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Waking up with fuller eyebrows… yes, please

Quick notes: 

  • Microblading is a semi-permanent eyebrow tattoo 

  • The process can last up to 1 year before requiring a top-up 

  • Is it worth it? Y. E. S

Imagine you could save time every day by just waking up with perfect eyebrows. Fuller eyebrows are one of those pesky things women have to take care of, but it would be so much easier to not worry about them. Enter the permanent fix for all your eyebrow worries: microblading. Considered to be the tattoo for your eyebrows, microblading is a beauty technique that creates a longer-lasting shape. You don’t need to retouch for a while.

This beauty trend rose in popularity over the years as many more women opted out of fuller eyebrows done the easy way. Honestly, totally understandable. Don’t worry; it’s really not that painful as it might sound. Let’s dive into the world of microblading, shall we? 

How does microblading actually work? 

The process involves pretty much tattooing your face – but instead of scary tattoo equipment, the beautician uses a handheld tool (although needles are still involved). Your eyebrows get fuller and semi-permanent as the ink is inserted through the top layers of your skin. It can last for up to 24 months (this depends on your skin type) before requiring a top-up, saving a lot of time and energy when it comes to dealing with eyebrow shaping. 

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Because it’s a semi-permanent face tattoo, microblading might require a deep reach into your wallet. Pricing can go up to hundreds of dollars, depending on the exclusivity of the beauty salon. Also, microblading aftercare is an essential part of the healing process, requiring specific instructions to be followed. Beauty salons also recommend frequent touch-ups after your first session due to the possibility of your skin rejecting the ink – don’t worry, that’s completely normal. 

How long does the procedure take? 

Depending on the salon, microblading can take up to three hours. But don’t worry, you won’t have a needle in your skin for all that time. First, the brow technician will shape the eyebrows to the way you like. Then you select the preferred pigment, and the technician applies the numbing ointment. And a few minutes after, you’ll have fuller eyebrows!

The healing takes up to two weeks, and the color might not set in until a month later – you might notice that your eyebrows are darker at the beginning, but this will fade. Once your now fuller brows are completely healed, you’ll be able to see the real color. 

“I spend a lot of time getting to know my clients and what they want, what’s realistic for their face and then drawing on them to make sure they’re happy with the shape.” –  Jen Terban-Hertell, co-owner of East Side Ink

Although putting a needle through the skin on your face isn’t exactly pain-free, your beauty salon will apply a numbing ointment to make sure you don’t experience a painful sensation. This makes the process much less stressful and a lot different from actually getting a tattoo on your face with a traditional style. A tattoo gun will typically produce a buzzing noise, but the sound of the microblading device resembles scratching instead.

But it doesn’t hurt like a tattoo would – you might, however, still experience slight stinging. Microblading is definitely an investment to make if you’re looking for a permanent way to achieve fuller eyebrows. Time to book that appointment!

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