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What is Eyebrow Feathering?
Similar to microblading, this cosmetic procedure uses very precise blade to create tiny incisions in the top layer of skin. These incisions are then filled with pigment, resulting in an “incredible natural-looking eyebrow hair” according to Kristie Streicher, a makeup artist who trademarked this treatment in the USA.
The secret of this procedure is that the artists make individual incisions in the gaps of your own eyebrows which resemble natural hairs both in shape and in color, and the final result is soft, natural-looking brows.
Who is Microfeathering for?
The perfect candidate for this procedure is someone who already has pretty full brows and just wants to fill those sparse spots with a number of hairline strokes and get fuller but natural-looking eyebrows. This procedure will give you lush eyebrows, but the form and the color of the brows will remain mostly yours.
MICROFEATHERING VS MICROBLADING
What is the Difference Between Microblading and Microfeathering?
Microblading is considered the mother to all eyebrow-concerned semi-permanent treatments, so, logically, these two procedures have similarities. Both microblading and microfeathering use blades and inject pigments in the treated area. The difference is in the original state of the eyebrows and the final result.
Microblading is most suitable for people with very thin to almost non-existent eyebrows (due to over-tweezing or e.g. alopecia) who wish to have their brows completely drawn, reshaped and full-looking. Feathered eyebrows, on the other hand, only enhance your already full eyebrows by giving them more fluffiness while keeping the original shape.
For eyebrow feathering, prerequisite is to already have decent eyebrows that only need a boost and not a complete “remodeling”.
Firstly, do your homework. Research the makeup artists in your area, and make sure they are experienced and certified, because, let’s face it, nobody wants to be a guinea pig. Your eyebrows are one of the most prominent features of your face, so don’t let anyone ruin that. Look carefully at before and after photos, and make sure that this kind of feathered eyebrows are the ones you want.
Once you did all of this, schedule an appointment, and leave those tweezers – your eyebrows shouldn’t be plucked for at least six to eight weeks before the treatment.
Apart from this, also avoid any exfoliating treatments (such as microdermabrasion) for at least two weeks before the treatment, and chemical peels or Botox treatments for at least two weeks before the treatment.
Who is the Most Suitable Candidate for Eyebrow Feathering?
The best candidate would be anyone with normal to dry skin (since oily type won’t hold pigment as long) and anyone with sparse eyebrows which can then be filled with feathered eyebrows.
If you have over-tweezed eyebrows or sensitive and oily skin, you should perhaps opt for treatments such as microblading or powder brows which will suit you better.
AFTERCARE & HEALING
What Does Microfeathering Aftercare Involve?
Since feathered brows treatment is not as invasive as microblading, the recovery period is usually shorter and less strenuous. However, all of this depends from person to person, and how sensitive your skin is. Some redness and minor swelling are customary after the procedure and can last from a few hours to several days. Color will also change until it reaches its right shade which is usually after two weeks.
It is crucial not to scratch the area or pick off any scabs that may form if you wish to preserve your new eyebrows. Also, avoid any form of exercise or excessive sweating for at least one week, to avoid losing pigment. Some sun protection (SPF 30+) in thin layers is also highly advisable to stop pigment from fading.
Most importantly, meticulously follow the advice of your makeup artist to maximize pigment retention and preserve your new brows.