All About Microblading Pigments

There are many ways microblading pigments turn out differently than intended! It’s important for beauty professionals to be aware of this and elevate their skills to avoid it!


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Getting the color right on brows or semi-permanent makeup is a non-negotiable — this is something a client relies on your expertise for and it’s a mark of your work. No one benefits from a less-than-perfect microblading session.

At My Absolute Beauty, we’re here to support beauty professionals in every step of your journey in providing the leading educational materials and microblading products to heighten your career. Learn more about microblading pigments in today’s post.

The Color Factor In Permanent Makeup (PMU)

If you’re in the beauty industry, you’re likely familiar with Michael Wilcox’s book, Blue and Yellow Don’t Make Green. In 1987, the intention was not to be a guide to color correction in PMU. Today, it’s the go-to resource for color-correction.

And now, let’s just get it out there. Mistakes happen — we’ve all been there, but it’s about learning from them so we avoid them in the future. Taking it a step further, it’s passing on your lesson to other beauty professionals to help them avoid making the same mistake — it only fortifies and makes our industry better! But, let’s get on with more about color correction.

Know your base color. If you are trying to create, identify, or correct a color, you need to know your base. When a correction is attempted on what you think is the base color, this is not enough information.

When we get the base wrong, our intended color will also be wrong. For example, if we have a blue eyebrow base and use a warm yellow instead of a green-based yellow, the color will turn out completely different.

When beauty professionals first begin microblading, many may experience the eyebrow changing color, in which the question arises, what happened to the initial color we intended for the service?

So when it comes to skin and hair pigmentation, they are different, but similar in the following sense.

However, when you highlight or color your hair, it will fade, change color, and grow out until your next service. The initial hair cuticles absorb the color, but morph over time if they’re not touched up with the same color. The same process happens when you tattoo the skin on your face.

Some of the color is affected by the lymphatic system and carried away, while the other part may fade from the surface as a result of exfoliation. 

Your next question may be, why doesn’t this happen in body tattoos?  

To answer this, it’s important to know that the skin on our face is different than the skin on our body — cell regeneration is high and the sebaceous activity is bustling. Because there is a high cell turnover, this can cause fading more quickly.

It’s also important to mention that in body art tattoos, bolder colors are typically used, whereas, in microblading, more earthy, neutral tones are used — which may seem why the colors fade more quickly in face tattoos.

There are many other factors that may affect the pigment in microblading, including:

  • Using the wrong pigment
  • Not mixing a pigment correctly
  • Tattooing too deeply
  • Cheap, low-quality pigments
  • Skin conditions such as psoriasis or eczema
  • Oily skin
  • Sun exposure
  • Skin-care products
  • Medications


When microblading, remember it’s crucial to get the base color right or at least know the base color you used if it’s not quite right. When you know the base color you can correct your pigment appropriately.

Apart from the actual pigment, there are many factors that can affect the color. For example the client’s skin, which brings us to our last point.

To better avoid any hiccups during the microblading appointment, it is very important for them to fill out the intake form completely and that you have a chance to go over it — if only to look for concerns such as the medications they’re on or if they have any skin disorders.

Now that you have a little more information on microblading pigments and why some colors don’t come out as intended, we encourage you to take classes to take your microblading skills to the next level.


For more information about the online training we offer, reach out today!


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