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The Ultimate Guide to Microblading Blades for Various Techniques

Welcome to the Crystalum blog, your go-to resource for all things microblading. Today, we’re diving into the essential tools of the trade: microblading blades. As an expert microblader, you understand that the right blade can make all the difference in achieving flawless, natural-looking results. Let's explore the various types of microblading blades, their thickness, and how they align with different microblading techniques.

Understanding Microblading Blades

Microblading involves the use of a handheld tool with fine needles to create hair-like strokes on the skin. These needles, or blades, come in various configurations, sizes, and thicknesses, each suited for specific techniques and desired outcomes. Here’s a breakdown of the most commonly used blades, their thickness, and their applications.

1. Classic U-Shaped Blades

Usage: Ideal for versatile, detailed work.

Techniques: Perfect for creating precise, curved strokes that mimic natural eyebrow hairs. U-shaped blades, highly flexible and allow for great control, especially when creating curved lines. These blades are particularly useful for achieving a softer, more natural look, making them a favorite for artists who specialize in creating realistic hair patterns.

Thickness: These blades typically range from 0.15mm to 0.25mm, providing options for both fine and more pronounced strokes.

2. Flat Blades

Usage: Suitable for bold, straight lines.

Techniques: Best for techniques requiring strong, defined strokes such as Ombre and Powder Brows. Flat blades are composed of needles aligned in a straight row. They are excellent for filling in sparse areas and creating a more filled-in, powdered effect. These blades are less flexible than U-shaped blades but offer precision in creating uniform strokes.

Thickness: Typically 0.25mm, allowing for different levels of pigment saturation and stroke thickness.

3. Slanted Blades

Usage: Versatile and widely used for various techniques.

Techniques: Perfect for both hair stroke creation and shading. Slanted blades, also known as angled or Slope blades, are incredibly popular due to their versatility. They can be used to create both individual hair strokes and shaded areas, making them an all purpose tool in any microblader’s kit. The angled design allows for controlled pressure application, essential for achieving different stroke depths.

Thickness: These blades typically range from 0.15mm to 0.25mm, offering flexibility for detailed work and shading.

4. Round Shader Blades

Usage: Designed for shading and adding density.

Techniques: Best for techniques requiring a powdery, shaded look. Round shader blades, consisting of needles arranged in a circular pattern, are primarily used for shading and filling in brows. They are ideal for techniques like Ombre Brows, where a gradient effect is desired. These blades provide a soft, powdered look that complements the natural brow.

Thickness: Typically 0.25mm, round shader blades offer varying levels of density and coverage.

Blade Sizes and Their Impact

The size of the blade, typically measured by the number of needles, also plays a crucial role in the outcome. Common sizes range from 7 to 21 needles. Smaller blades (7-12 needles) are great for detailed work and fine hair strokes, while larger blades (12-21 needles) are better for covering larger areas and shading.

Thickness also matters: Finer blades (0.15mm to 0.18mm) are perfect for detailed, delicate work and thinner skin, while thicker blades (0.20mm to 0.25mm) are better for bold strokes and thicker skin.

Choosing the Right Blade

Selecting the appropriate blade depends on several factors, including the client’s skin type, the desired eyebrow style, and your personal technique.

Here are a few tips to help you choose the right blade:

Skin Type: Thicker skin may require larger needles and thicker blades to penetrate effectively, while thinner, more delicate skin benefits from finer needles and thinner blades.

Brow Style: For natural-looking, individual hair strokes, opt for U-shaped or slanted blades with a thickness suited to fine detail. For a bolder, shaded look, flat or round shader blades with a thicker size are ideal.

Technique Mastery: Choose a blade that you are comfortable and skilled with. Mastery of a particular blade type can lead to better results and client satisfaction.

Why Crystalum Offers a Wide Range of Blades

At Crystalum, we understand the diverse needs of professional microbladers. That’s why we offer a comprehensive range of blades, varying in size and thickness, to ensure that you have the perfect tool for every client and technique. Our blades are crafted with precision and quality, allowing you to achieve the best possible results.


At Crystalum, we understand that the artistry of microblading is as much about the tools you use as it is about your skill and creativity. By selecting the right microblading blades, you can enhance your techniques and deliver stunning results for your clients. We hope this guide helps you in making informed choices and perfecting your craft. For high-quality microblading tools and supplies, visit us at Crystalum.

Happy Blading!