Microblading Eyebrows

Microblading Oily Skin: Everything You Need to Know

If you were paying attention to the trends in the make-up world, you must have heard about microblading eyebrows. This extremely popular semi-permanent makeup technique makes your eyebrows look full and natural at the same time.

The procedure has been a dream-come-true for many who grew tired of filling in the brows every morning over and over again.

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What is Microblading?

Microblading is a semi-permanent technique in which the artist makes hair-like strokes using a small blade. These tiny cuts are then filled with a pigment which resembles the natural hair color of the clients. The final look is that of full and natural-looking set of brows which can last from one to three years after which they fade.

This beauty trend has made life easier (and prettier) for many women and men you wished to have beautiful brows all the time.

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How Does Oily Skin Affect Microblading?

The potential problems when microblading oily skin are:

  • The first thing most aestheticians will tell you is that this skin type can make it more difficult for the pigmented strokes to heal.
  • Other related issue may be that the strokes might not be as defined and crisp as with other skin types, and that the pigment may smudge a little.
  • Finally, the ink may fade faster and you might need to do the touch-ups more often, which can be quite pricey.

How to Avoid the Potential Problems Caused by Oily Skin in Microblading?

But you don’t need to worry, because the experienced makeup artists came up with solutions for these potential issues. Firstly, in such cases the technicians will make slightly deeper cuts (yes, we know it sounds painful, but no reason to worry – we have numbing cream for that), which will then be filled with the pigment. Deeper cuts will “protect” the pigment more, and make it more long-lasting, preventing potential “spreading” as well.

Also, skilled artists will not make as many strokes, or at least they won’t put them close together. This will prevent the pigment from spreading and enable the skin to heal faster. Then on the touch-up session, they will do the second round of strokes and fill all the gaps.

The other thing many artists do is switching to water-based pigments which work with oily skin better than glycerin-based ones, which are better for non-oily skin.

Is there Something that Can’t Be Prevented?

The one issue technicians can’t help you a lot is with is the longevity of the treatment.

Whereas people with dry skin can enjoy their microbladed arches for up to three years, people with oily skin will have to say goodbye to them probably after a year if they don’t do a touch-up. But all is not lost and you don’t need to worry. You may prolong it by avoiding treatments with acids, retinol or similar substances that make the pigment fade, and in this way prolong the pigment intensity.

How Does the Microblading Procedure Look Like on Oily Skin?

Microblading is generally done in two sessions. During the first one, the artists will draw your brows and fill them to the best of their ability, and leave them to heal for a few weeks. After the healing process is done, you need to go for a touch-up session during which all the imperfections and potential gaps are filled and corrected.

Therefore, a minimum of two sessions are necessary for this treatment. In the cases of oily skin, an additional, third session may be required as well. The need for it will depend on your skin’s ability to retain the pigment and how successful the healing process was. If, e.g., you accidentally scratched (which is a big no no) the brows while they were scabbing, the pigment may have fallen off, which will require a touch-up.

Does Performing Microblading on Oily Skin Hurt More?

The question everyone asks whenever blades and cuts are mentioned. Even though cuts in the brow area might sound frightening, especially if the aestheticians decide to make them a bit deeper (for the sake of making the pigment last longer), you don’t need to worry. Every well-equipped salon uses a numbing cream which is applied before the treatment, and which makes the whole experience only slightly uncomfortable, but not painful. 

How Does the Microblading Procedure Look Like on Oily Skin

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How to Take Care for Microbladed Brows on Oily Skin?

The two main aftercare “types” are dry and wet method. For people with oily skin, the best choice is the so-called dry method which involves not using any ointment or oil, but leaving them to dry and heal by themselves. Although this is generally considered a preferable method, you should still listen to the advice by your aesthetician and follow it every step of the way.

How Long Does Microblading Last with Oily Skin?

If you find a professional with the knowledge how to approach oily skin during this treatment, you can expect to have your microbladed brows for around a year. The properly trained artists with lots of experience will know what to do, and what pigments to use to ensure your eyebrows last as long as possible. Note however, that the healing process is equally important as the procedures itself, so it is up to you as well. Also, to make them stay longer, you should avoid any chemicals with acids or retinol that can make pigment fade.

When you see them losing color, you should schedule a touch-up and you can have your brows as long as you wish. However, you should know that you will probably have to do it more often than people with dry skin, which can be quite expensive in a long run.

How to Find the Right Artist?

The right answer to this question is research. Google and read as many reviews as possible and make sure you find a certified makeup artist with a lot of experience. The best thing is always to have someone recommend you a person, but in case you don’t have this, rely on the reviews and before and after photos. Also, stay away from the places which charge too little, because they are either inexperienced, uncertified or use low-quality materials, and you definitely don’t want that.

Once you find the right person for the job, make sure you tell them you have oily skin so that they know how to approach the procedure properly. And ask them as many questions as you wish, they are there to help you and inform you.


To sum up, performing a microblading on oily skin is indeed possible. The truth is that the procedure itself is slightly more aggressive when applied on oily skin, and maintenance can be a bit trickier. It requires paying more attention to them in the healing process, and perhaps, do touch-ups more often. But the results can be definitely worth it!

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