Case Study 3: Microblading old, faded PMU

In this case, my client had old, faded eyebrows that I had tattooed 5 years ago and they had faded out quite a bit since then. There was also a trace of another grey-ish faded application of PMU that was done 15 years ago by another tech in Hong Kong. What you see here is very common.

The predominant color had faded to an orange tone and her brows were in need of a reshape and redesign. This is very typical of almost every pigment line that I have used in the past. This is of course until I discovered Permablend and together we developed the Tina Davies x Permablend pigment set made especially for eyebrows. The colors in this line will never fade to orange, pink or green and are extremely stable. They have been carefully developed by World Famous Tattoo Ink, backed by decades of experience, passion, and commitment to creating the best performing inks in the world. I can’t wait to share more information on the pigment line with you guys this summer! Sign up to my newsletter to receive all pigment related updates HERE

Back to the client...

It’s a good thing the old colors are easy to hide since it’s so faint and faded. It’s a straightforward and easy cover-up with some loose microblading.


When you have any client come back after this long, it’s important that you treat them almost as if it is their first procedure. Ensure that they update their paperwork, in the case that anything has changed with their health, and do a full consultation with them to ensure that you are both on the same page. Whether you did work on them previously or not, their wants and needs may have changed since then, so it is important to get a good understanding of where they are at with their personal style and what they would like to do differently/similarly this time.



This client was so sweet and ideal. Not only did she have great skin that was firm and strong, but she trusted me as the professional and said: “do whatever you think is best”.  See the different types of skin and how it affects the way you work in the How Deep Should I Stroke Blog for more information if you’re worried about microblading different skin types.


These clients are such a wonderful challenge because they are a blank canvas to create beautiful brows that will both suit their needs and give them what you as the artist deem to be the most appropriate for them.


So for her, I decided to give her fuller, fluffy eyebrows and bring her up to date since her face is fuller, and fuller brows would brighten her eyes. This wispy, fluffy look gives such a natural healed appearance that no one will ever know that it’s microblading. 

Also, since her skin is fair and she doesn’t really wear much makeup, we decided to go for a very minimalist brow definition versus a bold look for her brows.  Her old faded color was enough to give some soft definition behind the new hair strokes, which is why I did not shade her brows.

Check out the result and let me know if you like this look!


Immediately after:  The new strokes help to hide the old, faded brows while also maintaining that “wispy” look.

Procedure notes:

Method: Microblading

Needles Used:  Harmony 14 Curved 

Color:  Tina Davies x Permablend Bold Brown (coming soon)

38-year-old Asian woman, Fitz 2

Skin type:  Apple-firm and strong

Artist: Tina Davies

Let me know in the comments what other types of cases you would like to see!

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