Microblading is a semi-permanent makeup technique used to define and fill in the eyebrows naturally. This technique has become very popular in recent years due to the trend for thicker and more defined eyebrows in fashion and beauty.
In the microblading process, a special small pen is used to create small incisions in the skin of the brows and pigment is inserted to create strokes that resemble natural hairs, creating a fuller, more defined and more natural brow that can last from one to three years.
If you're considering microblading, here's everything you need to know about the technique, process, and aftercare.
How does microblading work?
Before the procedure, the technician will discuss your expectations and evaluate the shape of your brows and the surrounding skin to determine if microblading is the best option for you. Once the decision to proceed has been made, the technician will begin to prepare the skin and apply a topical numbing cream to minimize any discomfort.
The technician will then use a special pen that has a series of small needles in a row, along with the chosen pigment, which they will insert into each incision, thereby creating strokes that resemble natural hairs.
It is very common for eyebrows to appear darker than they will once they have healed. This is because the pigment will oxidize and fade a bit during the curing process.
The technician will provide you with specific instructions on aftercare and the healing process.
What should you expect during the healing process?
The healing process can take anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks, during which time you should carefully follow your technician's instructions to ensure your brows heal properly.
For the first few days after the procedure, it is common for the eyebrows to feel and appear somewhat tender and swollen, with some redness and crusting to appear in the area. Avoid wetting the eyebrows and do not apply makeup to the area.
You should also avoid activities that make the area sweat, such as intense exercise. It is important that you carefully follow your technician's instructions to ensure that your brows heal properly and that the final result is as desired.
How long does microblading last?
It can last between 6 months and a year and a half, depending on the technique used, the quality of the pigments, the skin type, the sun exposure and the aftercare routine.
It is important to note that microblading is not permanent and the pigment fades over time, so touch-up sessions are necessary to maintain results.
There are different microblading techniques. Depending on which beauty salon uses, it can affect the duration of the microblading, since the manual incisions can be more superficial and, therefore, the pigment can fade more quickly.
The pigment fades more quickly on oily skin, while on dry skin the pigment lasts longer.
Also, sun exposure can accelerate pigment fading, so it's important to protect brows with sunscreen and avoid direct sun exposure.