Eyebrow trends come and go, but brow feathering may be the procedure that’s here to stay.

The reason for its popularity lies in its natural look, but perfectly styled result.

Right now, the versatile full power brow is the trend. A power brow is a well-defined eyebrow with an accentuated arch designed to make you feel empowered and let others know you mean business.

However, a power brow, or any brow trend, can be tiresome to maintain. Cosmetic eyebrow feathering can help you achieve the look you want and help you maintain it.

If your brows are patchy and thin from previous plucking, you find makeup routines timely and costly or you simply want to enhance your facial features, eyebrow feathering may be for you. Here’s what you need to know if you’re considering brow feathering.

The Eyebrow Feathering Technique

Eyebrow feathering uses cosmetic tattooing to mimic the look of natural hairs.

This hair stroke technique produces full, feather-like brows that appear even, soft and beautifully arched. Fine hairlines are etched onto the skin by implanting micro-pigments below the epidermis with a hand tool or digital machine, known as microblading. Sometimes, both devices are used to achieve the desired result.

Benefits of microblading for eyebrow feathering include:

  • Uses pigments not ink: Brows won’t fade into a blue-green colour notorious to many tattoo inks
  • Individual strokes: Microblading creates individual hairs identical to natural brow hairs, as opposed to one thick and dark eyebrow

Time vs Costs

In a quest for perfect full brows, a lot of time and money can be spent on using makeup products. Eyebrow feathering can eliminate a lot of the hassle and costs.

Appointments may vary but generally the procedure will take 40 minutes. After the procedure, recovery time takes four weeks. However, the pigment will settle within seven days.

Six to eight weeks after the initial visit, you’ll be booked in for a touch-up appointment to fill in any areas that have faded or flaked. Here you’ll also have the option to darken the pigment colour or change the brow’s thickness.

Costs will vary depending on where you get the procedure done. Prices usually start from $600 and will include the initial appointment as well as a follow up appointment. Be careful of services that are too cheap, as microblading procedures require the skills of a trained beautician.

Eyebrow in the process of being feathered

Colour Choice

Eyebrow feathering is popular because of its natural appeal. Your brow colour will be re-created so your brows look as natural as possible. The use of multiple colours to create dimension ensures any additional hairline strokes around the brow will go undetected, to give you the right shape and fullness for your features.

Before your appointment, you’ll have a consultation to determine the perfect brow shape and colour. It’s important to use only a reputable salon with good reviews. This will ensure they understand what skin colours absorb certain minerals in colours to get the best results.

Your eye colour, natural skin tone and hair colour will all be taken into consideration when colour matching. Brows can also be subtly filled or completely remodeled.

For the first few days after your procedure, eyebrows will appear darker in colour. Don’t worry! This will fade as your brows adjust to the pigment and heal.

Is it Painful?

It’s the big question on everyone’s mind before cosmetic treatment.

Eyebrow feathering isn’t a painful procedure, however numbing cream is applied prior to help with any feelings of discomfort. Some clients may feel a slight pressure which is normal.

Who is it NOT Suitable for Brow Feathering?

Whilst there is no age restriction for feathered eyebrows, some clients will not be suited to the procedure.

If you suffer from oily skin or use excessive active ingredient products, such as retinols and AHA, the pigment will not retain in your skin.

Eyebrow feathering is also typically not encouraged during pregnancy or breastfeeding.

Semi-Permanent vs. Permanent

Unlike the art of block tattooing, eyebrow feathering is semi-permanent.

After your touch up appointment, results are expected to last nine months to two years. Time-frames are dependent on your skin type and exposure to outside elements.

Brow feathering can make a positive difference to your daily routine, as well as accentuating facial features and minimising the need for makeup. Always make sure to find an experienced practitioner with whom you feel comfortable to get the best results.

Author Bio

This article is written by Jayde Ferguson, who recommends Belle Sorelle – Perth eyebrow stylists offering eyebrow feathering and other cosmetic treatments. You can catch her on Google+.