Did you overpluck in the Noughties?
If the trend for needle-thin eyebrows in your youth has left you a little sparse in the brow department these days, you’ve probably already done a Google search or five for the term ‘micro-blading’.
In case you’re unfamiliar, micro-blading is a method of semi-permanent tattooing that can instantly create the illusion of full, healthy brows, allowing you to ditch the eyebrow pencil for once and for all.
Done correctly using a tiny needle to draw in fine hairs where there are none, the technique can be used to create a natural-looking shape to gently frame your face, without looking overdone.
Drew Aultman runs Hell Bent Brows at Love Hate on French Church Street. Having achieved her certification in Los Angeles, California, she began microblading in the Bay Area before honing her skills in London before settling in Cork.
It all started with a major change in career…
“For years I was a professional dog walker in California, I am a huge animal lover!” Drew told us.
“After getting my own eyebrows microbladed in 2016 I was shocked by how life-changing it was. I have always been brow obsessed and artistic so I thought microblading could be a great fit for me. I went to Los Angeles, got certified in cosmetic tattooing, and I fell in love. I’ve been doing brows ever since.”
The technique has been around for a few years now, which means microblading artists have had plenty of practice. The best bit? Nobody will know you’ve had it done and you can swim in the sea or sit in the sunshine without worrying that one of your brows is about to melt off.
“My main clients are people just like me, people who have over plucked or just want more full, symmetrical, natural-looking brows. Microblading is suitable for almost everyone,” says Drew.
‘Do your research’
“To ensure natural results I used a very thin needle to create my brows. I don’t use a machine, but instead, a small handheld tool to create every single hair stroke.”
And you can put away your brow pencil for a while: “Microblading can last anywhere from one to three years depending on skin type and lifestyle. The semi-permanent pigment is made to break down over time so top up appointments are necessary to keep them looking fresh.
“My biggest piece of advice is to do your research. You’ll be wearing your new brows every day. Make sure you absolutely love the artists work.”
The cost of microblading is €300, including a complimentary top-up session. To book in for microblading with Drew Aultman, email [email protected]