You are sure to have heard about threading, tweezing, waxing and even eletrolysis and tattooing of eyebrows, but have you heard about eyebrow embroidery? Eyebrows frame a woman’s face and accentuate her naturally beautiful features. In fact, perfectly groomed eyebrows can make you look younger, giving you an almost instant facelift.
Like all aspects of fashion and beauty, eyebrow trends change too. For a while now, celebrities and runway models have been seen sporting more natural looking eyebrows. Gone are the days when pencil thin eyebrows were hip.
Beautifully shaped eyebrows frame the face and accentuate features
Just like changing trends in eyebrow shapes, new and improved methods of grooming eyebrows keep emerging to help women get perfect arches.
What is eyebrow embroidery?
In some countries, eyebrow embroidery is also known as “eyebrow hairline stroke”. Unlike tattooing the eyebrows with a solid color, eyebrow embroidery uses feather-like fine strokes following the direction of current hair growth, thus creating a more natural look.
Also, unlike tattooing which penetrates the dermis and is therefore permanent, eyebrow embroidery is semi-permanent and can last up to 2 years with touch ups. So you can most definitely change the style of your eyebrows after a while, if you choose to.
The trend of thin eyebrows has come and gone.
To do the embroidery, a very skilled technician will add a colored pigment to the skin, filling in sparse areas of the eyebrows to make them look flawless and fuller.
How eyebrow embroidery is done
1. The eyebrow technician will have a look at the client’s eyebrows and discuss what shape the client would like to have, which might be based on sample photos. The technician will also advise the client about which eyebrow shapes suits her features and face shape.
2. Next, using an eyebrow pencil, the technician will trace the desired eyebrow shape on the client, review it, and then make adjustments on the angle or length if necessary.
As part of prepping, the technician removes stray hairs from the client’s eyebrows.
3. The technician will then apply a numbing cream that needs to be kept on for at least 15 minutes before the procedure.
4. During the 15 minutes, the technician will choose the appropriate eyebrow color that would depend on the client’s current eyebrow color, hair color and complexion.
5. The technician will begin the procedure with the use of a sterile knife that looks like a small scalpel with three small needles at the bottom; it is very sharp and thin. Small pieces of the top layer of the skin (epidermis) will be cut away and the chosen color will be applied.
The whole process takes about one to two hours.
Because of the numbing cream used, eyebrow embroidery doesn’t hurt at all.
Is eyebrow embroidery safe?
Eyebrow embroidery is only as safe as the place where it is done. It is always best to go to a reputable beauty center with qualified technicians. It is also important to double check if equipments are sterilized and if new blades are used for each customer.
Does it hurt?
Because the numbing cream is used and only the epidermis is penetrated, the pain will be nothing worse than tweezing or threading. There should not be any bleeding or swelling during the process.
What’s the aftercare like?
After the procedure is done, you should not let your eyebrows come into contact with water for about a week as water usually causes the color to fade. You can use a towel to wash your face, avoiding the eyebrow area.
Some salons will provide an aftercare cooling cream to be applied. After a week or so, small scabs will form where the skin was cut. Picking at or scratching these scabs off may cause an infection so you will be warned against doing it.
Why do most packages come with touch ups?
It is normal for the color to fade after the first application because the ink has penetrated only the epidermis. So, the technician will ask you to return for an initial touch up after two weeks. After the first touch up, the eyebrow embroidery should last for one to two years.
Is it for you?
In theory, anyone can get eyebrow embroidery done. But technicians say that best results will be seen on those who either have thinning eyebrows or have bald spots on their eyebrows.
If you have over-tweezed eyebrows and want to add some volume, eyebrow embroidery will suit you.
We hope this eyebrow embroidery 101 was informative. Do you have any experience with eyebrow embroidery? We’d love to hear about your experience, so please leave a comment below.
Also Read: Micro-blading eyebrows: What you need to know?
Republished with permission from: theAsianParent Singapore