The technique of implanting pigment after the creation of fine incisions in the skin may date back thousands of years, but the trend towards using the technique for eyebrows is thought to have emerged in Asia within the last twenty-five years. Little else is known about the history of microblading, however, microblading became the most popular method of cosmetic eyebrow tattooing in Europe and the United States by 2015, and new techniques such as 1D, 3D, and even 6D have emerged.
Placement and Design
This technique is a process that may be used to improve or create eyebrow definition, to cover gaps of lost hair, to extend the eyebrows, or may be used as a full reconstruction if the brows have little/no hair. Each microblading stroke is applied individually, allowing the technician to control the shape, colour and density of the completed eyebrows.
Microblading artists begin each appointment by discussing their client's desired look and needs before measuring and sketching out the placement of the eyebrows. Measuring brow placement is a multi-step process that begins by determining the centre of the face and the set of the clients eyes. The starting point, arch, and ending point are determined based on whether the client's eyes are normal, close, or wide set. From there the artist sketches out the full brow with the appropriate thickness and arch height to give the client a good idea of what the finished brows will look like and set the outline for the microblading.
After Care for Microblading
Immediately post-treatment, eyebrows will appear darker than expected but will fade during the healing process over the following 4 weeks. The treatment is typically a 2 step application process
1. The initial appointment includes consultation and initial application.
2. The second appointment a minimum of 4 weeks later is to refine the strokes and fine-tune colour. The 2nd application ensures that the micro-pigments are healing properly and responding well.
Microblading, although often marketed as semi-permanent, is permanent just like any other tattoo on the body. Periodic Color Boosts will be required to keep the colour fresh.