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Whether you like them perfectly arched or feathered and full, eyebrows have the power to frame your face and transform your features. While there’s a number of pencils, powders, and gels to get your brows just how you like them, there’s now another option that delivers semi-permanent results, with minimal upkeep and grooming required. Also known as eyebrow embroidery, feathering or etching, microblading has experienced an explosion in popularity, thanks in part to the current beauty trend for thick brows. 

Said to have been popularised in Asia, microblading is a modern, semi-permanent take on the brow tattoo, in which a specialist takes a tiny angled blade and meticulously presses the pigment into the skin with small strokes. It can be used to fully reconstruct brows, as well as define, cover gaps, or fill-in over plucked brows.Screen Shot 2016-10-07 at 11.17.54 am.png

Thanks to that artistic, hand-drawn nature, the result can be unexpectedly natural—a far cry from the old-fashioned tattoo versions. What’s more, because the ink is inserted at a superficial depth in the skin there is little bleeding and only a small risk of scarring (except in the case of those with keloiding, who should avoid microblading entirely).

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According to dermatologists, there’s little risk involved—as long as all the devices and facilities are sterilised and clean, and the procedure is completed by a professional, the chance of infection is no greater than an ordinary tattoo.

The procedure takes around two hours and involves little to no recovery time, and the results are said to last around one to two years.

However, because of it’s semi permanent nature, it pays to take your time to find a specialist you can trust. A quick Google search can give you the info of the technician closest to you, but doing a little more research will help to guarantee you’ll get the brows you’re after. Check if the technician has previous photos of their work with reputable contacts. They should also be able to willingly answer all of your questions, and offer as much information about the procedure from start to finish. And of course, it should always be performed in a clean, sterile environment.