Get Your Face (Brows) Tattooed, It's Awesome

My number one Instagram comment is "Brows!" This is a huge change for someone who was so self conscious about her Brooke Shields look that she had them plucked, waxed, and trimmed into horrible shapes... not that long ago.  While they mostly grew back, I have some gaps in my brows and the shape of each weren't even sisters, let alone twins. Second cousins, maybe? Happily, I'm now super thrilled with the lil caterpillars. My current look is very low maintenance: minimal tweezing and semi-regular brow tattooing. 

Yes, tattooing. For those of you who have heard of Microblading, this is really similar but a rotary machine is used instead. It has worked really well on my skin, and after just a swipe of brow gel in the AM I'm good to go. My angel/friend/brow artist Mina runs Brow Club, and has graciously answered some of the most asked questions about the procedure!

 Mina in her studio

Mina in her studio

Why do you like to use a machine on some clients, rather than microblading?
Mina: Although both techniques are great and I sometimes use a combination of both on my clients, machine is a lot more versatile. With the machine I can create the same fine strokes that Microblading is known for, but I can also go bolder without compromising the skin. Unlike Microblading, machine works great for virtually all skin types, including oily skin, sensitive skin and mature skin. (Some common names for the machine technique are Nanobrows and Hairstroke.)

How long does the session last, and what can clients expect to feel?
Mina: A full session is about 2.5 hours long. This includes the consultation, design session and the actual tattooing session. Although everyone is different, most of my clients stay comfortable throughout the session with the help of Zensa numbing cream, many even take cat naps.

How long before I can get back to Japanese baths, infrared saunas, and the beach?
Mina: You'll want to apply the same aftercare to your brows as a new tattoo. This means that you'll want to keep them moisturized and clean with warm water to avoid icky buildup. That being said, anything that makes you sweat is to be avoided for about a week to ten days, as well as submerging your brows in water.

What’s the best way to preserve the color?
Mina: The best way to keep your brows looking fresh and vibrant is to avoid direct sunlight as much as possible and protect the brows with SPF or a hat/sunglasses when spending time on the beach, hiking, etc. Pigments used for cosmetic tattooing are iron oxide based, so if you have an iron deficiency, your body is likely to break down the pigment at a faster rate, causing fading, so get those supplements! 

What’s the expected time for the color to last? What happens after that time? 
Mina: Everyone is different, so there isn't an easy way to provide an exact estimate for how long the pigment will last. Factors like lifestyle, skin type and sun exposure definitely contribute to faster fading. On average the brows can last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years. If you prefer a more natural look, we recommend getting a color boost annually. If you like a bolder look or if you have oily skin, getting a semi-annual color boost is totally ok. 

 
 

Thank you for answering, Mina! For more information about brow tattooing, check out her FAQs here.  You can see my first before and after on Brow Club's Insta, and my current look (I've since had a color boost) in any of my many selfies.