Different tattoo stroke techniques

Learning objectives

  • Watch the demonstrations on tool set up
  • Watch the practice pad demonstrations
  • Complete the end of module quiz to test your knowledge
  • Watch the demonstrations on tool set up

Practice on pads

Use practice pads until you feel completely confident to start working on the skin. Another good way to practice your strokes and techniques is on an apple, orange or very ripe banana, as it is a round structure to work on, and more closely resembles the skin. 

Remember that practice pads (latex or silicone) have much more resistance than human skin and you will not be able to practice your 3-point stretch technique. 

Practice pads are provided in your kit.

Set up your microblading handle with a slanted blade, (the highest point of the blade must be facing to the right when inserted into the hand tool, push the blade to the right and screw in place.)

*watch video below on how to properly set up your microblade handle and blade.

Watch video below on how to properly set up your digital machine and needle 

Prepare your Digital Machine and needle, prepare your pigment and place your finger pot on your left index finger (if right-handed) with the desired colour and commence your practice. 

Selection of stroke pattern

Example 1 microblading/digital machine upward full-length strokes

Once you have mastered this technique you can add half-length strokes in between the full-length strokes to fill in any empty spaces.

At Mien Brows this is the stroke pattern that we use on most of our clients. It suits every face shape and gives the most natural-looking result.


Tip: Pay close attention to the angle the needle enters the skin. 

Your hand tool MUST be dead straight on a 90 degree angle as you work (the top of the handle facing the ceiling).

Make the whole surface of your blade is against the skin as you create a stroke, taking caution not to tilt the blade onto the tip or the base of the blade as you work.

Example 2 microblading and digital machine upward and downward strokes.

*** move to example 2 picture 

 This method is particularly used for clients with an Asian heritage. These clients tend to have natural brow hair that grows downwards from the arch to the ends of their brows. 

These are the 2 basic and most common stroke patterns for microblading and digital machine stroke patterns. 

Practice both of these methods on your practice pads. Make sure your downward strokes are curved. They need to follow a slight downward curve,  not a straight downward stroke. 

*see image below for downward strokes


Above is an example of straight non-curved strokes – as you can see the look is very unnatural and does not mimic the natural curve of a hair stroke.