Microblading Session Part 1: Brow Mapping
Brow Mapping? Pre-draw? Eyebrow Mapping?
All of the above terms refer to a method that microblading artists use in order to create the perfect brow shape for our clients. At Altered Aesthetics, we take brow mapping very seriously and we always ensure that we take our time with each client to get our pre-draw right. Brow mapping is CRUCIAL to creating symmetrical brows that are customized to each clients’ facial structure.
Brow Mapping can take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour depending on how much brow we are building for each client. I feel that this is the most important step in the microblading process as it allows us to find the appropriate point for our clients’ eyebrows to start, arch and end on each brow.
Now, you may have heard the statement, “Brows are Sisters, Not Twins.”, and this is definitely the case when it comes to the strokes that go into each brow. Where I believe this is not true is the shape of each brow. The last thing anyone wants is one brow larger, higher, wider, or smaller than the other eyebrow. Unfortunately, it seems that not ever artist believes in this step. This ends up leaving the client unhappy with their brows and out seeking another artist to fix what the other artist did.
Here are the basic steps of Brow Mapping at Altered Aesthetics using the string method:
Step 1 – The first thing we do is thoroughly cleans the brow, forehead and eyelids with alcohol pre-pads. After the area is cleaned we find the center of the area between each brow. The best way we achieve this is to find the is to between the bridge of the nose and create a line up to the clients’ hairline using a Tina Davies Pro Silk Pencil.
Step 2 – Next we apply an Everlasting Brows Ruler across the forehead with the center line positioned in on the 0 of the ruler. Along with placing the ruler at this point, we ensure that the ruler is straight across the clients’ forehead and not crooked.
Step 3 – Choose one brow to map first and determine where you want the clients’ brow to start, arch and end. There are multiple ways to do this and we look for our clients’ input to refine our choice based off what they want to achieve with microblading. Once we determine each point, we move on to step 4.
Step 4 – Now that we know where our brows will start, arch and end, we now need to create the brows. I like to go along the clients bottom brow line and top of brow in order to determine the basic width. If a client has very little hair, or small brows, we determine how big they want them and use that as our standard.
Step 5 – One we have completed the shape of one brow, we show the client to ensure that the shape works for them. We may have to go back one or two times to refine the shape prior to building the second brow.
Step 6 – Once the first brow has been approved, it is time to match it up to the other brow. Through measurements with a caliper and string, we match up the start, arch and end of the second brow. We will also use the string method to ensure that the brows are symmetrical (the same height at multiple points). Once we match up both brows, we will show the brow design to the client for their approval.
Once everyone has approved of the shape of the brows it is onto numbing and microblading!
If you are looking into getting microblading, do your research and make sure to ask your artist how they create the shape for your brows. If they do not utilize brow mapping, inquire how they create the symmetrical shape for your brows. This is a step that should not be missed and unfortunately, I am finding that there are some artists that do not map their clients’ brows and this usually leads to cover-ups and removals for those clients.
If you have any questions or comments about Brow Mapping, contact us! We would be happy to answer any and all questions you may have.