Eyebrow Lamination vs Soap Brows

Eyebrow Lamination vs. Soap Brows

People look for all kinds of ways to make their eyebrows look more full and fluffy. A common way to achieve these results is by using gel, applying soap to the brows, and now eyebrow lamination is making headway in the beauty industry. 

Soap brows achieve results in eyebrows that look fluffy and full. It’s an old trick that’s existed for years and has re-surged in popularity since 2016. 

Eyebrow lamination allows for a similar look, It creates a very full, fluffy, smooth appearance that does not need the maintenance that soap brows requires.

Main Differences Between Lamination and Soap

Though the end result looks similar, there are differences in technique and other factors. Some of these factors include:

  • how long it lasts
  • affordability
  • process
  • quality

Eyebrow Lamination or Soap brows? Let’s look at the facts. 

Soap Brows

Pros: 

It is non-invasive and achieves beautiful results. Results are relatively quick to achieve. It is all of your natural hair and no extensions or false lines.

Cons:

The Soap Brow technique will last only the day it is used. Soap brows need to be applied daily and could potentially not last until washing. For an active lifestyle this is especially concerning. There is soap on your face which could cause problems if it is raining or if you have to touch them for any reason. In order to achieve the desired look you need to already have a pretty full pair of brows. It could be damaging to your brows if you do this technique often and or touch your brows after application as the soap dries the brows and could make them fall out.

Eyebrow lamination

Pros:

Brow lamination will last up to 4-8 weeks until the brows grow out naturally. Saves time on your daily routine. Will not wash away in the shower or in the rain. No worries if you need to touch your eyebrow. The procedure is non-invasive and achieves beautiful full results. It is all your natural hair without the use of extensions or false lines. 

Cons: 

The price for Eyebrow lamination is significantly more than soap. Your eyebrows need to grow out fully before the next treatment. Irritation can occur with the process if not done carefully (that’s why you should always see a professional). In order to achieve the desired look you need to talk to a professional about your existing eyebrows and if they are right for the procedure. 

Process

When soaping your brows, you have to take a disposable spoolie brush, dampen it, then lightly rub it against the soap. Don’t do it too much, else you’ll get suds on your eyebrows. Next, you drag the brush over your brows. Specifically, you do it up, outwards, then down. This is in the direction of eyebrow growth. Do it correctly, and it should last the entire day.

With eyebrow lamination a well educated professional will carefully take you through the process to create the desired full and fluffy long lasting look. For more information the exact process of this procedure please refer to my lamination service page. Tinting can be added to eyebrow lamination to achieve an even more full and defined look. 

Overall Quality

Both soap brows and lamination can yield visually appealing results. However, at the end of the day the lamination has a greater level of quality. One reason is that it lasts much longer. The look of it is also superior as it gives that fully defined fluffy gel look that is extremely popular trend in beauty. 

Brow lamination also allows for tinting to make your eyebrows look more full and defined. It’s not possible to achieve that defined thick look with soap brows. Soaping your brows may be cheaper and easier, but lamination will only need to be done once every 4-8 weeks while needing little maintenance to keep the look.

Soap brows can be a fun and easy way to see what your eyebrows look like in this style. If you find that you like it, then you may want to have that style a little longer. Rather than spending your time soaping your brows each day, you can turn to eyebrow lamination. 

EyebrWOW knows why such a look is gaining popularity and would be more than happy to laminate your brows for you. If you have any questions about this treatment, please feel free to contact me. I will happily give you more information.


Pick The Shape Of Your Perfect Eyebrows

Eyebrow Shape

You put a lot of effort into making yourself look like the best version of yourself. There may be a part of you that’s receiving a lot less love than others, however. When was the last time you did something more for your eyebrows than just plucking them or adding a bit volume? Have you ever considered their shape before? The shape of your eyebrows can enhance your beauty and give you that celebrity-perfect look that you wish to achieve. Which shapes are the perfect eyebrows for you? This article will go over a few different face shapes and suggest the best brow shapes for you to consider.


