Last updated in January 2022.
If you’ve been paying attention to the trends in the makeup world, you must have heard about microblading eyebrows. This extremely popular 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 their brows every morning.
But is microblading suitable for every skin type? Find out what are the challenges of microblading oily skin, and how artists overcome them.
Yes, microblading oily skin is definitely possible, but there are certain things to bear in mind.
Microblading on oily skin usually lasts shorter, and crisp, defined strokes are harder to achieve. That’s why powder brows are generally a better PMU option for oily skin and large pores.
But if you pick an artist who has a lot of experience microblading oily skin and uses adequate pigments, you’ll probably be satisfied.
The potential problems when microblading oily skin are:
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Don’t be disappointed just yet, because experienced microblading artists know how to work on different skin types.
Skilled artists will not make too many strokes at the initial session, and they will leave space between the strokes. This way, even if the strokes spread a bit, they won’t merge and look smudged.
Then, when you come for the touch-up, your artist will assess the situation and, knowing how your skin takes the pigment, they will do the second round of strokes and fill all the gaps.
The one issue technicians can’t help you with is the longevity of the results.
People with dry skin can expect their microbladed arches to last for up to 3 years with only 1 or 2 touch ups, whereas people with oily skin will probably notice their brows started fading much sooner. They probably won’t last out the average 18 months.
This can’t be prevented, but can be compensated with more frequent touch ups.
Microblading is generally done in two sessions.
During the first one, the artist will create the shape by adding some strokes at the edges of your arches and draw on some strokes between your natural hairs to add volume. If you have oily skin, the artist will draw fewer strokes than they would for a client with normal to dry skin in order to see if they will get blurry as they heal.
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 is necessary for this treatment. In the case 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.
Touch ups are useful regardless of skin type, if, for example, you accidentally scratched the brows while they were scabbing, the pigment may have fallen off.
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One of the first questions clients ask is whether microblading hurts, and microblading on oily skin is rumored to be more painful than on normal to dry skin.
However, this depends on the skin’s sensitivity more than skin type. Everyone’s skin is different and some people are a bit more sensitive, so no artist can guarantee you won’t feel anything. In any case, most people who’ve had the procedure report sensations of pressure and pinching, but not pain, since a topical anesthetic is used.
Oily skin microblading healing process is not too different than any healing with other skin types (learn more about that here), but the aftercare needs to be adjusted. The two aftercare routines artists prescribe are dry and wet healing methods.
For people with oily skin, the best choice is the so-called dry method which involves cleaning the brows, but not using any ointment or oil, leaving them to dry and heal by themselves.
Although this is generally considered a preferable method for microblading aftercare oily skin, you should still listen to the advice from your artist and follow it every step of the way.
If you find a professional with experience working on oily skin who knows how to adjust the technique and pigment choice to your skin type, you can expect to have your microbladed brows for around 1 year.
Note, however, that the aftercare during the healing process is equally important as the procedure itself, so the final result depends on you too. The longevity of your brows will also depend on your behavior after the healing phase, as some skincare products and certain activities like swimming in the ocean also accelerate fading.
When you notice your brows are starting to fade, you should schedule a touch-up. If you wait too long, the artist may have to do the whole procedure all over again, instead of just doing a quick correction.
Before you decide to have microblading, you should know that you will probably have to do it more often than people with dry skin, which can get expensive in the long run.
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The right answer to this question is research.
Google the artists in your area and read as many reviews as possible. Make sure you find a certified makeup artist with a lot of experience.
Of course, the most reliable recommendation is the one you get from someone you know. That way, you can see the results in person. But in case you don’t know anyone, before and after pictures are a close second.
Another criterion should be the price. Think of your brows as an investment. Check the prices in your area and if you come across artists who charge significantly less than the average microblading cost, you should probably stay away from them. They may not be licensed, or have no experience, which can be a bigger problem if your skin is oily.
Once you find the right person for the job, make sure you tell them you have oily skin so that they know how to adapt the procedure.
In general, if you have oily skin, you will probably be advised to get machine strokes or machine shading instead of manual microblading.
Some artists claim that nano brows, which are done with a nano needle machine, are a better option, as the strokes end up looking more defined.
Artists who have experience in microblading oily skin claim that microblading with the addition of machine shading works great for oily skin because the shade effect will last longer and you can prolong the period between touch-ups. This combination of manual strokes and machine shading is often called combo brows.
Alternatively, you can explore treatments like powder brows or ombre brows, which last much longer on oily skin than microblading, due to the technique used. Pixelization means using a machine to deposit pigments in tiny dots, so there’s no risk of strokes getting blurred.
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To sum up, microblading and oily skin is indeed possible, but some adjustments have to be made.
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, rethinking your skincare routine, and perhaps, doing touch ups more often.
But the results are definitely worth it!