Microblading is a form of permanent makeup that creates natural, beautiful eyebrows with a handheld microblade. It’s perfect for people who have overplucked or those who want to define, darken or reshape their eyebrows.
Technically, microblading is a form of eyebrow tattooing. However, unlike traditional tattooing, which uses a machine, microblading artists apply each hairstroke with a handheld microblade. This produces a very fine line that resembles real hair. Each individual hairstroke is hand drawn by the artist and blended in with the client’s existing eyebrow hair. With a strong artist at the helm, the results can be gorgeous and very lifelike.
Microblading typically takes two appointments to complete. In the first appointment, the client is profiled and the eyebrows are drawn on with a brow pencil, so the artist and client can agree on the look. The artist then microblades the eyebrows and the client is ready to go back into the world. There are some pre-care and aftercare required, but your microblading should be completely healed in 30 days.
The second appointment is a touch up at least 30 days after the first session, but we prefer to do it at 6 weeks. This allows enough time for the ink in the epidermis to naturally slough off, and the color to settle into your skin. In the touch up appointment, the artist can see how your skin has received the ink and make any necessary corrections.
Microbladed eyebrows last 1 to 2 years for most people, before it usually needs a touch up. This can vary depending on the skin type and how you take care of the treated area.
Most clients report little to no pain, and would compare it to a tweezing session. Many clients even fall asleep! Topical anesthetic is applied prior and during the procedure so the client can feel at ease while receiving the treatment.
A microblading sessions consists of a consultation the day of, where we review your lifestyle and daily brow maintenance. We then map the brows according to your facial structure with the golden ratio of balanced proportion. Once you approve the brow shape, the procedure takes about an hour and a half. This entire session takes a total of 2.5-3 hours.
You’ll be able to wear your new brows back to brunch! In the first 7-10 days, you’ll need to avoid getting them too wet (in the shower), working out (sweating) or wearing brow makeup. Please see aftercare for more details.
Perfection touch up is 8 weeks after the initial session is $150. After that, we charge a fee of annual color boosts.
Microblading is not recommended for those with oily skin or large pores. If that’s you, you may want a shading or combination shading and microblading technique. We also do not provide microblading for people:
under 18 years old
pregnant or nursing
if you have diabetes, glaucoma, skin diseases such as Shingles, psoriasis or eczema on the area of treatment
allergies to makeup
Keloid disorder, HIV/Hepatitis, skin cancer, hemophilia, or if you’re taking skin medications like ro-accutane and steroids.
Our pigments are of the highest quality and are pre-mixed to match every type of hair color. We can mix in additional pigment colors to match each individual client. Beauty Angels Pigments are hypo-allergenic, vegan friendly, and have great retention!
Brow Pigments are a blend of red, yellow, and black which makes brown. Yellow is the color that typically fades the fastest, which may leave brows more reddish or cool grey. Pigments compress the yellow ink so that it fades evenly with the other colors, to create the most natural finished result.
Frequently Asked Questions
For Lip Blush
It is slightly uncomfortable but completely bearable. The tattooing process takes about 3-4 hours. Phuong uses an excessive amount of numbing and her technique is extremely gentle. If you are nervous about pain, you may take 1-2 Tylenol 30 minutes before your appointment. DO NOT take Advil or drink a coffee before your appointment. Coffee and Advil will cause you to bleed lots and also make you more sensitive during the procedure.
Yes, however, on the first session we will have to color correct your lips to cancel out the cool tones. This means the initial color we tattoo MUST be orange! If we are to tattoo any other color you risk darkening your lips further or having absolutely no results at all. When healed at 6 weeks, most if not all of the darkness in your lips will be covered and your lips will have a nudey-pink even tone. Note that results cannot be guaranteed and lightening or evening out dark lips may take a few sessions.
Touchups are recommended for everybody. On touchup sessions, we can alter the shape and color of your tattoo or go bolder or fill in spots that didn’t retain pigment as well as others during healing. Touchups will also add longevity to the life of your tattoo. A Touchup can be booked between 6-8 weeks of your last appointment. Please read the FAQ page to ensure you have waited long enough from laser treatments, filler or botox to have a touchup done. Touchups will be an extra charge and the touchup fee does go up after a period of time after the initial appointment.
Depending on your skin, health and if you come for touchup refreshers, your tattoo will last from 2-5 years.
Here are some factors will cause your semi-permanent tattoo to fade faster:
- Oily skin
- Retinol or Vitamin C
- Iron deficiency
- Sun exposure
- Exposure to salt water
Yes! in no way does having Lip filler interfere with the process of tattooing lips or the results. Not that lip filler and lip blush appointments MUST be at least 4 weeks apart from each other.
