Putting on a face of make-up everyday can be effort, not to mention time consuming. That’s why a lot of people who want to look made up without taking up their morning to do so are opting for semi-permanent make-up.
From eyebrows that always look full to lipstick that doesn’t smudge, there’s plenty of ways you can keep your face looking pristine without make-up these days. And the non-surgical procedure seems to be a hit with beauty fans with an increasing number of beauty salons now offering the treatment.
One of the most popular options available is microblading. This quick-fix to thick, full and well arched brows has increased in popularity in recent years, with thicker brows becoming fashionable in the beauty world. Here’s everything you need to know about the popular treatment.
What is microblading?
Microblading is a form of tattooing using a row of around 10 tiny pen like needles which lightly brush hair-like strokes to your brows to create a natural brow look. As every face shape is different, beauticians tailor each brow shape to your face along with the perfect colour to match your skin-tone and hair colour.
Different to tattooing, it only penetrates the surface of your skin, meaning the brow colour will fade within 18-months. It’s also much finer than a tattoo gun to create the natural look.
Who is microblading for?
It’s a great option if you are wanting fuller brows after years of plucking and waxing when thin brows were fashionable. Even if you have none or barely any hair there, artificial brows can be created where your brows would usually sit.
The treatment is also very popular with cancer patients who may have lost their eyebrows during chemotherapy. It can often give them a confidence boost to help them look a little more like their old selves again.
Does microblading hurt?
Before the treatment starts, the beautician will tidy up your brows and pop some numbing cream on the brow area in preparation for the blading. This will stay on for around 40 minutes to ensure the area is fully numb. In the meantime, the beautician will work out what colour, shape and size to do your brows in. By the time this is done, the treatment shouldn’t feel too uncomfortable.
How long does microblading take to heal?
After the initial session, your brows could take up to a month to fully heal. During this time it can be quite itchy but it’s important to leave them alone and follow the care instructions. The colour may also fade slightly but there’s no need to worry. After around 6-8 weeks you’ll need to go back to the salon for a top-up if needed and to check the healing process is going to plan.
How much does microblading cost?
The treatment isn’t cheap and can cost anything from £300 to £600 depending on where you have it done.