Microblading Colour Correction

November 18, 2021

Microblading Colour Correction

What is Colour Correcting for Microblading? 

Colour correcting is the process of using PMU pigments to modify unwanted hues from microblading tattoos that were the wrong pigment or have changed colour over time. The process involves the use of shading microblading needles to apply colour corrective pigment and, once neutral brown brows are achieved, the originally intended colour can be applied.

What can affect the colour of a tattoo?

  • Age
  • Sun Damage or sunscreen on the brows before they have healed
  • Oiliness of the skin
  • Medical conditions or medications - as microblading pigments are iron oxide based, if you have a condition such as iron deficiency or anaemia the ink may not retain as well on the skin. Blood thinning medication (including aspirin and ibuprofen) and supplements (fish oil and vitamin E) can also have the same effect.
  • Consuming coffee on the day of, or alcohol up to 48 hours, before the procedure.
  • Beauty treatments done before the microblading procedure: Waxing, tinting, Botox, chemical peels, tanning.
  • Clients aftercare - if your client fails to follow the proper aftercare process they can affect the healed results of the microblading procedure. Additionally certain beauty products contain retinol, acids or fragrance can alter the colour, so make sure you let your client know!

See our blog Take care with your microblading aftercare to find out more...

PMU Colour Theory:

Before you begin your colour correction process, you not only need to find the contrasting shade to neutralize the problem but you also need to take into account other elements of PMU Colour theory. The contrasting shade can be found using a colour wheel. The opposite colour will combine with the existing one, neutralising it. 

Purchase a colour wheel here.

PMU colour theory is vital for any PMU Artist as there are many factors which can affect the end healed result as the pigment is embedded into the skin, as opposed to being placed onto the skin like ordinary make up. The artist must therefore be able to take into consideration the customers’ skin tone, undertone and natural eyebrow shade as well as the formula of the pigments used.

Skin tone: the most common way to determine the customers’ skin tone is by using the Fitzpatrick Scale. The scale shows 6 different tones of skin from lightest to darkest. Each of the tones is determined by the amount of melanin within the skin.

Undertone: There are three different undertones and here is how to distinguish them:

  • Cool: Pale, fair skin. Usually burns and doesn’t tan in the sun. Those with cool undertones will have lighter coloured eyes such as blue or green, and either blonde or red hair. They will most likely also have blue or purple veins.
  • Neutral: Fair or Olive skin that can tan well in the sun. They will have a mixture of blue, purple and green veins.
  • Warm: Dark skin. They will have dark brown/black hair and eyes. They will have green veins.
SofTap microblading pigments UK and colour correctors can be found at the Microblading Emporium.


Finding the undertone of a pigment:

Once you have selected your colour correction pigment, it may be useful to double check the undertone. To find the undertone follow these simple steps!

What you will need:

  • A piece of white paper
  • Pigment
  • Water
  • A cotton bud

The steps:

  1. Firstly shake your pigment and place a small amount onto your paper. Spread the pigment so that the pigment becomes less opaque. (we suggest using a piece of plastic - I.E. an old unused card or ruler)
  2. Dilute the tip of your cotton bud in water.
  3. Gently dip the diluted cotton bud in the pigment on the paper. It will immediately soak up some of the pigment.
  4. Gently rub the now pigmented cotton bud on another part of the paper. 

Shading microblading needles...

Now that you have chosen your pigment. You must now make sure you have the correct tools available for the process. The most successful way to achieve colour correction is by microshading the brows.

(Left to right: double row shading microblading needles, flat shading microblading needles, nano blade microshading roller, round pin flexible shading needles, nano blade microshading roller tips)

Microshading handtools and needles can be purchased through our website.

The process...

Once you have your shading microblading needles and colour correction pigment prepared, you can now begin colour correcting. You must ensure that the process is completed over several passes, progressively saturating the brows in the chosen pigment. A controlled and gradual increase in saturation will help you to prevent adding too much pigment and making the situation worse. Once neutral brown brows are achieved, you can then draw out the desired brow shape using a white surgical marker pen and proceed to microblade the brows with the desired pigment.

Overall the process of colour correction can take a while due to multiple passes of the colour correction pigment, but also repeating the process if the old colour is still visible when your client returns for a touch up appointment. Particularly if the original tattoo is very dark or saturated as you will need one appointment for the application of the colour corrector alone.

Additional products to help with the procedure!

As this is a long and repetitive process, ensure you use a microblading swelling agent and numbing agent.

We particularly recommend you shop eyebrow numbing gel strips at Microblading Emporium.

Apply this microblading pigment fixing agent during the procedure to help lock in pigment, avoid fading lines and achieve the best colour penetrating.

The most important thing to remember is to take your time, gradually saturating the brow and do not rush!

Alternatively buy the best pigment removal solution!
Some customers may prefer for the original pigment to be completely removed instead of altered. This is completed by laser or removal solutions. 


Understanding colour theory and colour correction usually takes a lot of time and practise, so you may wish to look at for further training in order to practise and improve your understanding of the subject.

Any Questions? Get in contact below:

  • 07394 148099