Permanent Makeup with Microblading

So you are thinking of getting some permanent makeup and you don’t know where to begin. Eyebrows are all the rage and with trends forever changing, thin, thick high arch , no arch dark in color or natural. The fashion industry is a large contributor to the fads and fashions in our world today.  Women of all ages see these changes  in fashion and often strive to recreate the looks at home.

Makeup can provide the needed changes in our daily look but that can be time consuming and often difficult for many. Permanent makeup is an option however many people are afraid of the commitment and discomfort so that will never be an option.

So let’s talk Microblading.. What is is it? How does it work? If there pain? How long will it last? Many questions may run through your head so let’s talk about all the big ones that may help you decide if this is a good option for your next eyebrow procedure.

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What is Microblading? 

Microblading is a form of brow enhancement using a hand held tool similar to an x-acto blade. This semi-permanent treatment is done on the brow area in tiny hair like strokes. The technique will provide the illusion of hair and therefore give you an extremely natural finished brow.  The pigment is deposited into the skin at a lighter level than traditional permanent makeup making is less intimidating for someone who doesn’t want permanent eyebrows.


How long will Microblading Eye-brows last?

Each person will vary based on skin complexion, daily cleanings and products used.  The average will last 12-24 months however almost everyone will need at least one touch up 4-6 weeks after the initial treatment.

Does a  Microblading Technique Hurt?

Pain is a personal thing, depending on your pain threshold and calmness during the procedure will often make the determination of your discomfort.  A numbing cream will be applied 20 minutes prior to the service, this will numb the surface and makeup the procedure more comfortable. As the treatment is being done additional numbing cream can be added.

Is the pigment used in a Micro-blading procedure safe?

If proper sterilization and disinfection guidelines are met, permanent cosmetics should be completely safe. Professionals in the permanent cosmetic industry routinely attend Occupational


Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) classes to become well versed on safety principles. These guidelines include, but are not limited to the following here are a few important things to look for:

  1. All Needles should be new and sterile for each client. Unopened new and sterile needles should be opened in your presence.
  2. Disposable sterilized one-time use machine parts should be purchased by the artist, and disposed of in a sharps container immediately after the procedure has been completed.
  3. Personal protection equipment such as disposable one-time use aprons and gloves should be new for each client and changed during the procedure when needed.
  4. The technician should be clean and neat.
  5. Disposable one-time use chair/bed covering should be new for each client.
  6. The room or treatment area should be in an area free from other contaminants.
  7. The establishment is licensed and has posted the required certificates to perform permanent makeup and microblading.


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Pigment Allergies and Makeup

People can develop allergies to anything at any time, however pigment allergies are extremely rare.  There are many doctors that would even recommend permanent makeup as an option for women who are allergic to traditional makeup. You may always request a patch test however that is inconclusive because many won’t show an allergic reaction to ingredients for many years.

What should I do before I go to my appointment?

Do Your Prep Work. Leading up to your appointment, you should avoid plucking or waxing your brows because your technician will be making your new brow shape based on current measurements they’ll make before starting the procedure. You should also avoid using exfoliators 72 hours before the application, like any skincare products containing glycolic acid, Retin A, Renova, and alpha hydroxy acids, since they may inflame the skin, and taking medications such as blood thinners. “The goal is for the skin to be as insensitive to the procedure as possible to limit bleeding,” says Shuki. “Pregnant, nursing, and diabetic clients should avoid the procedure all together.” Read more at In Style

How do I know if I am not a candidate for micro-blading permanent makeup?

There are reasons that some people will not be good candidates for permanent makeup. It is important to review a list of contradictions prior to receiving any service.

  1. Diabetes
  2. Pregnant and lactating women (while nursing)
  3. People with glaucoma
  4. People who are taking blood-thinning medications (e.g. Aspirin or related)
  5. People are on Cortisone, Steroids, Acutaine, Retin-A, Renova. You must have a written permission from your physician if you are taking Coumadin or Heparin.
  6. People who have skin diseases such as: Psoriasis, eczema, undiagnosed rashes and blisters.
  7. People who have allergy to makeup and colors, who with easily trigger post inflammatory hyper-pigmentation.
  8. Individuals who attempt to cover or camouflage Telangestasia or birthmarks.
  9. Herpes simplex is also a contraindication.
  10. High blood pressure and heart conditions.
  11. Blood disorder such as hemophilia, sickle cell anemia and platelet disorder.
  12. Keloids or hypertrophic scarring.
  13. Severe acne on or around the treated area.

How do we determine my eyebrow shape?

There are general rules of thumb for the shape of an eyebrow.  Each technician will try and follow these rules however it is the guest needs and desires that matter.  Time will be provided to complete an ample consultation to discuss shape, size, color and desired look. It is important to have a clear idea of what you want the finished look to be. Be sure to ask about skin color and undertones as this can make a drastic difference in the final color.

How long will Microblading take to heal?

“HPF”otherwise known as heel peel and fade, this will be different for each person but you can plan on about 7-10 days. Your color will appear darker at first and will get lighter as the area heels, peels and fades. Remember to not pick or peel the skin as this can remove color. You will likely need a follow up touch up 4-6 weeks after the initial treatment.


So those are the basic questions many will want to know about getting a microblade service.  As always you should be informed before entering any permanent or semi permanent service.  Do your research and even take tours and interview your potential technician.  Permanent makeup can be one of the best additions to your look and can save you time and money over the course of your lifetime.

For more information please click below and Toolbox Studio Salon will help you work through the Microblading permanent makeup treatment.

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Heather Cooper

Heather Cooper

Heather has extensive experience having worked in various salons and spas in Ohio and Indiana focusing on skin care, manicuring-pedicuring, makeup and many other spa services and treatments.

She is a master manicurist with Creative Nail design and certified with OPI Nail Products as well as certified in Bio-elements skin care and techniques. She is Wedding Wire rated for Bridal Makeup. Contact Toolbox Studio Salon, 2037 Madison Rd. Cincinnati, Ohio 45208. Lower level in O'Bryonville
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