Microblading is most definitely the most popular brow styling trend of the last few years. Everyone seems to want the subtle yet enhanced look of microbladed eyebrows, but let’s face it – it is an expensive treatment.
The price of a microblading treatment varies from state to state and from artist to artist. The average cost in 2020 is somewhere around $400 dollars. So many people came up with ways to microblade their eyebrows at home.
PMUHub explores the phenomenon of DIY microblading eyebrows.
Microblading is a permanent makeup treatment for eyebrows that gives the illusion of enhanced and accentuated brow arches without wearing makeup.
It is done by injecting natural pigments into the upper layer of the skin in tiny incisions that imitate the look of natural brow hairs with a special microblading needle.
The pigment deposited into the skin gradually fades over a period of up to 2 years, or longer if you get them touched up. This means there is no need for regular makeup that runs and smudges for quite a while.
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To microblade your own brows, you need:
The process looks like this:
Draw the desired shape using a thin marker. Don’t use a brow pencil since it will a) cause irritation and even infection once the skin is broken and b) inevitably smudge.
Apply the topical anesthetic and wait for it to start working – at least 15 minutes.
Prepare your pigment, sanitize your tools with alcohol, and put on surgical gloves. Try not to touch any other surface except your clean skin.
Actual microblading. Dip the blade into the pigment and draw strokes through your skin very slowly. Try not to put too much pressure on the tool. Imitate the length and direction of natural hairs as closely as possible.
Wipe off the remaining pigment and blood.
The aftercare routine after a DIY microblading should be as similar to the microblading aftercare routine prescribed by a PMU artist.
Here are the basic rules:
Experts warn that the risks of at-home microblading are numerous, from uneven, unattractive results, to serious health hazards and permanent skin damage.
A PMU salon is a sterile environment and artists go through special training on sanitizing their equipment and not contaminating it throughout the procedure.
Dipping the needle into ethanol is not enough sanitization – the pigment must not come in contact with any other surface except the skin, which too must be properly cleaned beforehand.
Your home, no matter how clean it may be, is not sterile, and is thus not an appropriate environment to open up the skin. The risk of infection in such an environment is extremely high.
Skin infections vary in severity, but the more serious kinds require medical attention. If not treated properly, the infection can permanently damage the skin in the area. Symptoms include severe itching, redness, swelling, unusual amounts of pus, blistering, pain, fever.
Improper technique while dragging the microblading tool through the skin can cause permanent scarring.
The pressure on the needle determines the depth at which pigment is deposited. The pigments should be injected in the upper dermis, at 0.08mm to 0.15mm. Any deeper and there’s excessive bleeding, skin damage and permanent scarring, the color won’t look right, and the pigments don’t fade evenly.
Trained microblading artists spend months, if not years, perfecting their technique. There’s a reason they aren’t allowed to practice on live models until they’ve mastered the latex practice props.
By far the most common outcome of DIY microblading are botched jobs. Even if you dodge an infection and permanent scarring, chances are you’ll end up with asymmetrical arches, unnatural shape, and the wrong color.
As part of their training, microblading artists study the proportion theory and learn how to create the best arch shape for the client’s face, based on facial features. So Googling your favorite celebrity and recreating their arch won’t work for your face and the results will be far from subtle.
Artists also study color theory. Pigments change color once injected, so picking the pigment that looks the closest to your natural hair doesn’t work.
The artist knows how different shades behave on different skin tones and undertones, and how to mix shades for a close match. Picking the wrong shade for your skin will leave you with brows too red, or on unattractive blue/gray.
And the blessing becomes a curse – you’re stuck with the results which will only get worse over time for up to 2 years unless you’re willing to undergo an expensive and painful removal.
Okay, you can buy topical anesthetic. But as we’ve already mentioned, the microblading needle is only supposed to go up to 0.15 mm into the skin. Deeper cuts will cause pain and burning so severe the numbing cream won’t help.
Even if you get top quality equipment (which, mind you, doesn’t come cheap), the price of the actual at-home microblading is immeasurably lower than going to a salon.
However, since there’s a great chance you’ll end up with unsatisfactory results, chances are you’ll have to go to a trained, certified professional to fix the mess. It takes a whole lot of effort for an artist to fix a botched job, so they may charge a high price for it.
In extreme cases where no amount of professional retouching helps, laser or nano-removal is the only way to get rid of the unwanted pigments. The same goes for pigments injected too deep into the skin.
So in case your DIY microblading goes well, you saved a substantial amount of money. But if it doesn’t, you could end up having to spend serious cash on damage control, often even more than a professional microblading treatment would cost.
DIY microblading, although technically possible and economical, is risky and potentially dangerous, not to mention unethical – artists spend thousands of dollars on training and DIY PMU is directly taking away their bread and butter.
There are thousands of artists just starting out who don’t charge crazy prices. If you’re looking to save some money on microblading, they are always a better option than DIY.
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