Microblading at Blink Beauty Parlour, Coquitlam, Vancouver

Microblading 101

May 8, 2017 - 9:03 am

In case you haven’t noticed, brows are a huge beauty trend right now. And many women are resorting to semi-permanent makeup tattoos to get the perfect Lily Collins-like brows. At first pass, the idea of temporary tattooing provoke images of women with tattooed brows that had faded from black to blue and green after a few years, but cosmetic tattooing has gone a long way since then. One technique that is gaining traction is microblading.

What is microblading?

To put simply, microblading is the process of tattooing brows onto your skin. It requires hand-drawing thin hair strokes using thinner needles with a lighter touch while mixing inks that don't fade to unnatural shades.

How does it work?

After deciding on the shape and hue that you want, the cosmetic tattoo artist uses a surgical knife to create little cuts in the area that mimics the way brows naturally grow. Ink is then deposited into the skin, and as the cuts heal, the ink is locked in. Fortunately, microblading doesn’t affect any of the hair you naturally have, so you don’t have to worry about stunting any hair growth or messing with what you have.

What is the aftercare like post-procedure?

There’s no way around it — there will be scabbing. As the cuts heal, they lock in the pigment, but in order to heal, they need to scab over—just like any other tattoo process. As they heal, it’s important to keep the area as dry as possible. It can sometimes take up to 2 weeks to fully heal, so make sure to keep everything as protected from water and sweat as possible during that period. The other thing to know post-procedure is that for a couple of days after you get them done, the colour will appear much darker than you anticipated, then they start to lighten up. In about 4-6 weeks after your initial appointment, you’ll likely come in for a follow-up appointment, so any areas that didn’t fill can be re-touched.

Who is the best candidate for microblading?

Anyone who wants a semi-permanent solution for thin or light brows is a great candidate for microblading. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should check with their doctors before getting a microblading procedure.

What’s it going to cost me and how long does it last?

Both cost and time frame are going to range from person to person and often depends on the colour you choose and how dense or sparse you go. Darker colours are going to take longer to fade than lighter colours, so the treatment will last longer. And prices will range depending on the location, city and the artist’s expertise. For the most part, microblading lasts about one to three years. And it will gradually fade—you won’t wake up and just have no eyebrows one day. Prices start at around $300, but can climb up to $1,000 or more depending on the studio you choose. Seeing as how this is a topical procedure that requires an individual to cut into the skin, we recommend picking a place with a good reputation, and that will do a consultation with you before you make your appointment to actually get your eyebrows done.

What are other considerations to keep in mind when choosing a cosmetic tattoo artist?

Just like other tattoo artists, microblading artists have their own styles and techniques. Make sure to do your research, look at the past work and then decide whether their style is a fit for you and what you're looking for.

For a microblading appointment, call/text/WhatsApp Blink Beauty Parlour at 604.936.4888

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