What You Need to Know about Microblading and Microfeathering
Microblading and microfeathering are techniques that will help you up your brow game!
If you're sick of carefully shading your eyebrows every day and are in need of a brow makeover, you may be trying to figure out what technique is right for you. Recently, there has been a rise in popularity for microblading, a semi-permanent tattoo technique for eyebrows that creates realistic, natural-looking hair-like strokes to fill in sparseness or lack of brows.
We spoke to Kait Paige, microblading expert at Boom Boom Brow Bar and one of the top artists in New York City. She also offers microfeathering, a service for people who want to lightly fill out the brows they already have. Paige gives us the scoop on everything you need to know about microfeathering vs. microblading, and how to tell which technique is right for you.
What is microblading?
Microblading is a semi-permanent tattooing technique that creates hair-like strokes of color to make brows look big and bold. It’s great for filling in gaps, finessing the length, width, density and color. It’s also great for sculpting a beautiful arch. It adds nice dimension and density that looks natural and lasts a long time.
How long does the service take?
It takes around 1.5 hours and lasts about 8-12 months.
How long does it take to heal after the service?
The healing process takes about 10 days. Color will look darker during that time, after healing/peeling, color fades. Once healed, wear sunblock to protect color.
What is microfeathering?
Microfeathering is a technique used for clients that don't need their entire eyebrow done. If they have gaps or sparse areas on a certain part of the eyebrow, for example, the fronts and ends of the brows that tend to stop short.
Paige matches an exact color to the natural brow shade, and like microblading, uses a special tool to make tiny incisions into the brow that look like hair. She uses the existing brow hair as a starting base and fills in hair-like strokes where needed. Her signature look is achieving arches where the real hair cannot be differentiated from the microfeathered strokes.
(Cost: Partial (front or ends) $275; Full Brow $500)
How does it differ from microblading?
Microblading is a more aggressive approach to crafting brows, sometimes from scratch.
What should you consider when figuring out which technique is right for your brows?
When considering both techniques, know that feathering uses the already natural brow hairs as a starting base and fills in where needed. And you can't tell the difference between the real hair and the microfeathered strokes. This is for naturally fuller brows. Microblading covers the whole brow for fullness and is for thinner, non-existent brows.
What do these services feel like and are they painful?
If properly numbed, clients should expect it to feel like a brow tweeze. Refrain from alcohol the night before and limit caffeine the morning of, because these will cause more sensitivity and thin blood, triggering it to bleed more. Light bleeding and redness is expected.
How can I tell if I'm a candidate for microblading or micofeathering?
Not everyone is a candidate for microfeathering. Most studios and cosmetic tattoo artists have websites that list the contraindications and who can’t have it done. "Do your research and if you're unsure, you can always consult your doctor," says Paige.
How can I find the artist that is right for me?
Paige suggests finding a cosmetic tattoo artist whose work you admire and who has their tattoo license from the state they practice in. “And, do not go somewhere because it's the cheapest, this is a semi permanent tattoo on your face that lasts over a year, so choose wisely,” she adds.
[Images courtesy of Cait Paige]