Posted on June 20, 2022

Microblading 101: Which Blade to Use and When

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Microblading is a revolutionary technique that allows us to produce remarkably natural-looking, even, and well-defined brows using a semi-permanent tattoo. This process is done using handheld tools that have distinct configurations of ultra-fine needles that provide different effects. These tools from a distance, look like small blades – thus the term Microblading. Curved blades are excellent at generating smooth and exquisite hair-like strokes, are the most widely used blade for natural-looking brows.

The technique for microblading is the same regardless of style; however, the blade style varies based on the intended outcome. Experienced artists like ours will use U-style blades, as in the right hands, they’re great for achieving curve-related results. Other blades can achieve different results, like the 7-pin CF Blade which is extraordinarily fine and used for thin brows. There is a huge array of microblading tools however your microblade artist will be able to evaluate which tool is suitable for your desired results.

What are the different types of blades for microblading?

As previously mentioned, different microblading blades are capable of accomplishing different results depending on your needs and desired look. Microblade sets are divided into 4 categories:

U-shape, which is best for curved looks and forward filling procedures. Angled, which is great for touch-ups due to its capacity to perfect short strokes. Cluster, which is ideal for shading and depth. And lastly, Flat double, which are two-layered blades that assist with shading.

There are two types of bases for the blades, Flexi and Hard. Flexi provides some versatility to the strokes and allows the microblade artist to have more control over depth. It’s also gentler on older or thinner skin. The Hard base is used by more experienced microblade artists as they have stainless steel bases, which offer much easier control of direction and line, but require stable and experienced hands to prevent cutting too deep.

Which blades are most commonly used?

Curved blades are the most commonly used due to their versatility and ability to provide definition. They are reliably sharp they also minimize any skin damage from the microblading method. They are great for gorgeous results with minimal healing required. Our artists are highly experienced and deliver beautiful results using these specific styles of the blade.

How to choose the right microblading blade

Our artists will assess your needs and decide on the right blade, as technically, there is no “wrong blade” just blades that are more useful for achieving your desired results. If you’re trying to achieve a beautiful curvy stroke look, U-blades will suit that procedure best. If you have a specific style or look you’re trying to achieve the Curved Blades are a great starting point as depending on size, they’re capable of beautiful long strokes or defined short strokes.

Choosing the right microblading blade comes down to multiple factors, such as the brow style the client is trying to achieve, skin type of the client, age of the client, and whether they’re having a touch-up or it’s their first procedure. These factors define a microblade artist where the starting point is before proceeding with their work. Click here to book now.


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Frequently Asked Questions

What you need to know before microblading.


Microblading is a semi-permanent tattoo, used for the purpose of reconstructing sparse eyebrows or simply to enhance already full brows. The proper ink is chosen and mixed to fit your exact skin tone to look the most natural and realistic. We then create small, hair-like strokes to perfectly mimic natural and gorgeous eyebrows.


Healed microblading results last anywhere from 1-2 years, depending on your skin type. If you have oily skin, results usually fade a little faster than those with dryer skin types. Touch-ups are required to maintain the microbladed look. First touch-up is included.


Please read the faqs page completely to ensure that you are an eligible candidate for microblading. Prior to your procedure: -Do not take Advil or other blood thinners such as Ibuprofen, Aspirin, Niacin or Vitamin E ,drink alcohol or take caffeine within 24 hours of your procedure, go tanning within 24 hours of the procedure, make sure to not have had facial fillers done at least 2 weeks prior to the procedure. Do not do facial fillers at least 2 weeks after the procedure.


-Anybody can get microblading done as long as the following does not apply. Those who are: Undergoing Chemotherapy (consult your doctor),Viral infections and/or diseases,Epilepsy, A Pacemaker or major heart problems, Had an Organ transplant, Skin irritations or Psoriasis near the treated area (rashes, sunburn, acne, etc.), Sick (cold, flu, etc.), Pregnant or Nursing. Please contact us if you have had any facial fillers in the past two months*. Please contact us if you have used any prescription acne medication in the past year*.


Microbladed brows typically take 6 weeks to fully heal. Within the first week the pigment will appear much darker, and your eyebrows will look very bold. Do not worry! This is part of the healing process and it means that you are healing properly. After the first week the eyebrows will begin to get lighter, as by now the scabbing should be taking place. This is also normal! Around week 2, most of the scabbing should be done, and you will begin to see your full and natural eyebrow shape come through. Let it heal naturally, and only begin to wash your eyebrows with a mild foamy anti-bacterial soap after 14 days.


There should be absolutely NO picking at your eyebrows for the first 10 days. The first 10 days are the most crucial for having healthy healed eyebrows. Let the epithelial crust and natural scabbing occur on its own. After the first two weeks, you are allowed to begin washing them again. Try to keep the area as dry as possible in the first 10 days. Do not swim in fresh, salt, or chlorinated pool water for at least 2-4 weeks following your procedure. Limit sun exposure for 14 days following the procedure. For the first two weeks, avoid:Water, cleansers, creams, makeup, heavy sweating in the brow area, tanning and heavy sun exposure, Facials, facial fillers, chemical treatments and microdermabrasion.


Discomfort is minimal, although a numbing cream is applied to alleviate any discomfort.