EYEBROW MICROBLADING IN MELBOURNE: THE MOST OBJECTIVE OVERVIEW OF TATTOOING TECHNIQUE PROS AND CONS
Microblading in Melbourne is one of the first permanent eyebrow makeup techniques and instantly became popular. Not surprising: the tattooing technique, unique at that time, immediately eliminated all the difficulties for women associated with daily eyebrow care. In addition, permanent makeup is a panacea in the presence of imperfections in the brow area because, with its help, any defect effectively and permanently hidden.
Even five years ago, this technique was almost the only way to forget about the need to apply makeup for a long time, having received tinted eyebrows of a beautiful shape for at least one and a half to two years. But today, when every tattoo artist (including beginners) performed this procedure, microblading has revealed not only its advantages but also serious disadvantages.
And we, as a specialized permanent makeup studio, based on our experience, will tell you in more detail what microblading is, what are its features and what disadvantages may form after the procedure.
Microblading: What is this procedure?
Microblading is one of the permanent makeup techniques. It differs from other techniques, such as powdery eyebrows tattooing, in that a handle is used to create a drawing – a pen with a thin blade. With a needle-blade, the master makes micro-cuts in the shape of the hair, which is filled with pigment. Thus, the master recreates the growth of follicles, choosing their length, thickness, angle of inclination. Therefore, the technique has a second name – the hair technique.
The procedure can also perform using a standard vibrating machine with a fine needle. It is this option that is more common in permanent makeup salons. This method of performing permanent makeup gives a more natural effect and eliminates several negative nuances inherent in microblading performed with a handpiece.
The chosen technique determines the final appearance of the hairs. It depends not only on the client’s wishes but also on the initial impression of the girl’s eyebrows, the presence of any shortcomings, and the goals that must achieve with the help of tattooing in this technique. There are two main techniques of feathering eyebrows.
What eyebrow microblading technique to choose?
- European. It implies creating hairs of the same thickness, length and saturation in the same direction of “growth”. Most often used to fill the brow partially. For example, when hairs fell out in one place, and you need to hide them. In other cases, the European technique is practically not used since it does not imply the creation of a natural look for eyebrows;
- Eastern. It assumes a more natural and natural look of the eyebrows due to the drawing of hairs according to a different, more natural scheme. Hair has different lengths and thicknesses, may differ in colour saturation. This technique is more popular and more often recommended by masters of permanent makeup studios.
With the advent of new permanent makeup techniques, cosmetic eyebrow feathering has received additional methods of execution: you can paint the hairs slightly fuzzy, create the effect of powdery dusting, or completely recreate the impact of eyebrows tinted with shadows drawing blurry strands.
No matter how much you want, it is not always possible to “order” this or that technique. After all, each person has an individual skin type, level of fat content, density. Therefore, the desired technique may not always look harmonious on the face and later bring disappointment. In this case, we recommend relying on the opinion of your master. He will identify problem areas, skin types and select a technique that will help create perfect eyebrows.
What is the difference between microblading and classic tattoo?
Tattooing and microblading are fundamentally different techniques. They differ in the method of execution, the type of colourant and the depth of its introduction. To perform tattooing needs a special pigment injected under the skin to a depth of 1.5 mm. It has a more fluid texture. During microblading, a thicker pigment is used, injected under the skin to a depth of 0.8 mm. It means that the effect of tattooing lasts for years. The dye does not entirely dissolve over time, as it happens with the pigment for microblading, but only partially. Therefore, the tattoo changes and can even acquire unexpected shades: from blue and grey to red. It all depends on the quality of the pigment and its perception by the body.
The techniques for performing tattooing and microblading are also different from each other. During microblading, the craftsman makes minor cuts in the form of hair and injects pigment into them. When tattooing, a needle inserted under the skin, and the dye injected chaotically. That is why, with the help of the permanent makeup technique, you can create perfectly even and clear shapes and contours. Tattooing will not be able to boast of such a thing.
There are differences in the degree of skin injury, pain. The deeper the needle is inserted, the more the skin is injured. Accordingly, the feeling of discomfort is much stronger. Therefore, the hair technique is considered less traumatic. By the way, the classic eyebrow tattoo is one of the most traumatic and painful techniques of all that exist today.
Who is this permanent makeup technique suitable for?
Objectively, today microblading is rarely an independent technique. A gap remains between the drawn hairs, which gives out the tattoo, making the eyebrows unnatural. But this tattooing technique has a huge advantage – it perfectly hides the flaws. Therefore, microblading recommended if:
- There are bald spots on the eyebrows. The new hairs will hide the “white” areas, complement the existing hairs and help to emphasize the shape, giving it clear boundaries;
- The eyebrows are absent. No other technique can handle this problem as effectively as this one. With help, the hairs of the eyebrows are wholly recreated even in those situations when the eyebrows are absent for any reason;
- Your eyebrows are too thin and thin. Additionally, drawn hairs will visually make their eyebrows thick, saturated colour.