Round Faces

For those who have a round-shaped face, you’ll want to go with something that is high-arched. Instead of allowing your eyebrows to grow outwards, you need to add height more than anything. Microblading or microshading can help you achieve this look initially if your eyebrows don’t naturally form a high arch. There are a few tricks that you can use to further enhance the arch in your eyebrows, too.

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Take your eyebrow filler and instead of just sweeping it along your entire eyebrow, start with the very middle of your arch. Then sweep the filler along your eyebrow. You want the center of your arch to be the darkest point. Keep a natural look in mind. Too high of arches can make you appear rather comical. Finally, groom your hairs that they sweep in an upwards movement. This overall design will help to elongate your face.


Long Faces

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Brow shapes for long faces need to be focused on elongating the ends of your eyebrows. You have the opposite problem of those with round shapes. Your face can sometimes look too long. A way to help that is through your eyebrows. While you should still maintain a small arch, you want to focus most of your attention on elongating the ends of your eyebrows. You want as flat of an arch as you can manage without going full caveman. You can also enhance the look by using a filler to shade in the ends of your eyebrows rather than the middle. Doing so will help balance your features rather than make you appear as though you have too long of a face.


Oval Faces

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Those who have oval faces are some of the luckiest people alive. The shape of their face is typically perfectly balanced just naturally. As such, you can basically do whatever you want to do with your eyebrow design.

You can shorten them, elongate them, and have fun with arches. The important aspect to consider is just to stay natural. Experiment with your natural shape to see which enhances your perfect eyebrows the most.


Heart-Shaped

Faces

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Perfect eyebrows for heart-shaped faces is possible. You just have to understand how heavily your eyebrows influence the shape of your face. The thing with heart-shaped faces to know is that because of its shape, a lot of the focus is already on your forehead and eye area. As a result, you don’t want to bring anymore focus.

Otherwise, your eyebrows can appear quite heavy. Instead, you should try to keep your eyebrows small and light in shape. Either keep your eyebrows straight or rounded. It will depend on how your forehead interacts with your eyebrows. In some cases, a straight eyebrow may be the best result. In other cases, a rounded eyebrow that just kisses the corner of your eye may be what’s best. A professional can help you make those decisions to create your perfect eyebrow design.


Square Faces

Pattern, Beauty, Facial, Fashion, Form,

When it comes to square faces, a lot of focus is placed on the heavy jawline. In order to balance this, you need to have a heavy eyebrow.

This is the complete opposite of those who have a heart-shaped face. Take out your filler and go to town making the eyebrows thicker. In addition, you should try to include an arch as this can further institute a balance for your face.


Close-Set And Wide-Set Eyes

For those who have close-set eyes, you should focus on extending your eyebrows. Keep it thick and wide. Soft, filled, eyebrows are best for those with wide-set eyes. You may want to consider microshading along with microblading for a fuller more natural look for your perfect eyebrow design.

Ultimate Guide To Choosing Your Microblading Eyebrow Color

Microblading Pigment Colors

Microblading eyebrows adds color, definition, and fullness to your brows and it is important to choose the optimal microblading pigment. Microblading is commonly used to correct problems like thinning or over-plucked brows and is a contemporary solution to eyebrow tattooing. However, it is also a practical option for people who don’t want to deal with the hassle of filling in or shaping eyebrows on a daily basis. As with hair and nails, you can choose any color or pigment to make your brows as subtle or dramatic in appearance as you wish.

The Fitzpatrick Scale

One of the most popular methods of selecting the right eyebrow color is the Fitzpatrick scale. This chart uses a combination of skin color, hair color, and eye color to determine the best shade for your microblading pigment. These features then determine what skin type you have (ranging from type one, the lightest, to type six, the darkest).

