For most women, having a pair of perfectly shaped eyebrows presents a daily challenge that adds several minutes to their daily routine. Whether you like your eyebrows straight & bold, arched & feathered, or simply patterned after your favorite personality’s brow shape, eyebrows are definitely one of the most important facial features that needs serious attention.
Traditionally, the most economical way to address a not-so-perfect pair of eyebrows is by using an eyebrow pencil. Unfortunately, the amount of time required each month doesn’t figure into the calculation of cost efficiency. Factoring in the time spent, frustratingly trying to achieve the perfect look, plus the cost of cosmetic pencils, the dollars really begin to add up. Ask yourself, what is an hour of my time worth? Now you can see the appeal of a more permanent solution.
If you’re one of those who feel like shaping one’s eyebrows is occupying too much of one’s time and you’re looking for a way to have a near permanent solution, you can try microblading. Microblading can be your most natural option to attain the eyebrows of your dream while enjoying your new eyebrow shape on its semi-permanent state.
What is microblading?
Microblading is an advanced technique that creates semi-permanent hairlike strokes in order to fill in thinning or sparse brows. The result is having full brows that look very natural and one that would last for years. It’s also perfect for anyone who only wants to add a slight arch and gain a natural, undetectable fringe after the process. In general, microblading is the best solution to those who are interested in covering the gaps, defining, filling-in over plucked eyebrows, and getting a full reconstruction.
How is it done?
Microblading is a very meticulous process which requires around two hours of work. The first hour is spent by drawing the shape in using a removable pencil. It is the longest part of the process and absolutely the most important step. During this step, the artist collaborates with the client to achieve the best customized shape for their facial features and desired look.
Clients are advised to be wary of places which claim that the procedure can be completed in just one hour. Remember that it’s a semi-permanent and it will be done on your face. Therefore, this procedure should not be rushed, hence, it’s impossible to wrap things up in just one hour. Needless to say, it should not be attempted by untrained staff, and your artist should have numerous before & after photos as part of their portfolio.
Does it hurt?
Most microblading artists give their clients the chance to choose between getting a dry tattoo or using a numbing agent prior to the procedure.
A numbing agent is a topical cream that makes the skin more vulnerable and more buttery. While it makes the work more difficult for an artist to perform, it can successfully make the experience more bearable and comfortable for the client. The pain is reduced considerably after an application.
How much money is involved in the procedure?
Microblading is a semi-permanent solution and does not require great maintenance. Just a brief touch-up once a year is all you need to keep your eyebrows in their tip-top shape. Having said that, undergoing the process may save you a lot of money in buying all those pencils, gels and everything else just to have the perfect brows.
Remember that microblading is a major investment. The whole process can cost anywhere between $350 to $1,600. On average, it costs around $400.
The procedure is inclusive of at least 2 visits. The price includes the initial consultation, first session, and one touch up afterwards which are done at one-month increments. Beware of salons that put a price on the initial visit and then a separate price for the touch up or follow up visit.
Does it work well with any skin type?
Most microblading artists agree that people with very oily skin types are at risk of rejecting the pigment that is used in the process. This is because an oily skin is the most difficult type of skin to work with. Usually, this skin type is prone to pigment hydration wherein the pigment fans into each other and the strokes seem to blend. The result is having a brow that looks more like it’s been powder-filled as opposed to looking like distinct strokes.
Likewise, people with a skin type that tends to scar or retain keloids are not good candidates for taking the procedure.
Is there an aftercare routine needed?
The best part about microblading is that it has no down time. This means your new set of brows is immediately ready for a selfie once the process is over. It is, however, recommended that you make a follow-up at least one month later.
Bear in mind that not everyone heals at the same rate. Normally, this will take sometime between 25 and 30 days. After one month from getting the procedure, customers are recommended to have a 40-minute touch-up.
Prepare to add a few more minutes of your time in your daily routine for an aftercare. This includes applying a triple antibiotic cream for a period of 24 hours. It’s also required to use Vaseline for at least one week. Lastly, avoid getting your new brows wet for a period of one week.
When the healing process is over, you will be able to rub your eyebrows. You can even go swimming and not worry about damaging your “beauty investment.” There’s no special care required, only a brief touch-up which you can do once a year.
What if I don’t like the color of my new brows?
During the healing period, it’s normal to see your new brows looking darker than before. This shouldn’t be a reason for you to panic. Simply trust the process and follow carefully the aftercare instructions.
On the first three days following the procedure, you will notice that your eyebrows look darker. On days four and five, expect dried skin to start falling off. Then, on days seven and eight, you can start seeing the result underneath. This is the time when your new brows should appear 50 to 75 percent lighter compared to how they were on day one. Indeed, you will notice how the look has faded significantly.
Is it permanent?
Like what was mentioned earlier, microblading is semi-permanent. It is a form of cosmetic tattooing which is much more superficial to the skin as compared to body art tattooing. Moreover, the inks used in microblading are much more degradable. It can be digested by one’s own immune system which can also push the pigment out. Having said that, it should be understood that the looks resulting from a microblading process tend to fade over time.
Normally, people who have undergone microblading can enjoy the result for one to three years. It varies from one person to another depending on one’s skin type and lifestyle.
Is microblading all worth it?
The answer will depend on what an individual is actually looking for.
Microblading can be your best bet to have the perfect shape of eyebrows you’ve been dreaming about if you like the thought of:
having the perfect brows while you’re working out or when you need to go out
not having to worry about spending too much time on shaping your brows every morning
waking up with the perfect brows for added self-confidence
having your brows looking so good that people would think you spent 2 hours on them when in fact, you spent only 5 minutes or even less
having a worry-free day knowing that you look good just by having a nice pair of eyebrows being able to finally rid yourself from the trouble and pain of shaping, plucking and everything else that you used to do on your eyebrows just to give them a nice shape
not having to do your eyebrows over and over again because you keep on making silly mistakes in every attempt
(if you’re a perfectionist, then this could be very frustrating as well)
What preparations do I need?
It’s important that you do your research prior to getting the procedure. You can ask some friends who have undergone the same and learn from their experience. Find an artist who you think is most qualified and talk it out. You should be able to discuss what you really want and what you are expecting to achieve as a result of the process. Best of all, you should feel comfortable with it and ready enough to proceed.
Once you have done your research and you are sure that microblading is your best option to have the kind of look that you’ve been wanting to have, you can start by making an appointment. If you feel very excited by simply thinking about the process, it means you’re ready for microblading.