What is Microblading?

microblading NottinghamMicroblading (or eyebrow embroidery) is a manual method which does not use a normal Permanent Makeup Machine. It is performed using a hand held tool which holds tiny disposable needles, which create a blade. It is a revolutionary technique that creates a natural feathery hair stroke creating permanent/semi-permanent eyebrows, regardless of the amount of hair present.

This innovative technique creates 3 dimensional brows with hair strokes. However you can now create a shadowed, powdered effect brow design just as you can with the machine method.

Microblading is ideal for anyone wanting to enhance the look of their eyebrows. People suffering from alopecia, trigonometrical, or any other condition that causes hair loss, i.e.; Chemotherapy, benefit greatly from Microblading. As well as people who simply aren't happy with their own eyebrows.

Permanent makeup is not a science. It is an art, therefore it is not an exact process, and every client will vary and respond differently to the treatment.

How does it work?

Using the hand held microblade, the colour is deposited in the upper layers of the dermis. The difference with the machine method is that you can reinforce the strokes more times than you can with the blades, results being that the pigment will fade quicker. The sterile disposable blades used leave a very fine and crisp hair strokes with no splaying under the skin.

Micro-blading gently enhances clients’ natural features, giving them more confidence in their overall appearance

However, it doesn’t suit certain skin types:

  • Excessive Sebum, Oily Skin
  • Problem skin broken Capillaries
  • Acne
  • Moles
  • Keratosis
  • Seborrhoea Dermatitis
  • Very dry or peeling skin
  • Problem skin
  • Keloid scarring skin

Everyone’s skin heals differently and most clients develop patchy areas or the appearance of fading after the initial treatment. It is important to understand that this is a two part process-the initial procedure and the retouch treatment 4-12 weeks later. It is crucial to have this treatment as it is very difficult to predict how well the skin will retain the pigment. Initially the brows appear darker but fade significantly over a 2/3 week period. Having the retouch will complete the procedure and, after healing, you will see the finished result.

Is it tattooing?

With the sudden popularity and media attention to the term Microblading, many are led to believe microblading is not a tattoo process. Permanent cosmetics, micropigmentation, dermal implantation, microblading/microstroking, eyebrow embroidery, and long-time/long-lasting makeup, are all different names for the same procedure – cosmetic tattooing. Any time colour 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. Denying this process is a tattoo can be problematic for those who would, for religious or other personal reasons, normally refuse to have a tattoo.

Is a blade being used to perform the microblading tattoo procedure?

Microblading is performed with a grouping or configuration of needles, affixed to a handle to manually create lines that resemble eyebrow hairs. Manual methods of tattooing have been used through the ages, and the tools have gone through changes over time from pre-historic sharpened stones to the hand tool devices currently being used. An actual scalpel or cutting-type blade should not be used under any circumstances as these are considered medical devices and cannot legitimately be used for this process. Any hand tool device (i.e., both handle and attached needles) used for microblading should be pre-sterilized and fully disposable.

Is it semi-permanent?

Some are promoting microblading or eyebrow embroidery as a semi-permanent process; and that the colour only reaches the epidermal (outer) layer of the skin. A careful review of basic skin anatomy and physiology would reveal this is not true. By definition and tattoo industry standards, colour is tattooed/implanted into the dermis of the skin. If pigment particles do not reach the dermis, they will disappear during the healing phase of the skin, during normal regeneration of cells at the epidermal level. Pigments do fade in the skin over time, but that does not make the process semi-permanent. It is impossible to predict how much pigment will fade away and how long it will take to do so with any measure of consistency or reliability. When looking under a microscope you can still see particles but with no pigment colour, hence now being legally named Permanent make-up.

Why does microblading not last as long as other eyebrow tattooing techniques?

This is simply because a much smaller amount of pigment is inserted (tattooed) into the skin as compared to machine type tattoos.

How long does it last?

Depending on how well you look after your new Microbladed Eyebrows, they will last for between 1 and 2 Years. However, an annual retouch is recommended to retain the shape and saturation of the pigment in the brows. Everyone’s skin changes yearly and you may be required to have a colour boost earlier than 12 months.

Medication, life style, use of certain products, health and hormone levels all contribute to the length of time you retain the pigment.

Does it hurt?

Like all permanent make-up procedures microblading will require an anaesthetic which can be topped up throughout the procedure, making it relatively painless. On a scale of 1-10, most clients report a discomfort of about a 3/4. We are now registered as an Act-fast clinic and can legally offer a registered anaesthetic. Please ask for further details.

How much does it cost?

At Permanent Make-up by Lisa Twigger we have different levels of technicians, Bronze, Silver and Gold-The Gold being Lisa Twigger herself, who qualified in Permanent Make-up in 1995.

Your treatment cost consists of a consultation, a patch test and a follow up re-touch appointment.

Please refer to the pricing chart for tariffs. Click Here


Microblading Training NottinghamIs there less training needed to learn Microblading as compared to learning permanent cosmetics?No; if someone is new to the industry and does not already have any brow shaping or beauty back ground you may require more pre-study. There are many areas of study when learning these techniques, which include facial morphology and bone structure, brow shaping and design, colour analysis, colour 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.

Anyone interested in pursuing training in cosmetic tattooing, including microblading, should first check with your council regulating to what qualifications and licensing is needed to be obtained. This would also include verifying what local health and safety requirements are.

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