Microblading is the semi-permanent way to filling in your brows and perfecting their shape -- similar to tattooing but not as deep and definitely not as permanent.
The more we looked into this trend, the more we realized there was not a lot of medical guidance to help you make safe choices when selecting a practitioner to do the work for you.
Here’s what you need to know.
What you need to know in general:
- Microblading is a way to perfect your eyebrow architecture and is the secret to faking fuller brows sans the use of brow pencils on the daily
- It should be bespoke for you, your face shape, your age, your hair color -- not a simple stencil
- The process is very precise thanks to the tool that is used which is effectively like a pen with the nib being a sloped blade with 10-12 little needles at the end - needles that don’t penetrate the skin but just delicately scratch the surface, much like a paper cut.
- Microblading, unlike tattooing, is not in the deep layer of skin, but more on the surface. It’s not permanent, and the color fades within 12-18 months.
- The needle very finely implants featherweight strokes with a medical grade pigment on the epidermis layer for the skin, creating fine, realistic and natural hair strokes.
- It can cost $300-$800 and has to be repeated ~15 months
- Nanoblading used an even finer needle and a highly skilled hand and is apparently only available in Europe at the time this post was written.
- Someone can offer microblading (illegally) with only a weekend’s worth of certification (eek!)
What you must ask for before selecting a microblading artist:
- Ask if they have the THREE (3) required certifications for the State of Colorado:
- Base level certification: Esthetician or Cosmetologist License
- Must also have a Permanent Makeup certification, which is 132 hours of training plus licensure, and may include microblading instruction
- Additionally, they must register with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment as tattoo artists
- Ask to see before/after pictures that include clients who have healed fully after the main session and all touch-ups. Usually 2-3 months post.
The only person in Colorado that we recommend:
(no affiliation, not a paid post -- we have seen her work and know her certifications; she’s outstanding)
Don’t want to get microbladed?
Other options for fuller brows:
- Tint and shape
- Tinted Brow mousse
- Brow pencil
- All of the above together!