In a box – One of the easiest and most cost efficient methods of improving overall beauty is to lead with pretty brows.
The most popular methods to achieving beautiful brows with great colour and ideal brow shape include: penciling or powdering, brow tints with waxing, permanent make-up and microblading. Let’s talk a little about the longer lasting options: Permanent Make-up and Microblading.
Permanent Make-up is applied to brows using a rotary pen device that oscillates a disposable cartridge of 4 or 5 needles in a row. Pigments are used as opposed to inks that you would see in a tattoo parlour. The difference is the size of the grind, or solid material in the solution. Pigments are a course grind compared to the particulate in inks. If you look at an old tattoo you may see that it has fuzzy edges. The fine particles can migrate under the skin. With permanent make-up pigments’ larger particulate size, the colour stays put.
Permanent Make-up is deposited into the dermis of the skin at approximately the depth of a dime. Because the pigment is deposited in live tissue, it will, like a body tattoo, be considered permanent.
While the pigments are “permanently” implanted, they are going to degenerate in response to UV rays. Fading happens similar to the paint on your car or the siding on your house. The south side that receives the most hours of UV rays will fade at an accelerated rate compared to the north side that receives limited sunlight. Brows, like no other body part, are always exposes to light. Depending on sun and UV exposure, Permanent brows will look good for between 2 and 4 or 5 years.
External Affairs artists have received extensive training and may use multiple colours and a hair stroke technique to achieve a long lasting, natural, three-dimensional look.
The internet has changed the way we see brows. Microblading exploded onto the beauty scene due to the web’s images of natural looking, extremely fine hair strokes achievable only with microblading.
Microblading looks beautiful and natural when the technician truly understands land marking, direction of hair growth, and modern brow shaping. However, it is rare to see pictures of microblading that are taken a month or two after the treatment day. Most pictures are taken immediately after the service was completed.