Eyebrow trends have changed throughout the years from arched to thin to bushy and everything in between. Some people concentrate on grooming their eyebrows, others fill them in with an eyebrow pencil or powder. You can also use tweezers to shape them a specific way.
However, as people get age, their eyebrows can thin and get gray right along with their hair, making them look older. One fairly new technique here in the United States is microblading. So what is microblading?
It is a semi-permanent technique that uses a specialized tool to make tiny cuts in the skin followed by adding pigment, sort of like a tattoo. It creates the appearance of thicker eyebrows, especially in areas where they are sparse. It’s known by other names such as 3D eyebrows, micropigmentation, and eyebrow embroidery.
In the following post, a client of makeup artist and cosmetic tattoo specialist, Piret Aava, explains more about her experience with microblading:
I Got My Eyebrows Microbladed and Here’s What Happened
The cool thing about microblading that I learned from Piret is that you can have zero brows, blonde ultra-faint brows, have lost your brows due to alopecia, or just need a little help filling your arches in (me!) — either way, she’s got you covered and will create a legit appearance of naturally full brows. She even creates a custom color that matches your natural brow color and uses several shades, so they look multidimensional and natural AF. Don’t believe me? Check out her Instagram page, which has hundreds of transformations like the below, or watch my transformation (below this Insta):
Read the full post here: I Got My Eyebrows Microbladed and Here’s What Happened
Some technicians use more than one color to create a natural look, sort of like adding highlights in your hair. In the next video, a client who has always been unhappy with the look of her eyebrows taped herself receiving the microblading technique. It is interesting seeing the whole process from beginning to end:
One thing you need to know about microblading is that it isn’t a permanent solution, which is good if it turns out you don’t like the results. To keep up the appearance you have to do follow up appointments and then it becomes more permanent.
Does it hurt? Everyone has a different level of pain tolerance, but the technician uses a numbing cream so the pain is usually minimal. Healing can take up to a month, but after that they are fairly low maintenance.
So what’s the bottom line? It isn’t cheap, but it is less than more invasive procedures. It’s ironic how as humans we want more hair in some places but to have hair removed in other spots.
The following post discusses the price:
Unlike eyebrow extensions, which you have to be careful about maintaining, microblading is low maintenance. After healing, you can rub them and enjoy swimming. No special care is required, except for a brief touch-up once a year.” The smudge-proof solution will cost you anywhere between $700 and $800. But waking up every morning with perfect brows may totally be worth it.
The article above mentions getting touch ups once a year, but initially there is a follow up after 6 to 8 weeks to fill in any areas that have faded. After the second visit, it becomes more permanent. Then the occasional touch ups can be anywhere from 6 to 18 months depending on factors such as skin type, environmental exposure and body chemistry.