Ever since model Cara Delevingne first sashayed down the runway, we’ve been obsessed with recreating her iconic bushy brows.
But after decades of over-plucking (hello, ’90s fashion) many of us have been left with sparce and thin arches.
Here, permanent make-up artist Karen Betts shares her advice and tips on microblading.
What is microblading?
With amazing before and after results, microblading has become one of the most popular options for achieving brilliant brows. But how does the bespoke treatment work?
Karen said: “Microblading is a permanent make-up technique that uses a handheld tool to implant pigment into the skin.
“The arrangement of pins on the end of the tool create a channel in the skin, in which the pigment is implanted.
“With an experienced technician the treatments can be mildly uncomfortable, but I wouldn’t say painful.”
Unlike a lot of beauty trends, statement eyebrows have stood the test of time – and Karen believes we won’t go back to thin arches anytime soon.
“Brows are having a big moment in beauty and I don’t really think that’s going to change, especially now we all know the power of a good set of brows,” she said. “Your eyebrows frame your features and, when designed properly, can give a more youthful look to the face. But we’re not all brow experts, so that’s why permanent make-up has surged in popularity over the past few years.
“There are a lot of celebrity fans, including Helen Mirren, who has been very open about her brow treatments.”
Karen said: “Just like the rest of the beauty industry you do see trends in permanent make-up. However, I personally prefer the natural look.
“I want my clients to leave with amazing results – but results that people can’t tell are permanent make-up! It’s all about enhancing natural beauty and making people feel more confident in themselves.
“My clients have also become more curious about other permanent beauty treatments, and I’ve seen a rise in lip blushing in my clinics, too. It’s a great treatment for full looking lips without fillers.”
Plan and prepare
“It’s important to do your research and book with a properly trained technician, asking to see examples of their work,” explained Karen.
“And avoid sun exposure as you heal, so plan holidays around the healing time.”