What is microblading, exactly?

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. Artists arrange 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.

Price: $250

Touch-up required:  $140Yes, 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. (Oily skin doesn’t hold onto ink as well as dry skin; if you’re anemic, your body may use iron oxide in the pigment as a supplement and the tattoos will fade faster.) On your second appointment, an 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.

How long it lasts: One to two years. “If you don’t touch them up again after 12 to 18 months, they’ll eventually completely fade away.

Insider tip: Repeat microblading by an unskilled technician can cause scarring, which is difficult to tattoo over. “At each yearly touch-up, you re-create your incisions, “So it’s likely that scars will form over time.”