Gone are the days of super-thin, fine brows. These days, the thicker the better. If, like many poor souls, your eyebrows suffered at the hands of the noughties and resembled that of a tadpole, then you’re no doubt familiar with the daily frustrations of using eyebrow gels, powders, and dyes in an effort to have seemingly fuller brows. But what if there was a more permanent solution? One that didn’t involve you having to wrestle with your brows every morning? Microblading, the semi-permanent secret to faking fuller eyebrows, is one of the most popular ways to amp up your arches these days. But what does this treatment entail and how to do you go about choosing the right technician for the job? Microblading professionals, Mist Make-Up give us the lowdown on this trendy treatment.

What is microblading

For ladies who hate the daily struggle of spending hours pencilling in your eyebrows only to get the shape completely wrong, microblading is the hassle-free solution everyone has been waiting for. Microbalding can give you the eyebrows of your dreams and is done through a manual process of using hair-like micro strokes to insert pigment into the upper layers of skin to create fuller, natural-looking brows. Using this process, a microblading technician can create the desired fullness and shape of the eyebrows you want without that long, often unsuccessful, process of trying to grow out your brows.

The treatment is ideal for those who want a solution to thinning brows with some longevity, as results can last up to 12-24 months, depending on skin type. Think of it as a semi-permanent tattoo for your brows, so to speak – and after about a year, the pigment from the treatment will start to fade, leaving the skin and your natural brows exactly as they were before you went under the blade.

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Choosing the right microblading technician for you

Sounds wonderful right? Before you call your nearest microblading salon, make sure you do a little bit of research first so that you’re confident that you have found the right person for the job. Sadly, this wonderful treatment has gotten a bad reputation lately but many of the poor results you may have seen are due to ladies choosing a person who didn’t have adequate experience and qualification in the treatment, and as a result, couldn’t deliver the results they were expecting.

Experience is one of the most important things to look out for when looking for any type of professional. Choose a microblading technician who has a couple years of experience under their belt. During this time they will have worked on different types of clients to achieve different looks and will know the best techniques and tools to use.

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Mist Make-up Microbalding, before and after.

Before and after photos are a great way to judge a technician’s work. If the microblading professional has been practising for some time, they should have a varied portfolio of work to show you. This will enable you to get a real feel for the technician’s skill in terms of shaping the brow to best suit different facial features. Also, ask to see healed brow pictures, as final colour and shape only reveal themselves around 30 days after treatment, and professionals who have been practicing microblading for a while should have a few good ‘healed’ photos to show off.

Once you’ve narrowed down your search, book a consultation with a microblading professional, and feel free to ask plenty of questions. While it may seem tempting to shave off your current brows and start from scratch, a good technician will tell you that for best results it is key to follow the natural shape of the brow. Microblading shouldn’t give you a whole new look, it’s just a natural enhancement on the brow.

Booking your treatment

If you’re interested in hearing more about microblading, contact Cape Town’s Mist Make-Up. As an internationally qualified make-up artist, with more than 10 years of experience, Talita, owner and founder of Mist Make-Up, is passionate about brows. Talita loves to work closely with her clients to ensure they get the results they want and leave with the perfect eyebrows for their face. “No one stencil can work for two different women,” she explains. “Although symmetry plays a big role, it’s most important to create harmony on the face.” Through her own experience, Talita has learned that this highly specialised technique requires patience, tenacity, and top-quality products and tools and she is passionate about delivering results that enhance a woman’s natural beauty.

Mist is also running a festive season promotion on microblading so now is the perfect time to book! Until 20 December clients will receive 15% off microblading treatments and pay just R1,870 for the full microblading process!

Find Mist Make-Up in Devils peak Cape Town. For more information visit Mist-Make-up.co.za.