Choosing The Right Pigment Colour

Microblading is perhaps one of the most popular procedures in permanent makeup, an innovative cosmetic practice. In today's world, having thick and full brows is the ultimate beauty standard. So it's reasonable that almost everyone would want that. And, while manually drawing on your eyebrows with an eyebrow pencil is a common option, it isn't the greatest. This is where micro-blading comes into its own.

So how important is choosing the right colour pigment?


Choosing the right colour can be more complicated than you may think, but our microblading expert Naomi O’Hara is giving you her tips to picking the right colours.

Pigments are specifically created 'inks' that are implanted into the skin during the permanent makeup procedure, therefore selecting the correct pigment is important if you want to give your clients the best results.

There are a few key points we would like top talk about as they are the key factors into choosing the right pigment colour.

Fitzpatrick Scale

Developed in 1975 by American dermatologist Thomas B. Fitzpatrick, permanent makeup artists use this technique to categorise skin types. The skin types 1 to 6 on the scale, created by Thomas Fitzpatrick in 1975, reflect how much melanin a customer has naturally in their skin.

Thus creating the foundation into choosing the right pigment colours for your clients.

Below is our Fitzpatrick Scale chart which you are happy to save to use for your own reference and to also understand what we mean when we walkabout the Fitzpatrick Scale.


Fitzpatrik Scale


The Fitzpatrick Scale is an important tool in micropigmentation, since pigment injected into the skin interacts directly with melanin, influencing the colours final outcome. 

When carrying out permanent makeup treatments, you must be very knowledgeable with this scale in order to appropriately assess your client's skin type and choose the best colour for them.

Our very own Naomi O’Hara worked in partnership with Perma Blend to create Tones of Perma Blend x Clinical Academy, which is is a brow pigment collection based on the Fitzpatrick scale to make pigment selection even easier.

The three Tones of Perma Blend series are based on the Fitzpatrick Scale of skin tone and take a 360-degree approach to colour. They have been formulated to take the guess work out of choosing the best colour for your client.

Choose the right pigment brand

Because there are so many renowned and trusted pigment brands on the market today, selecting one to use can be difficult. You can shop with confidence at Shop PMU Beauty because we only carry the finest quality pigments that have been thoroughly tested and are used by industry leaders all over the world.

Some of these brands include:


Artists tend to use a combination of brands depending on what they have used previously. Using different shades from different brands is completely normal and something we recommend, after all, it is about finding the best fit for your clients.

We are constantly looking for and researching new brands to offer to our shoppers. It can be confusing choosing the right pigment but we are here to help!

Our product experts are on hand to help you with any questions you may have. Simply use our chat box and ask for help! 

Mixing pigments

Depending on the client's hair colour and skin type, you may need to mix or change pigments as a microblading artist. Many high-quality pigments are pre-mixed and ready to use, although artists may want to add a drop or two of another colour to achieve the desired shade.

In this case, it's best to start with a lighter pigment and then add a drop of a darker shade. It's also a good idea not to use too much black pigment in the first session. If the desired result is not reached initially, a deeper colour might be used to top up. You can always add depth, but it's tough to lighten a hue that's too dark without removing it.

Modifiers are pigments that can be blended in with pigments to neutralise any undesired tones, and are typically used during the top-up session. Correctors are available in orange (to correct blue/green tones), yellow (to correct blue/purple tones), and green (to correct red/orange tones) from many renowned pigment brands. When performing repair work on a client with previous microblading with undesired tones before commencing a fresh treatment, some expert artists employ modifiers neatly.

Never use low-quality pigments!

We can’t stress enough how important it is to not use low-quality pigments. It's not worth it to use low-quality pigments. It causes uneven fading, colour migration, and fading into an unappealing colour like orange or bluish/gray. Don't try to save money here.

To get the best results with minimal side effects you should always purchase the very best pigments on the market. There are plenty out there to choose from and are offered within our online pigment shop. 

Using low quality pigments on a client can cause a list of life effects! Ranging from a severe reaction, swelling, chemical burns and significant peeling. 

To conclude

Above are a few pointers into choosing the right pigment colour for micro blading. We know it can seem like a lot of information to take in and that is why we always have our product experts on hand to help you with any queries you may have. 

This guide, along with the fantastic range of pigments on sale here at Shop PMU Beauty should set you up for pleasing your clients needs. 

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