The Origins of Microblading and Semi-Permanent Makeup!



If you are interested in beauty, and you spend a lot of time on the internet, you have surely heard of microblading, this semi-permanent make-up fashion that has been on the rise for a few years.


Unlike traditional tattoos, this semi-permanent process uses pigments artfully inserted under the 1st layer of the dermis to give the lasting illusion of fuller, darker and more defined eyebrows. 


The popularity of microblading exploded practically overnight - RealSelf, a site that hosts reviews and research on various cosmetic procedures, claims that demand for information about the technique has increased so much that they have had to make microblading a own topic on their website.


Over the next nine months, this topic was viewed by more than half a million users on the site.


Of course, microblading is the trend of the moment, but it is by no means the alpha and omega of semi-permanent makeup.


In fact, this technique has existed in several forms for decades.


Although it's impossible to say for sure how long the body art has been around (the oldest verified tattoos belong to the mummified remains of Iceman Otzi, an iceman from European Tyrol who died around 3250 BC, but the practice is probably much older) Its history around the world is long and varied. 


Otzi iceman tattoo - Sobella Microblading Suresnes beauty institute
otzi iceman tattoo - Sobella Microblading Suresnes beauty institute


Before we continue, let's define what we mean by “Body Art”. Body art encompasses from our point of view, all the techniques and trappings that we use to look beautiful. 


This ranges from earrings matching our outfit of the day, to make-up and/or tattoo techniques. 


For Western women, it started in the 19th century, when the art of looking beautiful became a fashion statement among socialites. (Winston Churchill's mother reportedly had a snake tattoo on her wrist, and if that doesn't immediately make you want to know more about Winston Churchill's mother, I don't think we can get along :D)

Lady Churchill mother of Winston Churchill - Sobella Microblading institut de beauté Suresnes


While tattoos themselves have risen and fallen in popularity, their use for facial cosmetic purposes only really started to take off in the West in the 1980s. 


Around this time, doctors began researching ways to help their patients cope with the symptoms of conditions such as alopecia, a type of full-body hair loss that occurs when the immune system decides to attack the body's own hair follicles. 


Although wigs may have replaced natural hair, people with alopecia also frequently lose facial hair, including eyebrows. 


Maintaining to give the illusion of well-defined and natural eyebrows requires time and skill on a daily basis, especially when patients are suffering from this type of disease. 


So it only made sense that patients would start turning to more permanent methods to give the illusion of natural eyebrows.

Sobella Microblading beauty institute Suresnes


Cosmetic-type tattoos - which by this time began to take on more professional names like "semi-permanent make-up" and "micropigmentation" - were a response to an obvious beauty need, and not just for people with alopecia. 


For patients with conditions such as arthritis or Parkinson's disease, which might make it difficult to hold makeup tools or apply products with sharp, precise strokes, permanent makeup then offered the opportunity to maintain their makeup routine without frustration and without wasting time. 


From there, it was only natural for women who wanted to save time on their makeup routine to succumb to the appeal of microblading and semi-permanent makeup in general.


For a long time, semi-permanent makeup remained a tattoo-like process.


However, nowadays more advanced and more suitable techniques have emerged.


At Sobella Paris, beauty institute in Suresnes, we certify that our unique techniques allow us to offer all our clients microblading adapted to their face and with a natural effect. Before proceeding, our beauty experts agree on a diagnosis in order to offer you the best shape for your eyebrows, and give you the best advice before any practice. 


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Great article! I loved learning about the origin of semi-permanent makeup and microblading!


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