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Microblading: The Before and After (Updated 2021)

Updated: Jan 12, 2021

What is Microblading?

Microblading is a popular form of a semi-permanent cosmetic. Microblading tends to fade in a period of 3-5 years, however, an annual touch-up is recommended to refresh the brows and boost the colors. This is also an enticing factor of semi-permanent cosmetics. If you decide to change your style or preference in the future, you will have the option to do so.

The exact origin of microblading is unknown. However, many do see the similarities between microblading and ancient Japanese tattoo, irezumi.

Irezumi is done by hands and utilizes a wooden handle with metal needles attached on the tips to deposit color into the skin manually. It’s no surprise that microblading first became widely-popular in Asia and has grown immensely in the last 25 years.

The greater hype about this procedure is that the strokes mimic existing eyebrows which makes it very naturally-looking and can blend in perfectly fine.

It is suited for those who have sparse eyebrows and for those with normal to dry skin. Although it is manageable with oily skin, it is recommended to consult with the technician first prior to the treatment.

Let’s take a look at some of the before and after pictures of microblading.

Microblading Before and After: Example #1

This client came with dry skin and a fair amount of eyebrow hair. However, her natural eyebrows lack a defined shape. Since she has a good amount of natural hair, microblading is a good option for her.

It is recommended to add some shape and an arch to her brows while preserving the existing shape of her natural brows. To make the brows more dense and fluffy, additional strokes in the more sparse areas are added.

For the microblading pattern and in order to achieve a natural result, the client’s eyebrows and the direction of its growth were analyzed. During the procedure, we brought the brows closer to the nose by adding strokes that mimic the natural growth pattern.

Microblading Before and After: Example #2

This client has very sparse eyebrow hair and wanted the natural result and look of microblading. She wanted her eyebrows fuller and thicker. We brought her brows closer to her nose by adding microblading strokes that mimic the natural growth of her brows. To achieve a fuller look, shading was added on top of her strokes.

Shading usually gives more dimension to the look of microblading. It’s extremely beneficial for clients who like the look of microblading but has sparse hair since it can fill up empty areas and give a fuller look.

Microblading Before and After: Example #3

This client came in with very little natural brow hair and she wants to get the look that microblading offers. To start, we created the eyebrow shape that she likes by adding arches and thickening the eyebrow texture. She was reluctant to have shading added and was very specific about getting only the microblading.

She came back a month later for her touch-up and has felt that the strokes have faded in time and found herself filling her eyebrows on a regular basis. This is because in the initial session, no shading was added. For clients with sparse hair, it is highly recommended to add shading.

Normally, microblading strokes should be placed no more than 2mm away from natural brow hair. If we start adding too many strokes in areas where there is not too much hair, clients will start to feel like they need a touch-up even as soon as three months into the treatment. This is because the microblading strokes are always going to heal lighter. When the client came in to get her 30-day perfect touchup, we had the chance to add in more shading for her.

Microblading Before and After: Example #4

This client came in with a good brow shape, However, she has sparse hair at the tail of her brows. She enjoys the look of microblading strokes, but after the consultation and with her desire shape in mind, we discussed how combo brows or hybrid brows might be more beneficial for her.

This technique is called combo brows because it combines both microblading and shading. It is roughly 20% microblading and 80% shading, while hybrid brows are 50% microblading and 50% shading.

For combo brows, we usually put some head strokes in the front and shade the remaining brows. For hybrid brows, we usually do the beginning head strokes and upper strokes (the strokes on the top of the brows) and shade the remaining of the brows. This look gives a clean outline on the bottom of the brows and a more natural and fluffy look on the top.

With the combo brows option, clients with more sparse hair will appreciate the healed result from it. Many might be concerned with the shading that might look too dark for their liking.

However, microblading with shading often appear more natural because the shading adds in a 3-dimension look. Shading is a great option to look into if you have sparse hair and would like the brows to look more dense and fuller.

Different Types of Microblading

Confused about the different types of microblading out there? No worries!

Here's our handy chart to tell the difference between the main types that are available to you.

chart on different types of microblading
A Comparison of Different Types of Microblading


Overall, there are many different techniques and options to choose from. Everyone’s skin type and preferences are different. That is why semi-permanent makeup is an art. We need to evaluate everyone’s needs and preferences to create the most desirable look for you.

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