Type One

  • Light skin
  • Red hair
  • Green eyes

Type Two

  • Light skin
  • Blond hair
  • Blue eyes

Type Three

  • Medium skin
  • Brown hair
  • Brown eyes

Type Four

  • Medium-dark skin
  • Brown-black hair
  • Brown-black eyes

Type Five

  • Dark skin
  • Black hair
  • Black eyes

Type Six

  • Black skin
  • Black hair
  • Black eyes

Using this color chart, your personal preferences, and the natural shade of your existing eyebrows, a microblading artist selects an ideal color match.

Color Palettes

Color for eyebrow microblading pigment can also be determined based on the warmth (tone) of a client’s skin. The three main categories are: pale and rosy, olive and tan, or deep-hued and dark.

Depending on these warmth levels, your ideal eyebrow color can be determined by a color palette. They are essentially divided between light, medium, and dark skin types.

Cool Palette

The cool palette contains eyebrow colors that are ideal for people with fair skin and rosy complexions. The colors in this palette can have subtle ash-grey or even green to ultramarine blue undertones. However, they don’t contain any red pigmentation. Once applied, the undertones in your skin will affect the color of the brows. Colors in a cool palette look soft blonde or light brown once applied.

Neutral Palette

Colors in the neutral palette can still be used for people with fair skin. However, they are better for individuals who have darker undertones (such as blue and brown). The colors in the neutral range contain some red pigmentation. The red undertones, such as alizarin crimson or cadmium red, blend nicely with darker fair skin, but they are too pronounced on the fairest skin tones.

Warm Palette

Eyebrow colors in this category are reserved for people who have darker skin with either olive, umber color, or chocolate-colored undertones. Many people with brown and black hair fall into this category. Skin that tans easily tends to also be a good candidate for eyebrow shades in this range.

Keep in mind that while your eyebrow color can generally be matched to your skin tone, eye color, and hair color, it can also be determined by the end result that you want. For instance, a more solid brow design might use colors in the neutral or warm palette range. But if you want lighter individual hair strokes, a microblading artist might choose a color in the cool palette range instead.

Before you go ahead with any microblading, your practitioner will do a match test to make sure the color is one that you want. Also, be aware that it takes eyebrows about 25-30 days to heal from microblading. They will look different virtually every day. Newly bladed brows are darker to start, but they gradually lighten as they heal. You may need one or two sessions to get perfect end results and the best microblading pigment.

Downtown Palatine’s EyebrWOW Performs Microblading Services

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How To Find The Best Microblading Artist Near You: 7 Important Considerations

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Finding the best microblading artist near you can be a daunting task, but it should not be the case if you know what to look for and where to look. With so many options available to you, who is the right one. Here are 7 things you need to take into consideration when searching for a microblading artist near you:

1. Website

A website can and will tell you a lot about your microblading artist. It is like a quick resume that you can review before you determine whether the individual is right for you. Watch out for websites containing very limited information since it is a clear sign that the artist doesn’t wish to share with the public sufficient details about them and their services. Avoid artists that don’t have websites because if they are not willing to invest in a simple website, how much are they willing to invest in you?

2. Training/Qualifications

Training is an important part of being a microblading artist. New tools and techniques are constantly being introduced in the market and part of the joy of being a microblading artist is to learn how to use them. Wherever the prospective microblading trained will definitely reflect in their work as well as in the before and after pictures of past clients. It is also a good idea to find out how long the artist has been doing microblading to help you gauge their experience level.

3. Before and After Photos

It is important for a prospective microblading artist to provide before and after photos of past clients to help you know how skilled the artists is. It is important to ensure that the photos provided are of actual clients and not simply downloaded off the Internet. A good indicator of genuine photos is a marking of the company’s branding or logo on the photograph.

4. Tools and Products

The health and safety of clients should be the top priority of any microblading artist. Microblading is largely unregulated, which means that there aren’t any actual requirements or guidelines on self-practice. Most schools also don’t spend any time training on this. It is important to ensure that the prospective artist takes proper measures in sterilizing, disinfecting, preventing infection, and avoiding cross-contamination.

