FEATURE: NEXT-LEVEL BROWS
FULL BROWS ARE ALL THE RAGE NOW AND WE STAND IN AWE OF STARS LIKE EMILIA CLARKE AND LILY COLLINS AS THEY GRACE THE RED CARPETS SPORTING THE LOOK. BUT WHAT ABOUT THOSE WHO ARE CHALLENGED IN THIS AREA? ILICIA ALIAS FINDS OUT MORE ABOUT THE NEW BROW ENHANCEM
Down over your brows’ condition? Give them a makeover with microblading.
Back in ancient Egypt, it has been said that a bold brow represented power and Cleopatra was believed to have darkened her eyebrows with carbon to exaggerate her natural arches. While our love of thick face framers is now at an all-time high, the same cannot be said as we go through the 20th century. In the ’20s, actress Clara Bow set a trend by plucking her brows to oblivion and drawing on a thin line down towards her temples, which followed into the subsequent decades until Joan Crawford decided to grow hers out in the ’50s, starting a new movement of natural, feathered brows. And who could forget a teenage Brooke Shields with her iconic brows in a Calvin Klein Jeans commercial from the ’80s? Sure, those who are blessed with thick tufts of hair that rest below the forehead can celebrate this trend, but what about those who are dealing with sparse, light or barely-there brows? Can they embrace this trend too? As it turns out, yes they can, thanks to microblading. I’ve always wondered about the hype since it surfaced in the USA so I decided to get more information on this new cutting-edge procedure. WHAT IS MICROBLADING? Asia is no stranger to eyebrow enhancement procedures; from tinting to embroidery and permanent tattooing, we’ve seen them all. Remember seeing older women with blueish-green eyebrows? You can be sure that it’s the result of eyebrow tattooing. This new procedure, however, is loved by men and women alike and is making waves in Malaysia with more flattering natural shades. It’s a form of semi-permanent tattoo that involves using tiny needles that make up a small blade, similar to a scalpel to scratch tiny lines mimicking hairs on the surface of the skin to deposit pigment underneath. If done properly, it’ll be impossible to tell if you have drawn on brows or they’re completely natural.
WHO IS IT FOR?
It’s for everyone (mostly)! Whether you have sparse or thinning brows or prefer to sleep in longer in the morning and have your brows drawn on the second you wake up, this enhancement procedure has your name written all over it as it’s subtle and relatively painless. What’s better: it lasts up to two years with proper TLC. It’s a win-win, really! Now, those with sensitive skin or those who have skin that tends to bleed easily might want to consult a doctor or dermatologist to determine if there are any side effects to their condition before getting this treatment done.
Here are a few other things that you’ll need to keep in mind:
It’s best that you don’t wax your eyebrows before an appointment since it can irritate the skin and the results wouldn’t last as long. Also, skip any exfoliating or acne treatments and avoid blood thinners or alcohol for at least two weeks before the procedure as excessive bleeding may prevent the pigment from absorbing into the skin. Microblading requires getting lots of micro-cuts on your skin, so if you take blood thinners, it will make you less likely to clot.
Traditionally, this procedure will last up to a year but some do go up to three years with the eyebrows looking quite natural. It differs cos of your skin type, application process and pressure, pigment used and the aftercare. For the first 10 days after the procedure, you’ll need to keep the brows as dry as possible. No water or skincare creams are allowed around the brow area as it may result in the ink being washed out and delay the healing process of the scab.