It’s no secret that nicely groomed brows are a must and that no trendy makeup look is complete without them. The beauty industry has come up with a million different products and procedures for eyebrow styling. Microblading is undoubtedly the most practical and long lasting option, but there are alternative products out there for those who are reluctant to get their brows microbladed for any reason. One of the most innovative products is the fiber gel, which gives the brows a more dramatic look than pencils or powders.
What is fiber brow gel?
What makes the fiber gel stand out is its special formula. Unlike the regular brow gel, the fiber gel contains miniature fibers that immitate hairs. It acts both as an extension of the natural hairs and fills in any potential sparse patches where hair is missing or is especially thin. So in that respect, the final result is similar to that of microblading.
How to use it?
Much like a mascara, a fiber gel comes in a tube and has a wand with which you apply the product onto your eyebrows and brush them at the same time. Some formulas nourish the hairs and boost their growth. The wand is the key to a neat application, so it is important to choose the shape and size that best suits your skills and demands. Still, getting it right takes some practice.
There’s a range of brands to choose from. Depending on how much you want to spend, you can find good fiber gels by both drugstore and high end makeup brands. Finding the gel that best suits you, however, might take some testing.
Fiber eyebrow gel vs microblading
Obviously, the biggest disadvantage of fiber eyebrow gel vs microblading is the fact you have to reapply it every time you do your makeup. On top of that, no gel is 100% water and sweat resistant, so your brows might need touch ups throughout the day.
What makes fiber gels a more practical option for those who like to experiment with makeup is the fact that you can change the shape of your eyebrows each day i.e. you can modify the shape of your brows to best complement the rest of your makeup for the day. Also, the price is more than affordable compared to microblading and it can range anywhere from $5 to $30.
On the other hand, microbladed brows don’t run or smudge. They work in all weather conditions and all situations, so you don’t need to worry about them even at the gym or at the pool.
Of course, microblading is not for everyone. It is a procedure that includes piercing (basically scratching) the upper layer of skin and inserting pigment into it, so there’s a certain amount of pain involved and there’s always the risk of an allergic reaction. Then there’s the price. Microblading can cost anywhere from $350 to $800, depending on the artist. This is a significant amount of money, but given that the results last up to two years, it might be worth it.
At the end of the day, the only way you’ll know for sure what works best for you is exploring and experimenting.