Although The Hills style and other early 2000s trends are making a comeback, thankfully thin eyebrows don’t appear to be creeping back into mainstream fashion.
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In the past few years thanks to stars such as Cara Delevigne and Lily Collins the eyebrow industry has grown dramatically. InStyle magazine reported that, in 2015, the amount of money spent on gels, pomades, pencils, and powders worldwide was around $164.4 million dollars.
What was once overplucked and neglected strands of hair on our faces has shifted to one of the most crucial parts of our beauty routines.
For many, filling in gaps and re-shaping eyebrows is part of a daily routine when applying their daily face. However, it can become a tedious ritual. One that can take a while and if skipped is enough to make someone not feel like themselves.
Microblading is described in an article by Huffington Post as "…a semi-permanent tattooing technique that creates hairlike strokes to fill in sparse or thinning brows. The practice aims to give you an effortless full brow ― no need for expensive brow pencils or gels."
Last year, Girls creator and actress, Lena Dunham, documented her experience of microblading, by filming the process. In the video posted on Vogue, along with a personal essay about her struggle with her unruly eyebrows. She begins with a nostalgic memory of the first time she saw Britney Spears.
"So, true story," she tells microblader, Jimena Garcia. "The first time I saw the Hit Me Baby, One More Time video, I was home sick from school, it was playing on MTV and I was like that is the most beautiful and dynamic person I have ever seen and she has .5% of an eyebrow."
Unfortunately, her story of grappling and imitating the eyebrow trends of the late 90’s-early 2000s seem all too familiar amongst millennial women. She describes how she, very poorly, plucked out the majority of her hairs, leaving unruly eyebrows that were never the same pre-plucking.
I did it. You did it. We all did it. And we all regret it now that the world has decided that full, bushy eyebrows are cool. However, now we have a solution: microblading.
Microblading is expensive for the average girl, ranging from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars for two sessions that will last roughly around one to three years, depending on your lifestyle, skincare routine and skin tone. It’s essentially a tattoo, which sounds alarming and brings forward mental images of overly arched, thin, badly tattooed eyebrows.
Still, it’s a good investment for someone who hates the mundane process of bringing their eyebrows to life every day. Doing research is the most important part of it. Most places will offer before and after photos of previous clients and plenty of reviews to read.
Going to a certified permanent make-up artist is also equally as critical. If you want to know why simply Google: Microblading gone wrong. It’s enough to make you want to pay a little extra for peace of mind- and a great pair of eyebrows.
NYC is filled with high-ranked salons that have a microblader and an average of 4-5 star reviews, such as Ellebrow Microblading & Permanent Makeup Studio, Arch Angels, JJ Eyelashes Soho and Jackie David Skin Care.
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Oh, and it might hurt a little bit, but it’s definitely worth it for an extra few minutes of sleep.
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