Ever since Cara Delevingne flaunted those feathered full brows, the look has been considered the epitome of natural, effortless beauty. Brushed up, full bases, long wind swept tails, and fuzzy sprouts are what classify a perfect off-duty brow look. New technologies are on the rise to help achieve the look without one having to really put in too much of an effort or individually create each feathery stroke of hair to achieve the ultimate youthful brow. Instead, microblading has become one of most reliable technologies available for perfect arches. Vogue Arabia touched base with Maris Aesthetic Clinic, a Brazilian concept space bringing premier treatments and aesthetic procedures to the region to learn more about microblading, and what makes it so special.
Before anything, let’s first establish the grounds of microblading and define what it actually is. Microblading is the name of the technique used to implant pigment into the superficial layers of the skin to create the illusion of a fuller brow. How does it feel? More or less like getting a paper cut, but with a super fine pen that simultaneously stimulates the hair follicles of the brow.
Most microblading journeys begin with a consultation, which is followed up with the marking of the brows. You may want to pick an appointment on a day off, as this step can take up to an hour and a half, or two hours in total. The right shade of pigment is then determined by the brow artist, keeping in mind the client’s natural hair color. “We know exactly which color and how to choose,” says Mari Santos, owner of the Maris Aesthetic Clinic. “The shade of the pigment must match always with the natural color of your hair, not with the color you usually dye the hair. Many people ask to match with their non-natural hair color and the answer is ‘No, no!'”
Once the procedure is completed, clients are advised to avoid sunlight, swimming, and applying makeup in the treated area. Mild baby soap is recommended to keep the skin clean and clear from any possible infections. After all, microblading does nick delicate skin. Santos describes the healing process as “funny” as one can sometimes witness a whirlwind of changing pigment shades. “In the next four days, your brows will darken, after which they will peel and get extremely light in most of the cases. After 4-5 weeks, they start to go darker again, the perfect color.” The good news? “During the healing process, you can work and do all your activities normally.”
Brow treatments usually lasts up to 2-3 years, and require mandatory touch-ups every six months for a fresh look. Until then, clients can clean up any excess growth with a pair of tweezers or a brow razor, and stay away from waxing them.
Clients who are pregnant, breastfeeding, diabetic, or have keloids are advised not to consider microbalding unless approved by their doctor.