As our loyal clients will know we like to offer the very best and latest treatments in Pastille. We were the first in Leeds to bring you Russian Volume lashes and now we are so excited to announce that we are providing microblading right here in Pastille by the incredibly talented Agnes, who will be offering monthly clinics for her services. Agnes has been in the beauty industry for over 16 years and has spent much of that time learning about what makes a perfect brow!

We thought we’d offer you a little Q&A on our blog to (try!) and answer any questions you might have. There are also some before and after pictures at the bottom that were done on our very own Lia!

What is microblading & how is it different to tattooing?

Manual microblading is a form of semi-permanent tattoo that involves using tiny needles (instead of a tattoo gun) that make up a small blade to help deposit pigment under your skin. Rest assured microbladed eyebrows are nothing like grandma’s permanent tattooed eyebrows that sort of look like they were drawn on using a sharpie, and then fade into unnatural shades of blue and pink over time. There are two major differences that make microblading more natural looking compared to the results permanent cosmetics are known for.

First, the type of pigment used for microblading has an iron oxide base. Iron oxide has been a popular ingredient in cosmetics like foundation, blush, lipstick, and eye shadow for decades. An iron oxide base allows the colour to softly fade over time and ultimately vanish, unlike the inks used in permanent cosmetic tattoos.

Second, the pigment used for microblading isn’t implanted into the skin as deeply compared to the depth used for permanent cosmetic procedures. The proper depth for the color to be implanted during the microblading procedure is the upper layer of the dermis. If the microstroke doesn’t go deep enough, the color retention will be poor, and if it’s too deep, it causes scarring and the healed strokes look blurry instead of fine and crisp.

The pigment being implanted to the correct depth, combined with its iron oxide base is what gives microblading results the appearance of natural looking eyebrows.

Microblading is perfect for those who want to fully reconstruct, define, cover gaps, or fill-in over plucked brows. It is an extremely meticulous process that takes around two hours to complete. Agnes’ clinics will be held when the salon is closed to normal clients so she can concentrate completely on you, and you can feel at ease to discuss any concerns or the effect you are hoping for. Most of the first hour is used by Agnes to draw in the shape using removable pencil. This is the longest and most important step as it is here where the best customised shape for each client is chosen.

Does microblading hurt?

Before the microblading begins, a topical numbing cream is applied to the area to minimize discomfort, followed by a liquid anesthetic. If you’re worried that the process is painful some clients may feel a slight discomfort, but it’s relatively painless. Lia one of our beauty therapists in Pastille described it as less painful than threading… (and she’s known to be a bit of a wuss!)

How long do they take to heal?

The best part about the technique is that there is no down time. Your new set of brows will be ready for a selfie immediately after the process. Agnes does, however, does recommend a 1 hour touch up one month after your appointment as the colour does fade by around 30% after the first treatment. The top up is included in the original price.

Since mircroblading involves cutting in to the skin there is a healing process, just as there would be with any wound. This will be fully explained to you at your appointment and you will receive and aftercare pack however the main things are to avoid any sun, direct contact with water (such as swimming and hot showers directly on the eyebrows) and makeup on the area for two weeks. You may experience some soreness and light scabbing in the week after to the treatment however this is to be expected.

How much does microblading cost & when can I have it done!?

As microblading is new to Pastille we are offering an introductory price. From 2018 the price will be set at its permanent price of £280. The price will be tiered until then as below:

Sunday the 25th of June – £180
Sunday the 23rd of July – £180
Sunday the 20th of August – £180
September (date TBC) – £240
October (date TBC) – £240
November (date TBC) – £240
December (date TBC) – £240

These prices include your 1 month top up appointment if you feel it is required and a deposit of £50 will be taken at the time of booking. A patch test will also be carried out prior to the initial appointment.

Before and immediately after treatment pictures, by Agnes.