Achieving perfectly shaped eyebrows is not impossible but it’s not easy either. Although brow pencils, stencils, pigments and powders are available in supermarkets, high-quality brands can be a tad expensive. To achieve the shape that fits your face you must also learn the right strokes and techniques otherwise you’d end up walking around in mismatched brows. Getting the right shade is also tricky. It has to complement your skin tone and the color of your hair. Plucking your brows also has its drawback especially if you tend to over-pluck. Over plucking can lead to permanent hair loss and that means altering the shape of your brows indefinitely.Sometimes even your best efforts to pluck, thread and apply makeup can still leave you dissatisfied. Why put yourself through all the trouble when you can achieve perfect eyebrows with microblading? Microblading is the answer to your eyebrow woes. We know that shaping your brows takes time. With microblading, you can skip the long process of beautifying your brows because even if you’ve just stepped out of the shower you are confident that your brows are still gloriously beautiful and in perfect shape. Let’s find out how microblading is done.
What Is Microblading?
Microblading is a modern semi-permanent makeup technique done by a certified microblading artist. The process involves the manual insertion of pigment in the upper layer of the dermis. The effects of microblading can last up to one to two years. After such time, the pigment will start to fade leaving you with the shape of your natural brows. The results of microblading are so natural that no one can tell your brows have been altered.
How Is Microblading Done?
The microblading artist is going to use a tiny hand-held device that consists of small-sterilized needles. These needles are used to insert the pigment into the skin. The microblading artist will draw hair-like strokes that look like real hair using the device. The difference between microblading and conventional eyebrow tattooing is that in microblading, each stroke is carefully done by hand. The blade creates featherlike slices on your skin. Meanwhile, conventional eyebrow tattoos make use of a machine with a single needle.
The microblading procedure is known to help define, reshape, create and enhance the appearance of both color and shape of your eyebrows. Since the pigment is added into the upper layer of the dermis, it can fade faster than traditional tattoos. In traditional tattoos, the pigment is inserted much deeper. Microblading artists do not have to be tattoo artists in the same way; tattoo artists don’t necessarily have to be microblading artists. The techniques used in both are completely different. Other terms for microblading include hair-like strokes, feather touch or embroidery.
What Are the Different Forms of Microblading?
When you see a microblading artist, he or she will ask you what kind of microblading service you want since it comes with a variety of techniques. Microfeathering is a new technique in microblading that creates a lighter and subtler effect. It just adds a little enhancement to your brows’ current shape. Microblading or ombre is a technique that makes your eyebrows look like you had them made by a makeup artist. It’s completely filled.
How Do You Prepare for Microblading?
Although it’s not considered surgery, you still need to make the necessary preparations to ensure microblading success. Don’t worry because your microblading artist will explain everything to you. Before the microblading procedure, make sure you don’t take anything that will thin out your blood. A week before the treatment you must avoid drinking alcohol, stop taking aspirin and stop using retinol. Retinol is known to make your skin thinner causing you to bleed easily. During the healing process, your microblading artist will inform you to stop taking alcohol and any caffeinated food and drinks to speed up the healing.
Is It Painful?
As for the pain, your microblading artist will tell you that pain is subjective. All in all, it will feel like you are being scratched. It may cause some discomfort but we can assure you that it is very tolerable. A topical anesthetic cream will be applied over the brows to numb the area. Usually the cream is applied an hour before the treatment. The entire session could last up to two hours depending on the shape and the size of brows you wish to achieve.
How Do You Care for Your Newly Microbladed Brows?
Another thing that influences the success of the treatment is your aftercare compliance. Make sure that you keep moisture away from your brows and that means no workouts, no swimming and as much as possible don’t wet your face for seven days. Wetting them could mean losing the pigment.
If you want to break free from the time consuming and tedious process of shaping your brows, find a microblading artist to shape them semi-permanently on you.