Ottawa: Microblading, also known as microstroking, is a form of semi-permanent makeup, where simulated hairs are finely etched into and around your natural brows, to augment or reshape your eyebrows.
With small deposits of cosmetic tattoo pigments, microblading can radically change the way your brows look, or fully reconstruct lost or sparse brows. The pigment is selected to match the natural or desired colour of your eyebrows.
Microbladed brows last for 12 to 18 months or even longer, depending on your skin.
Microblading is for you, if:
- You don’t like to spend time doing your brows every morining.
- You want a full natural brow look that lasts.
Ottawa: Microshading is a combo of microblading and brow shading. Microbladed hair-like strokes together with lots of small, pinpoint dots create a well-defined brow arch plus the look of semi-permanent brow powder.
The ink used for the dots is the same as for microblading. However, the shading is done with more needles at a time, using a contraption that looks like a mini tattoo gun. The gun ensures that the ink is applied consistently and evenly throughout the brow.
Microshading is recommended, if:
- Your natural brows are sparse or light in colour.
- Your skin tends to be oily.
Ottawa: Brow shading is a gentler treatment than microblading and gives what’s known as an ombré, shadow or powder brow effect. Pigment is applied in the form of tiny dots that resemble powder fill.
If microblading is likened to painting individual brow hairs onto your skin, shading would be more like an Impressionist went to work on your brows. Instead of hair strokes, repetitive dots of pigment are applied, resulting in a soft, powdered effect.
Shading is for you, if:
- You want your brows to look more “done” (i.e. thick and filled in).
- You have sensitive skin.
Will it hurt?
- The pain level for microblading, microshading and shading is considered mild to none.
- The technician applies a topical anesthetic to numb the area during the procedure.
- Some clients describe the feeling as light scratching.
- After, a bit of redness and swelling is normal. It might feels like a light sunburn. You may take some Tylenol if it bothers you.
What should I do before?
- Avoid drinking coffee 2 hours before your appointment.
- Don’t drink alcohol for 24 hours before.
- Don’t take aspirin or anticoagulants for 24 hours before.
- Cleanse your skin.
- Don’t come in with an empty stomach.
- Take 2 Tylenols (but not Advil or Motrin).
What should I do after?
- 30 minutes after, cleanse your brows with a pH-balanced product using a circular motion.
- Apply a little moisturizing cream.
- Cleanse and moisturize every 1.5 to 2 hours the first day.
- Cleanse and moisturize 3 to 5 times a day for the rest of the week.
- Avoid tanning, excessive perspiration, saunas and spas for the first 7 days.
Are there side effects?
- You may see some slight scabbing the first few days. Don’t pick the scabs, as this may damage the skin and the outcome.
- Complete healing takes 7-14 days.
- It’s normal for your brows to appear darker right after the initial treatment.
- The colour will lighten up to 40% during healing, and will fully set i after a month.
- Two weeks in, the colour may look quite light and your skin may have an opaque quality to it. This “milk skin” is common in tattooing, as the the skin tissue heals from the inside out, even though the surface has already healed.
Will I need a touch-up?
- You’ll need a touch-up after 2 month, because there will be areas that don’t fully absorb the pigment in the first session and need to be refilled.
- Slight adjustments may be made to the brow colour and thickness.
- More strokes can be added.
- If your skin is oily, we might add a deeper shade, as oils sometimes lighten the pigment.
Is eyebrow microblading / microshading / shading for me?
Semi-permanent brows are not recomended, if:
- You have a viral infection.
- You have a skin disease or irritation.
- You are allergic to ink, lidocaine, prilocaine, benzocaine, tetracaine or epinephrine.
- You have gotten a deep tan or a chemical peel in the last 2 weeks.
- You have had Botox in the last 2 weeks.
- You are taking Accutane, vitamin A or blood thinners.
- You are diabetic (unless you have a physician’s note).
- You have a kidney or liver problem.
- You have a heart condition or are using heart medication.
- You are undergoing cancer treatment.
- You are an organ transplant recipient.
- You have an artificial heart.
- You have an inherited immune system disorder.
- You have any other serious medical condition.
What if I’m pregnant or nursing?
- Microblading/microshading/shading is considered to be a tattoo.
- Just like with wine or sushi consumption, getting microbladed while pregnant or breastfeeding is a matter of personal choice.