Eyebrow embroidery can seem like an uncomplicated process, especially when you compare the length of each session to other highly technical beauty procedures. However, the ink, tools and techniques that go into it make it an enterprise that must only be taken on by those who have complete mastery and up-to-the-minute understanding of the craft, such as eyebrow artists and beauty technicians. As consumers, it is also critical to exercise awareness prior to committing oneself to eyebrow embroidery or microblading procedures. This is to safeguard yourself from any mishaps that can stem from allergic reactions, unmet expectations or even personal preferences. Here, we round up some pointers that you might want to take note of before you get your brows fixed!
What’s In A Pigment?
Eyebrow embroidery pigments are formulated with the aim to be vivid and enduring, and this often results in a long list of ingredients that can differ with each manufacturer. Some main components that can be identified in many microblading inks include iron oxides, glycerin, ethanol, distilled water, propylene glycol and isopropyl alcohol, each of them bringing to the table specific functionalities to help achieve better eyebrow embroidery outcomes.
Glycerin, for example, helps with the smooth application of the pigment during the procedure by increasing liquidity and moisture retention. Isopropyl alcohol, on the other hand, doubles as a disinfectant and assists in the drying of the ink after it has been applied.
Most microblading inks would also contain other additives that contribute to the consistency, durability and performance of the pigment as regulated by the brand or manufacturer. All these ingredients can be split into colourants and carriers, terms used to describe the chemicals that provide the colour to the pigment, and those that help the colour apply effectively.
Organic vs Inorganic Pigments
There are, moreover, two definite categories of microblading pigments that can heavily determine the result and aftereffects of the procedure. They are organic pigments and inorganic pigments, inks divided based on their origin and farming techniques, as well as their positives and negatives.
Organic pigments are sourced from natural materials, like your fruits, vegetables and minerals. They usually are of botanical origin and boast realistic results as compared to inorganic pigments. They are also known to be environmentally friendly for being more biodegradable, but are harder to find on the market.
Conversely, inorganic pigments are dubbed as “synthetic” and are borne by lab-produced chemical processes, specifically by adding iron oxide to other substances. These inks offer a wider variety of colours to suit individuals and more resistance to everyday fading. They are also more solid in colour and impervious to sun damage, although some individuals may be more sensitive to them compared to organic formulations.
Weighing the pros and cons of organic and inorganic pigments can influence an individual’s decision-making when it comes to selecting the right studio, as some may prioritise natural-looking brows while others may look for more permanence in their results. As such, it is best for eyebrow artists to establish a foundational understanding of what goes into the ink and the potential effects of its usage with its consumers. It is also important to ensure that the ink used is of high quality, as inferior formulations have been observed to develop unnatural colour changes due to oxidation, among other ramifications.
The blade used to recreate the thin hair strokes on your eyebrows is not any regular blade. Rather, it is a blade comprising many needle-like pins to lightly scratch and leave pigment under the surface of your skin. Just like the cutting tools we use in our daily lives, these blades vary in size, shape, flexibility, and distinctively, the number of pins. To nail the most realistic results and successfully blend in with the rest of the individual’s brows, the size of the blade must be as close to the individual’s hair density as possible.
While the sizing of the blade is largely reliant on the thickness of each hair strand, it also ties in with the ideals and preferences of the individual. For instance, a smaller blade would allow the eyebrow artist to fit in more strokes, creating the illusion of thicker brows.
These blade configurations exist in U and Slant shapes that are designed not only for the comfort of the eyebrow artist, but also allow the artist to draw and mimic the hair strokes with ease and fluidity. Some artists may prefer the U blade as it offers flexibility in the direction it is used, making it a good tool for curved strokes; whereas the Slant blade easily puts all pins in contact with the skin and thus, is favoured for emulating straight hairs or by beginners. However, this does not apply to all scenarios, and each artist may have their own personalised techniques to help you achieve your desired brow appearance.
Each eyebrow embroidery technique comes with a set of unique characteristics that make it different from the others. It is from the motion, amount of pressure and overall control of the handheld tool that brings forth the shape, thickness and compactness one can find in a set of eyebrows. There are some styles that require shading or powder filling on top of the usual tool.
Certain attributes on our facial features can work to flatter specific face shapes, and our eyebrows are no exception. For that reason, it is recommended that you discuss with your eyebrow artist to explore the possible shapes, shades and sizes before committing to one that complements your features best. Some may find that combination brows, for example, can help bring definition to their face without going over the top. You may also want to consider factors like skin type here, as methods like the soft tap technique can provide a soft and subtle look for those with sensitive skin. Others may find more comfort in sporting a style more timeless, such as a pair of ombre brows that show off a nice gradient effect that starts light and ends dark.
Tools Matter, and Skills Do Too
If our article has validated anything so far, it is that the tools play a huge role in determining the appearance, health and longevity of your eyebrows. But as some have said, “A skilled worker will make efficient use of any tool, while an unskilled worker will struggle even with the best tools” – a quote that implies above all, it is a person’s (or in this case, an eyebrow artist’s) knowledge, prowess and experience that propels them towards great results.
BrowSugar is a one-stop shop where you can get it all. At our brow studio, you’ll be at the receiving end of phenomenal eyebrows crafted with state-of-the-art equipment and impeccable expertise. We ensure a sterile yet cosy environment with the best practices to deliver the results you seek, never compromising on quality or safety. Seeing our clients brighten up with their newly made brows after a relaxed and fulfilling session with us is our priority.
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