Everything you need to know about microblading

Give Cara Delevingne a run for her money with this ever-popular beauty treatment

Flat, arched, sharp, straight, thin, thick, bold and barely there. Brows have the ability to completely change how we look, so it’s little wonder why our obsession has reached peak fever – and why we regret the biggest eyebrow mistakes of our youth so much. While while some of us are blessed with naturally perfect brows, quite a few of us need a little bit of help to get the perfect eyebrow shapes for our face shape. Enter microblading.

We’ve rounded up everything you need to know about the latest eyebrow obsession to hit the beauty world, from how it works to who it’s best for, as well as the before and after pictures. We’ve no doubt you’ll be booking a microblading appointment yourself soon enough.

What is microblading?

Microblading is a semi-permanent make-up technique that leaves you with natural-looking, fuller brows. How? The secret lies in a manual pen-like tool with tiny needles. Sounds a bit scary but, actually, it’s a lot less painful than eyebrow tattoos and will fix why one eyebrow always looks better than the other.

‘It puts the finest hairs back into eyebrows producing the best definition and dimension possible,’ says Jade Trapanotto, founder of Beyond the Brows. ‘It originated in Asia and is also known as brow embroidery. It’s a fantastic treatment for anyone looking to improve or enhance the appearance of their eyebrows.’

The main difference is that the manual pen-like tool is used instead of a permanent make-up machine, so the strokes aren’t blurry. Instead, they truly do look like fine hairs. Even up close.

‘The manual blade penetrates only the very top layer of the skin. And each ‘hair’ is placed individually to create an extremely natural look,’ says Jade. ‘People suffering from alopecia, trigonometrical chemotherapy or any other condition that causes hair loss benefit greatly from microblading. As well as people who simply are not happy with their eyebrow shape.’

Before you get all anxious that you’d end up screaming bloody murder every time they pierce your skin, don’t panic. A numbing cream is applied to the area before any stencilling is done. So, you don’t feel a thing. However, a bit of redness may occur, but this settles soon after.

Microblading before and after

If your curiosity is significantly piqued, watch the below video to see for yourself exactly what happens during microblading, plus the before and after results. It’s a pretty impressive treatment to fix thinning brows.

But is there anyone who wouldn’t benefit from microblading, we hear you ask?

‘The only reason I would tell someone not to get microblading is if their skin produced a high amount of natural oils,’ says Jade. ‘This is because the actual ink won’t last as long or hold as well.

‘Apart from that, it’s honestly the best procedure to get fuller looking brows. And [it] can last up to 18 months, so you only need to visit every second year or so.’

OK – give us the needle.

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