Everybody on Instagram seems to be talking about the semi-permanent eyebrow beauty treatment. Eyebrow feathering has become a mainstream trend that is part of the beauty routine of many people. For those of us who did permanent damage to our eyebrows in the 90s by overplucking, it’s the perfect way to recover. Eyebrow feathering looks stylish and natural, and it’s much more affordable that the permanent tattoos from the old days.
So, what is it? And how is it different from older tattooing methods? Here’s all the things that you should know about eyebrow tattoos, and why you should give it a go.
What does eyebrow feathering mean?
With eyebrow feathering, fine, feather-like strokes are used to construct the brows, as the name implies. Using a fine blade, high-quality, semi-permanent pigment is deposited beneath the skin’s surface during the eyebrow feathering procedure. With this microblade, you can have bold, defined, and long-lasting eyebrows that look like they’ve been feathered by your own hair, all while maintaining the look and feel of your natural hair.
What’s the difference between microblading and eyebrow feathering?
Both of these terms refer to the exact same thing. Eyebrow tattooing is another option, but that usually refers to a “blockier” type of tattooing that doesn’t employ fine strokes to mimic hair, which is more common in older artists.
What are the results like?
To minimise any discomfort, eyebrow feathering artists will use an anaesthetic cream before to and during the treatment.
How long does it take?
From start to completion, the process of feathering the eyebrows takes about two hours. So, you can go back to work or other activities immediately after the procedure. It’s possible that the treatment will leave your brows slightly red and scabbed for a few days thereafter.
Do I need a follow-up?
After the initial tattoo procedure, a follow-up is required every 1 to 3 months. Depending on a range of factors, brow feathering can last anywhere from a year to three years.
Is it appropriate for all people?
No matter how popular eyebrow feathering becomes, it isn’t for everyone. It is not recommended that you receive the treatment in the case of pregnancy or nursing, if you are through chemotherapy, or if you have just had botox.
What is the cost?
The cost of microblading can vary quite a bit depending on the artist you’re going to, the type of pigment they’re using and your specific requirements. In general, expect to spend around $600 for your first session, although you might find it cheaper with some artists or with certain promotions. You’ll then also need to factor in the cost of follow-up sessions. If you regularly attend beauty appointments to have your eyebrows done, the cost can actually seem quite attractive as regular beauty appointments quickly add up. Having semi-permanent eyebrows done can also save you a lot of time, as instead of attending sessions every six weeks or so, you’ll only need a touch up around every six months.
Is it painful?
A topical anaesthetic takes most of the pain away, although the feeling of the blade scraping across your skin can be uncomfortable.
It’s best to let your brows grow out as much as possible before having them feathered for the first time. Try not to use your tweezers for at least six weeks; the more space your brow specialist has to deal with, the better the results you’ll get.
The procedure will begin with the administration of a numbing cream, after which your brow artist will select the perfect dye colour for you. The incisions will be made and the dye applied during the next two hours.