You may NOT have this procedure if :
- You are under 18
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding
- Have been on Accutane within the past year
- Have HIV or Hepatitis or any other infectious or viral diseases
- Undergoing Chemotherapy
- You are Epileptic
- You are taking medications that may affect how your skin responds to blood clotting and healing.
- You develop infections easily
If your previous tattoo is too dark or thick (please email Phuong at firstname.lastname@example.org a photo for coverups)
Do not consume caffeine and alcohol for 24 hours prior to your appointment to prevent excessive pain and bleeding.
Do NOT TAKE ADVIL or other blood thinners such a Aspirin, Niacin, Vitamin E and/or Ibuprofen unless medically necessary, 48-72 hrs prior to your procedure. Extra strength Tylenol can be taken if you have low pain tolerance.
Avoid exercising the day of the procedure.
Do not take or get any chemical peels, laser skin resurfacing, vitamin E, retinols, fish oil, at least 4 weeks before your appointment.
Please read the aftercare and arrange your schedule accordingly to the healing stage. There is downtime for every procedure.
For Lip Blush:
If your appointment is booked during an outbreak of cold sores on your lips the procedure may not be done. Please be aware that you have the simplex virus herpes, you may awaken an outbreak following this treatment. It is highly recommended to take an anti-viral medication such as Zivorax 5 days before, then the day of. Then 5 days after or as advised by your doctor or pharmacist.
Do not get lip injections 4 weeks before and after this treatment.
Lash serums will cause sensitivity to your lash line. We recommend discontinuing use of lash serum 4 weeks prior appointment.
You must remove all lash extensions prior to this treatment
If you have an eye infection or stye on the procedure date you cannot have this treatment done.
On the appointment date, we will consult about shape and color before we start the tattoo. Tattooing will not start until the final design is drawn for you and agreed on.
Phuong do cover for old Tattoo. Please send Phuong pictures of your previous tattoo to confirm that she is able to do a coverup.
This procedure can trigger cold sores for carriers of the herpes simplex virus. To prevent cold sores from flaring up it is recommended to go to your family doctor and get Zovirax or another antiviral medication prescribed to take 5 days prior procedure, the day of, and 5 days after. Note that a cold sore outbreak can alter the healed results of the tattoo.
Yes, only 0.5 mm. The skin on the lips is not the same as on the face and things can look unnatural or get unpredictable when we tattoo too far outside the natural lipline.
Tips are very much appreciated! As in any service-based industry, it is customary to tip 10-20%
Phuong does not touchup other artists’ work but can cover previous work done by another artist with full price as new client.
f your lips are two-toned, cool, brown, dark looking, you will be considered a correction.
If you are still not sure, send a photo of your lips in natural lighting via email to email@example.com to confirm.
Frequently Asked Questions
For Live Course
There are some requirements for opening your own PMU business in Washington State. Here is what you will need:
- A Blood-borne Pathogens Certificate for Body Art. Every PMU artist is required to have a BBP (Blood-borne Pathogens) Certificate. This certificate teaches you how to properly work in an environment where you are exposed to a client’s blood and will teach you how to keep both yourself and your client safe. The course can be taken online and takes a few hours. I recommend the following course: https://www.abovetraining.com/bloodborne-pathogens2. Select your state, pass the course and receive a certificate that lasts you one year. You must renew the certificate each year to be in compliance with state industry regulations.
- A Permanent Cosmetics License. Each PMU artist operating in WA must apply for a Permanent Cosmetics License with the Department of Licensing in Washington State. To apply mail your application (which can be found here: https://www.dol.wa.gov/business/tattoo/tattoolicense.html), a copy of your BBP Certificate and a check for $250. This license must be renewed on a yearly basis.
- A Business License. Every business operating in Washington State is required to file for a business license with the Washington Department of Revenue.
- Microblading Insurance. As an artist in WA State, you are required to have insurance. Please contact me for an agent referral.
- Tattoo Shop License. Your business must be a licensed Tattoo Shop in Washington State. The license costs $300 and must be renewed yearly. Before you apply for this license, you will need to have a Business License and insurance.
Here is a list of the above items you will need in order to work on a model during your live training in my studio.
- Your BBP
- Your Permanent Cosmetics License (See above section for reference)
The Permanent Cosmetics License can take up to 4 weeks to receive once you’ve mailed in your application, so please plan ahead! Don’t have enough time? Contact me for options.