Am I a good candidate for microblading?

By Tina Davies, Artist and Founder Tina Davies Professional 

Eyebrows are easily one of the most defining features of the face and have become a focal point of recent beauty trends. Whether you prefer yours thick and bold, or arched and precise, it seems that everyone is obsessed with having their “brow game” on point.

But what if you’re not blessed with model-esque brows a la Kendall Jenner or Jessica Alba?  Are you doomed to forever committing the fashion faux pas of sparse, patchy, asymmetrical eyebrows? Will you have to fill them in everyday living in fear that with one wrong move you’ll wipe away your eyebrows?


Actress Jessica Alba    


Model Kendall Jenner


Thanks to microblading, we’ve been given a solution that allows us to have the brows we’ve always dreamed of by having them tattooed alå microblading in a very natural and discreet way.

So, now that microblading has piqued your interest, you’re probably wondering, “Is microblading right for me?”

The process goes far beyond finding the right artist. It’s just as important to determine whether your skin is fit and ready to be tattooed. From your age, sensitivity to the condition and quality of your skin, a lot goes into the safety and effectiveness of the microblading process.

As an artist, my goal is always to ensure that you receive the best possible results from your treatment. This is heavily reliant on your skin being healthy, strong, and calm.

Unfortunately, pre-existing skin conditions and skin treatments can heavily compromise the effectiveness of microblading, leaving both you and I in an unfavorable situation. So, before you go ahead and book your appointment, read the pointers below to find out if microblading is for you...


  • Skin Complications - If you have skin which is prone to complications with eczema, psoriasis, keratosis pilaris and dermatitis (i.e., your skin is constantly flaking, itching, or aggravated), chances are your skin is in a is in a constant state of unrest and shedding and is not suitable for tattooing and therefore won’t hold the pigment well.
  • Chronic Conditions - The same goes for conditions like chronic acne and rosacea. The inherent nature of this type of skin causes easy bleeding, which once again means your skin will not retain the color very well and intended effect of microblading. Additionally, excessively oily skin can cause those tattooed hair strokes to blur together and give off an unwanted solid effect instead of a naturally feathered look.


    Keratosis Pilaris

    Dermatitis (i.e., your skin is constantly flaking, itching, or aggravated), chances are your skin is in a constant state of unrest and shedding and is not suitable for tattooing and your skin won’t hold the pigment.  


    Chronic Acne



     The inherent nature of these types of skin causes easy bleeding once aggravated, which once again means your skin will not retain the colour and intended effect of microblading. Additionally, excessively oily skin can cause those tattooed hair strokes to blur together and give off an unwanted solid effect instead of a naturally feathered look.

    • State of Skin - If your skin is sensitive, it is likely to be easily aggravated and bleed easily.  A good way to know if your skin is sensitive is if turns pink very easily from a little scratch.  If your skin has large pores, specifically in the region of the eyebrows and forehead (aka the T-Zone), the color will blur and result in a powdered look. Along similar lines, tattooed hair strokes will not lay properly on skin with deep wrinkles, which can make the overall look appear uneven. Moles, bumps, piercing, and generally raised skin around the eyebrows will also not be able to retain color.

    • Skin Type - If you have Fitzpatrick Skin type 1 (i.e., you are a redhead, have thin, translucent skin with light eyes), your skin is very likely to be hypersensitive and your skin will not be able to tolerate microblading well.  The same applies if you just have generally very thin skin - it will bleed easily and not retain colour.
    • Sunburn - If you are hoping to get microblading done but have gotten a tan or worse, a sunburn, it’s best to wait until your skin has resumed it's normal colour and wait until your skin has healed before booking in for a procedure.  

    • Previous Permanent Makeup - People who have previously had permanent makeup may want to change or fix what they have previously had done. Clients may have to consider laser removal prior to a procedure or ask the artist if they can work with their existing permanent makeup to incorporate the old design and colors into the new one.  Always disclose if you’ve had previous permanent makeup so the artist can treat you accordingly.  


    • Accutane/Retin-A - Individuals who have been taking acne medications such as Accutane or Retin-A within the last year have an altered skin condition that will not heal well after the procedure. It’s very important that you wait a year before tattooing the skin. Similarly, Retinol and Vitamin A users should discontinue the use of each a month prior to their procedure.

    • Latisse - Eyelash and eyebrow growth serum bring extra circulation (aka blood flow) to the area resulting in more growth of hair/lashes.  Do not underestimate the power of these products!  If you have been using Latisse or any other eyelash or eyebrow growth conditioners, the skin in that area is in a hypersensitive state and will bleed easily. Be mindful to discontinue using these at least 3-6 months before going in for a session otherwise you will instantly bleed profusely.


    • Hair Transplant - A commonly unknown fact is that scar tissue will form within the eyebrow transplant site. If you've had a hair transplant for your eyebrows, microblading is not a suitable procedure for you.
    • Irregular State - If your body naturally runs hot or you have a bleeding disorder, this will result in excess bleeding and prevent adequate color deposit.
    • Autoimmune - Even more seriously, if you have an autoimmune disorder such as lupus, or frontal fibrosing alopecia, you will be not a good candidate for Microblading due to your compromised skin health caused by these disorders.

    • Other Conditions - If you are pregnant, nursing, have hemophilia, a heart condition, , it is absolutely not recommended that you get any form of permanent make up done as this puts you in a high-risk position.  People who have heart issues often are on medications that thin the blood which will cause excessive bleeding a poor results with microblading.


