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.
The natural first step is researching & selecting the right business. Google and various review sites will yield a list to start with. Here are some key tips of what of what to look for and what to avoid in a provider. Cover these bases before you discuss cost, or else you will get exactly what you pay for. If they aren’t comfortable discussing any of this with you, move on.
You’ve done your research, confirmed your appointment and it's the big day. You may have had a previous in-person consultation (if you’re highly allergic this is also a good time to do a scratch test), or the consult may continue into the design phase. A reputable shop will take and review your history, educate you on the post-care process and obtain a signed consent. The numbing agent is applied and now comes what should be the longest portion of your two appointments combined - the design phase. The brow shape will be drawn on in an iterative process that should continue until you’re satisfied with what you see in the mirror. The technician should walk you through everything, including how they’re going to incorporate your existing brow hair. Do not be afraid to walk away if you aren’t one hundred percent happy at this point. Microblading courses will provide templates and measuring tools but Microblading is an art. The better the artist, the better the brow.
You’re now educated on how to seek out great Microblading results. Follow these tips and you’ll love the way your new brows frame your face or make you feel younger. “Wake Up With Makeup!” is what the team at Beauty Marx Aesthetic MedSpa encourages and this will help you get there!
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