Microblading eyebrows is a semi-permanent form of brow tattooing that can alleviate the annoyance of daily eyebrow makeup application. When done correctly, the healing process is relatively easy and almost painless.


If you're curious about microblading, you've come to the right place. I spoke with a cosmetic tattoo specialist, brow artist, and dermatologist to learn about the process, pain level, cost, and longevity of microblading.

What is microblading?

Microblading is a semi-permanent cosmetic tattooing method. It uses a blade-shaped tool with tiny needles to create hair-like strokes on your brows and deposit pigment into your skin. Unlike traditional tattoos, the result is realistic-looking brow hairs that can last for a year or more.

Is microblading a tattoo?

Microblading eyebrows and traditional tattoos differ in terms of pigments used and application techniques. Microblading involves applying pigment superficially, allowing it to fade away over time, while traditional tattoos place pigment into deeper layers of the skin for a permanent result.

Microblading creates a semi-permanent "tatoo" on the eyebrows, using a pigment that gives a soft and subtle appearance. Unlike traditional tattoos, the pigment will lighten over time and may have a different hue.

Microblading Eyebrows

What characteristics make someone a suitable candidate for microblading?

Whether you are a good candidate for microblading depends more on your skin type rather than how much brow hair you have. If you have sensitive or reactive skin or issues like keratosis pilaris or acne around your brows, you may not be a suitable candidate for microblading.

Individuals with sensitive skin or skin conditions may not be suitable candidates for microblading, as the procedure can cause inflammation and affect the tattoo's healing process. Additionally, those with oily skin may experience faster fading of the microblading results.

Dr advises caution with microblading for individuals with sensitive skin or allergies to topicals, as it can lead to allergic contact dermatitis. If a reaction occurs, seek immediate treatment from a dermatologist to alleviate symptoms, prevent damage to the tattoo, and inform your cosmetic tattoo artist of the reaction.

It is recommended that pregnant or breastfeeding individuals consult with their doctor before getting microblading done, as most brow artists avoid this procedure due to the risk of infection. It is advised to wait six weeks after giving birth and stop breastfeeding before scheduling your appointment.