If you search for the term “microblading” on Instagram, you learn that more than 80,000 photos of the new trend of semi-permanent eyebrow tattooing pop up. Although initially microblading might sound like a drastic way in order to get eyebrows looking as lush and full as a modern day supermodel’s eyebrows, microblading fans beg to differ.
In the Yahoo Beauty article titled Why I Tattooed My Eyebrows & What it Was Really Like by writer Alyssa Coscarelli, she explains that the impetus for her taking the microblading plunge was when she learned that a cancer survivor used the process. Although Alyssa didn’t experience eyebrow loss due to cancer, she did detail her extensive daily process for making her eyebrows look lush and fuller using eyebrow pencils, pomades, and powders prior to taking the eyebrow embroidery plunge.
The journalist even described how she considered the more extensive eyebrow transplant process before trying out the brow embroidery trend in order to get out of her daily routine. That makeup routine involved putting on her fake brows with makeup and not going anywhere without them, causing her boyfriend to joke that she needed to “put on her brows” before they could get going.
As such, some of the best “before and after” microblading photos are popping up on Instagram, showing viewers just how much fuller microblading can make eyebrows appear. Unlike the fading trend of eyelash extensions, which are finding some beauty salons and spas no longer offering the service due to concerns over bacteria and eyelash loss, the microblading trend seems to be on the upswing.
The process of microblading especially becomes apparent for folks whose eyebrows were really sparse prior to getting their eyebrows semi-permanently tattooed on, leaving them with lush and filled-in brows.
Indeed, a search for “microblading” on Google turns up a plethora of spas offering the process, which doesn’t appear to come cheap. One permanent makeup location offers an initial microblading procedure for $800 and a touch-up for $50 after one to three months. Then the cosmetic enhancement costs approximately $350 for annual touch-ups based upon the spa.
As explained by Style Mic, the microblading process isn’t actually permanent, even though it is touted as such and might seem that way to those who were formerly used to applying fresh eyebrow makeup on a daily basis.
As explained by the Sulé Loggenberg Academy & Clinic and other publications, microblading (or eyebrow embroidery) is a hairstroke technique that is actually done by nurses and can help cancer patients and those alopecia sufferers, along with those who simply want microblading to look better as well.
“It is done using a very fine blade to deposit pigments into the epidermis. Because we’re impacting color closer to the surface, the strokes appear crisp and very fine. There is no ‘spilling’ under the skin.”
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