Microblading is a form of semi-permanent makeup, or semi-permanent tattooing as it’s also known, whereby a qualified technician effectively tattoos your eyebrows as desired. The tool used in microblading looks like a pen, however, the nib has 10 to 12 tiny needles which will delicately scratch the surface of the skin, inputting a medical-grade pigment into your epidermis. These cleverly-designed needles create fine, realistic-looking hair strokes on the skin using specialised microblading ink.
What is Microshading?
This is another form of microblading, but instead of creating hair-like strokes on your existing eyebrows, microshading places tiny dots along your brows for a less defined finished look. This will be done using either an electric or manual handheld tool.
How Long Does Microblading or Semi-Permanent Makeup Last?
This is a question fraught with many underlying factors including:
- Your personal skin tone;
- Your skin type;
- The microblading technique used; and
- The pigment type, among many others.
But this doesn’t really answer the question! Typically, microblading should last at least 1 year but can last up to 3 years. However, you can choose to have touch-ups done annually to enhance the colour at a reduced cost to microblading or semi-permanent makeup.
Who Can’t Use Microblading?
It’s important to provide your technician with all necessary background information so that they’re sure that microblading is a safe option for you. Some of the things that could rule you out include:
- Pregnancy or breastfeeding;
- Medications such as blood thinners.
What Shape Should I Choose?
The technician should give you a range of eyebrow shapes to select from, but with something semi-permanent, it’s often best to stick close to your natural shape so that you’re not having to worry about maintaining them all the time. You can enhance the shape subtly, but you don’t want to be stuck with a look that dates quickly.
Different technicians use different pigment types depending on their preference, so it’s worth asking about their selection before committing. In addition to the different brands, the pigments come in organic and inorganic varieties. The organic options are often a lot richer and brighter in colour, but they do tend to fade quicker as well. The inorganic pigment is derived from minerals and, while there aren’t as many colours to choose from, they don’t fade as quickly as organic.
What to Do Before Microblading
Once you’ve decided on your technician, your eyebrow shape and colours, you can prepare for your microblading session. Ahead of microblading you should:
- Avoid picking, tweezing, waxing or having electrolysis done to your eyebrows a few days before.
- Avoid facials or peels, as well as direct sun and sunbeds in the fortnight before the treatment.
- Stop using retinol or Vitamin A in the month leading up to the treatment.
- Avoid any botox treatment two weeks before microblading.
- Avoid taking fish oil or Vitamin E the week before.
- Avoid exercising on the day and a few days after.
- Don’t drink alcohol, take ibuprofen or aspirin the day before microblading.
What to Expect After Microblading?
Don’t be alarmed if your microblading result is not exactly what you’d want the first few days after your treatment. It will most likely be much bolder, darker and sharper with some mild flaking around four or five days after microblading. The healing process can, in some cases, take up to a full month, as the skin takes 30 days to regenerate.
Your technician will give you a full de-briefing on the aftercare procedures for microblading, and it’s important that you follow these so you benefit fully from your treatment. However, to give you an idea of what to expect, here’s some aftercare techniques:
- Avoid getting your eyebrows wet or sweaty;
- Use antibacterial ointment of for the first day after the treatment;
- Use a petroleum jelly thereafter for a week;
- Do not pick at any scabs or flakes; and
- Avoid any acids or retinoids as they fade the pigments.
What about microblading touch-ups?
After your initial treatment and the healing has taken place, you will go for a touch-up treatment at around the four to six-week mark. This is because your initial treatment will likely result in some scabbing and the colour underneath won’t be as bright as you’d like. The touch-up will enhance the colour. You can also get touch-ups a year after the original treatment, and every year thereafter, if you want to continue with the sophisticated look of microblading.
There are a lot of reasons that microblading is becoming such a popular cosmetic technique. Here’s a look at why you might want to give it a try.
Perfection all the time
You never have to worry about imperfect eyebrows again. It doesn’t matter if you’re in the middle of a great workout session or getting out of the pool, your eyebrows are all set.
After your one session and touch-up, you’re all set for at least another year, sometimes even longer.
Saves you time
Take some extra time to sleep in or just enjoy your cup of coffee without rushing because there’s no need to spend time on your eyebrows any more.
Saves you money
No more spending time on powders and brow pencils, because while microblading can cost a bit upfront, you will make that back in your cost savings.
Why Choose Suki Su Permanent Makeup?
Suki Mezei offers the latest in technological innovation and the most advanced techniques when it comes to makeup tattoos. Suki is a fully-qualified technician with BABTAC, the Guild of Beauty Therapists and ITEC Level 4. At Suki Su Permanent Makeup, you can be assured of natural-looking results which are customised to your personal taste and aesthetic, leaving you looking beautiful every day.