Microblading is a word that is very popular right now. There are misconceptions about what it actually is and who is a good candidate for it.
Microblading is a tattoo. It is a technique that uses a manual tool to implant ink into the skin to simulate hair strokes. In our professional world, it is a technique that is considered by many as ADVANCED and takes time to master. Microblading is only suitable for certain skin types. This is why it is imperative that you be trained in several techniques to give your client the best option for their skin type, lifestyle and overall desired look.
Here are some examples of skin types/conditions that are not suitable candidates for microblading:
Fitzpatrick Skin Type 1 (red head, translucent skin with light eyes)
Deep wrinkles within the brow
Large pores in the “T Zone” area of the forehead
I can’t stress enough how important it is to first learn the fundamentals so you have a foundation to start from. You must be educated about the actual process your body goes through to heal after a tattoo, the types of ink that you should use and why, as well the proper depths you should implant those inks. You must be educated on the adverse effects to the skin because of ink implanted too deep, what to do when your clients comes back with little to no color retention and why, how to correct color that comes back grey, red or green and many other issues that go hand in hand with permanent cosmetics. Learning advanced techniques like microblading is for the certified artist who already has an educated understanding of the fundamentals. Once you master the basics and can confidently correct issues your clients may have, then you will really appreciate learning new techniques.
A big misconception is that microblading looks more natural than powder or ombre techniques. While it can look subtle and natural on the right skin type, when applied to the wrong skin type it can end up looking like a big blurry grey/blue solid brow, especially after multiple touchups. This doesn’t mean there aren’t AMAZING and EDUCATED microbladers out there, but one thing they have in common is a deep understanding of the skin.
Doing your homework is KEY before you attend any class. Understand your market. What skin types are in the market/s you plan to focus on? Make sure you do not have to turn away half of your clients because of the technique/s you are or are not trained in. Plan out your path in PMU and make a list of all techniques you want to learn. Remember, it’s impossible to learn them all at once. Then go through trainer’s portfolios to find the experienced artists who’s work inspires you and who will be able to offer you the help and on going support you need when class is over.