Microblading and Powdered Brows
What is Microblading?
Microblading is handheld manual method of semi-permanent makeup. With Microblading you ‘draw’ on hair strokes following the natural direction of your hair to make filled in, shaped brows. This is done by etching hair like strokes into the skin and then filling the etches in with pigment. This technique makes a very natural realistic 3D brow customized to enhance each individual’s natural beauty!
What is Powder Brows?
Powder Brows is a handheld manual method of semi-permanent makeup and one of the newer techniques on the market! For Powder Brows we mimic the stippling movement done in drawing and painting to create a shadow, filled in brow. The stippling movement is done by ‘drawing’ dots that together produce an even color from the front of the brow all the way to the tail of the brow.
What is Ombre Brows?
Ombre Brows are also a handheld manual method of semi-permanent makeup. Like Powder Brows this method is just now being introduced and is another advancement in eyebrow artistry! The same stippling technique used in Powder Brows is also used to achieve the Ombre Brow look. However, when we create an Ombre Brow we use the stippling movement in such a way that creates a graded shadow. With Ombre Brows the color varies in intensity and is graduated from light to dark throughout the brow.
Which one is right for me? Microblading, Powder, or Ombre?
Each technique may be done separately or in combination. Microblading is a very realistic looking brow and can be more of a daytime eyebrow look. Powder and Ombre Brows are a little more of a defined brow, similar to as if you were to fill in your brows with powdered makeup. Sometimes particularly for someone who has very little eyebrow hair, a combination of Microblading plus a little shading (Powder/Ombre) gives the best result for a very natural looking brow!
How long does it last?
Microblading, Powder, and Ombre Brows can last anywhere from 1 to 3 years depending on skin type (normal, oily, dry), age(youth, mature) and lifestyle (retinol creams, sun exposure, chemical peels). On average most people will want a refreshment around 18 months. Because the pigment is only embedding in the top dermal layer of the skin Microblading, Powder, and Ombre Brows will fade over time.
What is the difference between Microblading/ Powdered brows to Traditional Tattoo brows?
Both are a tattoo. Microblading and Powdered Brows are done with a manual tool not a machine. The manual technique gives us complete control and softer realistic look whereas with a machine, the eyebrow created is more of a solid, stark unrealistic brow. With Microblading and Shaded brows the pigment is not implanted as deep as traditional tattooed brows. The needle is much smaller and thinner than with traditional tattoo brows. This has many benefits; we can achieve very precise, crisp natural looking hair strokes, there is less pain, the color will fade instead of fading to a different color permanently, and lastly with Microblading and Shaded brows the damaged caused to the skin is much less than traditional tattooed brows.
How will the process go?
First we will schedule a consultation. During the consultation I will show you the difference in your brows and how we can achieve symmetry and shape. We will decide on which technique and color to use, discuss further about the treatment steps and aftercare, perform a patch test, and answer any questions or concerns you may have. We can do your consultation through email if that better suits your schedule. Then we will schedule and complete your brow procedure. A touch up will be needed about 45 days after the initial brow procedure. After this you will schedule your refreshments as you see fit for your skin.
Is it painful?
There is slight discomfort. Pain is relative to each individual’s tolerance. For most clients the pain is very tolerable. A numbing liquid will be applied after the skin is open which is after our first pass of etching. From then on you should be close to numb. In some cases a cream anesthetic will be applied before opening the skin. It is important to me to make you as comfortable as possible.
Are there any contraindications or restrictions?
Yes. You must be over 18. Microblading and Powdered Brows is not advised while pregnant or nursing, Type 1 Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes (can be done with a doctor’s note), undergoing radiation or chemotherapy (allowed after completion of full treatment), for any skin diseases symptoms or irritations that appear on the eyebrows, prone to excessive bleeding, or prone to keloids or scarring. If you suffer from Epilepsy or Seizures (is allowed with a doctor’s note). If you are using Accutane, Isotretinoinor, or other strong retinoids (after 6 months is allowed). Directly after a Botox treatment (after 2 weeks is allowed).
What should I expect after the treatment, I have a vacation planned 2 weeks after my treatment?
Your brows will go through many phases during the healing process. This will be discussed in further detail at the consultation. In case of upcoming events or planned vacations this is what you should be aware of: For the first 10 days after the treatment you must not put any makeup or creams besides the one given on the brows. No exercising or heavy sweating in the first 4 days. No sauna, swimming in public pools or lakes for at least 2 weeks after initial treatment. No sunbathing or tanning beds for 4 weeks after initial treatment. No tinting, chemical peels or other strong treatments for 4 weeks after initial treatment.
Can I get Microblading or Shaded Brows if I have previous tattooed brows?
This is something we will look at during the consultation. If the previous tattooed brows have faded and are light in color and the previous shape of the brows fits inside the new shape we will be doing then yes we can go over them. However if they are dark or the shape is off then it may be best to have them laser removed first and then proceed with the Microblading or Shading procedure.
Do I need to remove my current eyebrow hair?
Absolutely not, in fact the tool is designed specifically so that it does not cut the hair when preforming the procedure.
How will it fade?
Microblading and shading will not fade completely even throughout the brow. The skin will attack certain areas and strokes and those will appear lighter than others. When you start to notice some spots or strokes are lighter than others this is when you will have your color refreshment appointment. This appointment could be anywhere from 8 months to 2 years, on average around 18 months. The amount of time before you need the refreshment appointment will depend on skin type and lifestyle as well as how particular you are with your brows.
