Interested in microblading but don’t know what tools you’ll need?
This guide will introduce different microblading tools and equipment, from beginner tools to advanced digital equipment.
Before we begin…
A few disclaimers:
- This article does not substitute for microblading training courses. To get a more thorough explanation of each tool’s purpose, enroll in any of our beginner microblading classes today. You’ll also get hands-on training using these tools.
- Don’t buy any tools or equipment before you get your training. While we endorse our own shop in the article, we do not encourage you to make any purchases before you enroll in a training course. We don’t want you to end up buying the wrong tool and wasting money.
Tools for Application
There are several different tools you can use to insert ink pigments into your client’s skin.
1. Hand Tool
This manual tool is the first method invented for permanent makeup. It’s easy to use, but it can be very painful.
Hand tools can cause too much damage to the skin and may cause increased bleeding. Very little pigments also stay in the skin, causing more scabs.
This tools is most commonly used for permanent makeup these days. Rotaries have a speed of 90 to 120 hits per second.
We recommend rotaries for advanced technicians because of the speed.
Coils are tattoo machines that allow artists to identify how deep they are in the client’s skin through sound.
We do not recommend coils for permanent makeup because they cause too much noise. They make for uncomfortable experiences, especially if the client is getting microblading on their faces.
4. Digital machines
Digital permanent makeup machines are the best in the market today. They allow easy needle disposals and have speeds of 100 to 180 hits per second.
There are different brands of digital machines. The OPM Machine by Organic Permanent Makeup is designed especially for microblading, as it is extremely gentle on the skin.
The OPM Machine boasts of the following features:
- No bleeding
- No bruising
- Less pain
- No scabbing
- No downtime
- Perfect, precise hair strokes
Needles allow you to inject ink into the client’s skin. There are different needles, each with different purposes.
1. Single Needle
Microblading artists use single needles for the dermal layer. This needle is thin and can, therefore, go very deeply into the skin.
For hair-like brush strokes, use single needles.
2. Three Round Needle
Three Round Needles are used for eyeliner microblading, as they give you a thick line and a nice tail.
3. Four Flat Needle
Four Flat Needles work best for lip microblading.
While these needles hold more pigment, you’ll need to finish more quickly. Otherwise, the lips may start bleeding. The pigment will also not stay on the lips.
Microblading ink pigments
Ink pigments should be diverse enough that clients of all colors and skin types can get microblading.
Microblading Training is an advocate of organic ink pigments. These are just some of the features of organic ink:
- Several color shades
- No harmful chemicals
- All-natural ingredients
- Quicker skin absorption
- Faster healing time
- Does not fade to blue or green like traditional ink pigments
Topical Numbing Agents
Topical numbing agents allow clients to have a pain-free microblading experience. Not only that, but it’s practically impossible to perform microblading without numbing agents. Without numbing agents, microblading will be too painful for a client to stand.
Organic Permanent Makeup’s numbing system has two steps: one numbing gel before the procedure and one during the procedure itself.
Two-step systems like this one ensure that clients do not feel pain at all for the duration of the procedure.
Other important tools
- Gloves. Gloves protect both you and the client from microorganisms. It’s important to store more than one kind of glove in your clinic. A large percentage of the population is allergic to latex, so having non-latex gloves is essential for client safety.
- Face masks. Face masks allow you to move in close to a client’s face without endangering either of your health. Note that you need to switch gloves and face masks for each client you work on.
- Proper waste bags. Safety should be one of your top priorities. Always have enough disposal bags on hand. Always place gloves, face masks, and needles in separate disposal than regular waste.
For more information
To learn more about microblading tools and equipment, see us list down the four basic needs for any beginner microblading artist. Click here to read: Top 4 essential microblading equipment to get you started
You should also check our guide to sanitizing and sterilizing microblading tools and equipment. Read our two-part series here:
Note, however, that no article can beat proper training delivered by an expert microblading artist.
We offer beginner and advanced courses in microblading, which include lessons on:
- The history of microblading
- The microblading industry today
- Color theory
- Brushstroke techniques
- Choosing and dealing with different clients
- Marketing your microblading business
You also get to practice and perfect your stroking skills with our practice skins. And the best part? You get to work on a real, live client!
For more information, see our pages on the beginner course and the advanced course. You can view the full list of microblading courses here.