Microblading Thick Eyebrows – How to Get the Best Results

By Emily M.| Last updated on October 17, 2022
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⏱️ 4 min read

While microblading is considered the best solution for thin, sparse eyebrows for victims of 90s’ overplucking or people who just have thin brows for whatever reason, it can also be used to just further enhance already full brows.

Beginner artists may sometimes be unsure what to do when they get a client with relatively full brows. To help them master microblading thick eyebrows, or to help clients clarify what exactly they want, we’ve prepared a list of tips on how to get the best results on already full brows.

How to Make the Most Out of Microblading Thick Eyebrows

The only way to make sure a client leaves the salon head over heels with their microblading is to do thorough consults and explain what they can expect, and give them your professional opinion on what will work best.

So, honesty is a must when microblading thick eyebrows. Some clients may come in with unrealistic expectations and in those cases, it’s important to level with them.

To clarify, if the client’s brows are already really bushy and extra strokes won’t really make a difference, tell them.

If they still want to go through with the treatment, here are some things to keep in mind:

Suggest Just Shading

Sometimes, clients come in for microblading not really knowing what it is they actually want. They may not be aware that microblading isn’t the only form of brow tattoo, or they may have seen an example of another technique without knowing what it’s called.

So, if you have a client who just wants some extra volume, introduce them to shading at the consults.

The thing is, most people with full brows enhance their brows with brow powders or pomades which give a shaded look. If this is what they want from permanent makeup, light powder brows or just some manual shading is what they need.

Shading is simpler than microblading thick brows.

Talk them through this option – chances are they’ll go for it.

Brow shading on full eyebrowsImage source: Instagram @beauties_by_danielle

Most Important – Keep It Natural

If your client wants microblading to make their already fuller brows even thicker and even more prominent, precise stroke placement is crucial to achieving those fluffy feather brows.

Adding strokes strategically to thicken the arches has to be done in harmony with the brows’ natural growth pattern. You don’t really have room for modifying the spine, but you can add strokes around the edges, on the heads and on the tail.

Fill in the sparser areas with some extra strokes and make sure the texture looks realistic.

Microblading thick eyebrowsImage source: Instagram @bornbeaute.os

Modify the Shape, But Don’t Go Overboard

For microblading thick eyebrows, some grooming will probably be necessary, but don’t go overboard. Clients want microblading to simplify their routine, and if you do the shape with a lot of grooming, their routine might end up even more elaborate than it used to be.

Do your mapping, and take the time to assess the situation. The best way to go is not to go too far out of their existing arches, adding some strokes where needed, but keeping removal to a minimum.

If their brows are visibly uneven and you see you’ll need to remove brow hairs from a significant area, make sure they understand they’ll have to maintain the shape. Find a compromise between the unevenness and the new shape.

Grooming and microblading on full eyebrowsImage source: Instagram @nafasanami_academy

Never Shave the Tails Off!

Your client may want a shape totally different from what their natural brows look like. Shaving off their tails and creating new ones with microblading strokes is not the solution!

If you remove the tails, even if the shape of microblading looks stunning, you sentence your client to having to remove the tails for as long as their microblading lasts. They’ll have to be very disciplined and groom their brows very frequently, or they’ll end up with double tails.

This will lead to frustration long-term and they’ll end up really unsatisfied, even if they initially claim they don’t mind.

Just don’t do it. Work with what they have, not against it.

What to Do If the Client Has a Scar They Want Covered Up

A common reason clients go for microblading thick eyebrows is to camouflage a scar. Brow tattoos can definitely camouflage scars in the brow area as long as they’re not keloids, but microblading is not the best option.

Scar tissue is unpredictable, and in many cases, it doesn’t take pigment well. It can take multiple sessions to ensure pigment stays, and there’s no guarantee. Even if pigment does stay, it can heal lighter than on healthy skin.

On top of that, scar tissue doesn’t hold microblading strokes well and there’s a very high chance they’ll blur. So shading is always a better option for camouflaging scars.

You can add strokes to the rest of the brow, where the skin is healthy, and do combo brows.

Learn all about combo brows here.


Before any scar can be tattooed over, it has to be fully healed. This usually takes 6 months to a year, so your client will have to wait.

Final Word

Remember – with microblading, you can only add, you cannot take away. So it’s best not to go too thick at the first session, even if your client is adamant they want caterpillar brows. It’s less of a hassle to just add more strokes at the touch up than to have them regret going too thick. Chances are, they’ll be happy with a subtle enhancement anyway.

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