13 Jan What is Microfeathering?
Microfeathering is a variation on microblading that involves less strokes, less colour intensity and finer blades to create an undone, natural, feathered brow. The term was originally coined by L.A based brow expert Kristie Streicher, who helps give clients lush, full and natural-looking brows. A-listers like Gwyneth Paltrow, Adele, and Lorde get this procedure.
With the tattoo industry seeing a shift away from typical microblading due to novice operators, poor results and short training, people are turning to more experienced technicians who know how to maneuver the blades in a more natural, delicate fashion to create a full, more natural looking brow.
What is the Difference Between Microfeathering and Microblading?
Although very similar, the technique differs slightly. Typically, microblading covers the whole brow area to create fullness and shape, while microfeathering is more for those with naturally full brows that have sparse areas and just need some filling. Still using a manual tool, but with a finer blade and lighter pressure, pigment is deposited into the skin to create tiny hair-like strokes wherever the natural brow needs more fullness.
The main goal with this technique is to really mimic the natural hair and its growth patterns to create a full, natural look. For 6-8 weeks prior to microfeathering, clients must avoid all forms of hair removal on their brow area, including tweezing, waxing and threading. This allows us to see the natural growth pattern of the brow hair and the sparse areas that need to be filled.
What is the Process for Microfeathering and Microblading?
Step 1: Consultation: At Halcyon Cosmetic, we do a consultation to determine what our client wants and if it can be realistically achieved. We also discuss which technique or method would be best to help them achieve the look they are after.
Step 2: Pre-draw and shapping: Shaping is done with a brow pencil and rulers, following the natural shape of the brow as much as possible. Our clients check the final draw and we make adjustments if needed. Our clients are always part of the shaping process and once we are both happy with the shape, numbing cream is applied.
Step 3: Microblading and microfeathering: Following the natural pattern of the brow hair (we do not follow a set pattern as every person is different and we do not subscribe to the “one pattern fits all” method), tiny hair strokes are etched into the skin using a manual tool made up of “pin-like” needles and pigment chosen to match the natural brow hair colour. It usually requires 2-3 passes to complete. For microfeathering, we only add hair strokes where it’s sparse and also some hair strokes outside the outline so the shape isn’t so defined.
Step 4: Aftercare: As with all microblading or permanent makeup, you will have a week or so of healing time. You will be given aftercare instructions and the required ointment. A follow up is required in 6-8 weeks to ensure great results.
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Who is a Good Candidate for Microblading or Microfeathering?
The best candidates for microblading are usually those with some brow hairs that need to define the shape or make look fuller. If no, or very little, brow hair is present we would usually recommend more of a soft powder shade or a combination brow, (a mix of microblading and powder shading). Microblading is meant to blend in with your natural brow hair and enhance it and candidates who are interested in the microfeathered finish need to have a lot of natural hair to begin with.
If you have more questions regarding this procedure or would like to know if you are a candidate, our consultations are free, but do require a $150 Booking Fee to secure your spot. This fee is either applied to your procedure or refunded once you attend your appointment. This fee is non-refundable should you miss your appointment or cancel within 48 hours.