Similar to microblading, this cosmetic procedure uses very precise blade to create tiny incisions in the top layer of skin. These incisions are then filled with pigment, resulting in an “incredible natural-looking ‘eyebrow hair” according to Kristie Streicher, a makeup artist who trademarked this treatment in the USA.
The secret of this procedure is that the artists make individual incisions in the gaps of your own eyebrows which resemble natural hairs both in shape and in color, and the final result is soft, natural-looking brows.
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The perfect candidate for this procedure is someone who already has pretty full brows and just wants to fill those sparse spots with a number of hairline strokes and get fuller but natural-looking eyebrows. This procedure will give you lush eyebrows, but the form and the color of the brows will remain mostly yours.
Microblading is considered the mother to all eyebrow-concerned semi-permanent treatments, so, logically, these two procedures have similarities. Both microblading and microfeathering use blades and inject pigments in the treated area. The difference is in the original state of the eyebrows and the final result.
Microblading is most suitable for people with very thin to almost non-existent eyebrows (due to over-tweezing or e.g. alopecia) who wish to have their brows completely drawn, reshaped and full-looking. Feathered eyebrows, on the other hand, only enhance your already full eyebrows by giving them more fluffiness while keeping the original shape.
For eyebrow feathering, prerequisite is to already have decent eyebrows that only need a boost and not a complete “remodeling”.
The whole treatment usually lasts around 1,5 and 2 hours.
In order to have perfect microfeathered eyebrows, first you will have to steer clear of tweezers or any other kind of hair-removals for six to eight weeks prior to the treatment. This is essential because the makeup artist needs to see the sparse areas in your brows that need filling in. After you’ve let your brows grow, you will have two appointments, each around 1.5 to 2 hours long.
At the first appointment, the artist will do their magic and, using a blade, create individual incisions wherever he or she sees a gap in the brows and then, fill these incisions with the ink resembling your natural hair-color as closely as possible. Don’t be afraid of the pain, because before making a single incision, a numbing cream is placed on the treated area, so you won’t feel a thing.
The second appointment is six to eight weeks after the first on, depending on your healing process. Here, the artists examine their work and the healing process, and do the necessary corrections by adding more strokes where necessary. According to Streicher: “Once microfeathering is done, you shouldn’t be able to tell the difference between real eyebrow hairs and microfeather strokes.” Sounds perfect, doesn’t it?
Even though the very words blade, and incision may sound scary, no need to worry. The cuts are only superficial, and the best part is, the technician will always apply a topical cream which will numb the area, so you won’t feel anything.
However, know that redness, swelling, bruising, and itching can be expected afterwards.
As with any cosmetic procedure, eyebrow feathering is safe just so long as you are careful about where you do it. The treatment itself is not invasive and shouldn’t be a cause of worry. This is only if your chosen aesthetician keeps everything sanitized and in sterile condition.
PMUHub tip: In case of pregnancy or any health condition, it would be wise to consult your doctor before opting for the treatment.
Firstly, do your homework. Research the makeup artists in your area, and make sure they are experienced and certified, because, let’s face it, nobody wants to be a guinea pig. Your eyebrows are one of the most prominent features of your face, so don’t let anyone ruin that. Look carefully at before and after photos, and make sure that this kind of feathered eyebrows are the ones you want.
Once you did all of this, schedule an appointment, and leave those tweezers – your eyebrows shouldn’t be plucked for at least six to eight weeks before the treatment.
Apart from this, also avoid any exfoliating treatments (such as microdermabrasion) for at least two weeks before the treatment, and chemical peels or Botox treatments for at least six weeks before.
The best candidate would be anyone with normal to dry skin (since oily type won’t hold pigment as long) and anyone with sparse eyebrows which can then be filled with feathered eyebrows.
Since feathered brows treatment is not as invasive as microblading, the recovery period is usually shorter and less strenuous. However, all of this depends from person to person, and how sensitive your skin is. Some redness and minor swelling are customary after the procedure and can last from a few hours to several days. Color will also change until it reaches its right shade which is usually after two weeks.
It is crucial not to scratch the area or pick off any scabs that may form if you wish to preserve your new eyebrows. Also, avoid any form of exercise or excessive sweating for at least one week, to avoid losing pigment. Some sun protection (SPF 30+) in thin layers is also highly advisable to stop pigment from fading.
Most importantly, meticulously follow the advice of your makeup artist to maximize pigment retention and preserve your new brows.
The first touch-up, which is mandatory and therefore included in the price, is six to eight weeks after the treatment. At this touch-up, the aesthetician will check their work, add strokes here and there, depending on how much of the pigment has been retained by the skin and look at the overall result of the prior treatment. After this, another touch-up won’t be needed for at least 8 months to a year.
If you don’t do the touch-ups, the pigment will fade and there won’t be any pigment left after a year or so.
Feather eyebrows use a technique that provides finer strokes than those in microblading, with gentler and more natural looking pigment tones. Due to this, feathered eyebrows won’t last as long as microbladed ones, with a usual life span between 8 and 12 months.
As Streicher says: “The hair-like strokes created by microfeathering gradually fade over the course of a year, leaving no residual pigment behind in the skin.” The longevity of your brows will largely depend on your skin type (oily skin doesn’t hold the pigment as well), age, as well as skin care routine and lifestyle.
Although quite rare, some people can develop allergies to either pigments or numbing cream used during the treatment. This is not a reason to worry, since a simple patch test will help, just make sure you inform your makeup artist you wish to be tested before the procedure, although many do it even without asking.
There are many kinds of pigments and creams, with different ingredients, so don’t worry, the artist will find the ones that are suitable for you.
Other more common side effects are:
In case of any infection, or other prolonged states, it is advisable to visit a doctor.
Since feathered eyebrows is a relatively new procedure and demand for it is rising, not all technicians are up for the task. If you encountered some novice trainee who was unable to perform the procedure well and you ended up with not so natural-looking set of brows, there might be something you could do.
Firstly, don’t panic and at least wait for your touch-up in several weeks to see what can be done. However, if you are distrustful of your makeup artist, find a more reliable one and try squeezing an appointment with them to see how they can help you. In the end, perhaps the best method, if your eyebrows are not as bad, you just wait it out. Without the touch-up the pigment will fade faster and, since the procedure is not so invasive, you will be back where you started sooner that you thought.
In order to avoid all these unpleasantries, choose your aesthetician carefully, and triple check his or her credentials and portfolio and make sure that this is what you want.
It is difficult to give exact figures, since the price varies greatly depending on your location, the popularity of treatment, the experience of the artist as well as the local competition. The price for two appointments usually goes between $500 and $2000.
It’s a pricy investment to say the least but bear in mind that this is something worth investing in, so choose wisely.
If you are tired of buying all those eyebrow kits and filling in your brows over and over again, and you crave for natural-looking set of brows which will be with you not only in the mornings, but also after a gym session, then eyebrow feathering is the right choice for you.
Sending a vibe of effortless, yet bold look, these brows will make your life easier and you’ll love them the second you have them!