How long does eyebrow microblading last?
The effect of the hair technique lasts up to 1.5 – 2 years. After correction, the colour is as bright as possible. It gradually becomes lighter because the pigment is absorbed naturally under the skin. By the way, the hair tattooing technique for eyebrows involves the use of natural pigments. These fluids are made from minerals if we are talking about a high-quality product, of course.
This duration of effect has its pros and cons. On the one hand, some owners of microblading want to extend the impact for several more years since it seems that this period is not enough, and there is a need to repeat the procedure soon. On the other hand, there is an excellent opportunity to change the techniques for performing permanent makeup, choosing different options as an experiment. Not a single master will tell you the specific period of visibility of the effect – it depends only on the individual perception of the pigment by the body.
Advantages of technique
The undisputed benefits of microblading:
- Like other permanent makeup techniques, this one eliminates the need for eyebrow makeup. The long-lasting effect makes you feel comfortable and confident in any situation. Eyebrows will not “flow” if you are caught in the rain or swim in the sea/pool. In the morning, they look neat and well-groomed, and the colour is rich and natural.
- Microblading helps to hide any imperfections 100%. Imperfections as: Asymmetry, irregular shape, biting tip, hair loss, bald spots, any irregularities and minor errors will reliably and permanently hide under the beautiful hairs created by the master.
Cons of technique
And now about the real shortcomings, extremely objectively:
- The procedure requires professionalism, and the incisions require surgical precision. Real master artisans are very rare, although almost every tattoo artist provides this service;
- Microblading is allied with risk and may not work as expected. After all, it directly depends on the qualifications and experience of the master. A pigment will inject a little deeper than it should be – a scar will remain and change colour to unnatural over time. Not deep enough – there is a possibility of “migration” of the pigment, which will soon come out with dead cells. Of course, it is not dangerous, but it can bring negative impressions that will torment you for a long time;
- Skin healing occurs differently for everyone. Someone, not a trace, remains from the cuts, while a scar remains for others if they fall into the hands of a novice master.
- After each tattooing, lymph is released. When mixed with the pigment, if its insertion depth is incorrectly selected, it gives a blue or redness. In addition, in this technique, retouch becomes an absolute necessity, since over time, the pigment dissolves, turns pale, and the hairs become blurry, which, to put it mildly, does not look very attractive.
- Microblading is not suitable for all skin types. For example, this procedure is contraindicated for oily skin since the pigment begins to float quickly enough due to the high-fat content. Also, owners of combination and fair skin should treat with caution.
Does the procedure hurt?
The procedure can hardly be called less traumatic or painless. Even though only the skin’s surface is cut with the blade, the total area of injury is quite large. Therefore, microblading should only be performed after the application of the anesthetic. In this regard, this procedure is not recommended for pregnant women and women during lactation. When using an anesthetic gel, almost all discomfort is reduced to zero.
What eyebrow microblading looks like: before and after photos
How is eyebrow microblading done?
The procedure is a step-by-step execution.
Stage 1. Master's consultation
The master advises the client on any issues. Girls are often interested in photos of works made by the master, looking at the portfolio, asking questions about pain, effect and result.
Stage 2. Sketch
A sketch drew using a special pencil. A shape created, hairs removed, volume, density is taken into account – all the factors that affect the final result. The sketch is discussed in detail and corrected. The client should be delighted with everything, so the work carried out as much as necessary. At the same stage, the colour of the pigment selected based on a woman’s personal preferences and her type: skin colour, eyes, hair. After a careful selection, a finishing sketch formed – the one that will recreate with the help of permanent makeup.
Stage 3. Pain relief
Although microblading not consider a very traumatic technique, pain relievers used to reduce discomfort. It applied around the brow for a numbing effect that minimizes any sensations. The frequency of anesthetic application varies from studio to studio. In ours, for example, anesthesia is applied twice – before and during the procedure. This approach allows you to minimize discomfort as much as possible.
Step 4. Performing the procedure
After the anesthetic has worked, the master proceeds to perform the procedure. He neatly displays each hair, following the contours of the sketch. Once the circuit’s primary strands have drawn, anaesthesia is applied a second time to reduce pain.
Stage 5. Repeated consultation
At the end of the procedure, the master conducts a consultation regarding the care after microblading. An anti-inflammatory disinfectant is also applied. As a rule, the master immediately recommends signing up for a correction a month after the first procedure.
The steps for performing microblading are no different from those for other permanent makeup techniques. The only difference is in the execution of the method itself. The whole procedure takes about 2 hours. At first, the brows will be very dark and rich. But as the skin heals, the pigment will lighten, acquiring a natural and natural shade.