How long does eyebrow feathering last? Factors and timeline
Eyebrow feathering promises a natural, full-brow look that simplifies your daily beauty routine. So, how long does eyebrow feathering last? This guide will take you through the eyebrow feathering timeline, the factors affecting its longevity, and the all-important aftercare steps. And because we know you might be curious, we'll even discuss how feathering stacks up against microblading.
What is Eyebrow Feathering?
Eyebrow feathering is a type of semi-permanent tattooing that fills in sparse areas of your brows to enhance their natural shape.
Using a handheld microblading tool, the cosmetic artist creates small, hair-like strokes, depositing pigment into the superficial dermis of the skin - the top layers - making a soft, feathery appearance that mimics real brow hairs.
How Long Does Eyebrow Feathering Last?
Micro-feathering lasts between 6 - 18 months.
So, why does eyebrow feathering fade? Unlike traditional tattooing, micro-feathering uses micro-pigment - which is why it doesn't last forever, and you need to have your brows touched up.
At Tanya Beauty Care, we recommend getting your brows refreshed at least once a year to keep them looking in great shape.
Microblading vs Micro-feathering: Which Lasts Longer?
Both microblading and micro-feathering are techniques used for creating fuller brows, but they differ in some key ways.
Microblading involves making fine hair-like strokes, ideal for those with thin or sparse brows wanting a fuller shape.
Microfeathering is less invasive, filling only the sparse areas and leaving some gaps for a more natural look. This is more suitable for those who already have relatively full brows.
The longevity of eyebrow feathering is usually shorter than microblading. This is because microblading involves deeper pigment insertion.
However, the 'natural' look you get from micro-feathering might be worth the more frequent touch-ups for some.
Eyebrow Feathering Timeline
Initial Consultation: What to Expect
Your first step at Tanya Beauty Care involves a detailed consultation with an expert brow artist. This is crucial for achieving long-lasting, beautiful brows.
During this consultation, the artist discusses your aesthetic preferences, examines your skin tone, and sketches an outline of your eyebrows. High-quality, hypoallergenic pigment is used to ensure safety and longevity.
The Micro-feathering Process
After agreeing on your desired look, the actual brow work begins. First, your artist cleans the brow area and applies some numbing cream to minimise discomfort.
Once the skin is ready, the artist finalises your desired brow shape. Special tools measure your brows accurately, marking where they should start, peak, and end.
After you give the go-ahead, the artist lightly outlines this shape with an eyebrow pencil and removes any stray hairs.
Different shades of hypoallergenic ink are mixed together to ensure your brows match your natural colour. Then, using a specialised handheld tool, the artist starts making soft, feather-like strokes to fill in your brows.
This part is generally not too uncomfortable, thanks to the earlier application of numbing cream, but depending on your pain threshold, you will likely experience some discomfort.
To finish, a final coat of ink is applied and allowed to sit for around 10 minutes. This ensures the colour sets well, leaving you with lasting, natural-looking brows.
Here's what you can expect right after your session
As soon as the micro-feathering is complete, your brow area may appear slightly red, and the colour of the brows will be notably darker than the final result will be. Don't worry; this is part of the usual process.
We will give you our soothing, antiseptic ointment to help kick-start healing.
Immediate eyebrow feathering aftercare advice:
These immediate aftercare steps are crucial for ensuring the longevity and appearance of your new brows.
Aftercare of Eyebrow Feathering: First 7 days
- Within the first half-hour post-session, gently dab your brows with a clean tissue to remove any excess ointment or natural oils that may hinder the pigment's settling ability.
- Keep the area dry; this is super important! For the first seven days post-session, keeping your brows completely dry is essential. Avoid water, sweat, and steam to let the pigment settle into the skin.
- From the fourth or fifth night, apply a light layer of antiseptic cream on your brows before bed. This helps in preventing any infection and aids in healing.
- Resist the urge to scratch or pick at your brows, even if they start to itch during the healing process.
- Avoid applying makeup or skincare products on or around the brow area for at least a week to prevent infection or pigment loss.
By following these aftercare steps diligently, you set the foundation for your brows to heal beautifully and maintain the pigment and the longevity of eyebrow feathering.
The Healing Process: First Two Months
Overall, it will take about one to two months to complete the healing process, with the tattooed area settling into its final appearance.
Straight after the session at Tanya Beauty Care, your brows will appear darker than the final shade. The ink needs time to settle and blend into your skin.
Within the first week, you may experience itchiness and patchiness; this is completely normal. Expect your brows to start peeling or scabbing around the fifth or sixth night, which is a part of the healing process.
As mentioned earlier, keep your eyebrows completely dry for the first seven days and apply antiseptic cream from the fourth or fifth night.
By the end of the first month, your brows will take on a softer and more natural appearance.
About 5 - 6 weeks post-treatment, a touch-up session will be due. Your skin will have mostly healed, and some areas may need more pigment to achieve a balanced and long-lasting look.
Proper care during this healing phase is key to avoiding complications like scabbing and pigment loss, which can significantly impact the longevity of your feathering.
Aftercare of Eyebrow Feathering: Long-Term
Continuing to pay attention to the aftercare of eyebrow feathering after the initial healing stages is key to keeping your brows in top shape and potentially reducing how often you'll need touch-ups.
The sun can fade your brow colour pretty quickly. To avoid this, always use sunscreen on your face. If you'll be out in the sun for a long time, ensure you also wear a hat. Good to protect your brows and your skin!
The type of skincare products you use can also affect your brows. Products with ingredients like AHAs or retinol might make the colour fade faster. So, be sure to check what's in your skincare products before applying them near your brow area.
These simple steps can make a big difference in how your feathered brows look over time.
Touch-Ups: Maintain Those Gorgeous Brows
Keeping your feathered brows looking their best does mean you'll need a touch-up now and then. At Tanya Beauty Care, we recommend coming in for a touch-up about once a year.
This helps keep the colour vibrant and the shape defined so your brows continue to frame your face beautifully.
So, set a reminder for yourself and make sure to book your appointment in advance, especially if you're very happy with your current look and want to keep it that way.
Factors Affecting Longevity
Your skin type
Your skin type plays a critical role in how long your micro-feathering will last.
Oily skin tends to resist ink differently than dry or combination skin, often leading to faster fading. If you have oily skin, it might be a good idea to schedule your touch-ups a bit sooner than the typical one-year mark.
How much time you spend in the sun
Regular exposure to the sun's UV rays can significantly speed up the fading process of your feathered brows. The sun can bleach the pigment, making it lighter and less distinct.
We suggest using a brow-friendly SPF product, especially during the summer months, to protect your investment and keep your brows looking vibrant for longer.
Your skincare routine
Your skincare routine can also affect the staying power of your feathered brows.
Products containing acids (like glycolic acid, salicylic acid, or hyaluronic acid) or exfoliants can accelerate the fading process. If you can't live without your skincare products with these ingredients, you might notice your brows fading more quickly.
Consider using these products less frequently on the brow area or consult with your cosmetic artist for alternative skincare options that won't have a negative affect on your brows.
How often you hit the gym or go swimming
If you have an active lifestyle involving many outdoor activities, swimming, or frequent sweating, it may cause the ink to fade quicker. Sweat and chlorine can be enemies to your feathered brows.
With proper aftercare of eyebrow feathering and timely touch-ups can extend its life for up to 18 months. Understanding your skin type, protecting your brows from sun exposure, and maintaining a gentle skincare routine can further help preserve your look.
Have questions? Contact our team - we're here to help you achieve your brow goals!