As the microblading technique becomes even more popular, I felt the need to explain a part of the process. The touch up. Most technicians offer a follow-up or touch up appointment 6-8 weeks after the initial microblading appointment. After the first appointment, one can expect their eyebrows to be intense, dark or bold. This is OK! After 7-10 days, you will notice the brows to appear much lighter.
Now this part varies per technician. The number of hair strokes added and if they did a combination of microblading and shading will depend on how much will need to be done during the touch up. At my studio, I prefer to start with strokes that are not too close together and a slightly lighter color. Why the sparse strokes? To avoid them blurring together … the point of microblading is for it to heal looking LIKE hair strokes, not a solid powder brow. I will explain in detail shading/microshading in another post.
This young lady came to the studio wanting to enhance her natural shape and make her brows a little fuller. Top left is her natural brows with no makeup. Top Right, immediately right after the first appointment, microblading only no shading. After 6 weeks she returned for her touch up. Bottom LEFT was taken before applying the numbing cream. As you can see, the strokes healed lighter and softer. Bottom RIGHT is the final brow. (NO FILTERS WERE USED IN ANY OF THE PHOTOS)
The full healing process, what to do and what not to do should be explained by your technician BEFORE they start the microblading. After care instructions will vary depending on skin type, as with how long the microblading will last. Another popular question. Most will say up to 2 years. Starting/stopping certain medications, physical activities, facial products along with the technicians technique and pigment used are all factors of retention. Personally, I have had the microblading done twice, 2 years apart. If one wants a more permanent solution, then choose permanent makeup artist who specializes in that technique, like me!
I am thankful to have had the opportunity to experience a two day class with the incredible Vicky Martin at the Nouveau Contour USA location in Orlando, FL. She is the Owner of the creator of the Vicky Martin Method(tm) and the great practice breast molds. I wanted to take this particular class for a few reasons…
As some may know, my Beautiful Mother was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer in 2009. She had a unilateral mastectomy and like many undergoing chemotherapy she lost majority of her hair. In an effort to help my Mother and to possibly help others, I became trained and licensed in permanent cosmetics. This allowed me to provide eyebrows to those who had none, this included more than just cancer warriors. What fascinated me more was that after a mastectomy, some opted for areola and 3D nipple repigmentation. Although I was able to give my Beautiful Mother her eyebrows, we were not able to do her areola. She fought extremely hard while loving life until June 2016.
Since her passing, I have been even more determined to assist those who chose to have their areola and nipples recreated. With further education, I have learned that this service helps cancer warriors, major weight loss heroes and many others who are in need of added pigment to recreate or enhance their areola and/or nipples.
I chose to take a class with Vicky Martin after looking into her product and message. The practice breast mold is ideal for creating a 3D tattoo on a round skin-like surface. With the removable skins you can create several areolas and nipples. Since we had extra time at the end of the second day, some of us tattooed at least 3 areolas on one skin just by shifting it slightly. Vicky’s class message is more than just about tattooing, it is about empowerment for yourself and your client on many levels.
Upon completing the class, I feel even more confident in my own goals and purpose. I am thankful to be able to be in a position of not only providing this service to my community, but to someday soon provide the art of creating the areola and 3D nipples to the classroom and to the rest of the world! For some reason when I searched for pictures of this art I found very few of darker melanin. Part of my goals is to bring awareness to the entire community that this IS an option, be it they are of a lighter or darker complexion, man or woman!
3D Eyebrows….also called microblading….what is it?
“The Real Brows™ method is an innovative new technique designed for drawing thin 3D hair strokes about 1 mm under the skin’s surface using a specially designed tool and all-natural pigment (no machines). The Real Brows™ method can fill in sparse brows or create a new brow. Unlike traditional eyebrow tattoos, the Real Brows™ method won’t leave a flat dull look and is a much safer treatment. The “3D” effect adds realism to the end result; which makes this the perfect procedure for Men and Women seeking to improve the look of their brows. Real Brows™ lasts 6 months to 2 years and fade completely without leaving a shadow behind. To maintain Real Brows™, touch ups are necessary every 6 – 9 months”.
How is this different from classic or traditional eyebrow tattoos? The pigment applied during the 3D technique does not penetrate the skin as deep as the traditional tattoo, thus making it semi permanent. Eyebrows really define the face…the correct shape, length and color could make a major difference in your total appearance.
I had the procedure done the Summer of 2015 and I cannot express how happy I am to wake up each morning and have my brows already filled and shaped. The pain level…on a scale from 1-10, was about a 2 at first. Once the second round of anesthetics set in I didn’t feel anything. Please keep in mind everyone is different! Here is a video of my experience…
The eyebrows we very dark at first, after the recommended healing time, I was able to wash my brows and the remaining color was much lighter and more natural. Yes this is me below!
I decided to have my brows semi-permanently filled to save time in the morning, to always come out of the water with beautiful brows and of course to promote this awesome service!
Contact your local artist by searching these key words in your area: microblading, 3d eyebrows, floating eyebrows, semi permanent eyebrows or eyebrow embroidery.
It gives me great joy to announce that The month of April marks the Fifth Year Anniversary of Eye Deux, Inc.
Eye Deux, previously named Lashes by Toya, LLC was established in April 2008. Applying eyelash enhancements (strip lashes and clusters) as additional income in the back of a JC Penny’s salon quickly turned into a business. Constant growth in clientele and service offerings created the need for more space (and privacy), which required us to move to a new location in Virginia Beach. Currently Eye Deux has a private studio located at 429 S. Witchduck Rd, Virginia Beach,VA 23462 and a sister-studio in the Oyster Point area of Newport News.
Thank you to all of the beautiful women and men who have come through our doors, you’ve contributed to EyeDeux’s success. We have shared laughter and tears, births and homegoings, great naps(those who get an eyelash enhancement service get to really enjoy these) and valuable learning ah-ha moments.
Thank you to all of the family, friends and supporters of Eye Deux who have not had the chance to come into our Studios but have referred wonderful clients to us. Referrals and word-of-mouth has been our major advertisement since day one.
Looking forward to the next 5+ years and expansion of the Eye Deux brand!