What is Microblading?
Microblading is a semi-permanent tattoo technique that gives a softer, more natural look than traditional eyebrow tattoos. A hand-held tool with tiny blades that resemble tiny combs makes hundreds of small cuts in the skin to mimic real hair.
The pigment (made from inert minerals) then seeps into these cuts and lasts 18 months or longer on most people. Microblading was invented by Master Eyebrow Technician Ulla Nielsen in Denmark in 1998; she trademarked it as “micro-pigmentation” because permanent makeup already existed when she began doing this work.
The biggest difference between microblading and other forms of permanent makeup is visibility—it’s easy to spot an amateur job in eyebrows, but harder for others to tell that your brows are tattooed. Because the blade is held against the skin instead of being dragged across it, there is little to no scarring
Here’s how microblading works …
Before the procedure, an aesthetician or technician will look at your face and take photos so they can see how much hair you have now, what shape would work for you, and where your features are relative to your eyes. They’ll also draw on paper what kind of shape will work well with your facial structure.
Then they’ll mark out where all of those lines will go on your face (they do this freehand—so don’t stress if yours doesn’t come out perfectly symmetrical), and wipe away any pigment from the area before beginning.
Then they’ll dip the blade into pigment (there are different colours to choose from, but most aestheticians use a shade similar to your natural hair colour) and begin making little cuts in the skin.
For around 50 minutes, the aesthetician will insert pigment into each cut before wiping away any excess, then repeating that process for all of the lines.
The actual microblading part (the blade tip touching the skin) takes up about 10-15 minutes; it’s also when you likely feel the most discomfort because of the pressure on your face.
The rest of the appointment is more relaxing—afterwards, your brows should be very red but not swollen or bleeding at all. Within hours, this should go down considerably so you can go about your day. And while you might have a little bit of bruising or swelling, it should resolve within 24 hours for most people.
The colour will look much darker when you first get microblading because the pigment is sitting right at the surface of the skin—it takes around two weeks to fully settle in and become natural-looking.
You can touch up your brows after that initial healing period if they aren’t quite dark enough, but there’s no need to do this more than once every 8-12 months
Microblading has gradually gained popularity over the last few years because many people are looking for an alternative to tattooing their eyebrows (which requires touchups every 1-2 years).
The results are subtle and less likely to look “done” than a set of permanent eyebrows, so they’re a good choice for people who don’t want anyone to know that their brows have been tattooed.
On top of all that, many aestheticians have reported seeing fewer skin allergies from microblading compared to their older clients who got traditional tattoos. And the pigment doesn’t fade as quickly as it does with regular eyebrow tattoos—the colour stays well-defined for months or even years
The main downside to microblading is cost:
The initial appointment starts at around $500 and touchups are extra. But if you can afford it and see someone experienced in this technique, your natural look will be perfect until the pigment fades away after 18 months to 2 years.
Microblading is a relatively new procedure in the beauty community; it’s an alternative to eyebrow tattoos and the process of doing them by hand (like how your mom did them when you were little) has gained popularity over the last few years. So what exactly is microblading?
It’s a form of permanent makeup and refers to creating very thin and subtle hair strokes that look just like individual hairs. They’re usually done on people with sparse eyebrows who want to see more definition in their arches.
**It’s important to know that microblading is not the same thing as eyebrow embroidery, despite having a lot of similarities. Microblading is done with pen-like tools and pigment while eyebrow embroidery uses needles and thread (not link) **
This new trend has gotten so popular because it’s semi-permanent and provides natural-looking results—so if you’re looking for an alternative to tattooing your eyebrows or just want fuller brows without any makeup on, this could be the solution you’ve been waiting for.
Aestheticians use very fine blades to create these thin hair strokes; this method lasts longer than traditionally tattooed brows because the pigment stays within the skin’s surface rather than spreading to the surrounding tissue.
This is important because microblading won’t work on people who have dark hair and light or tanned skin since they’re already able to see their natural eyebrow hairs.
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