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For a long time, there wasn’t much significant change in the world of eyebrow beauty — thick was in, or thin was in, and there wasn’t a lot left to discuss. But thanks to the innovation of microblading, a novel makeup technique, brows around the world were suddenly looking fuller, healthier, and bolder than ever. And even without maintenance, they were staying that way for months!

But what exactly is microblading? How does it differ from an eyebrow tattoo? Does it hurt? Does it even work? There are certainly a lot of factors to consider when it comes to how you’ll beautify your brows, but we’ve made it simple for you here. In this article, we’ll tackle the most-asked questions about microblading, so whether you decide it’s your cup of tea or not, you’ll be informed enough to know that you’ve made the right choice.

Microblading: What It Is, What It’s Not

Microblading is a semi-permanent tattooing technique that uses a thin needle to apply minute, narrow strokes of ink onto the eyebrow to create the illusion of fuller, thicker, and darker brows. Depending on your skin type, the procedure can last anywhere from 12 to 18 months. The only upkeep it requires? The occasional tweeze and pluck. No re-dyes necessary. 

Microblading is not, however, the same as a traditional tattoo. No, no, you won’t be getting skulls or flames tattooed onto your forehead. The needles used for skin-canvas tattoos are very different to those employed for making your brows look lovely and lush. Unlike traditional tattoos, the ink used in microblading is only semi-permanent and fades with time. 

What to Expect from the Microblading Treatment

When you get your eyebrows microbladed, you want to do it at a trusted and qualified medspa and beauty salon. Take Skin MB, for instance, you can expect to meet with a brow specialist and receive an assessment to find your perfect color of ink. Your brow specialist will ask what kind of look you’re going for and will explain how the microblading process works. Once you’ve covered the essential details, all you need to do is sit back and relax — well, sort of.

You should expect the microblading treatment to begin with a cleanup of your natural brows. This may mean tweezing, plucking, or trimming longer hairs. A sanitizing ointment will be applied to the brow area, cleaning and clearing the canvas for the artwork that is to follow.

Your brow specialist will begin gradually to fill in your brows with precise, thin strokes of ink distributed by a delicate needle. You might be surprised to know that most people think this part of the process hurts a lot less than the traditional wax treatment! What’s more, the results will last much longer and look much more natural. Depending on the efficiency of your brow specialist and the degree to which you are modifying your brows’ natural shape, you can expect the entire process to last anywhere from 30 minutes to a little over one hour. 

Once the semi-permanent makeup has been sufficiently applied in hairlike strokes, your brow specialist will apply a calming cream to soothe redness and facilitate rapid recovery. In the immediate aftermath of the treatment, it is common to experience some redness, itchiness, or dryness. But rest assured that in a few days’ time, you’ll be looking at a whole new set of brows that — let’s be honest — have never looked better. 

Post-Care Tips for Microbladed Brows

After you’ve received your microblading treatment, there’s not a whole lot you have to maintain. That is the point of semi-permanent makeup, after all! If your eyebrow hairs grow quickly, you may still need to occasionally tweeze, but avoid waxing, as this causes color to fade and can even produce infection in the first few weeks of healing time. Avoid irritation, dryness, and redness by nixing those skin care products that contain abrasive ingredients like salicylic acid or hydration-hungry microbeads. This will also maximize the lifespan of your new, beautiful brows.

Final Thoughts

If you have any additional questions or concerns about microblading, please feel free to reach out to a brow expert at Skin MB. We look forward to helping you find the beauty regimen that is perfect for you and your glamorous ambitions.