5. Customer Support

You will often hear about businesses failing to return calls or emails. However, the first step to providing the best customer support starts with responsiveness. The microblading artists should never be too busy to respond to your queries. No question is either too much or stupid. If a prospective microblading artist doesn’t feel that it is important to take some time and communicate with you, what is likely to happen after undergoing the procedure? You should always expect a response from a prospective microblading artist within 24 hours.

6. Post-Care/After Care

At the end of your microblading session, the artist should go over detailed aftercare instructions with you to ensure lasting results. You will need to follow such instructions strictly for the recommended period of time for the best results. You can find out more about the artist’s aftercare or post-care instructions by either visiting their website or calling them. Depending on the response and reviews of other users, you can determine whether that microblading artist is right for you.

7. Reviews

Having positive client reviews says much about a prospective microblading artist. You can visit the artist’s social media page (Instagram, Google, YouTube, Facebook, etc.) to find out whether there are any client reviews. You should make an effort to read most of the reviews to find out whether a pattern emerges. Are the reviews generally positive? Or are they generally negative? Are they mixed. Depending on the majority of reviews, you can determine whether or not you are ready and willing to work with a particular microblading artist.

The Bottom Line

Finding the best microblading artist near you might sound a bit daunting but it shouldn’t be. All you need is the right information and advice and you are guaranteed to find the best artist to cater to your needs. The 7 tips provided here will help you weed out the good microblading artists from the bad ones, so ensure that you take them into consideration. Hiring the right artist can mean the difference between disaster and having the eyebrows of your dreams.

Microblading Vs. Eyebrow Tattooing – What Is The Difference?

Your eyebrows and the way they look can end up playing a big role when it comes to the overall aesthetics of your entire face. Everything about your eyebrow can change your appearance. If you are someone that is forced to get up early to care for and maintain your eyebrows appearance, you have likely thought about ways to minimize the amount of maintenance required with either microblading or eyebrow tattooing. While these procedures might seem very similar, they are in fact very different. Below, we will be going over the differences between microblading and eyebrow tattooing.

Differences Between Microblading And Eyebrow Tattooing

Ink Vs Pigment

One of the primary differences between the two is the fact that tattooing involves the use of tattoo ink. With a tattoo, the ink is injected into the deeper layers of the skin. Therefore, as it fades, it will generally develop a sort of greenish colored tint to it. Whereas, microblading utilizes a different approach as it only injects pigment into the outer layers of the skin. Because of this, as it fades, it essentially becomes a lighter version of the color that was initially used. As a result, the procedure offers a much more natural end result.

Microblading needles close upSemi Vs Permanent

Another significant difference is in the permanency achieved by the various procedures. With eyebrow tattooing, you are going to get a much more permanent result. While this might sound like a good thing, it is typically not going to be the desired result because of unnatural looking fading. It also doesn’t allow you to change or alter the look of your eyebrows if you wish to in the future. Whereas, with microblading, you are going to get semi-permanent results lasting anywhere from 1 to 3 years. Along with this, you will likely be getting touch ups occasionally throughout these years. Because it offers a semi-permanent end result, it is going to be a much more desirable result for those that might want to alter the look of their eyebrows in the future due to changing trends.

Pain Vs No Pain

Another significant area where you are going to notice a big difference between the two is in regards to the pain that you can expect from the different procedures. When it comes to tattooing, things can get very painful. After all, you are getting a needle shoved deep into the deeper layers of your skin. Thus, it is going to hurt more, especially considering your eyebrow area is already sensitive as it is. Whereas, when you get something like microblading performed, you are not necessarily going to have to go through the same amount of pain because it involves placing pigment at a much more surface layer in comparison with a tattoo. Along with this, you can get a numbing cream used on it prior to treatment if you are someone that is very sensitive in the first place.

