Unless you've been chilling under a rock lately, you've probably heard of microblading, the new-ish, semi-permanent version of eyebrow tattoos. They're not your grandma's stamped-on brows; instead, the delicate, super-fine hair strokes look natural and realistic in a way that the first-gen versions never did. Microblading's recent popularity has grown over the last few years and a new technique has recently developed, Powder brows! These two techniques (micro blading and powder) give you a different brow look depending on your preferences. Here's how they differ—and what that'll mean for you.
Best for: Anyone who wants a natural look that lasts.
What is microblading: Microblading is a technique using a super-fine pen (technically, a bundle of 12 to 15 needles) to deposit pigment into skin. The tip is so fine, in fact, that it can create hair strokes that look legit. And the needles reach only into the superficial layers of the skin, which is what makes the method semi-permanent (versus permanent, like traditional cosmetic tattoos). Compared to other techniques, "microblading gives a very natural look and better simulates hair," says Antonina, makeup artist and brow expert who offers microblading services at the Foundation Acupuncture Spa, in Astoria NY.
What you should know: The treatment costs $350 and will take 90 minutes. It is pain free because we use a topical numbing agent. In the first few days, you might want to plan around your brows. Your brow area might be red and scabby, so try not to schedule big things (e.g., a huge job interview or engagement photos) for the first week or two. Aftercare information will be provided in detail to all clients.
How long microblading lasts: We recommend a touch-up in about a month. Then, microblading can last up to three years, depending on your lifestyle. A few ways to extend it: Stay out of the sun, since it can fade the pigment, and avoid putting exfoliants (like retinol and glycolic acid) near your brows, because they'll lift the top layers of your skin with continued use and the color with it.
Best for: Anyone who wants brows to look more "done" (i.e. thick and filled in).
What is Powder Brow: If microblading is like painting powder is like an Impressionist got ahold of the blade. Ombre technique is done using either an electric hand tool or a manual tool, which creates a soft, powdered effect that resembles eyebrow powder. Instead of the hair stroke typical with microblading, powder employs a stippling method, which uses repetitive dots of pigment. It's like the pomade or powder to microblading's pencil strokes—just semi-permanent. The overall effect more closely resembles the sort of brow you'd find on any given Instagram influencer.
What you should know: The treatment costs $400 and takes about 2 hours. Some people could benefit from a combo of powder and microblading. That candidate would have thinning eyebrows with drier skin—so, likely on the more mature side. Thinning brows can benefit from the extra oomph of shading. If you're on the fence between the two, nothing beats checking out photos on Instagram. They'll give you a good understanding of a brow artist's style, so you'll have a better idea of what to expect when you make an appointment. Plus, it shows the quality of the work, since pictures can't hide a botched microblading or powder job.
How long Powder lasts: All good news here—there's no difference in the lifespan of powder and microblading.
Best for: Anyone who wants brows to look more "done" (i.e. thick and filled in) but still have the stokes and "fluffiness" of microblading. This is our most popular choice!
TOUCH UP PRICES-
First Touch up (4 to 6 weeks after treatment) is $100
Second Touch up (6 weeks to 6 months after treatment) is $150
After 6 months, it will be considered a new session.
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OUR GOAL IS TO ENSURE THAT YOU RECEIVE THE BEST RESULTS FROM YOUR TREATMENT. TO ACHIEVE THE BEST RESULTS, YOUR SKIN MUST BE HEALTHY, STRONG, AND FREE OF ANY IRRITATIONS. UNFORTUNATELY, NOT ALL CLIENTS ARE GOOD CANDIDATES FOR PERMANENT MAKEUP DUE TO THEIR COMPROMISED SKIN CONDITION OR PRE-EXISTING MEDICAL CONDITIONS.
If you have any of the conditions listed below, your color retention will be affected, and unfortunately you will not be a good candidate for the permanent makeup procedure.
Ingrown hairs and open bumps on eyebrow-injured skin cannot be tattooed
Eczema (Constant flaking/itching/irritation/shedding of skin)- skin is not healthy
Psoriasis (Constant flaking/itching/irritation/shedding of skin)- skin is not healthy
Dermatitis (Constant flaking/itching/irritation/shedding of skin)- skin is not healthy
Rosacea (chronic acne-like skin indicated by redness)- skin bleeds easy and will not retain color well
Severely oily skin on eyebrows-the hair strokes will appear more blended, solid, or not retain at all
Large pores on your forehead & in the eyebrow area- color will blur/blend in large pores resulting in a powdered look
Have moles/raised areas/piercings in or around the brow/eye area- anything raised or indented will not retain color
Deep wrinkles in the brow area-the hair strokes will not lay properly in the creases, giving the eyebrows an uneven look
Hair transplant for your eyebrows-color will not take in the scar tissue where the plugs were placed
Shingles-permanent makeup will not be performed as the procedure could cause a flare-up
Fitzpatrick Skin types 1 (red heads/translucent skin)- due to hypersensitivity and thinness, this skin type does not take the color well.
Accutane or Retin-A (acne medication) within the last year- skin composition is altered and will not heal well. Must wait 1 year before treatment
Retinol or Vitamin A user- skin composition is altered and will not heal well. Must discontinue use 1 month prior to treatment
Extremely thin skin- transparent or translucent bleeds easily and cannot hold color due to its thinness
If you come in with a tan or sunburn- skin is not normal color and is possibly damaged
Use of Latisse, infinityLash or any eyelash/eyebrow growth conditioner- skin will be hypersensitive and bleed easily. Use must discontinued for 2 months prior to procedure
Pregnant or nursing (at risk and sensitive due to change in hormones)
Hemophilia (high risk- cannot stop bleeding)
Heart Conditions/Pace Maker/Defibrillator (No exceptions) (high risk)
Body runs hot (increased bleeding which prevents color deposit)
Bleeding disorders (increased bleeding which prevents color deposit)
Thyroid condition and taking medication for this condition (Hypo, Hyperthyroidism, Graves Disease, Hashimoto’s- results in thicker skin) healing is unpredictable and more touch-ups may be required
Auto Immune Disorder such as LUPUS or Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia (MS, RA, Lupus or the like)
Due to the medicines to treat these diseases, color will not retain. Also the facial skin is not healthy and is/or bumpy, and the color will not heal evenly)
Trichotillomania (Compulsive pulling of body hair) Due to constant pulling, scar tissue is prominent and color will not heal evenly/properly
IF YOU ARE ON ANY OF THESE MEDICATIONS, YOU WILL HAVE EXCESSIVE BLEEDING AND COLOR RETENTION WILL BE COMPROMISED:
If you fail to disclose any of the above skin conditions/medical conditions/medications, you will have a poor outcome and further touch-ups to improve the results will be at an additional cost.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.