From brows to eyelids to lips, here’s your primer on micropigmentation—including the highs, lows, and everything in between.
The truth behind semi-permanent makeup procedures.
As a girl who gets very little sleep (by choice), resents nightly makeup removal, and imbibes an alarming amount of alcohol every weekend, I like to whiz by my morning makeup routine so I’m out the door as soon as humanly possible. Be that as it may, I’m a stickler for—at the very least—brows you can see from a distance, symmetric-ish eyeliner, and lips that look like they belong to a living person. Procedures for semi-permanent makeup have been around since the 1930s, but it’s only now that the trend is catching on. And because we at Cosmo love our readers so much we’d literally bleed for ya, I decided to undergo all three procedures for your perusal and consideration. First off… Brow WOW WHAT: eyebrow MICROBLADING Cost: p12,000-p28,000 Named after the ultrafine blades used to make superficial incisions on your skin, it’s the most sought-after of the three, and for good reason: There are injectable lip fillers and eye lift surgeries, but the density of your brow hair remains relatively unalterable, no matter how much moolah you’re willing to burn. The treatment was pioneered by Phiacademy, a global community of rigorously trained brow artists who shape your brows according to “phi,” or the “golden ratio” that suits your facial features. When your brows are literally mathematically engineered for you, you know you’re in good hands.
After carefully measuring your ideal brow proportions, the artist applies numbing cream to prep you for the procedure. Then, hyperrealistic lines are painstakingly drawn in to match the color and thickness of your natural brow hairs. The results are a far cry from the cringeworthy “block brows” of the early 2000s. For three to five days, they’ll look darker than usual, but only because the pigment has been absorbed only by the skin’s epidermis (the topmost layer). Wait it out and be religious with aftercare, because after four to six weeks your skin will fully heal and show the final result. Your bespoke brows should last for two years, depending on factors like sun exposure, skin oiliness, diet, and exercise. But we don’t recommend switching up your lifestyle just to keep your brows looking perf; the whole point of microblading is for your brows to work for you, not the other way around.
Forinquiries,contact Ron Maclang-peña, the Philippines’ pioneer Phibrowsartist(facebook. com/ronpenamakeup, 0999-881-2669).
eye-eye, CAPTAIN WHAT: SEMI-PERMANENT eyeliner Cost: p28,000 We’re just gonna come out and say it: Applying eyeliner is a bitch. Managing a flattering, smudge-free line on one side is one thing, but did Leonardo da Vinci paint a second Mona Lisa right after he was finished with the original? More to the point,
wouldn’t it be great to wake up in the morning and know in your heart that you’re never going to be late for work? Because we’ve all seen her at least once: the hilariously tardy girl wearing eyeliner so sharp it could cut through steel, flailing towards the general direction of her office. To which we nod sympathetically.
Expect a process that is almost completely similar to brow microblading, but with a lot more trust involved—since your eyes will be closed the whole time, you’ll have to be honest with your artist once you feel any discomfort or pain. Be sure to alleviate any after-procedure swelling with an ice pack and a good night’s sleep. The resulting line is thin, subtle, and doesn’t wing out at the corners. Once the healing process is complete, you’ll wake up with perfectly lined, foolproof peepers for up to three years. Sayonara, liquid eyeliner! Theeyedefineprocedure isavailableatbrowhaus, Greenbelt 5(facebook.com/ Browhausmanila, (02) 501-3998). Pucker up what: semi-permanent lip tint cost: P15,000-P35,000 One final reality check: There exists no such lipstick that can withstand the heat of an impassioned MOMOL session (or a particularly oily dish). If you’re looking for ride-or-die pigmentation, a semi-permanent lip tint is your best bet.
If you’ve gotten inked in the past, the lip tint procedure will feel familiar, but much more painful; lips are replete with nerve endings that are incredibly sensitive to touch, let alone a tattoo machine. For more natural-looking lips, pick a red tint, and for a made-up look, bubblegum pink or tangerine orange might be up your alley. Expect peeling and dryness in the first three to five days. The result is a barely-there stain that adds just the right amount of color to your lips, so if Korean beauty is your thing, you’re gonna love this. Bookyourliptintappointment withprettylooks,uptown Parade, BGC (prettylooks. com.ph,(02)989-4430). These procedures are big investments that’ll set you back at least five figures if you want quality craftsmanship, but if the long-term payoff means more hours of sleep and zero smudging for several years, why not consider it? Just because makeup is a form of art doesn’t mean you can’t be more efficient about it!