Blade close upNatural Vs Unnatural

When it comes to the end-result of the procedure, you are going to be much more satisfied with the 3D microblading technique over a traditional eyebrow tattooing experience because the microblading offers much more natural looking colors. Because pigment is used, it is going to fade, but the fading will still look like a natural eyebrow color. Whereas, tattooing requires the use of ink which has a much more greenish tint to it when it fades which is easy to spot as a tattoo. Therefore, microblading is going to be much better suited for those that are going for a much more natural aesthetic.

Overall, there are a variety of differences that make the two procedures entirely different for those that are looking to reduce required maintenance on their eyebrows, or those that are simply looking to make their eyebrows look better much more consistently. While tattooing might have been a good option in the past, 3D microblading has truly taken over as the preferred method due to its significant advantages that it offers those that are looking for eyebrow enhancements. Not only are the results going to be much more natural looking, but they are semi-permanent which means you will be able to alter or change them at some point if you ever decide that you want to.

Ultimate Guide to 3D Eyebrow Microblading

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If it sounds way too good to be true to be able to achieve eyebrows that are perfectly shaped without makeup, think again! You can with 3D eyebrow microblading. Keep reading to learn about this simple technique that allows you to achieve your dream eyebrows without any hassles.

Our microblading studio is one of the the top microblading facilities in the state of Illinois. We hope our article will tell you all the important things that you need to know about microblading as well as why it is so important to have someone who is experienced and knowledgeable to perform this technique for you.

What Is Microblading?

It is an innovative beauty treatment where perfect eyebrows are created through a technique using semi-permanent makeup performed one hair at a time, which allows for the eyebrows’ color and shape to be modified. You can see pictures here.

It is recommended in particular for individuals who want to increase their eyebrows’ density in a very natural way – for instance, people who have lost hair from their eyebrows due to stress, health, or hormonal problems. The technique produces perfect and natural eyebrows, which accentuates the face’s beauty.

Microblading is actually an adaption of a traditional Japanese technique called tebori for applying tattoos manually. Unlike permanent makeup, that can result in marks that are too obvious sometimes, microblading produces strokes that have the appearance of real hairs. That ensures bolder brows along with an appearance that is completely naturally through using microneedles where pigment is deposited underneath the first layer of your skin. Between traditional tattoos and microblading there is one very important and major difference, which is that microblading isn’t permanent. Depending on various factors it lasts 6 to 36 months. After this initial treatment, you might need to have a touch-up in one to two months, and after that every 6-12 months. However, we will cover that later on.

A very meticulous process is involved in this technique that takes anywhere from one up to three hours to finish. The results last anywhere from one up to three years, so it is critical that the practitioner pay very close attention to all of the details. Before you start on the procedures, a topical anesthetic will be applied by the practitioners and then followed by a gel anesthetic in order to prevent pain. The combination of these anesthetics can help to prevent pain that the needles that are used in this procedure may cause. Next the needles puncture with soft pressure. This causes a very thin cut that can barely be distinguished from actual hair. This technique achieves strokes that are very sharp without any “spillage.” It is recommended that you use inorganic pigments that have a mineral base in order to reduce potential allergic reactions.

Hair-by-hair microblading is the most popular of the microblading techniques currently. As suggested by the name, the technique enables the practitioner, to hair by hair, draw your eyebrows, to achieve a very impressive natural looking result. It is important that these pigments be natural. The color must also be customized to every client so that is provides a final result that is realistic. For example, a person with medium-brown hair is going to need to have a medium-brown pigment, whereas a blond is going to need something closer to a light-brown pigment. When it comes to choosing the pigmentation, the variables are skin, hair, and eyes. It is a very precise technique, and you need to have a highly trained professional to avoid eyebrows and skin damage.

