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The History of Microblading: An Artistic Journey to Modern Popularity

Hello, I'm Simonne-Louise Astley, Microblading artist at Simply Brows of Waewickshire. Today, I invite you to join me on a fascinating journey through time as we explore the history of Microblading and its remarkable resurgence in popularity.

Ancient Begginings:

Believe it or not, Microblading isn't a recent beauty trend. Its roots can be traced back to ancient civilizations, where both men and women embraced various forms of permanent makeup. The earliest records of Microblading-like techniques can be found in ancient Egypt, where dark pigments were used to enhance facial features. Cleopatra herself was said to have adorned her brows to exude beauty and power.

The history of Microblading
The history of Microblading

Microblading in Asia:

Fast forward to ancient Asia, and we discover the art of Microblading taking shape in cultures like Japan and China. Known as "eyebrow embroidery" in some regions, skilled artisans used a handheld tool with needles to create delicate hair-like strokes, achieving natural-looking eyebrows that symbolized beauty and femininity.

The Dark Ages and Beyond:

As with many ancient practices, the popularity of microblading waned during the Dark Ages and was largely forgotten in the Western world. However, it continued to thrive in parts of Asia, the Middle East, and some Pacific regions, preserving the techniques and passing them down from generation to generation.

The Modern Resurgence:

Fast forward to the late 20th century, and the beauty industry experienced a resurgence of interest in permanent makeup. Advancements in technology and techniques made the process safer and more accessible. Tattoo artists started experimenting with microblading-like procedures, albeit using tattoo machines instead of handheld tools.

Revolutionary Technique:

The true renaissance of microblading as we know it today began in the early 21st century. A pioneering cosmetic artist named Branko Babic, from Serbia, is credited with refining and popularising the modern microblading technique. He introduced a manual, handheld tool consisting of fine needles, capable of creating precise, feather-like strokes that mimicked natural eyebrow hairs.

The Microblading Boom:

Social media platforms, especially Instagram, played a significant role in catapulting microblading to the forefront of the beauty world. Influencers, celebrities, and satisfied clients began showcasing stunning before-and-after photos, leaving the world in awe of this transformative procedure. The ability to achieve realistic, semi-permanent eyebrows that enhance facial features without looking artificial was a game-changer.

The Rise of Microblading Artists:

As the demand for microblading grew, so did the number of skilled artists specializing in this art form. Microblading academies and training programs sprouted up worldwide, ensuring that professionals could master the technique and deliver exceptional results. Among them, I'm proud to be owner and lead Artist at Simply Brows of Warwickshire, where we are passionate about helping our clients achieve their dream eyebrows.

The Microblading Experience:

Today, microblading is not just a trend; it's a transformative experience that empowers individuals to wake up every day with flawless, natural-looking eyebrows. The procedure involves meticulous measuring, shaping, and customising the brow design to suit each person's unique facial features and desired style.


The history of Microblading is a tale of ancient traditions meeting modern innovation, culminating in a powerful resurgence of a timeless beauty practice. As a microblading artist, I love being part of this artistic journey, and it brings me immense joy to witness the boost in confidence and self-esteem that microblading provides to my clients.

If you've ever considered microblading or simply want to learn more about it, don't hesitate to reach out. Its a beautiful art form which genuinely boosts confidence for hundereds of my clients every year.

Simonne-Louise Astley

Microblading Artist at Simply Brows of Warwick


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