First up, we have the microblading technique — here to give you the rundown is the legendary eyebrow expert Joey Healy. Microblading involves, “small hair-like strokes, but very fine tattooed lines that can be disguised as eyebrow hairs,” he explains.
“Most people use a handheld power tool that has a small needle used to make very small cuts,” he explains. Sometimes hand tools can be used, but more often than not power tools are preferred.
Microblading is a common practice used for anyone who wants fuller brows—whether someone lost their brows after chemotherapy, tired them out over the years (hint: the post-90s brow era), or wants a baseline to make the filling process a little more noticeable.
The final look is, quite simply, a plumped-up brow—just like you did yourself. the benefits? “It’s a quick fix for waking up and not filling in your brows,” says Healy.
Different methods will provide different final looks, one of which is subtle gradation – that’s where a hand tool is used. “This is more of a marketing term, it’s basically microblading with a lighter touch,” says Healy.
Some techniques like Nano Brow by a New York City-based brow expert Carolina Paula Gives the appearance of a full natural eyebrow.
Or, grab a basic brow outline to make filling easier. “This is where I think it works best,” says Healy. Sometimes a little powder on top can create a more natural look.
Microblading will last anywhere from ten months to three years depending on the treatment, dye used, skin type, and aftercare.