by Suzanne M Munshower R.N.
Enter Microblading, permanent makeup’s (aka permanent cosmetics) hot new cousin which is really a modern take on an ancient European tattooing method, adapted by Asians as “feathering” and now exploding across the United States. When done properly, the final result will give the appearance of realistic 3D hairstrokes that remain in place and sends those brow pencils to the bottom of your makeup bag. Women are the primary consumers of this service as they’re keenly aware of the aesthetic and time saving benefits but both men and women can show signs of aging due to thinning brows. Yes, men are interested in this too as they’re starting to realize Microblading can give them an edge during the job interview process or when posting a profile pic.
Microblading is a form of cosmetic tattooing that employs tools and techniques unique to the process. No buzzing machine, rather the pigments are delivered via a hand tool with several micro-sized blades, hence the name. Typically two appointments are required with the design process and majority of the hair strokes applied at the first appointment. Visit number two comes approximately six weeks later and is meant for touchups. Skilled microblade technicians will be conservative during the initial visit, knowing, for instance, that you don’t cross hair strokes before the first one is healed. The ink is iron oxide based and significantly different from what you’d find in your average tattoo parlor. Despite what the name, “permanent makeup” may suggest, it does wear off over time. Specifically, Microblading lasts six to eighteen months. However, for some women who aren’t educated brow shoppers, the seeming eternity of waiting for a bad brow to fade feels longer than permanent.
So let’s talk about the two most important factors that will let you roll out of bed, complete a workout, or swim up to the pool bar with brows that will make all of your girlfriends jealous: choosing the right technician and nailing the design.
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