What is/are microblading & powder brows?
Microblading is a form of "semi" permanent makeup for your eyebrows that is achieved using a manual tachnique. The pigments are applied with a tool that has a row of several tiny needles that works as a small blade. Your artist uses this "blade" to scratch tiny hair-like strokes into the epidermis of your skin to create a soft, natural looking eyebrow. Microblading is not done with a machine.
Powder Brows, also known as; microshading, ombre brows, shading etc., is achieved utilizing a traditional tattoo machine. This technique uses quick and shallow movements which creates a dusty build-up of pigment after multiple passes. Brows can be as soft and subtle or as bold and saturated as the client would prefer using this form of PMU.
A combination of both techniques can be used to create a natural, fluffy brow with the color and filled in shape that some clients prefer..
which technique is right for me?
At the beginning of your appointment you and your artist will discuss your goals. Based on your skin type & color, and lifestyle choices, your artist will help steer you in the direction of whichever technique will suit you best. Microblading usually yields the best results on clients with "normal" to "dry" skin. Clients with larger pores, oilier complexions, thinning/mature skin, darker complexions or who have older work which requires scar tissue to be covered are more likely to have great results using the powder/machine techniques.
How long is the appointment?
We always ask our clients to plan for a 3 hour appointment window. Upon arrival to the studio you will have your "before" pictures taken. A quick consultation will take place between you and your artist to discuss your aesthetic goals, lifestyle, and to allow your artist to assess your skin. Your face will be measured and mapped by your artist to create the best brow for your face. You will be asked to fill out paperwork while you numb. The procedure itself does not take up the whole 3 hours but many variables need to be considered. Your artist needs enough time to create the best set of brows for you! Once finished, "after" pics will be taken. Lastly, you and your artist will discuss what to expect during the 4-6 weeks of healing time and how to care for your fresh set of brows.
how long is the healing process?
Healing time varies from client to client. Several factors such as age, health, lifestyle, etc. need to be considered. It takes approximately 7-14 days for the brows to heal over on the outer surface of the skin; During this time it is recommended to keep the brows clean and dry. The skin will continue to heal from under the surface, and pigment will continue to resurface through the healed layers even after your skin appears to be "healed". The final result will be visible in roughly 3-6 weeks depending on individual results.
is the 6-8 week touch-up required?
Yes. Small areas where ink "skipped" or disappeared can be retouched, color can be adjusted, brow thickness & size can be added, and in some cases, a whole new game plan can be created if the initial results were not optimal. PMU is an artform, not a science. Trust and patience in the process goes a long way. Individuals with oilier skin types often require a deeper shade during the touch up session as the oils tend to lighten the pigment. Most importantly, a touch up session is an opportunity to build the brow once you feel more comfortable with the process and your healed brows. Your follow up session can be scheduled for no sooner than 6 weeks after your initial appointment.
Does it hurt?
MOST clients describe the pain level as mild to none. After the first pass is made, your artist will apply a topical numbing agent multiple times throughout the procedure. Everyone responds differently to anesthetic as well as to pain; depending on the client, the feeling of the procedure has been described as a light scratch. NOTE: topical anesthetics used during the procedure may contain lidocaine, benzocaine, tetracaine and epinephrine. After the procedure, redness and slight swelling in the area is normal and should calm down within the next 24-48 hours. Don’t let your fear of mild "pain" be the reason you choose not to move forward!
"Pain is Beauty"
how long do the results last?
Considering the endless variables of human skin types and lifestyle choices, permanent cosmetics of the brow area are considered semi-permanent. Microblading and shading can typically lasts 1-5 years, depending on skin type (normal, oily, dry), age (youthful/mature)
Skincare routine will also plays a major role in the long-terms results and effect of the pigment. Patients who tan, use products with AHA, Glycolic Acid, Retinol etc., will fade faster. Individual color retention within the skin varies from client to client. To maintain a fresh and defined look, a touch up is suggested every 12-24 months. You may find over the years, a touch-up is required with more time between appointments. If you feel that permanent cosmetics is no longer for you, you can let the lasting pigment fade out over time. Most of the pigment will break down naturally and be digested by the body. NOTE: In some cases some faint color will remain permanently.
are the results guaranteed?
NO. unfortunately, results can NOT be guaranteed. every client is unique and factors such as lifestyle choices and skin tone/texture will affect each client differently. together we can develop a plan to ensure the best possible results, but NOTHING IS GUARANTEED.