Microblading for eyebrows

Microblading is the latest advance in cosmetic enhancements and is taking the semi-permanent makeup industry by storm. Often confused with ‘permanent makeup’ or ‘cosmetic tattooing’, microblading has its own unique benefits as to why it’s preferred. Both techniques can be used to enhance, replace or add to anyone’s appearance – no matter what their age or gender.

Both microblading and permanent makeup are commonly used for enhancing the appearance of eyebrows in the same way temporary makeup would be used to give the same look. These methods are perfect for saving time in the morning, making sure you look your best at all times but are also fantastic for use if recovering from chemotherapy, alopecia, covering scars or fighting the signs of ageing.

Microblading, also known as semi-permanent makeup is a manual method of blading individual hairline brush strokes which target the first three layers of skin.  Because the ink pigment sits shallowly under the skin the results are sharp, crisp and can be mistaken for real hair! To ensure no loss or change in colour over time and to reduce the risk of any complications, only the highest quality, organic ink pigment is used.

The appearance of microblading is not only life-like and realistic but versatile lasting 1-3 years. This does mean that the look will require re-application after this time, however, you’re not tied down and this allows for alternative shapes and colours to be used as trends change.

Microblading brow procedure

– A step by step guide

1. Consultation

Before any work begins, I offer all of my clients a free no-obligation consultation.  This allows us to discuss which procedure, shape and style will work best for you.

2. Analysis

Next stage, I will look in more detail at your skin tone and hair colour. This will allow me to analyse the best pigments to use in order to achieve your dream brow appearance.  Please see my pigments and colour theory pages for more information.

3. Preparation

Using calipers to check all measurements and a guide colour pencil, I will template your eyebrows.  This will allow you to get a clear vision of what your brows will look like and enable any changes to shape to be made. Once happy, topical anaesthetic is then applied to the brow area in preparation for the procedure.

4. The procedure

Once the anaesthetic has settled in, I will begin the procedure.  This will take approximately 60-90 minutes depending on your desired look.  A little discomfort may be felt but we do keep this to a minimum.  Regular reviewing of your brows is made until final adjustments are made and you’re completely happy. Our recommended after care products are then applied.

5. Top up

Once your new eyebrows have had chance to settle down, I will invite you back for a follow up appointment.  This normally takes place after 4-6 weeks when the skin is healed from initial procedure.  I will check all is healing well, the shape of the brow and colour are approved and, if required, can look after any necessary adjustments.

6. Maintenance

Over time and with sun exposure the colour of your eyebrows will fade.  I recommend follow-up appointments in order to apply a colour boost.  These appointments are recommended every 12-18 months in order to maximise the longevity of your new eyebrows.

Frequently asked questions about Microblading permanent brows

How long will my brows last for?

The simple answer is everyone is different. Everyone’s skin behaves differently; it exfoliates and rejuvenates at different rates. As the pigment is attached to the skin, this causes it to fade over time. Lighter tones last anywhere between 9 months and 3 years, with darker colours lasting a little longer. As your brows are tattooed on, they will stay there for many years, however, the recommended timescales above is based on them looking their absolute best. The longevity of the brows is extremely dependant on attending the 6-week post-care consultation. Not only will this include a top-up, but will ensure you get the best from your brows.

Do you have to remove the brow hair that is already there?

Microblading is styled and delivered based on your current brows, working with your natural shape and colours.  Leaving your natural eyebrow hair in tact is essential to your final results looking as natural as possible.  Some hairs might be removed for the purpose of shaping but the majority will remain to add to your finished look

Will my brows fade once they are healed?

When applying your brows, especially if this is your first course of semi-permanent make-up, I err on the side of caution and go a few shades lighter. When you initially have the procedure the colour will be between 50-70% lighter after healing. I find after brows have healed and clients return for their top-up appointment, 95% opt to go a little darker.

What colour will you use for my brows?

All colours are mixed specifically to suit your skin tone and hair colour to get your perfect brow look.  All decisions are fully discussed and advised throughout consultation before treatment begins

Can permanent brows be removed?

Permanent make-up is very much that.  Whilst it does fade over time, there will be an impression of the brow on the skin for many years after application.  The most common form of removal is laser, however this does leave scarring which can be unpleasant on the face.  It is imperative every care is taken throughout the consultation process to get the right therapist and eyebrows for you

Previous work

Please see some examples of my work below. Please note that these images were taken immediately after the first procedure: the healed brow will soften in colour and any redness and swelling will disappear.

All procedures include a ‘top up’ after 6 weeks to perfect the colour and shape.

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