Feathered Permanent Eyebrows
So what is the difference between 3D, 6D, Feathered, Solid, Powered, Hair Stroke permanent eyebrows??
Well, these names are all different techniques used by permanent makeup artists to describe the application of pigments to shape the eyebrow using either a manual blade or machine. This article will focus on the feathered or feathering name and technique.
Feathering vs Solid or Powdered Permanent Eyebrow technique
The solid or powered technique is, or was, the standard of applying pigment to the eyebrow which would completely fill in the brows. The permanent makeup artist uses a machine, either a traditional coil tattoo machine or a Rotary pen, with a sharp needle on the end that constantly moves up and down, piercing the skin and applying the pigment of choice in the high dermal layer of the skin. This method uses one solid color to fill in or shade the brow to give it shape and thickness to the brows.
The feathering or feathered eyebrows technique uses a the same machines, and is application of pigment into the dermal layer of the skin as above, however, the artist creates very fine hair strokes, one by one, to give the client the appearance of real, natural looking feathered hair stroked eyebrows.
Although this technique has been around for many years, especially in Asia, it is just starting to get big recognition North America. Permanent makeup artists are now starting to learn the techniques from their Asian counterparts and learning to complete this technique using a hand held blade, this technique is call micro blading or microblading. Micro blading uses a hand held pen with a very sharp blade at the tip. The artist dips the blade in the chosen color and proceeds to make incisions into the skin and creating hair strokes that look natural and realistic.
This technique can be used for clients that have thinning eyebrows, scarce eyebrows or no eyebrows at all. The permanent makeup artist can create the feathered eyebrow look from scratch and create realistic, natural looking, hair stroke eyebrows.
As mentioned above, permanent makeup is the application of pigment into the top dermal layer of the skin. The feathering technique creates natural looking, hair stroked eyebrows. This technique utilizes a machine or more commonly a hand held pen or hand tool that uses a blade for more realistic hair stroked eyebrows. The technique of feathering utilizes the same process and procedures as other application methods. Firstly, you should have a consultation with the artist to ensure a color match is completed and that you are happy with the shape of the eyebrows to be completed. The artist will shape your eyebrows using an eyebrow pencil to allow you to see the shape and look of the brows before starting the procedure. Numbing cream is applied to the area to make the procedure more comfortable. The artist will then begin the treatment to apply the pigment to the skin and create the hair strokes. The treatment should only take 20-40 min to complete, depending on the complexity of the eyebrows and the experience of the artist. After the treatment your eyebrows may be red and swollen and it is important to listen to the artist regarding after care of your eyebrows to ensure the best results possible. Usually and after care sheet and kit are given to the client with steps to follow up to 7-10 days after your initial treatment.
More often than not, a touch up may be required for your brows to correct shape, or add a few more hair strokes to ensure proper shape of the brows. This is normal and follows proper protocols. Sometimes, even a third touch up may be needed to get the perfect shape and dimension of the brows.
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