Microblading is a tattooing technique in which a small handheld tool made up of several tiny needles is used to add permanent pigment to the skin. Microblading differs from standard eyebrow tattooing because each hairstroke is created by hand producing a thin, natural looking line that blends in with existing eyebrow hair, whereas, with eyebrow tattoos, it is still done with a machine and needle often producing thicker, less natural lines that tend to expand over time. It is typically used on eyebrows to attempt to either create, enhance or reshape the appearance of the eyebrows. Microblading deposits pigment into the upper region of the dermis, so it fades more rapidly than traditional tattooing techniques, which deposit pigment deeper into the dermis. Microblading artists are not necessarily tattoo artists, and vice versa because the techniques require different training.
Microblading is also sometimes called embroidery, feather touch and hair-like strokes.