Over time, the eyebrow game has changed tremendously. Back in the 2000s, thin and over plucked brows were the latest in fashion, but in 2010 the bushy brows came back in full swing. The comeback was largely due to Cara Delevingine’s bushy eyebrows in 2012, after her modeling career took off. Women began to fill in their brows to make them more arched and prominent on their faces, which quickly became a makeup trend. Now in 2021, soap brows are becoming all the rage. Soap brows are eyebrows that have been intentionally fluffed up with soap to create a wispy, yet full look. Though there are many products like the Benefit Brow Microfilling Pen and Glossier’s Boy Brow that can help you achieve this look, it can be very time consuming and costly to keep up with.
An alternative solution is microblading. Microblading is the popular method of adding pigment to your eyebrows to create a fuller, more shaped-looking brow. This makes the hairs look defined to help enhance your natural brow, but create a more filled in look, depending on what results you’re looking for.
Microblading is a form of permanent makeup tattooing that adds pigment into the upper layers of your skin in hair-like strokes to give the appearance of fuller, defined brows. Unlike a traditional tattoo, this form of cosmetic tattooing only lasts about three years and will require touch-ups to maintain your desired look. Within microblading there are two different styles, but any look can be achieved, depending on your communication with your esthetician and the look you desire.
Microfeathering is your typical soap brow. This style is all about the fluffy, natural-looking brow and does not create a new shape for your eyebrows, but rather fills in what you already have. This style uses your current brow as a starting base and simply creates natural looking strokes to resemble hair with the cosmetic tattoo needle.
A microfeathering session can be more high-maintenance than microblading, depending on how your body is able to heal the incisions. This process usually requires you to grow out your eyebrow hair for six to 12 months prior to your consultation, as a certain amount of hair is necessary to blend the pigment into the brows for it to look natural. It’s also a two-part process; During the first appointment, microfeathered strokes are created in some of the more dense areas of the brow, and then six to eight weeks later, depending on how your skin heals and responds, additional strokes are then added. Since everyone heals differently, the process is dependent on knowing how your skin will recover.
Microshading is the brow that looks “done.” This process will appear as if you were applying pomade or powder to your brows, but is semi-permanent. These brows resemble something you might see on an Instagram influencer. Microshading is best for people who are looking to cut out filling in their brows from their makeup routine. The downside to these brows is that it is not a natural look, but rather is meant to look more “done-up.”
This look is achieved through a different process than microblading and microfeathering. Instead of creating hair-like strokes, this procedure uses stippling, which is the use of repetitive dots with pigment, to fill in the brows.
All of these types of microblading can be done in conjunction with one another to create the exact look you are hoping to achieve. The initial process may take up to an hour, and the pigment will appear very dark immediately after. During the healing process, the eyebrows should lighten to match your natural hair and heal correctly depending on the proper aftercare.