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If 2019 was the year of microblading, then 2020 will be the year of microfeathering. This latest innovation in the world of brow care is a game-changer due to its semi-permanent benefits and enhancements, saving you time and money in beauty maintenance with just a single feathering session. 

In this article, we’ll review everything you need to know about microfeathering eyebrows, including how it differs from microblading and how to tell if you’re an ideal candidate for the cosmetic technique. 

What is Microfeathering?

Also called eyebrow feathering or feather-touch brows, this cosmetic technique uses a super-precise blade to create the beautiful illusion of fuller, fluffier brows. Similar to microblading, it requires a short procedure involving the creation of small incisions on the external-most layer of skin (the epidermis) and the administration of semi-permanent dye. The procedure does not leave any scarring and looks totally natural. On top of all this, unlike tweezing or waxing, it doesn’t require daily or even weekly upkeep. Um, yes please!

How is Microfeathering different from Microblading?

Although these two techniques are similar, the difference comes down to who is receiving the cosmetic procedure and what kind of brows they have. Microblading is a great option for thin or overplucked eyebrows because it can transform patchy areas into full, natural arches. If you already have relatively thick and healthy brows, however, you’ll likely be a better candidate for microfeathering. This technique doesn’t modify shape very much and is meant to be more of a tool for emphasizing your natural features — quite similarly to a light covering of face makeup.

How does the microfeathering procedure work?

Prior to your microfeathering appointment, you’ll want to grow out your brows as much as possible. It might sound counterintuitive, but the more hair you have, the easier it will be for your brow artist to get you insanely gorgeous results.

On the day of your eyebrow feathering appointment, you can expect the procedure to begin with the application of a topical numbing cream. After this, your brow artist will find the right shade of dye that perfectly complements your natural hair color and complexion. The actual “feathering” portion of the cosmetic service generally takes between 90 minutes and 2 hours and consists of alternating precise cuts with application of the natural-toned dye. So sit back, relax, and get ready to fall in love with your best brows yet! 

What happens next?

After the microfeathering procedure is complete, you can expect your new brows to last anywhere between 9 and 18 months. This will vary depending on lifestyle factors such as sunlight exposure, skin type (oily, dry, etc.), climate, and hydration habits.

The most upkeep you’ll ever have to do with your brows is carried out in the first week following the procedure. All you need to do is make sure the skin around the eyebrows is kept dry and soothed with a calming shield of moisturizer. If you have a regular skin care routine, it’s best practice to avoid any active ingredients (e.g. salicylic acid) for 10 days before and after the feathering is done. 

Final Thoughts

It’s worth noting that microfeathering is not the best cosmetic choice for everyone. Those with extremely sensitive skin or damaged and thin eyebrows may benefit more from a procedure like microblading or waxing. Speak with your spa specialist at Skin MB to learn more about whether microfeathering is right for you and how we can help you reveal your most beautiful skin yet!