Microfeathering is a microblading technique performed using needles/blades to pigment the skin and mimics real hairs, making the eyebrow more prominent. The result is natural-appearing eyebrow hair.
BENEFITS OF MICROFEATHERING
Gives a natural look
Makes brows appear fuller and more fluffy
Microfeathering is softer and more subtle than microblading, for example, and is meant to be a natural-looking enhancement that gently fades over time. Fading is desired as it allows the artist to make changes to color and shape over the years as the brow trends change, and the client's natural coloration and facial changes occur.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR MICROFEATHERING?
Natural eyebrow should not be plucked, twisted, or waxed for a few weeks prior to having the procedure done so that the natural shape of the eyebrow can be assessed and enhanced.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING A MICROFEATHERING?
To create the microfeathered look, small strokes, are made in the epidermis with a custom pigment designed to mimic the color of the client's brow hairs. I use iron oxide pigments as they are considered the safest semi-permanent pigments to use on skin. Over time, these pigments will fade as the body naturally absorbs it.
Each appointment takes 1.5 to 2 hours, it will take at least two sessions to get it perfect. The second appointment occurs six to eight weeks later—depending on how the client's skin heals or responds, this is when additional strokes are added as needed. This ensures the best and most natural result possible, as every client's brows heal differently.
MICROBLADING VS. MICROFEATHERING
Microfeathering has a more minimal approach than microblading. If you've ever thought microblading looked too perfect, too filled-in, or unnatural looking, microfeathering is its cooler, more effortless big sister. With microfeathering, my ultimate goal is to try to create hair-like strokes that resemble and mimic natural hair. The look is not solid. Both treatments follow the same procedure and use the same tools, but the difference lies in effect. you should be able to see skin between the hair and the strokes.
POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS
Proceed with caution if you have oily skin. The constant production of oil will cause the hair strokes to heal with a thicker, diffused look. Overall, the pigment may get rejected by oils in the skin, or the result will appear fuzzy, requiring frequent touch-ups. On the other hand, if you have hypersensitive or thin, delicate skin, you might want to err on the side of caution as well. Hypersensitive skin is usually translucent, with nearly invisible pores, and often suffers from rosacea or dermatitis. Generally, this skin type bleeds very easily and has a harder time healing, which causes the pigment to appear more ashy, blurred, and patchy.
I use a very effective and fast-acting proprietary topical anesthetic cream for the client's comfort during the procedure. At the end of the day, it's still a tattoo on a prominent part of your face, so prepare to feel a bit of a sting.
Microfeathering should not be painful as the brow area is numbed with potent topical Lidocaine beforehand. It is very important to understand that following microfeathering, some redness, swelling and itching can be expected.
Microfeathering is less expensive than microblading because it only fills sparse areas and small gaps. More information on pricing can be found here.
the strokes will fade after eight to 12 months of application, but they won't completely disappear. I recommend that clients consider a touch-up appointment at this point. Depending on the client's skin and health, the pigment may leave a soft haze of residual pigment behind.
However, we do have a few tips for making your microfeathered brows last as long as possible. First, stay out of direct sunlight or shield from the sun with a hat and SPF 30+. It's important to keep all semi-permanent makeup protected from the sun to help maintain the integrity of the hair-like strokes. Sun exposure can cause the ink to fade and 'bleed' under the skin, giving it a blurred look. Avoid products that contain alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) or chemical peels, as these acids will fade the pigment color. More information about the aftercare can be found here.