    Below is a list of medical conditions that often cause skin irregularities, making microblading an unsuitable procedure for you:

    • Trichotillomania (i.e., the compulsive pulling of body hair) can causes scar tissue in the skin to be prominent, which does not allow the color to heal properly.

    • Glaucoma-If you hope to get eyeliner tattooed, the use of glaucoma eye drops makes eyelash follicles and eyelids hypersensitive, causing excessive bleeding and poor color retention.

    • If you have continued use of Accutane, Retinol, or skin-peeling acids, you may be prone to excessive bleeding due to your altered skin condition, therefore, microblading would not be a viable option for you.


    • Botox- Get Microblading done BEFORE you get botox so your muscles will be in a normal state of movement.  Alternatively, if you regularly use botox, you will need to wait at 3 weeks after botox before doing microblading in order to allow the botox to settle in at its full effect.

    • Vacationing- microblading is a tattoo and therefore is a mild injury to the skin which takes time to heal.  If you are planning to go hot vacation involving sun, sweating, and swimming, make sure you give your skin two weeks to heal post microblading before showing off your newly microbladed brows on the beach!

    So, if you’re thinking you’re ready for a microblading procedure, it is important to know that the results of your permanent makeup will be based on the health and quality of your skin. Results will vary from person to person, and if you have a pre-existing skin condition or are on medications, you may still be eligible for a procedure but should adjust your expectations based on your situation.  Like any procedure, every person is unique and will react differently. If all checks out and your skin is in good physical condition, you can start researching the best artists near you or check our directory for a list of Harmony Artists.


    Excellent and very informative article. I am currently researching in preparation for my first microblading procedure (or any cosmetic procedure of any kind excited and can’t wait) and in reading reviews on the local artist I am considering I saw her comment that “not everyone is a good candidate for microblading” and offered a free consultation, which I respect.

    This article has been extremely helpful in allowing me to self-educate and be sure I’m asking the right questions and managing my expectations. Thanks for taking the time to share!

    Angie March 09, 2018

    This was a great, informative and thorough article. I could be wrong, but I think the first 2 skin conditions with pictures are switched around though.

    Leah August 08, 2017

    great information…… thanks…….

    Toni Francisco August 06, 2017

    Hey Tina!
    Thank you for always sharing information to the Permanent Cosmetic Community! You are indeed a huge asset worldwide !!
    Much love and success !
    Mimi (Beau Institute Instructor)

    PS- Love love love the U blade

    Maria Angela De Santis - Ferreira August 03, 2017

    This is awesome. Thank you

    elizabeth rivera August 03, 2017

    Tina you’re such a blessing for giving away your experience and advice. This is really a very good statement for us as microblading artists.
    Thank you so much…God bless you!!! Xx Jeanella

    Jeanella Loefstok August 03, 2017

    I have experienced excessive bleeding when the client wanted eyeliner tattooed and had been using la-tease ,also some bruising did occur,she healed fine,but in the future Ill put that on my consent form,thank you for all your education.

    angela mastroberti August 03, 2017

    Clear and concise! Just like we and our clients need it to be… Thank you Tina for all you do to help the artists in this industry. You’ve made such an amazing impact on so many lives! Much love and continued success to you!

    Connie Pearson ?
    Permetika Cosmetic Specialties
    Houston, Texas

    Connie August 02, 2017

    sensational article!

    Rachael Bebe August 02, 2017

    Dear Tina Davies:: Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge, expertise, concern, & experience about Microblading. It is such a helpful article for all Eyebrow Artists. Once again, Thank you Tina. ????

    KimLan Nguyen August 02, 2017

    Very good information!! Thank you for the tips. This explains why some the the procedures did not turn out the best.

    Erin Clancy August 02, 2017

    Thank you Tina ..Its always good to have this info handy.. Very good info for everyone and so true ..

    Heidi Heindel August 02, 2017

    Thank you Tina for being so forthcoming and professional. In my area we are bombarded with young girls rolling in the money from doing micro-blading on everyone that walks through the door, not educating the clients or standing behind their work. I am a correction Specialist and I have to fix a lot of the messes I see. I have always been honest with my clients. I educate them and I have had to turn down many clients that I feel would not have a proper outcome. It is rare to have Techs that care, educate and are not in it just for the money. This speaks loud to the incredible person you are and I thank you for sharing your knowledge. In this industry we are always learning and although my specialty is traditional micro-pigmentation I hope to be as good as you with micro-blading one day. Thank you!

    Theresa Baldwin August 02, 2017

    Thank you so much Tina Davies! This is so perfectly written! I’m so grateful to be able to share this with clients!

    Samantha Schmidt August 02, 2017

    Best teacher indeed! Love that you are willing to share your knowledge and not afraid to empower your Microblading “students” with what you know! I really appreciate it and that’s why I’m committed to buying all the tools that I can from you!!! Thank you again ?

    Brow Envy By Nazy August 01, 2017

    Thank you Tina, this was so far the best statements that I have read about Microblading. It feels very good that some of us take this whole Microblading issue serious and educating the artists and the consumer about it. The outcome of this is just great? Thank you for being such a great teacher!
    Best regards from Halmstad, Sweden
    Uroog Hübner

    Uroog Hübner August 01, 2017

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