Microblading Facts

During a recent appointment with a new client for brow correction, she told me a story. “I sat down for my microblading appointment. I was so nervous, after all it was my face. I was calmed a little by the lady doing my brows when she said “Don’t worry, it’s semi-permanent, not a tattoo and I am a “Master” artist.””

First, here is no such thing as a “master”, “grand master” or “royal artist”. These made up titles are given by companies to sell more classes to their students. On their own website it states: Royal Artist – “Anyone who has been an Artist for at least 6 months, who is active on social networks and groups and whose works have been noticed by many Masters can become a Royal Artist.” This is a little worrisome. Normally a minimum of 100 hours of training in permanent cosmetics, or a similar amount of training in microblading is needed to be recognized as a Permanent Cosmetic Professional. There are many areas of study when learning these techniques, which include facial morphology, bone structure, brow shaping and design, color analysis, color theory, proper handling of equipment, prevention of cross-contamination, as well as practice work and the opportunity to observe procedures before actually performing them under supervision.

Is it semi-permanent and not a tattoo? Some are promoting microblading or eyebrow embroidery as a semi-permanent process. A review of basic skin anatomy and physiology would reveal this is not true. 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. In Florida you are issued a tattooing license to Microblade. It is true that microblading does not last as long as other eyebrow tattooing techniques. This is due to a much smaller amount of pigment is inserted (tattooed) into the skin. However the main longevity factor is depending on your skin type, skin care products, exercising and suntanning habits. It may last 12 months to 3 years and may be a great thing if you are eyebrow challenged.

Here are some facts:

1. Any time color is placed into the skin with ANY device, it IS a tattoo.
2. A blade is not used to perform the microblading. Microblading is performed with a grouping of needles to manually create lines that resemble eyebrow hairs.
3. Microblading will not last as long as powdered brows due to a much smaller amount of pigment is implanted (tattooed) into the skin. It also depends on your skin type, skin care products, exercising and suntanning habits. These factors will also decrease the longevity of your brows.
4. Is microblading training required? Sadly NO. There are technician(s) that have their experience from watching YouTube, go to a one day course in a hotel and do an online class with no hands on experience.

How can you get more information on your technician?

– Ask about their professional background and training.
– Have they been to a refresher course in the last few years? You don’t want them to preform a technique from 25+ years ago….
– Ask your local Health Department if they have the right licensing and are in good standing.
– Ask the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals (SPCP) if they recommend your practitioner – https://www.spcp.org
– Ask the American Academy of Micropigmentation (AAM) if they recommend practitioner – https://micropigmentation.org

All I ask is do your homework.

Keva Matovina
Permanent Makeup & Paramedical Tattooing Practitioner