What is Microblading?
Microblading originated in Asia over 20 years ago and has gone by many names: eyebrow embroidery, feather touch, microstroking and even “the Japanese Method.”
By 2015, microblading became popular in the United States and is now becoming increasingly popular in Canada.
Microblading is a semi-permanent makeup technique, sometimes referred to in Canada as eyebrow tattooing. But unlike traditional tattooing, which uses a machine, microblading artists apply each hair stroke with a handheld microblade into the epidermal later of the skin where pigments are applied. This procedure produces a very fine line that resembles real hair. Each individual hair stroke is hand drawn by the artist and blended in with the client’s existing eyebrow hair allowing for the favored reconstruction and/or reshaping of your eyebrows. With a strong artist at the helm, the results can be gorgeous and very lifelike.
How Long Does Microblading Last?
The results of microblading can last up to one year and is a perfect solution for people who have over-plucked or those who want to define, darken or reshape their eyebrows.
There are many techniques and approaches to microblading. There are 1D Eyebrows, where the hair strokes all go in one direction. There are 3D Eyebrows, where the hairstrokes are laid out in a specific pattern across the eyebrow ridges, creating a 3D effect. World renowned artist, and friend of Microblading LA, David Zhang, creates what he calls “6D Eyebrows” where the actual depth of the microblade varies on each individual hair stroke. This creates an even more dimensional and natural result.
How Long Does Microblading Take?
Microblading typically takes two appointments to complete. In the first appointment, the client is profiled and the eyebrows are drawn on with a waterproof pencil, so the artist and client can agree on the look. The artist then microblades the eyebrows and the client is ready to go back into the world. There is some mild scabbing and aftercare required, but your microblading should be completely healed in 30 days.
The second appointment is a touch up at least 30 days after the first session. This allows enough time for the ink in the epidermis to naturally slough off, and the color to settle into your skin. In the touch up appointment, the artist can see how your skin has received the ink and make any necessary corrections.
Sometimes a client’s skin undertones may have unexpected effects on the ink’s color, and the artist may need to add color to adjust. These kind of corrections are normal with any microblading artist and an essential part of the process, as everyone’s skin is different and receives ink differently.
Who can benefit from semi-permanent makeup?
- Those with little time to apply makeup
- Those with allergies to conventional makeup
- Those with active lifestyles
- Those who suffer from alopecia, vitiligo, or any other hair loss or pigment changing skin conditions
- Burn and cancer survivors
- Anyone who wants to enhance their natural look