Lush, full eyebrows are all the rage right now, leaving those of us with thin eyebrows scrambling to try every brow gel, pencil, liner, and pigment on the market. However, for those looking for a more permanent solution, there are a few options on the table: permanent eyebrow tattoos and microblading. Microblading is a relative newcomer to the world of permanent makeup, yet its popularity has been growing rapidly for good reason. Well done microblade eyebrows look much more natural than traditional eyebrow tattoos.
What is Microblading?
So, what exactly is microblading? Microblading is a type of tattooing that uses small needles lined up like a blade to draw semi-permanent hairline thin lines in the brow area. One of the ways microblading differs from traditional eyebrow tattoos is because it’s done manually, without the use of a tattoo machine. Microblading also inks each line individually, mimicking your real eyebrow hairs with amazing precision. This creates an unbelievably realistic effect almost indistinguishable from natural brows.
What are the Different Types of Microblading?
Since Microblading made its way into the spotlight of the permanent makeup world, different techniques and styles have been introduced. In addition to the classic technique, some of the other options include microfeathering, which is done with a lighter hand and aims to add slight definition to existing brows, and microshading or ombré, which create more of a fully filled-in look similar to classic eyebrow makeup styles. Which style of microblading will suit you? It all depends on your current brow shape and the final results you’re looking to achieve. An experienced brow professional who specializes in microblading can go over the options with you to help you decide.
How to Prepare for Microblading?
Because microblading is a form of tattoo, it’s important to keep a few things in mind when preparing for your first appointment. It’s important to avoid anything that thins your blood or makes you prone to bleeding. This may include alcohol, aspirin, retinol, or caffeine. If you regularly use any of these, try to stop at least one week before your appointment as excessive bleeding may push the pigment out, making the treatment less effective.
Does Microblading Hurt?
If you’ve had other forms of tattoos, microblading will be a piece of cake. However, everyone’s pain tolerance is different, and a numbing agent can be applied to the skin beforehand if you’re worried about the pain. Most say it feels like nothing more than small scratches.
How Long Does Microblading Take?
You can expect your first microblading session to take up to two hours. This first appointment is always the longest since your brow artist will need to take some extra time to find the perfect shape for your new brows. After the first session, most people get touchups every 6 to 12 months. These touch-up sessions should go a lot faster since the foundation has already been laid down.
Is Microblading Permanent?
Though microblading treatments last a long time, the results are considered semi-permanent and will fade over time. If you keep up with your touch-up sessions, your new brows should stay looking fresh forever. However, if you stop receiving touch-ups, eventually your brows will fade. You may also notice the lines begin to slightly blur. This is completely normal.
How Long do Microbladed Eyebrows Take to Heal?
What should you expect while your new microbladed eyebrows heal? The healing process for microblading is not nearly as long as classic tattoos. Since the lines are so thin, they heal fairly quickly. However, to assure your new brows heal properly it’s important to maintain a healthy aftercare routine. You will need to avoid swimming, washing your face with water, or sweaty workouts for at least a week. You will also need to avoid using any makeup on or around your brow area.
It’s normal to experience a bit of redness, itching, and swelling as your brows heal. This can be alleviated with Vaseline or whichever aftercare lotion or ointment your brow artist recommends.
Is Microblading Right for You?
Microblading can be a big initial investment, but for those of us with sparse eyebrows, the beautiful results can be well worth it. Everyone is different, and whether or not microblading is the right pick for you is a personal decision. However, if you’re still unsure, it never hurts to set up a consultation with your local brow artist! If you are in the Toronto, or Markham areas come see us today!