In this procedure, you get a manual tattoo made with a dedicated tool that looks like a slender Exacto knife but isn’t a blade at all. The Medical Aesthetician arranges tiny needles so they can make small incisions in the skin with the tool’s tip depending on the thickness and depth of hair strokes they want to etch. “I dip the needles into pigment when I make each hair stroke, and I ask clients to sit and let the color sink in for a few minutes after I’m done drawing,” says Caitlin Sixbey, Certified Microblade Artist. “When you wipe it off, you’ve got eyebrows.”

Touch-up required: Yes, usually four to eight weeks after your first appointment. Generally it takes two sessions to get the full effects. There are a number of factors that affect how well you retain pigment. On your second appointment, the microblade artist might go over original strokes to darken them for a client, tweak the shape, or build up sparse brows by layering thinner strokes in between.