What is Microblading and Why is Everyone Talking About It?

Microblading is the latest addition to permanent makeup and has become one of the Hottest Beauty Trends of 2017!

If you have over-plucked your brows, have light/faint brows, lost your eyebrows to alopecia or just need a little help filling them in or creating that “perfect arch” - then microblading is for you! Your artist can create the perfect brow for you that will look multidimensional and completely natural. Microblading is not just for women either, as it has become a fast growing trend among men due to its undetectable results.

So What is Microblading?  It’s basically a tattoo for your eyebrows.  While it falls under the permanent makeup category it’s much less invasive than getting an actual tattoo since the pigment is not deeply inserted into the skin. It will fade over time simply because a much smaller amount of pigment is inserted into the skin as compared to fully/solidly filled eyebrow tattoos. Your finished brows can last anywhere from 1-3 years depending on various factors. 

Microblading can go by many names...micropigmentation, 3D Brows, eyebrow embroidery, dermal pigmentation and others but simply put, microblading is a form of permanent makeup that allows an artist to create clean, fine, crisp strokes that look like real hair. Historically an eyebrow tattoo was done with a motorized device whereas microblading is done used a hand held tool, also know as a pen.  Microblading artists also use pigment vs ink. Pigment has a thicker consistency while ink is more watery in texture and tends to have more staying power. Most pigment will last in the skin between 1-5 years, keeping in mind different skin types and use of skin care products. There is no “spilling” under the skin which leaves the strokes fine and crisp. Naturally the pigment will exfoliate out of the skin over time causing the pigment to lighten.  

Now how exactly is microblading done? Microblading is a manual hand method that utilizes a handle and a needle that is grouped similar to the traditional tattoo needles. Microblades come in a variety of shapes and sizes and are chosen by your artist based on your skin type, age of skin, and width of brow hair.  

 A line of disposable microblades called Harmony Microblades by Tina Davies

A line of disposable microblades called Harmony Microblades by Tina Davies

Your artist will analyze your facial structure, eyebrow hair pattern, hair and skin tone and take detailed measurements. They will also discuss your desired results are and choose a pigment color that works best for you. You can even bring in pictures of some of your favorite types of brows in order to help your artist understand the shape and look your are trying to achieve. 

 The Brow Mapping Process

The Brow Mapping Process

 Various pigment colors by Everlasting Brows

Various pigment colors by Everlasting Brows

Feedback between you and your artist is encouraged and the microblading process should not start until you are completely comfortable with the shape and color. Once everything is given the thumbs up, your artist will numb you for 20-30 minutes, as they want to ensure you are as comfortable as possible during the procedure. The actual procedure should take anywhere from 1 - 1.5 hours and should not require any down time for you.

 The Microblading Proccess

The Microblading Proccess

It should be noted that microblading is a two step process that requires an initial session to build the foundation and a perfecting session 4-6 weeks later to analyze the results.

If you think microblading is right for you, we highly suggest reading our Microblading Basics blog series that will help educate you on the entire process from Choosing an Artist to Trusting The Process to Aftercare and to determining if Microblading is Right for You.

 

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