Once upon a time microblading was not taught formally, it was a skill that was passed on from master to apprentice. It was an art form that could not be bought.
For years I studied the details of the finest artists I knew of— Amy Jean and Branko Babic — in hopes of one day imbibing their abilities.
The confidence they personally filled me with changed my perception of how I saw my myself as an artist. The opportunities they presented to me opened my world and I am forever grateful.
I wanted to take a moment today to express my gratitude to the people who sculpted such a beautiful foundation for this industry. Amy, Branko — thank you.
In the explosion of the microblading craze over the last few years, I have seen it all. We have a lot to figure out in this industry culture, that’s for sure— yet so much integrity has emerged from the cringe worthy practices that go on. My personal mission is to uphold the integrity that I originally was taught by the artists I admired most.
How can we upkeep integrity, exactly?
Found this today in my archives, so I had to take a moment to share!
It is a challenge to collect healed pics of my clients after all their sessions are done as most of my clients live so far from me.
However, I love this example of how brows heal in the skin over a series of sessions.
These photos also show the general progression that most clients will have with healing- and how much softer the strokes begin to look after they are healed which is ideal for a natural look!
What are "brow tattoos"? Also known as eyebrow embroidery, feathering or etching, microblading is just one of the "permanent makeup" procedures gaining popularity in recent years. Microblading is especially appealing lately, given the beauty trend for thick brows that can earn a "brows on fleek" Instagram hashtag.
But getting brows on fleek doesn't come easy. As the name suggests, microblading uses a very small blade to deposit pigment under the skin, giving the appearance of hair. It can be used by those who want to toss their eyebrow pencil, or it can be used in more extreme cases such as for patients with hair loss. The procedure can cost anywhere from $600 to $1200 and takes about an hour and a half to two hours, experts told Mic.
Microblading isn't actually permanent; it lasts about a year. But that might be just the right amount of time, considering many women are getting it for aesthetic rather than health-related reasons.
Marie Barbuto, a New Jersey-based registered nurse and certified aesthetic nurse specialist who performs the procedure, told Mic in a phone interview that she sees everyone "from serious illnesses such as cancer and alopecia to the Domestic Goddess." While the procedure can be used for more than just those trying to keep their brow game on point, many of her patients are using it for just that.
The murky regulation waters: Pamela Lacy is one of those women looking to up her self-confidence with the procedure, not to mention cut laborious brow-filling from her makeup routine. But she was hesitant and did her research beforehand, trying to find a nurse she could trust.
"It is certainly scary to have someone do something to your face that is 'permanent,'" she told Mic.
Barbuto was the "most professional, and she came across the most competent" out of the three people practicing microblading that Lacy spoke with, she said.
Doing that legwork is key, considering the procedure isn't exactly regulated. Barbuto told Mic that there isn't one single certification needed to practice microblading, rather it "lies on the customer to do their research." When done wrong by someone inexperienced, she said, "you can hurt someone and do some serious damage by disfiguring someone's face."
The procedure, like other forms of tattooing, is not formally regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (the federal agency merely "monitors problems" with the tattooing industry). Tattooing is handled state by state, some of which have specific training requirements for permanent cosmetics. The Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals issues certifications generally, and aesthetic nurse specialists who do it are board certified.