Tattoos aren’t nearly as taboo now as they were 50 years ago. People are getting face tattoos and you barely notice them. What is this ink sorcery, you ask? It’s microblading. Allow us to enlighten you on this craft.

Microblading is a cosmetic technique that involves taking a small blade, made of tiny needles, and drawing hair-like strokes on the eyebrow area. Pigment is deposited into the skin through these tiny needles, creating a realistic, semi-permanent eyebrow. With enough rigorous face washing and sun tanning, those fake brows will start to fade. It’s definitely, not immediate, though. Microbladed eyebrows can last for about two years depending on your skin type and how well you take care of them. But since skin regenerates about once a month, you’ll probably want to get a touch up on your brows, before they show signs of fading.

Slight fading visible

While it seems like this trend has stormed through the beauty community only recently, on the contrary, microblading has been big in Asia long before social media was even a thing.

But in the eternal search for the perfect brows, microblading has become a sought-after procedure because of its low maintenance and precision.

First, the microblading artist marks out your new eyebrows with a skin safe pen. This way you can get a preview of your face and discuss with your artist – your eyebrows do frame your face. Once you’re satisfied with the outline and ink colour, numbing cream will be applied. And then the microblading  process starts and takes roughly around 1 – 2 hours, from start to finish.

“Microblading is a two-step process. Step one is the main treatment. Step two is touch up on faded pigment. The distance between both the steps is 4 to 15 weeks, depending on your skin type, which is initally assessed when clients send in a picture of their brows via WhatsApp or email. Both steps are crucial in the longevity of the result. Besides the treatment post care, skin type and skin care routine is also essential. During the process, many clients have described it to mimic the feeling of a pen being scratched over your skin. It’s after you’re done with the procedure that’s not a walk in the park,” advises Suraini Wong of Brow Works by Suraini Wong

Since there is puncturing of the dermis to inject pigment, the skin obviously produces scabs in order to heal the wound. You can’t under any circumstances get your new eyebrows wet for at 4 -5 days, depending on what is advised by your microblading artist – that means no face washing, no swimming, no heavy sweating. These are basically, new wounds with ink in them. It’s only when the scab heals completely and comes off on its own that the ink will be fully deposited into the skin.

The pigment will fade overtime and when you factor in touch-ups, microblading can get pretty costly. With Nadia Hussain Salon’s microblading services clocking in at PKR 25,000 initially and then around PKR 10 – 15,000 for touch-ups, depending on when you feel like you need them.

Look at how the microbladed brow differs from the natural brow – Nadia Hussain Salon

BrowWorks by Suraini Wong, on the other hand, first make sure whether you can even get microblading done by assessing your eyebrows and the skin around them. This is done through a virtual image consultation through WhatsApp – brillaint, saves you the trip. After checking for any possible lesions, Suraini, an Indonesian expert in permanent makeup, practising in Karachi, emails you a health form that you have to fill out. After all the necessary protocol, you’re invited to her clinic to get the procedure done. You can WhatsApp Suraini on: 03002033080.

“Yeah, microblading is essentially getting a face tattoo you can bring home to mom. This technique is also idea for those who are looking to revive their eyebrows – with something more realistic and longer lasting – that have either faded owing to old age, alopecia or through chemo,” says Suraini Wong, microblading artist based in Karachi

Microblading for a maturer client

The Aesthetics Clinic by Shaista Lodhi also offers microblading. With two branches, one in DHA and the other on Tariq Road, visit whichever one is closest to you. Book an appointment and after consultation, Dr. Shaista will perform the procedure which’ll cost PKR 21,000 after 30% discount, valid till Friday, 29th November 2019. What’s better than perfectly lush brows being done at a discounted price? Give the clinic a call on, 03032227427 to book an appointment.

Semi-permanent, perfectly shaped brows that I don’t have to spend 30 minutes worrying about in the morning? Sign me up.

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