Microblading vs Microfeathering: How To Decide Which One Is For You

Taylor Hill (AKA the brows of my dreams)

Taylor Hill (AKA the brows of my dreams)

What is microfeathering? Microfeathering is a variation on microblading where a different application technique is used to create an undone, natural feathered brow — hence the name.

Typically, microblading covers the whole brow area to create fullness, while microfeathering is more for those with naturally full brows that have sparse areas. Think Taylor Hill brows.

If you’re interested in either microblading or microfeathering, here, let me explain what to expect and how to determine which one is right for you:

What is microblading?
Microblading is a form of cosmetic tattooing, which creates hair-like strokes to enhance one’s eyebrow. Unlike traditional permanent makeup, this technique uses a manual tool. It looks almost like an X-acto-knife with a blade made out of needles to etch hair strokes and deposit pigment into the skin.

The microblading/microfeathering process:

Step 1: Consultation First, we do a quick consultation where we look at photos and discuss if what the client wants can be realistically achieved, and by which technique or method.

Step 2: Shaping
Shaping is done with a brow pencil and ruler. We make small adjustments to the point where the client and myself are both happy with the shape. Then, we start the process.

Step 3: Microblading/feathering
We etch the hair strokes, following the natural pattern of a client’s existing brow hairs. Usually, after two or three passes it’s done. For microfeathering, we would only add hair strokes where it’s sparse, to fill in the areas that really need the texture and draw some strokes outside the template so the shape isn’t so super defined.

Will microblading/microfeather affect the hair growth?
It shouldn’t, because the hair follicles fall below the epidermis-dermis junction (i.e.: the top layer of skin).

Taylor Hill, eyebrow goddess

Taylor Hill, eyebrow goddess

What are your aftercare tips? 
SPF is very important for the brows. It’s encouraged to wear SPF on your face every day anyway, but getting it under the brow hairs and into the skin will prevent premature fading of the pigment. It’s also important to still get your brows tweezed and trimmed to maintain the full look.