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Eyebrow Embroidery

What do you need to know about Microblading?

Microblading is becoming an incredibly popular treatment as more and more people like the natural results that it can offer.

What is the eyebrow microblading treatment? Eyebrow microblading (or eyebrow embroidery in Asia) is a relatively a manual method, which does not use the advanced permanent makeup machine. In Egypt and the Middle East, the eyebrow micorblading is widely known and many artists are providing this treatment as the latest technique while the fact that it is not true. The digital permanent makeup which called “eyebrow micropigmentation” is the latest PMU technique in the world.  Due to the lack of makeup artists who are using the advanced the technique, the manual microblading is commonly used in Egypt.

Check this article to learn more about the micropigmentation vs microblading: Eyebrows Micropigmentation Is The New Fashion in Egypt

Why microblading is not suitable for everyone?

There are some cases when the lady cannot get her eyebrows done by microblading technique:

  • People with oily skin: Oily skin is a very common type of skin in Egypt and Arabic countries. Oily skin with big pores or what is called “chicken skin”: thicker oily skin has a very hard time getting crisp hair-strokes with a tendency to blur with excessive oil secretion in microblading the blade cannot provide good results due to the limitation of the manual hand pressures.  The micropigmentation is more suitable and has best results for oily skin due to its super-fine needle and accuracy with pigmentation inside the skin layers.
  • People with sensitive skin: If you have sensitive skin you better avoid the manual microblading. The manual technique might harm your skin and the blade is used can leave scars on your eyebrows. Micropigmentations is more skin friendly as a super-fine needle is used which helps to give you the best results without scars and pain-free.
  • People with traditional eyebrow tattoo: If you already have an old eyebrow tattoo then manual microblading or the digital micropigmentation is not suitable.
  • People under certain types of medications: Increased bleeding tendency or Aspirin and Vitamin K medication.
  • Pregnancy and breastfeeding: as all permanent makeup procedures, none of it can be to pregnant ladies or those who are still breastfeeding.
  • Certain cases: High blood pressure, skin problems like acne, broken capillaries and moles, Keratosis and very dry skin.

For these several reasons when a lady would like to have an eyebrow microblading technique; I always advise my clients to have micrpigementation as it has much better results from the 1st session and suitable for the Egyptian girls’ skin.

Consultation is important

Don’t apply any technique on your skin before doing a research and consulting the makeup artists. I always ask my clients several questions to make sure we are on the safe side; I also check her skin type, and if she has a warm or a cold blood type; so I would know which pigment color to use.

Natural brows are the best

Noting that not all the ladies are good candidates for the eyebrow treatments; some of them just need to let their eyebrows hair grow and reshape them; they would have an extremely natural look. So don’t be hard on yourselves and give your natural eyebrows a chance! For all these mentioned reasons I advise all the ladies to pass by for a free consultation before setting the tattoo appointments!

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Rabab Kelani is a certified Permanent Makeup Artist commonly known as Brow Artist. Dr. Rabab is a specialist in micropigmentation and semipermanent techniques, and her art is widely known in Germany, Singapore, and Egypt.

Categories: Microblading, Microblading Egypt

semi permanent eyebrow techniques

The Different Types of Semi-Permanent Eyebrow Techniques

The world of eyebrow is full of different names and different semi-permanent eyebrow techniques. The majority of those treatments are commonly known as semi-permanent makeup (SPMU). So what is semi-permanent eyebrow? and why it is so popular?

What is the Semi-Permanent Eyebrow Technique?

Technically, semi-permanent procedures are considered as skin-friendly and best treatment because the color is implanted into the dermal layer of the skin unlike old technique of traditional tattoo. This technique provides eyebrow hair strokes that last for certain period of time and will start fading.

A lot of Names and Two Techniques

You might have heard of the following names: “microblading”, “eyebrow embroidery”, “eyebrow micro-pigmentation” “microstroking”,  “hairstorkes tattoo”, “pigment embroidery” or “3D eyebrow embroidery”, it’s undeniable that all those names are only two techniques.

