Microblade or Nah?

The rising popularity of Microblading, especially within the last 5 years. We see perfect brows everywhere we turn! But are you really the best candidate for this procedure?

As an artist, you must be vigilant in educating your clients. Not everyone will suit Microblading, and we want everyone to have the best possible experience and results!

From a client perspective, you want to make sure that not-only you are choosing the right artist style wise, but also giving them a canvas that their techniques will suit. 

So how do we determine if our client is the right candidate? Let's take a look at a skin factors that will help determine this;

  • State of Skin :  If your skin has larger pores, specifically in the region of the eyebrows and forehead (the T-Zone), the color will blur and result in a powdered look. Continuing with that thought, tattooed hair strokes will not lay properly on skin with deep wrinkles, which can make the overall look appear uneven. Moles, bumps, scars, breakouts and generally raised skin around the eyebrows will also not be able to retain color.
  • Skin Type : Clients who generally have thin skin, will most likely be "bleeders" and as a general rule will not tolerate pigment well. You can also run the risk of blurring out hairstokes by entering the Danger Zone. 
  • Skin Health : This is not limited to chronic conditions such as Acne or Roscesia, but also Eczema, psoriasis, keratosis pilaris and dermatitis (i.e., your skin is constantly flaking, itching, or aggravated).


Trust me, even if your client is on board and still wants microblading, you should not perform the service & suggest them better options.  The nature of these types of skin causes easy bleeding once aggravated, which once again means your skin will not retain the colour and intended effect of microblading.

Additionally, clients with excessively oily skin can cause those tattooed hair strokes to blur together and give off an unwanted solid effect instead of a naturally feathered look.

Other Eyebrow Techniques that WILL work for Oily & Tougher Skin:

  • Microshading : Like microblading, it can be performed with a hand tool (not a machine), though it can also be gently completed with a machine. But unlike microblading, the artist recreates a powder or ombre look instead of individual hairstrokes.
  • Nano Brows : A super fine, flexible needle designed to create natural looking hair strokes - that last longer. The Nano Brow technique is done with a digital machine.
  • Powder or Ombre Brows : This technique differs from Microblading in that we create a misty, powder filled brow similar to the look of makeup, as opposed to simulated hair. The tails of the brow are darker, and fade into a light start to the brow, giving that perfect ombre makeup affect!
  • [NEW] Featherblend Brows: This is a technique I designed, which is done by machine. It simulates soft hairstokes & creates an overall fuller look. 
Featherblend Vs. 1 Healed session of MB.

Featherblend Vs. 1 Healed session of MB.

In Conclusion, we love Microblading, but it's not for everyone. 

As ethical tattooers/artists, it is our job to educate our clients in order to help them get a result that suits their expectations and needs. 

Gabrielle Rainbow