Foundations of microblading

In this article, I will share my top 4 technical skills that every artist must execute flawlessly in order to get the best healed results.  Master these crucial technical skills to build muscle memory and consistently achieve the best results with each and every one of your clients.

  1. Stretch

Hands down, the most important factor in getting great results is making great stretches in the skin. A good stretch forces the skin to be smooth and flat so you can make a clean deposit. Loose skin will result in patchy and wobbly lines. Imagine trying to draw a detailed picture on a crumpled piece of paper. Then contrast that with drawing on a crisp flat sheet of paper.  It makes a world of difference.
The key to getting a proper stretch is to flatten the skin in 3 opposing directions. This is called a 3-point stretch. The stretching hand (the hand without the tool) should be placed strategically along the client’s forehead to pin the skin down and spread it apart in small, taut stretches. This forms 2 of the 3 points. Now, at the same time, the pinky of the working hand must stretch in an opposing direction to complete the 3-point stretch. Remember, when the skin is flat and void of wrinkles, the strokes will be clean.  Watch the video here.

3-point stretch with 3 fingers stretching the skin in opposing directions.

  1. Angle

The biggest mistake I see people make is microblading at an incorrect needle angle. Artists must pay close attention to the angle the blade enters the skin. The needle MUST enter in an upright position and NOT at an angle. If you look at the side profile of a high quality microblading hair stroke, you will see that the needle penetrates the skin at a 90 degree angle with full contact of all needles touching the skin. Imagine trying to cut a piece of paper with your scissors at an angle - it’s not very effective. Microblading is similar. If you are not penetrating the skin at a perpendicular angle, the quality of the stroke will be compromised and the hairstrokes will be fuzzy.

The needle is upright and making full contact with skin (14 Curved needle shown here).

Gaining proficiency at microblading requires a tremendous commitment to proper form, consistency and detail, and by repetitive practice, you will build the required muscle memory.

  1. Depth

The most common question I get asked by artists is about depth. Depth is critical because if you go too shallow, you will only land in the epidermis and the color won’t stay. If you go too deep, you can cause scarring and the color will heal too ashy. So, how do you figure out the perfect depth? The truth is, it’s very tricky since every client has a different skin thickness, and often the skin will be much thinner at the tail of the brows than at the bulb of the brow. In order for the color to stay, you’ll need to microblade to the upper dermis, but not further. A tell tale sign that you’ve hit the upper dermis or the “sweet spot” is when you see a slight channel in the skin, oftentimes marked by pinpoint bleeding.  When I am microblading, I will make my first stroke in the skin with very light pressure to “test” the skin, this will allow me to test the thinness or thickness of the skin.  Next, I will trace it again to until I I see that I reached the sweet spot.  You may have to stroke many times to reach the sweet spot but at least you know now what to look for.  Always be aware to adjust your pressure so you don’t go too deep.  

With observation and practice, you will start to notice the tolerance level of each person’s skin and understand it’s breaking point.  Less trauma = better results.

Sweet spot shown here with pin-point bleeding.

I talk a lot about microblading to the proper depth and how it relates to the thickness of the client’s skin. See my other article HERE about the egg, grape, apple, and orange skin comparison to find out more.

  1. PACE

In microblading, the tortoise always beats the hare. It’s very important to use a slow, steady, and consistent pace. Not only should you concentrate on making each stroke slowly, you should be acutely aware of the pace of the entire procedure. Don’t get caught up in a speed trap and accelerate your work as you progress, or your results will suffer. With each case, you will encounter challenges like bleeding, lax skin, or thick patches of hair, and the best way to deal with these challenges is to work at a slow, consistent pace. When you work slowly, you will work with more precision and overcome these types of obstacles. Focus on making each stroke count. Remember, slow and steady wins the race!

I’m confident that mastering these 4 important techniques will make your microblading better and more beautiful. Take your time, focus on the technical aspects, and practice, practice, practice.  In time, you’ll find that your results will reflect all of the hard work and effort that you’ve put in!


You are such an inspiration for us who thrive on being the best as possible at what they do.

Thank you

Cindi March 17, 2018

Thank you so much for sharing your talents with us. I’ve been in the business 12 years and microblading has been a new and exciting challenge for me. Your feedback , newsletters and products are what has given me the confidence to continue. Thank you so much, would love to meet you at a SPCP or AAM CONVENTION some day. My Best, Mary Bond.

Mary Bond March 17, 2018

I find doing mature clients there skin is loose after the high point of the brow and the stretch is not easy to do.Thank you for all your constant contact with us I look forward to opening your E mail every day♥.

Angela Mastroberti March 15, 2018

Thank you Tina, what a great reminder and inspiration.

Diana Laurence March 14, 2018

You’re the best! THANK YOU for being so generous with your knowledge. Most people won’t do that. They let ego take over. So again , thank you!

Hauley Farish March 14, 2018

Thank you sweet Tina

Lana davis dusek March 14, 2018

Thank you so much for all the experience that you share I’m learn more from your articles than from school but your experience is so valuable and I will follow all your tips and esperience, you are wonderful thanks

Connie Garcia March 13, 2018

Thank you for sharing! I love all of your advice & the tools are amazing

Susan Downs March 13, 2018

“Thank you” Tina for taking time out of your hectic schedule and sharing with all of us, each and every article/video, you put out here for us to read, watch and learn from. We can never be educated enough. There are ALWAYS things to keep learning . 20 years in the business for me, and I am still LOVING every single hour of my days tattooing and Micro Blading . I adore all of my wonderful clients. Your Blades are AMAZING just like you are!! Hoping to meet you and learn more at The New York Tattoo Convention. :)

Shirley Ruzzo March 13, 2018

Bravo! Such a wealth of info here. Thank you

J. DaCosta March 13, 2018

Thank you Tina Davies. I admire you dearly. I’m an expert in shaping brows and just entered the Microblade world a year ago. I follow and believe what you preach. I enjoy your tools a lot. I like to say I’m a “Tina Davies girl” because I use your tools lol. Stay blessed. You are amazing.

Destiny Ward March 13, 2018

Thankyou! This really help me understand the process of Micoblading. I Didn’t you learn this in class. I will read this over and over and practice untill my muscle memory sticks.

Danielle Harmon March 13, 2018

Thank you Tina, your are very professional, helpful, good hearted and classy lady.

Maryla D'avoine March 13, 2018

Thanks Tina!
Such a powerful reminder! I always look forward to your super informative articles. Keep them coming!!

Lacey Onesti March 13, 2018

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