If you’ve been following the eyebrow trends over the years then you’re probably familiar with how it has changed the makeup scene. From one-liner brows to overdrawn brows, it seems like we’ve seen it all. Well, that was until eyebrow tattoo makeup came into the picture. In this post we’ll give you the basics of eyebrow tattooing, a process that is also popularly called microblading.
The more natural-looking the eyebrows are, the better. This seems to be a common look that everyone wants of course, and it’s pretty amazing that this microblading technology is able to achieve that.
What is microblading exactly?
Simply put, microblading is a process of tattooing eyebrows but it does not go as deep into the skin as a regular, traditional decorative tattoo. Instead of using a tattoo machine, a hand tool is used manually and is said to create natural looking strokes. These strokes are thin lines that resemble real eyebrow hairs so the outcome is natural-looking.
Someone who is an expert at microblading will not just draw on your face. They will consider your face shape, brow shape, and even your skin tone before beginning the process.
Eyebrow tattoo vs. microblading – are they different at all?
Microblading and regular eyebrow tattooing are two slightly different procedures. Microblading is done with a hand tool with a small blade that etches each stroke into the skin creating a very natural looking hair. A machine called micropigmentation machine can also be used if the desired look is one with a bit more coverage.
What happens in the microblading process?
First of all, communication is key. Keep it mind that you are going through a tattooing procedure so it’s better if you and your brow artist have a mutual understanding on what you want to achieve out of the procedure. You will most likely discuss the shape and color of brows that would be a good fit for you and they will draw on your eyebrows with a pencil so you can visualize the end result.
Most brow artists use topical numbing creams before starting the process. Some procedures are also divided into sessions so you can come back for more coverage as desired.
What should I expect after the procedure?
There shouldn’t be any pain involved if the brow artist has applied numbing cream on your skin. If anything, you could feel like your eyebrow hairs are being tweezed.
Because microblading is a process where ink is etched into your skin, expect your new eyebrows to look overdone and scabby for a few days after the procedure. The eyebrows will reveal its true and perfect look in no time.
How should I maintain my eyebrows after microblading?
Eyebrow tattoos are semi-permanent, meaning, it may get lighter over time or eventually fade out. The ideal interval for touch ups is every six months or once a year.
Who should not undergo microblading?
In general, don’t get your an eyebrow tattoo if you are any of the below:
- prone to keloid scars
- if you have glaucoma (eyes)
- if you have a heart condition
- had eye surgery (eg. Lasik) in the last 6 months
- applied retinols within a week before the procedure (Avoid retinol for 30 days after microblading to prevent fading)
- if you have pimples on or around your brows (wait until it clears up before having the procedure)
If you have any health issues and you’re worried, it’s best to consult with your doctor and get clearance. And of course, do your research and find the best skilled microblading pro for you.
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