Microblading (Embroidery) vs Micropigemnation

Technique Semi Permanent Eyebrow
Treatment Microblading (Embroidery) Micro-pigmentation
Commercial names and Popularity – Eyebrow Microblading (Europe, USA, Middle East, South America, Australia)
– Eyebrow Embroidery (Singapore, Hong Kong, China, SEA)
– Eyebrow Microstroking (Some artists in the USA)
– Eyebrow Micro-pigmentation (Europe, USA, Latin America)
– Eyebrow Tattooage (Russian way of saying it)
– Commonly known also as (Permanent Makeup)
Digital Eyebrow Embroidery
Description Techinque done by hand; simulated hair strokes created mainly by slicing the skin. The pigment is scratched into the skin; each scratch looks more like real hair immediately after the procedure. However, the results might be very different after it is fully healed; most require three sessions if done alone without added shading technique. Micropigmentation is done with a digital machine. The color is implanted into the dermal layer of the skin using ultra-thin needle. It lasts longer than manual Eyebrow Embroidery method. The appointment time for this procedure is approximately 2 hours. This procedure lasts longer and costs more.
Method Manually using a group of needles gathered in a blade form and attached to a pen. Working superficially to implant micro-pigment into the superficial layer of the skin with an ultra thin needle attached to a digital machine.
Treatment longevity Around 8 months
(The color will fade gradually after 8 months)
12-18 months
(The color will fade gradually after a year)
How it looks after right treatment? – First 3 days it looks the best
–  After peeling strokes will be thicker and more blurred
– First 3 days looks ( 30-40%) darker than the final result.
– After peeling strokes becomes lighter and softer
Color healing Color always heals cooler/ ashier (with a bit of grey tone) Color heals to more natural brow hair color ( less ashy color).
Skin Healing Skin healing takes up to 4-6 weeks Skin healing takes up to 4-6 weeks
Natural look Semi-natural: Thicker hair-strokes with blurred edges and grey shade in between them Natural: Thin and crisp hairstorkes similar to natural eyebrow look
Needle size  Approximability (0.50mm to 0.70mm) 0.25mm,  0.35mm and 0.45mm
Strokes details Straight strokes with slight curves
The strokes has the same thickness
More similar to natural brow hair:
Curvy hair-strokes drawn thicker at the roots and thiner towards the ends.
Strokes volume  20-30  18-28
Type of pigment The pigments has a glycerine base formulation which provides thicker consistency. The micro- pigments for digital treatment are chromophores that are insoluble in water which give color to a substrate they are added to.
Type of Needle Group of needles arranged in a blade form and attached to a manual pen.

embroidery blade needles

Ultra-fine needle comes in a cartridge that prevents backflow and cross-contamination. The needle gets attached to the grip of the digital machine.

Digital embroidery microp pigmentation

Depth in the skin superficial superficial
Effect on the skin Harsh on the skin Tender on the skin
Skin type candidates Suitable for dry to normal skin types
(not applicable for oily skin and thin skin)
 Suitable for all skin types
Skin traumatizing Mid to high traumatizing as the technique rely on skin cuts/slicing. Less traumatizing than traditional embroidery as the fine needle penetrates skin smoothly without cutting nor slicing the skin
Bleeding Mild None to mild
Pain Painful treatment Discomfort and less painful
Origin Chinese treatment (not Japanese as some tend to name it) Started in Germany and widely famous in Europe and USA
 Brow Style  Ideal for those who are looking for Korean style, straight eyebrows. Ideal for those who are looking for Natural looking,  defined and symmetrical brows,

Note: Some of the description provides the average and the most common features of the technique. Some highly skilled eyebrow embroidery artists provide better results than mid-level artists due to the long experience. For micro pigmentation, some inexperienced artist can provide inappropriate results. The experience is a very important factor. 