What is the aftercare like? Can I get the brows wet?
Most of my clients would agree that the healing process is quite easy. You will be washing your brows every day with soap and water. This will keep the brows free of any infection and will also aid in having great healed results. Your regular hygienic routine of showering and washing your face should continue throughout the entire healing process.
The aftercare phase is about 10 days long. After the 10 days the top layer of skin has healed and you may put makeup on the brows if you wish. The brows will be darker days 2 and 3 after the treatment. Typically by day 4 the brows will already be lightening up. Most of my clients experience very light flaking, almost like a little brow dandruff, usually lasting 1 day. You will be given instructions and everything you need to have a successful healing process at the treatment appointment.
What is the cost?
The price is $425 and that includes your 6 week touch-up appointment! Consultations are always free!
How to begin?
A consultation will need to be completed before your appointment time! It is free and takes about 20 minutes if done in person! We can also do the consultation via email! You may book your microblading treatment at any time! A credit card is required to be put on file at the time of booking your microblading treatment. Please note that any rescheduling or cancellations done within 5 days of the appointment time will result in a $50 fee.
What to look for when choosing your microblading artist?
>> Licensed tattoo artist performing services in a clean, licensed tattoo establishment!
>> Microbladed trained beyond a 2-3 day course- Ask them about their training and any advanced training they have had? How long have they been microblading?
>> Professional and knowledgeable- Have a consultation with them, ask questions. Message them if you can not do a sit down consultation. They should be able to answer any questions.
>> See multiple examples of their work especially healed photos- Look at their style, shape, precision. Do you like it? They should be posting healed photos as well. If you can not find any healed photos then please assume that they have not mastered the skill of microblading yet and therefore healed results are not optimal at this time.Trust me, if they are getting great healed results they will be posting it! Skill level is determined by healed results not the freshly done photos!
Of course, referrals are great too! Do your research, don’t get impatient! There are too many things that need to go right in order for microblading to look natural; shape, measurements, arch, stroke pattern, color, depth, and technique. It’s worth the wait to know you will be happy with them, then to go to someone who can get you in quickly and for cheaper!
What are eyelash extensions?
Eyelash extensions are where a synthetic lash is applied to one single natural eyelash using adhesive formulated specifically for eyelash extensions. Synthetic lashes ranges in length, thickness, and curl depending on the look you are trying to achieve and condition of your natural lashes (thick, thin, long, short, straight, curly). Eyelash extensions give the eye a lifted, awake, and youthful appearance while taking attention away from fine lines, dark circles, and puffiness that can surround the eye.
Do I need to have eyelashes, what if I don’t have many natural lashes?
Because the extension is applied directly to the natural lash not the skin you do need lashes. If you don’t have very many lashes, that is okay. We can create a fuller look in a couple different ways. In some cases it may be best to use a lash growth serum before getting lash extensions to increase the number of natural lashes and strengthen weak lashes.
Does it ruin my natural lashes?
No, not if applied and cared for properly. Damage to the natural lashes can occur through improper application; not isolating one single natural lash to each extension applied or overloading the lashes with more than what they can handle. Not cleaning the lashes or maintaining basic hygiene can cause build up at the base of the natural lash and over time start to squeeze the natural lash creating thinner natural lashes. If you go to a good technician and maintain them like you are supposed to you will have no problems. A lot of my clients have had them for years with no issues.
How often do I need to get them filled in?
Your natural lashes shed daily and new lashes are growing in place of the old lash. This natural shedding process is what requires fills. Depending on how you maintain them, your lifestyle, and if you do a full set or half set of eyelash extensions your fills will be every 2 to 4 weeks.
How do I care for the lashes once they are applied?
You will need to wash them just like you would wash your face at night. Remember your lashes protect your eyes from dirt, dust, pollen, and other particles in the air. Be aware of any oil-based products coming in contact with the lashes. Makeup removers tend to be the main concern. No tugging or pulling on the extensions. Proper after care information will be given to you and discussed during the treatment.
Is there anyone who is not suited for lashes?
Yes, they do require maintenance and up keep. For some people this will not work for their schedule. Also certain lifestyles, a personal trainer, someone who sweats a lot or has extremely oily skin may need more frequent fills as these conditions are harder on the extensions.
Do I wear makeup with them?
Most of my clients do not wear makeup with the lash extensions. This is one of the advantages of having lash extensions! Most clients who have lash extensions find they don’t need all the makeup that they used to use. Eyelash extensions open up the eye making the eye look bright, awake, and younger!
Are they uncomfortable, do they hurt?
Absolutely not! You shouldn’t even feel that they are there. Quality eyelash extensions are made to be very light weight. If you have ever put on strip lashes and felt how heavy they were on your eyes, eyelash extensions will be nothing like it. When we apply the lash extensions you will be lying down with your eyes closed. Most of clients love this time just to relax!
What should I look for when searching for a quality lash technician?
In the state of Iowa to perform eyelash extension you must be a certified Esthetician or Cosmetologist and the service must be done in a licensed salon. Check to make sure your lash technician is following these rules. Be mindful of any service that is advertised as ‘express lashes’ usually this is a coat-and-drop application where proper isolation is not happening. This essentially adheres large chunks of natural lashes together. A full set of properly applied eyelash extension will take around an hour and a half never 45 minutes! Look for a technician who cares about keeping your natural lashes healthy and provides you with proper after care information.