Deciding to have your eyebrows microbladed is a big decision. After all, it is semi-permanent and could potentially change the look of your entire face; not to mention the monetary costs associated with the procedure. So, you’ll want to find a technician who is skilled at creating the perfect style and shape.

What’s even more important than the technician’s artistry and professionalism? Simple: their adherence to cosmetic safety protocols.

We’ve all heard (and likely seen) cosmetic horror stories, from plastic surgery gone terribly wrong, to permanent makeup done incorrectly, and infections from an elective cosmetic procedure. Microblading is a procedure, and as such, has risks associated with failure to follow safety guidelines. Improper safety measures can not only ruin the look of your new semi-permanent eyebrows, but can also put the client at risk for scarring and infection.

When done correctly, microblading brows is considered a safe procedure. A properly trained and experienced microblading technician will take the necessary steps to protect their clients from any potential harm by focusing on the cleanliness of themselves, their salon environment, and most importantly their microblading tools.

Watch out for technicians who appear unkempt themselves, as they will be working directly over your skin. Technicians should wear sterilized disposable gloves, a facemask, and goggles (if needed) while performing your procedure to ensure that no germs make their way from the technician to you.

Next, examine the salon environment. No matter how clean the technician or their tools, if the environment they are working in is dirty or hazardous, there is an increased risk to your health and safety. If you see any leaky pipes or drains, standing water, signs of mold, pests, or infestations, that salon is not a safe, sterile environment. Choose, instead, to work with a technician in a pristine, clean environment that you can trust is safe.

Finally, clean tools are paramount to reducing any risks from microblading procedures. For this reason, the majority of technicians and salons choose to use disposable tools to reduce the risk of cross-contamination between clients. After all, the needles and blades used in the microblading process penetrate the skin, and you certainly do not want a technician to put anything into your skin that has been in someone else’s.

Handpieces used to hold needles and blades need to be properly sterilized. While these tools don’t enter the skin, they do come in close contact with clients’ skin, blood, and other bodily fluids, which means they host a great number of germs and skin cells that can be harmful if not sterilized properly.
Any other tools or surfaces that are in the procedure area must be either disposed of or sterilized before a new procedure is done. If you notice that chairs have not been wiped down, linens appear to have been used, and fresh tools have not been set out, you should reconsider working with that particular salon.

Generally, inexperienced or untrained technicians are the ones who don’t follow safety protocols. But, it is also possible that a skilled microblading artist might not adhere closely to cleaning their tools and work area, which can pose serious threats to your health and the longevity of your microblading results. Be vigilant on your visit to a salon and do your research prior to booking to ensure a safe procedure.

Remember: microblading is permanent, and you should only have the procedure done at a location you trust and feel comfortable with. Furthermore, care needs to be taken in order to ensure the pigment stays as vibrant and stunning as possible. If you’re ready to take the next step toward perfect brows, visit