Microblading eyebrows first rose to prominence about 25 years ago throughout Asia. Its history is not well-documented in the US, and it doesn’t help that it’s gone by so many different names: micro stroking, feather tattooing, eyebrow tattooing, “the Japanese Method,” feathering, hair stroking… the list goes on. In Asia, the technique matured as artists experimented with different brow patterns and tools, and application techniques.
A lot of modern techniques are now taken for granted and commonplace. Originally, many artists would cross hair strokes in an “x” pattern, since in real life hairs do cross. However, this would injure the skin and look less natural. These days, most artists are taught never to cross hair strokes.
In the last few years, microblading had a surge of popularity throughout Europe, where schools and artists have established themselves as the frontier of microblading for the West. In 2015, microblading finally caught on and overtook “permanent makeup” in Google searches:
Bloggers and YouTubers began experimenting with this procedure, while new artists started advertising their work and putting up websites for the first time. In 2016, microblading had its first mainstream endorsement, when actress Bella Thorne visited Microblading LA’s studio and the story was picked up by virtually every beauty news media outlet.
The history of microblading is very brief, but its future looks very bright.