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Do you know about microblading?

There are a dizzying number of brow products and services at our disposal aimed to get us lush and thick brows. But one treatment took Instagram by storm: microblading, the process of tattooing tiny brow hairs with a needle. Do you know about it?

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi | Published: December 26, 2019 10:57:28 pm
what is microblading, microblading process, microblading cosmetic treatment, indian express, lifestyle Growing out your brows can be a pain, especially if you’re not naturally blessed with the fuller look. (Photo: Thinkstock Images)

Pencil-thin eyebrows, which were once considered extremely stylish and elegant, are passé. This decade, we welcomed the bushy brow, thanks to celebs like Cara Delevingne, Emma Watson, Deepika Padukone and Lily Collins. This tweezer-free trend is going to be a relief for all those who don’t like to be near a plucker but there’s one little problem: growing your brows is not an easy business, especially if you’re not naturally blessed with brows that are full.

However, there is a solution, though not a permanent one. Want to know the secret to faking fuller eyebrows that look totally natural? Microblading. An alternative that is hassle-free and doesn’t involve carving or drawing out your brows only to  pencilling in your eyebrows only to get the shape completely wrong.

What is microblading?

what is microblading, microblading process, microblading cosmetic treatment, indian express, lifestyle The needle very finely implants featherweight strokes with a medical grade pigment on the skin’s epidermis layer. (Photo: Thinkstock Images)

Microblading, a form of eyebrow architecture, is all about creating the best brow shape for each face. With extreme precision, a tool which effectively acts like a pen with the nib being a sloped blade with 10-12 little needles — that don’t penetrate the skin, just delicately scratch the surface — very finely implants featherweight strokes with a medical grade pigment on the skin’s epidermis layer, creating fine, realistic and natural hair strokes. The artist may also use a shading technique that involves “plucking” the skin to deposit the ink manually.

How long does microblading last?

You’ll need a touch-up in about a month (the cost of this is typically budgeted into the fee of the initial service). Usually, microblading can last anywhere between a year to 3 years, depending on your lifestyle, how you take care to post the surgery and skin type. For people with slightly more oily skin, it will last around the 12-month mark before needing a top-up, but it can last for a much longer time for those with normal skin.

If you want your microblading to stay for a longer time, try staying out of the sun, since it can fade the pigment. Avoid retinol and other serums since it can strip of the colour. However, it is to be noted that your brows will fade awayif you do not get touch ups atleast once a year.

Does microblading hurt?

what is microblading, microblading process, microblading cosmetic treatment, indian express, lifestyle Stop using any retinol or Vitamin A products one month prior to getting your eyebrows microbladed. (Photo: Thinkstock Images)

When it comes to the question of how much it will hurt, let us tell you it doesn’t. It is more of a sensation. Thanks to the numbing ointment that is applied before the process begins. However, the sound of the blade could surely scare people off. Other than that, the entire process is very quick; it’s actually the numbing which takes the maximum time (approximately an hour).

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