Waking up every day with perfect eyebrows may feel like a dream to some. However, there are ways to achieve semi-permanent full brows now, thanks to various brow procedures like microblading. However, these options can be an expensive and painful process.
Luckily there are ways to define your brows without going under the blade. Certain makeup products allow you to fill in the sparse areas and reshape your brows. The result looks just like microblading but for a fraction of the price.
We are going to go over how you can achieve the brows of your dreams without having to see a specialist. You will also find out the downside of microblading and why makeup may be best for you.
What Is Microblading?
Before we go any further, let's go over what microblading is. The procedure isn't done with a traditional tattoo gun, even though it involves placing pigment under the skin. Instead, a small tool with needles at the end makes delicate strokes to mimic brow hairs.
The difference between a tattoo and microblading is the length of time they last. A tattoo is forever, but microblading is only semi-permanent since the pigment is only in the top layers of the skin. A tattoo gun places ink a lot deeper, making the results permanent. Microblading doesn't use black ink, either. It's a much softer color to give you a more natural look.
When you go in for your appointment, your microblading specialist will go over the different eyebrow shapes that will look flattering. After you decide what shape you want, they will map out the look on your brows.
Next, the specialist will begin creating the superficial cuts and placing the pigment into your skin. Once you are done, you will go home to heal. You will experience scabbing and itching, but it's important not to scratch.
After you're finished healing, you go in for an essential second microblading session. This appointment is important because the initial scabbing can fade the results. The second time around fills in any areas that need a little more color and perfects the brows.
How Long Does Microblading Last?
The longevity of your semi-permanent brows depends on your skin type. It can last one to three years. However, you may need a touch-up before then. Some people go in four weeks after their last session as a checkup where they get a few minor touch-ups. After this, you typically won't need another touch-up for a year. These appointments don't cost as much since you aren't getting them totally redone.
Risks of Microblading
While microblading may seem easy-breezy, there are some risks involved you should consider. The procedure could cause complications such as:
Unfortunately, some technicians don't know what they're doing. A specialist is knowledgeable about skin and precisely how deep to go. If you go to someone who doesn't have proper training or experience and they go too deep into your skin, you can scar.
It may also look grayish or blotchy. However, a scar generally doesn't retain pigment for very long. You can easily cover your brows with makeup in the meantime, like TatBrow Micro Precision Pen or Ultra Defining Brow Gel. If the pigment doesn't fade, you can get laser treatments to fade it.
If you go to a microblading place that isn't clean and uses dirty equipment or water, you can end up with an infection. The procedure can also spread more than just bacteria; hepatitis, herpes, and even HIV can be contracted. You may need to take an antibiotic or an antiviral if you do get an infection.
You can have an allergic reaction to the pigment and develop an itchy rash. This reaction is not a common complication, but it does happen. If you notice redness, swelling, and itchiness not associated with the initial procedure, you should see a doctor. You may need a steroid shot or an antihistamine.
Since microblading involves injecting a foreign substance into the body, you may experience granulomas. When your body tries to protect itself from something in the skin, it can make inflammatory knots in the area.
Granulomas don't generally happen right away. Sometimes they take months or even a year to appear. Similar to the other complications, steroids and antibiotics can help. An important note is that the FDA doesn't regulate microblading salons, but they want to know about problems. You can report an issue or a bad reaction to the FDA.
Microbladed Brows Without the Procedure
If you don't want to subject yourself to any of these risks, you can still get the microbladed look. Certain brow products allow you to achieve the appearance of microblading without any complications. Here is how to get the look:
- Step 1: Properly groom your brows, shaping them and removing unwanted hair. There are many ways to do this. Threading, waxing, and tweezing all work. This step is crucial for creating defined brows.
- Step 2: Brushing your brow hairs up with a spoolie allows you to see the sparse areas and where you need to fill. It can be harder to tell what areas are empty when your brow hair is in its normal state.
- Step 3: Create brow-like strokes using a pen with a micro-brush tip. TatBrow's Microblade Pen allows you to easily create lines that mimic brow hairs thanks to the unique fork-like tip. Use short little flicks to fill in all the areas that need more hair. The pen is water-resistant and lasts up to 24 hours. The pen can also cover any scars you may have from microblading gone wrong.
- Step 4: If you want to keep your brow hairs locked in place, go over the look with TatBrow's Ultra Hold Gel. It's a clear product that gives the brows a hydrated appearance while shaping them and holding them in place all day.
- Step 5: Finish off the look by using a concealer around your brows to clean up the shape. Take a small amount of product on a thin small concealer brush and gently go over the edges.
After completing these steps, you'll have perfect microbladed brows without any of the pain!
Painless Fuller Brow Treatments
Several treatments can help you achieve perfect-looking brows, and they don't involve any pain!
If you have brow hairs that are just too light to see, tinting your brows can give you the appearance of instantly fuller brows. When you tint your brows, you define each brow hair making them voluminous.
Tinting your brows is just like coloring your hair. A dye is applied to your brows for a short time and then rinsed off. You want to pick a brow color that is either one shade lighter than your natural hair color or is a shade or two darker if you want bolder brows.
The cost to tint your brows is very affordable at $10 to $20 per treatment. After treatment, you have to avoid getting them wet for 24 hours. The results will last between three and eight weeks.
Hair Growth Serum
Thin brows used to be all the rage, but now fuller brows are in. If you desire to have bushier brows, you can grow more hair. It's a longer process to achieve fuller brows than other treatments, but it works.
TatBrow Enhancement Serum contains ingredients like essential vitamins and amino acids to stimulate hair growth. Each bottle lasts for 16 weeks, but you'll start seeing results sooner.
The feathery, bushy brow look is all over social media right now. People are often achieving these brows throw a lamination treatment. If you have sensitive skin, let your brow professional know so they can test whether your skin can handle the solutions used.
The treatment is essentially a perm for your eyebrow hairs. A relaxer serum is applied first, and then a brow professional can reshape them by brushing up the brow hairs. Next, a solution is put on that locks in the new shape. Finally, a brow conditioner is used to make sure your brows don't look dry and brittle since the treatment can strip moisture from the hair.
The treatment costs more than a brow tint but is still a reasonable price between $50 to $100. The results last four to six weeks.
Fuller Brows Without Microblading
Microblading is not the only way to get fuller and defined brows. While microblading is a great semi-permanent option, there is discomfort and risks involved. Thankfully, there are many pain-free and safe options if microblading isn't for you.
You can tint your brows for an inexpensive and quick solution. You can laminate your brows for a feathery and bushy look. If your brows are too thin and you need more hair to get your desired shape, a brow serum is available to help them grow.
You can also get the perfect brow with makeup. There are brow pens from TatBrow that will give you that microbladed look in seconds!