Come early and be prepared to fill out paperwork. Medical grade numbing cream will then be applied to your brows. Your Fleek artist will sit and talk with you about after care and answer any questions you have, and discuss your desires for shape and color. Fleek artists will draw your new brow shape by hand (not stencil or stamp) to create a shape that’s a great fit for your face and desires, sometimes using a special ruler that uses the Golden Ratio to create the perfect brow. Once the shape is determined, your artist will mix a custom color for you and have you agree on the shade, and then they will take the microblading tool and start adding the hairstrokes to the brow area, following their pattern. Once the strokes are in place a pigment mask is often used to help darken the pigmentation. Then this is cleaned up and the artist will see if any changes or additions need to be made. Once you’re finished you’ll have some amazing looking brows and will follow aftercare as directed!
Depends… But a better question would be “How MUCH will it hurt?” And the answer to this varies significantly from person to person. Remember to breathe through it, the process of the actual tattooing takes an average of 30-45 minutes (which is pretty short when we’re talking about tattooing). Some clients describe the pain as merely annoying, or like intense tweezing, for others it’s more intense, and some just fall asleep through the whole thing! Do everything you can to minimize pain - don’t drink alcohol, don’t drink coffee / caffeine, and try to schedule your appointment at least a week before or after your menstrual cycle.
There is virtually no “downtime” with microblading but there can be some redness, slight swelling or ‘weepiness’ of the tattoo for a few days following the procedure. If you have more sensitive skin you’ll probably see more redness right after. Your Fleek artist will give explicit directions on how to care for your healing brows. They don’t usually form scabs. They will itch and look darker than desired for about 7-10 days. If they scab, the scabs will fall off and may look a bit awkward, or patchy and light. The full healing time is 4-6 weeks after the first procedure. This is the amount of time it takes for the wound to heal and regenerate new skin completely. After the healing is complete you will usually need a touch up to fill in any places, which didn’t heal correctly or alter anything else that’s needed, and the healing process is the same for this.
ALMOST. People of any ethnicity, hair color and skin color can get microblading, even blondes! But the colors do need to be a certain level of depth to show up on the skin tone, so if you’re very fair and have very light hair and are worried about having brows too dark, it might not be a good fit. Other than that, only certain medical or skin conditions will waive your eligibility for microblading. This includes, but is not limited to: pregnancy/breastfeeding, diabetes, hemophilia (or other blood clotting disorder), previous permanent makeup tattoo (please consult with your Fleek artist). Furthermore, anyone with a disease/disorder that prevents or slows healing, undergoing significant medical procedures, taking certain medications, or recovering from any burns, open wounds, or acne in the area to be tattooed should consult with your Fleek artist and doctor for any questions. When you go to your tattoo appointment, make sure to not drink alcohol or take ibuprofen/aspirin unless directed by a physician. Anything that thins the blood makes microblading more difficult to achieve good results. If you have a previous tattoo, excessively oily skin, or course thick black hair, please contact Fleek.
Choosing an artist can be tough! But in all reality, the saying ‘you get what you pay for’ can ring very true in the world of microblading. Microblading is quite literally, a tattoo on your face, the eyebrows are one of the key features of the face, so it’s important to find a great artist and make your investment in a person and product you can trust. Going a cheaper route or with less trained / talented or experienced artist (or a friend who wants to ‘try it out’ on you) can sometimes mean needing to spend even more money later on to remedy mistakes.
Results vary, typically lasts 12-24 months. Results depend on how well you take care of them. Other factors include skin pigment, texture and oiliness. No guarantee can be made regarding benefits from the procedure.
Yes, it will fade over time and you will need a touch up to maintain the shape and color. We recommend booking 4-6 weeks after your initial procedure. The touch up is not required but recommended up to 12 weeks after your initial blade. There isn’t a reliable or steadfast rule to gauge if / when / or how the procedure will fade or change over time, but a general guideline is that people who receive microblading should expect to need a touch up every 12-24 months. You still need to pluck unwanted new growth.