We all love the look of perfectly styled eyebrows, but not everyone enjoys having to draw them on each morning. Makeup products for eyebrows can be super annoying, from their application, to dealing with smudging.
That’s why microblading has become by far the most popular beauty treatment in the world! This magical procedure will give you your dream brows for sure, but before you make an appointment, here’s all you need to know about microblading.
Microblading is a permanent makeup procedure that works somewhat like regular makeup products, but gives a much more natural look.
Permanent makeup is done by injecting pigments of organic origin into the skin, so that it gives an illusion of wearing makeup on the lips, eyes, or eyebrows. But microblading does more than that – it gives the illusion of having naturally thicker brows. For this procedure, strokes that look like natural brow hairs are created by making thin incisions with a blade on the skin between the hairs and depositing pigments into them.
These strokes blend with the natural hairs and look indistinguishable.
The description of the procedure may remind you of tattooing and bring to mind the botched blocks of blue/grayish ink victims of early 2000’s brow tattooing have to walk around with for the rest of their lives. But rest assured, microblading is not eyebrow tattooing.
The main difference is in the results. Tattoos stay on forever, but the results of microblading eyebrows eventually fade as the pigments are broken down by the body, and as the skin renews itself. The pigments stay in the skin for about two years. They gradually fade, so you can touch them up and prolong your fabulous arches, or just do nothing and eventually go back to your untouched brows.
Apart from that, microblading looks much better than eyebrows tattoos, as it imitates the look of hairs, rather than creating a color-block shade underneath them.
Although it sounds somewhat aggressive to have needles dragged through your skin, microblading doesn’t hurt, or at least that’s what the majority of clients report.
Unlike tattooing, microblading is done with a type of anesthetic. A numbing cream is applied before the technician starts the procedure, and it can be reapplied if necessary. The microblading blade only goes through the upper layer of the skin, unlike the tattooing needle, which goes much deeper.
So you shouldn’t feel any pain per se during microblading, but do expect some discomfort. Some clients report it feels more like pinching and compare it to tweezing out your brow hairs.
Microblading is generally considered non-invasive, but since there is trauma to the skin, it will take a few weeks for it to heal and for everything to settle down.
Before you book the procedure, you should learn a bit about what microblading healing and aftercare are like. Your brows will look red and irritated after the procedure, and this will turn into scabbing, and later flaking. The pigments will look too dark, then too light, and will eventually settle into a color that matches your natural hairs. You’ll have to be super careful and follow aftercare instructions your technician gives you so your brows don’t get infected.
But within a few weeks, this will all be over. If necessary, you can get a quick touch up and enhance the results even further.
You might spend your days looking at pictures of celebrities and imagining what life would be like if you were blessed with such fabulous arches without having to do anything to them.
Well, the truth is that most influencers and celebs actually do do something to their brows – they have them microbladed so subtly you can’t even tell they’ve had work done. Some of them are honest about it, while so many others won’t admit to it, but now the secret’s out, and we’re sharing it with you.
So next time you find yourself swooning over someone’s brows, know that you can have them too within a short microblading session.
Microblading is a great procedure because it will do away with brow products and save you time getting ready, while giving you amazing results makeup never could. But be prepared for a few weeks of annoying aftercare, and a few days of unattractive scabbing.
If you do decide to get microblading, just make sure you go to a trained and certified professional!