What is it? How does it work?
Are you a sufferer the barely-there brows of the 90s and early 2000s? If so, the future of perfect eyebrows is here. Microblading is a semi-permanent solution to getting fuller, natural looking eyebrows. Stop spending hours pencilling in your eyebrows only to get the shape so completely wrong and read on to learn how microblading works and if it’s right for you.
It’s important to know that you and your best friend might walk into the same spa at the same time and receive two differently shaped brows. That is because it is the job of the microblading artist to create the best shape of brow for each individual face. The process, however, is generally the same.
According to George Driver of Elle Magazine, “The process is very precise thanks to the tool that is used which is effectively like a pen with the nib being a sloped blade with 10-12 little needles at the end – needles that don’t penetrate the skin but just delicately scratch the surface, much like a paper cut. The needle very finely implants featherweight strokes with a medical grade pigment on the epidermis layer for the skin, creating fine, realistic and natural hair strokes” (Driver par 6). There is also a 6-part process to which the microblading expert should follow.
1. First, the expert will shape the brow area (typically by threading) and clean up the area.
2. Next using a topical ointment, the expert will start the numbing process, which takes about 40 mins. Colour swatches will be shown and discussed during this time.
3. 10 minutes before the numbing cream has got to a stage of working, the area around the brows will be measured, taking into account face shape, symmetry, facial features etc.
4. Then, the needling begins. “Each stroke is a superficial line in the skin where the colour pigment seeps in and settles then. If there is any discomfort at this stage we add another quick layer of numbing cream to the area which will become effective after 5 minutes.”
5. A final layer of pigment is added and stays on for 5 minutes, then the area is cleaned.
6. In 6-8 weeks there’s a top-up session to fill in any gaps where the pigment hasn’t taken or healed properly.
Microblading lasts anything between 12-18 months, but the longevity of the pigment will depend on your skin type. People with slightly more oily skin will tend to last around the 12-month mark before needing a top up, but those with normal skin can last up to 18 months.
At Bellagena Spa, we are excited to announce our new microblading service. This service includes 2 appointments 4 – 6 weeks apart. The first session is the foundation and the second is the perfecting session. The results are so unbelievable, you’ll have to try it out yourself. ($399 for new, $199 for touch up)
Driver, George. “Microblading – Everything You Need To Know About The Semi-Permanent Eyebrow Treatment.” ELLE, 2 Aug. 2018, www.elle.com/uk/beauty/a31566/microblading-eyebrows/.