Everything You Need to Know About Microblading Pigments
Understanding microblading eyebrow pigments play a critical role in perfecting the microblading process for your clients. There are many reasons why microblading pigments may turn out differently than intended. Beauty professionals need to be appropriately trained in using the best microblade pigment to avoid issues.
Clients come into your salon anticipating excellent results, so you should be using the best products and training to achieve them! Getting the color right on brows or semi-permanent makeup is non-negotiable. Your reputation as a good stylist depends on your ability to deliver the perfect microblading results for each client. No one benefits from a less-than-perfect microblading session, so be sure you are using the best microblade pigments!
The Color Factor In Permanent Makeup (PMU)
Being in the beauty industry, you have probably become familiar with Michael Wilcox's book, Blue and Yellow Don't Make Green. While its original purpose was not to guide color correction in permanent makeup, it has since become the go-to resource for exactly that. If you don't have this book on hand, you should consider grabbing a copy!
It's time to face facts: Mistakes happen — we've all been there! The most important thing you can do is learn how to avoid making the same mistakes in the future. Let's take a look at how you can prevent making microblading mistakes on your client.
Choose the Correct Microblading Pigments - Base Color
When choosing what microblading eyebrow pigment to use, knowing the correct base color is essential. If you are trying to create, identify, or correct color, you need to know your base! Even the best microblading eyebrow pigment on the market can't make up for incorrectly identifying base color.
When you miscalculate the base color, the intended tone of your work will also be wrong. For example, if you have a blue eyebrow base and use a warm yellow instead of a green-based yellow, the color will completely differ.
Understanding the undertone of your client's skin is also very important! Make sure that whatever base your pigment has will complement the undertone of the skin.
Microblading Eyebrow Pigment Changing Color
When beauty professionals first begin microblading, many may experience the eyebrow changing color. Don't worry, this is normal! Microblading pigments are similar to hair dye in specific ways.
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.
A similar process occurs when using microblading eyebrow pigments. Some of the color is affected by the lymphatic system and carried away, while the other part may fade from the surface due to exfoliation.
Cell Regeneration's Effect on Microblading Pigments
It's imperative to understand that our face's skin cells react differently to pigments than other parts of the body. Facial skin cell regeneration occurs at a higher rate than most other skin on the body. As a result of increased cell turnover, microblading eyebrow pigment may fade quicker than pigments in other areas.
The typical pigments used for eyebrows are also a factor. In microblading, more earthy, neutral tones are used — which may be why the colors seem to fade more quickly in face tattoos as opposed to body art tattoos that typically use bolder colors.
Other Factors That Affect Microblading Pigments
Many other factors may affect the pigment in microblading. Let's discuss some of the most common ones!
Using Low-Quality Pigments
To ensure fantastic results, you should be using the best microblade pigments on the market. There are many out there, but our favorite is Everlasting Brows' line of Microblading Pigments. These microblading eyebrow pigments are formulated using high-quality ingredients, meaning less irritation to your client.
If you use a low-quality pigment on a client, the list of side effects is endless! Your client could experience adverse side effects as trivial as swelling, all the way to chemical burns, and significant peeling. When it comes to microblading pigments, always go for quality over quantity!
Mixing Microblading Pigments Incorrectly
When you are mixing up your microblading eyebrow pigment, you must follow the correct procedure. Rushing through this part might save you some time, but your results will not come out as intended! Taking the time to mix appropriately will help your client get the best results.
Skin Conditions & Medications
Clients with skin conditions such as psoriasis or eczema, or oily skin may not be good candidates for microblading. Depending on the severity of the condition, the microblading pigment can cause various levels of irritation. For oily skin clients, they may experience fading at a quicker rate than usual. It is best to inform them beforehand that they may require more touch-ups than others.
For clients who are on certain medications, microblading may not be a good option for their skin. In the next section, we will discuss how client intake forms can help you determine if your client is suitable for microblading.
Client Intake Forms
Your microblading training should leave you with the knowledge you need to determine if a client can undergo a successful microblading procedure. To better avoid any hiccups during the microblading appointment, clients need to complete an intake form. Ensure that you look over the form carefully, keeping an eye out for any medications or skin conditions that would make your client a lousy candidate for microblading.
Keep Learning About Microblading Pigments!
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 help bring your microblading skills to the next level. For more information about the online training we offer, reach out today!