After all that time indoors, your brows might need a little love. If you’ve been thinking about treating yourself to a treatment that can help your eyebrows to shape up (pun intended!) without barely having to lift a finger to them, microblading is probably on your radar.
Microblading pro Breala Raulino, who runs East Coast based BR Brows & Beauty, is on track to complete over 8,000 brow makeovers. She says, when done properly, brow enhancements can be life changing. “I’ve had clients who have been penciling in their brows for years and never realized they could get a finished look with a semi-permanent tattoo,” says Raulino.
What Is Microblading?
The simple answer: it’s a semi-permanent tattoo for your eyebrows that can last for as little as one year to as long as three years. (Tip: Raulino says customers should look at before and after photos on Instagram to better understand the process)
Through a process of using small needles to scratch your skin and deposit pigment, the procedure can save both time and money on the product. When done right, Raulino says it’s a game changer.
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While it can be a bit on the pricier side, depending on where you go. Microbladers.com lists a basic brow microblading service starting around $375. But some others will charge over $1,000.
How Long It Lasts
Color typically lasts about a year before starting to fade. That’s when Raulino suggests visiting a microblading expert for a touchup.
What To Expect
The actual process of microblading brows may take about 1-3 hours (that would include time to numb the area beforehand). Some describe the feeling as sharp and scratchy, but not really painful.
Like any tattoo, aftercare is required in order to give brows the best chance to heal properly. Do expect the brows to darken and scab up over a period of several days. This is commonly referred to as the “don’t panic” period where first-timers can get a bit anxious over what the final brow color will actually look like.
Healthline.com and Microbladingla.com lists several common aftercare recommendations, like keeping the brow area dry for a few weeks and avoiding excess sweating until brows heal. The exact time period typically ranges from 10-15 days.
As for the latest trends, here’s a list of top eyebrow techniques that Raulino says you’ll likely hear about on Instagram:
Possibly better suited for sensitive skin types, microshading is a technique to help clients achieve a more gradient appearance of the bows. Color is deposited in little micro-dots vs. brush strokes.
Micro Feathering is very similar to microshading. The difference? Pigment is only used to cover up sparse patches in the existing eyebrow arches.
This style is basically a hybrid approach, combining a little bit of microblading and microshading. The idea is to create a denser looking brow.
Tina Davies, a site devoted to microblading education, is now seeing an increase for a powdery look called the Ombre. What is it? It’s described as “a technique that has gained its popularity all over the world because of its soft finish and amazing healed results. To create the ombré effect, a handheld machine is used to place tiny dots of pigment into the skin.”
Bottom line: If you’ve ever contemplated a brow makeover, do the research and schedule a consultation with a licensed tattoo artist who specialized in the art of microblading.