To conclude, microblading is ideal for those who would like to totally reconstruct their eyebrows. However, it works as well for people just want to improve their appearance slightly. For example, they might want their 3d brows to have a light arch. This result is undetectable and natural. Whether you want to have eyebrows that are defined, straight or uncombed, you will be provided with amazing results by this semi-permanent technique. Without a doubt, eyebrows are one of the face’s most important features. If you aren’t satisfied with your result, there are several ways that they can be improved: eyebrows gel, sticks, powders or tattoos. However, it is becoming more and more obvious that eyebrow microblading is superior to all of the other options since it looks completely natural and is also semi-permanent, which is another advantage.

Does Microblading Hurt?

It might hurt or it might not. That is a really vague answer of course. However, like regular tattoos, everyone has different pain thresholds. Needles, after all, are involved in this procedures. Usually lots of pain comes with them. Topical anesthetics are applied by many microblading professionals in order to make customers a lot more comfortable. After the skin has been opened, the anesthetic does it job quickly and pain will not be felt by most people.

However, there are also some people who claim that it is a completely painless experience without any type of anesthetic being applied. There are some precautions that need to be taken by anyone considering the procedure. The technique isn’t recommended for individuals suffering from allergies or diabetes or who are taking an anticoagulant medication. People with a history of keloids and pregnant women should avoid microblading as well. The most important piece of advice for anybody who is interested in trying out microblading is to seek out a profession who has lots of experience and works at a reputable center specializing in the treatment. Microblading isn’t something for individuals to just experiment with; knowledge and experience are a necessity. Here at EyebrWOW Microblading in Palatine, our specialty is semi-permanent eyebrow design. We are among the most reliable places in Illinois that you can find for this procedures. Rest assured that you will be 100% satisfied with your results.

In general, microblading isn’t typically painful. Many individuals who under go it don’t feel any pain whatsoever. Even if you are wary of needles and believe that microblading will involve some pain, anesthetics can really help with that.

How Long Does Microblading Last For?

It is a fairly quick and simple technique. To complete the procedure takes about one hour. After it is finished, your eyebrows might look dark and very bold. Don’t worry. That is totally normal. With time, your eyebrows’ tone will gradually turn a lighter color until they are the proper color. After a period of two to four weeks, approximately 30% of the color will disappear. Each person’s healing process is different and may take 25-30 days.

It is important to realize this is a semi-permanent technique. Generally speaking, microblading results will last from one year up to one and a half years. It will depend on several factors like the professional who performed the procedure (materials, technique, experience, etc.), as well as the client and their skin. Some people claim microblading lasts one to three years, which depends on age (youthful or mature) and type of skin (dry, oily, normal). Your skincare regimen plays a critical role as well. For example, the eyebrow pigmentation might last longer if the personal normally wears sunscreen and a hat every day. To achieve the best microblading results, some basic instructions will be provided by the practitioner on what to do and not to do during those first few initial days following the procedure. Those recommendations vary from one practitioner to the next. For example, one practitioner might say that the best thing to do is to wash your eyebrows and then apply ointment. Another practitioner might tell you the exact opposite. The most important thing is to always listen to your trustworthy professional.

As previously stated, most likely you will need a touch-up for your microblading to last for a longer period of time.

Do I Need To Have A Microblading Touch-Up?

Yes! It might vary by client, however, every one needs to have one touch-up session at least four to six week following the initial treatment. That is due to the fact that every individual heals in their own way. Therefore, their outcomes might be different also. There are areas that might not pick color up following the initial session and have to be refilled. Or color might not turn out the shade that was being intended by the practitioner and more brow thickness might need to be added. Individuals with oily skin have a tendency to need a deeper shade during their touch-up session since the oil may lighten the pigment at times. The initial touch-up session is when the practitioner refines your eyebrows to ensure they look perfect in order for their color to be retained.

It isn’t recommended that the first touch-up session be done any earlier than the four week market after the initial microblading has been completed. That is due to the fact that the pigment color will not have had a chance to settle into your skin completely yet. The tissue also needs to have enough time to completely heal so that scar damage is prevented.