For any of you who’ve overplucked your eyebrows, or who just want a lush look without having to fill them in every day, put down the pencil and let’s talk semipermanent cosmetic tattooing — or microblading.
But tattooing? On my face? Relax — microblading doesn’t even use a tattoo gun. Instead, it’s performed by hand using a pen-like tool with a row of tiny needles on one end. The practitioner deposits small amounts of pigment just beneath the skin’s surface, creating a refined, natural appearance. Microblading can create a fuller brow shape and also fill in bald spots, with results lasting up to two years.
Does it hurt? It shouldn’t. The practitioner will apply a topical anesthetic to keep you comfortable. Immediately after, the area may feel tender and inflamed, but it’s typically nothing Tylenol can’t handle.
How do I find a reputable microblader? Ask about training — you don’t want someone who’s just taken a one-day course — and whether the practitioner has the required state licenses or certifications for permanent makeup application. You also want someone with eagle eyes, so study other clients’ before-and-after photos. Before the procedure, your practitioner should sketch the desired shape onto your skin. If you’re not happy, speak up or move on to someone new.