15 Aug The Truth About Microblading
The truth is, we all want the same thing for our brows and many think that microblading is the only answer, but is it for everyone. Following is the truth about microblading.
We all want brows that flatter our face, make our eyes pop, make us look youthful, and don’t smudge, smear or disappear, and… we want to wake up like this.
Microblading is a relatively new term but the technique of implanting fine lines of pigment into the brow region to mimic natural hairstrokes is not new at all. In fact, it’s been around for many, many years. What IS new is the resurgence of bold “Cara Delevingne” brows (or “Brooke Shields” brows for some of us).
The vultures are swarming trying to make a buck off this trend and the marketing done to earn your business is starting to border on the ridiculous. Feathered Brows. Hairstroke Brows. 3D Brows. Brow Embroidery. 6D Brows… 6D? Really?
So with all of these different names out there, how do you compare apples to apples? You don’t.
What you must understand is that Microblading is an eyebrow tattoo technique, and that it is not the right technique for everyone. In certain skin types, no matter who does the procedure and how talented they are, results might never be optimal. The key to good results is ensuring you’re in the hands of an educated and experienced professional.
How to Get the Best Looking Eyebrows for Your Money
The absolute essentials to ensure you get the best brows for your money are:
- Find an artist that does more than just microblade. If this is the only tool in their toolkit, they are not likely to advise you on what is right for you, they are likely to suggest the only technique they know.
- With a look and a few questions your artist should be able to assess your skin and health history and predict whether or not your results will be optimal. If they suspect suboptimal results they should be able to explain why and offer you alternatives. If they are telling you over the phone that you are a great candidate… run!
- There is such a tiny amount of pigment implanted during micorblading that your skin overtones and undertones play a huge part in the final colour and the aging of the colour. To check the knowledge of your artist, ask if they use modifying pigments (mods) and how they might be used on you. Mods are used to add more or less warmth to existing colours to accomodate or counteract your skintone.
- Ensure the information regarding the longevity of your brows is accurate. Yes, microbladed brows can last a few years (shaded brows a bit longer), but they WILL require regular “refreshing” of the colour to keep them at their best. If someone tells you this is semi-permanent and will only last a few months it is likely they are not skilled at implanting the pigment to the right depth. Many artists will want to keep your business and offer a discounted price for their existing clients for a colour ‘”refresh”.
- Your artist should not discredit another artist or badmouth previous work that has aged. Unless the overall brow shape is unflattering, hairstroke pattern is completely unnatural, or pigment was implanted far too deeply, previous brow work cannot be accurately assessed because there are so many variables that affect the aging of pigment. An experience professional knows this.
- It doesn’t matter whether your touch up is included with your price or charged separately, what does matter is that is is done. If your skin is absolutely perfect you might get perfect retention after one appointment but this is the exception, not the rule. Gorgeous brows are a process, NOT a single event.
- Your artist should be charging a realistic price. If they are using top quality tools and pigments, this procedure cannot be done cheaply. It just can’t. Prices should start at a minimum of $350 and go up from there depending on skill and experience (and location!) but don’t be fooled by an inflated price either. If you’re unsure, refer back to numbers 1 through 6.