are specially formulated "inks" implanted into the skin during permanent makeup, so it's important to choose the right pigments to produce realistic results for your clients.
There are a few key factors to consider when choosing the right pigment for your client, so we've broken them down into easy-to-follow steps below.
During the microblading treatment, the pigment is implanted into the skin, which means that the result of healing will always be a combination of the pigment color and the client's skin undertone. Understanding color theory will allow the artist to achieve the perfect harmony between skin undertones and pigments to produce the best results. If the artist does not have sufficient training and understanding of color theory, the outcome of the cure can be disastrous.
Even with the use of high-quality pigments and shades that match the eyebrow color, the undertone of the client's skin plays a key role in how the microblading will look after healing.
Undertones: cold and warm
Most clients have either cool or warm skin tones, but some may be neutral.
If the client's skin is cool-toned, it's essential to use warm-toned pigments to neutralize any blue or gray tones and produce a natural effect - and vice versa. People with neutral skin tones are lucky as they work well with either warm or cool-toned pigments.
Using warm pigments on clients with warm-toned skin may result in a healing result that is orange while using cool pigments on cool-toned skin can result in gray results. Therefore, a thorough evaluation of your skin type is essential before beginning any microblading treatment.
This is a popular tool for permanent makeup artists to categorize skin types. Originally developed by Thomas Fitzpatrick in 1975, the skin types 1 to 6 listed on the scale indicate how much melanin is naturally present in the client's skin.
Some microblading artists will ask clients to complete a questionnaire before starting treatment, which will indicate their Fitzpatrick skin type. More experienced artists may be able to identify a client's skin type based on their confidence and knowledge of color theory without the need for a questionnaire. Others may use the color of the veins under the client's skin as an indicator - veins appearing in purple/blue usually indicate cool skin tones, while green veins indicate warmth.
Experienced artists will also build up knowledge of which pigments are suitable for which skin type, although many pigment sets include color charts that can be used as a guide.
During a consultation, it is useful to ask clients about their own preferences. Will they fill in the brows? If so, what shade do they use? Do they dye their eyebrows? Do they prefer dark and bold brows or soft and subtle brows?
As a microblade artist with sufficient knowledge of color theory, once you've assessed your client's skin type, you'll know which shades are right for your client, but it's important to consider their preferences before making any choice.
Choose a pigment brand
Choosing which paint brand to use can be confusing because there are so many well-known and trusted brands on the market today.
Charming Tattoo provides stable pigments that restore primary color and are easy to apply.
Which brand you choose is often a matter of personal preference, and most artists will try a few different brands first to determine their favorite. Some artists choose to use different shades from different brands - it's entirely your choice and depends on what works best for you and your clients!
Mix and modify
As a microblade artist, you may sometimes need to mix or modify pigments, depending on your client's hair color and skin type. Many high-quality paints are pre-mixed and ready to use, but sometimes, an artist may wish to add a drop or two of other colors to get the perfect shade.
In this case, it is always recommended to start with lighter pigments and add a drop of darker shades. It is also recommended not to add too much dark pigment to the initial treatment. A darker shade can always be used if the desired effect is not achieved initially. You can always add depth, but if the paint is too dark, it's hard to lighten without removing it.
Modifiers, also called correctors, can be mixed with pigments to neutralize any unwanted tints, and they're usually used during top-up appointments. Many well-known pigment brands also sell correctors, usually orange (corrects blue/green tints), yellow (corrects blue/purple tints), and green (corrects red/orange tints). Some experienced artists also use modifiers when performing corrective work on clients who previously microbladed with unwanted shades before starting a new treatment.
Pigments used at top up
Your client's top-up or color enhancement appointment is a great opportunity to evaluate how your original pigment choices are healing on your client's skin. Has it healed as expected or is it too light? Are there any unwanted tones in their healing results?
As mentioned earlier, paint blending is a great tool for adding depth to the color and darkening brows when filling in. If you previously added a drop of a darker shade to your paint, you may want to add 2 or 3 drops when topping up to achieve the desired effect.
The above step-by-step guide explains how to choose the right pigment for your micro blades. We hope this guide helped you find your favorite paints that will give you beautiful healing results on your clients! If you want to buy micro blade pigments, welcome to contact us
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