The incredible popularity of microblading has inspired permanent makeup artists to experiment and come up with new techniques that can give a whole range of different looks. The latest trend that’s emerged as a great way to enhance your brows is hyperrealism brows – a spin-off on microblading with some key differences.
PMUHub has been tracking the growth of hyperrealism eyebrows and we’re giving you all you need to know about this increasingly popular treatment!
What Is Hyperrealism Brows?
Hyperrealism brows is a permanent makeup treatment for eyebrows that first emerged in Russia, but soon, artists all over the world managed to master this new technique.
This PMU treatment is used to fill in the natural brows and modify their shape by drawing on additional hairs on the whole surface of the brow arches. The strokes are created by dragging a special device that deposits natural pigments through the skin. The marks imitate the look of natural brow hairs and they give the illusion of volume.
The result is a fabulous pair of enhanced, bespoke brows which complement your face and last for months, even years.
How Is It Different from Microblading?
We know – so far, this sounds just like microblading!
But the effects of hyperrealism brows are much more, well, realistic than the results of microblading, which gives the look of neat, tidy brows, and perfect arches. With hyperrealistic brows, the point is to make the brows look as natural as possible by making them look bushier, messier, even tangled. In fact, some artists brand this treatment as “undone brows”.
This effect is achieved by modifying the technique. Microblading is done with a manual tool, but hyperrealism brows are done with an electric machine that deposits pigments with maximum precision. The strokes of hyperrealism brows follow a different pattern than those of microblading so as to make them look as natural as possible.
What’s more, the outline of hyperrealism brows is less defined. It has no sharp edges, so it looks softer and fluffier.
How Are Hyperrealistic Brows Done?
Unlike microblading, which is done with a multi-bladed manual tool, hyperrealism brows are done with a machine and an ultra-thin needle (even thinner than acupuncture needles). The technique is very similar to that of nano brows, but the pattern is unique.
The machine is used to draw on hair clusters, as opposed to the individual strokes of microblading which are drawn with about 1 mm space between them. The strokes of hyperrealism brows are connected in a W pattern and more curved; they merge and get crisscrossed, just like natural brow hairs. The result is pumped-up volume, especially in the middle of the brow arches, without the need for shading (which can be added for extra enhancement). Once healed, the strokes give a 3D effect.
Do Hyperrealism Brows Hurt?
The hyperrealism brows treatment shouldn’t hurt, as the artist applies a topical anesthetic and waits until the area is numb to start working. That said, you may experience certain uncomfortable sensations like pressure or scratching.
How Long Does the Hyperrealism Brows Treatment Last?
The initial session takes about an hour to an hour and a half. The procedure may last longer depending on the desired shape and your skin type. It may take a bit more time for the artist to build up the pigments on oily skin.
Will I Have to Have a Touch-Up?
Yes, hyperrealism brows are generally done in two sessions. After the initial session, the skin needs about 6 weeks to heal, at which point the majority of the pigment has settled, but some of it may not have been retained by the skin.
That’s why you need to go back for a touch-up appointment, where additional strokes can be added and all potential imperfections that may have emerged during the healing stage can be corrected.
After that, you can come back for a touch-up as often or as rarely as you like. You can book an appointment when you notice your brows have started fading in order to prolong the results. Keep in mind that if you have oily skin, you’ll probably need to have more frequent touch-ups.
How Long Do the Results of Hyperrealism Brows Last?
The results of hyperrealism brows start to look significantly faded about 9 months to a year after the initial treatment. The longevity of the results largely depends on your skin type and lifestyle, as certain activities and skincare products accelerate the fading of eyebrow PMU. You can prolong the results by booking a touch-up appointment.
How Much Do Hyperrealism Brows Cost?
If you decide to get hyperrealism brows, you should bear in mind that not all PMU artists offer this service, so the prices might be a bit higher than those of microblading. The price depends on many factors like location and the exclusivity of the salon, so the price of hyperrealism brows can be anywhere between $300 to $1000.
That said, as hyperrealism brows are still a brand new treatment, you might have some trouble finding a tech who can do them. Google hyperrealism brows near me and find the salon closest to you – fabulous brows are definitely worth the trip!
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What’s the Aftercare for Hyperrealism Brows Like?
The aftercare for hyperrealism brows is very similar to microblading aftercare.
There are several types of aftercare that your artist will prescribe depending on your skin type – either wet healing, where you have to clean your brows and apply ointment regularly or dry healing, which prohibits getting the area wet for up to 10 days. Either way, you should stay away from activities that cause excessive sweating, sunlight exposure, and whatever you do, you mustn’t pick at the scabs that will appear as the skin is healing.
You will have to stick to these rules if you want the procedure to be a success. Otherwise, you will end up with uneven results. It’s also worth noting that the healing period of eyebrow PMU includes many stages, and you shouldn’t judge the results until the skin has healed and the pigments have settled.
So How Do I Know If Hyperrealism Brows Are the Right Treatment for Me?
Permanent makeup for eyebrows has numerous benefits. It saves you time in the morning, it releases you from worrying about makeup smudging, and it gives you an instant confidence boost. But with the wide range of brow PMU procedures available, you might need some help deciding which PMU treatment to get.
Hyperrealism brows are a great option for people who want to enhance their brows but don’t want them looking too neat and tidy.
Natural brow hairs are not always perfectly defined. The hairs are not always perfectly brushed through, they go in different directions, and they get tangled. Hyperrealism subtly recreates the look of real eyebrows but fills in the arches so they look lush and voluminous. So it’s the perfect treatment for people who like a casual, subtle look, and who generally don’t wear a lot of makeup.
It’s a great way to fix tiny brow imperfections like sparse brows, hairless patches, or asymmetrical arches. They can even be done on clients who have no natural brows hairs at all, due to alopecia or other causes.
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