Understanding the eyebrows techniques and terminology

With all those terms used for the methods, there are also some terms involved when it comes to design, building and shaping eyebrows. Some would like to use the term permanent makeup or permanent cosmetics due to longevity comparing to traditional makeup. Yet, the right terms for those techniques would still be Semi-Permanent. Techniques vary dependent on the eyebrow artist doing the work, the pigment used and the individual needs and desires of the client. While eyebrow embroidery/microblading and micro-pigmentation are semi-permanent techniques, there are differences as you can see from the table above.

What Is my Favorite Technique?

Now we come to the question that matters the most. How I made up my mind?
When I first started working with the semi-permanent makeup, I had my doze of working with both techniques. Over the years and after hundreds of clients I made my mind and became certain that micropigmentation provides the best and most natural results. The maneuverability provided by the ultra thin needle and the accuracy of the digital machine provides crisp, lush and symmetrical brows. The plenty of eyebrows over the years made me prefer micro-pigmentation (digital embroidery) over other techniques.

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Rabab Kelani is a certified Permanent Makeup Artist commonly known as Brow Artist. Dr. Rabab is a specialist in micropigmentation and semipermanent techniques, and her art is widely known in Germany, Singapore, and Egypt.

Categories: Eyebrows, permanent makeup, Semi-Permanent Makeup

eyebrow embroidery shape

Which Eyebrow Shape flatters your face the most?

Thinking of getting a permanent eyebrow micropigmentation and not quite sure about the perfect eyebrow shape for your face?

Eyebrows can enhance your appearance by framing your eyes, flattering your face shape, and balancing your features. The right eyebrow arch can take years off your age, and the distance between your eyebrows can change the whole way your face looks.

Choosing the perfect brow shape depends on several factors like face shape and dimensions without forgetting eye shape and between-eye-distance. By choosing the right brow-shape the entire eye area can be opened up and work to improve your face’s symmetry. The perfect brow for you can make you look younger and rested.

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If you need an inspiration for your eyebrow embroidery shape, there are several things you should take into consideration before deciding on your new eyebrow shape.

The best eyebrow shape for your face shape

“Knowing your face shape is the first step to creating your most beautiful look” – Kevyn Aucoin

Eyebrow shapes for a square face

If you have a square face with bold jaw bones, go for thick eyebrows with a strong arch. This will balance your boldest features and draw attention away from your jawline.

Tip: opt for soft color for your eyebrow embroidery that gives shape and definition to your features.

Eyebrow shapes for a heart-shaped face:

This face shape needs to be treated with care because the focus is already on your eyes and forehead. Bold brows are a strong trend but don’t overdo it if you have a heart-shaped face. Try to keep your eyebrow shape straight and not too thick.

Tip: opt for simple soft shape when getting eyebrow embroidery so you don’t draw more attention to your forehead area.

Eyebrow shapes for a long face:

To balance out a long face which has vertically stretched features, try to choose straight-across brows, this will really help to highlight and exaggerate horizontal features and balance out your face shape.

Tip: be sure to elongate your brow-tail at the end by eyebrow embroidery treatment to emphasize things horizontally.

Eyebrow shapes for oval face:

People with oval faces, consider yourselves lucky! A classic, balanced brow is perfect for this well-proportioned face shape.

Tip: There are really no rules, except to work with the dimensions of your face for the most flattering shape.

Eyebrows shapes for round face:

Because rounder faces need a little help in creating definition to the bone structure. a high, sharp arch will provide a vertical point on your face, lifting your features upwards rather than outwards.

Tip: Make sure to get ombre-look eyebrow embroidery that emphasizes the arch and tail more than the beginning of the brows.

The distance of your eyes is also a key factor for creating your perfect eyebrows shape.

Eyebrow shapes for close-set-eyes:

Close-set eyes go well with long, wide arch, elongated brow-tail eyebrows that point things outwards.

Eyebrow shape for wide-set-eyes:

If you have wide-set eyes, try to fill in your brows so that they start further in than your eyes to draw attention to the center.

Rabab Kelani is a certified Permanent Makeup Artist commonly known as Brow Artist. Dr. Rabab is a specialist in micropigmentation and semipermanent techniques, and her art is widely known in Germany, Singapore, and Egypt.

Categories: Eyebrows, permanent makeup