Is microblading worth it?

Helen Mirren says the permanent make-up for brows has changed her life


This microblading horror story will give you nightmares

Microblading is one of the biggest beauty trends right now. We've seen the treatment's popularity sky-rocket as more and more people decide to opt for semi-permanent brows, and tbh we get it. The idea of giving up that daily battle with a brow pencil is very intriguing.

But for one woman, her microblading experience went horrifically wrong.

Amanda Coats from Melbourne, Australia, booked in for the 30minute treatment - which involves having micropigments injected under the skin with a small blade, to give the appearance of fuller eyebrows.

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Safety of Permanent Makeup

ALovely red lips, perfectly shaped eyebrows, and flattering eyeliner. Permanent makeup holds the promise you'll work all day, go to the gym, dance all night, and wake up in the morning with makeup in place. Nothing, it seems, will phase these cosmetic tattoos.

In the hands of a skilled person, the procedures are generally safe. But state regulatory agencies haven't kept pace with the growth of the permanent makeup industry, and there are lots of unqualified people wielding needles.

Permanent makeup is considered micropigmentation, similar to tattoos. It involves using a needle to place pigmented granules beneath the upper layers of the skin. Tattooing and medical restoration, which corrects imperfections from scars and vitiligo (lack of natural pigmentation in the skin), are similar procedures. "They're the same procedures but used for different purposes," says ophthalmologist Charles S. Zwerling, MD, who coined the term micropigmentation.

Permanent makeup for eyeliner is the most popular cosmetic enhancement, followed by eyebrows and lip color. Some practitioners offer blush and eye shadow, but Zwerling, chairman of the American Academy of Micropigmentation (AAM) in Goldsboro, N.C., says he's totally opposed. "What I've seen has been very poorly done. You can't be sure what the color is going to do, and if you get an allergic reaction, you're dealing with a large surface area. You're talking about major reconstructive face surgery."

Most procedures are done after applying an anesthetic to the skin. Zwerling says after the initial procedure, touch-up might be required but no sooner than one month and as much as three months later. Practitioners include dermatologists, cosmetologists, aestheticians, nurses, and tattooists. Before you rush to the Yellow Pages to find a practitioner, experts advise doing your homework.

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Helen Mirren, 72, reveals she has got her eyebrows tattooed

She recently posted a make-up free selfie on Instagram ahead of the Oscars after claiming she's suffered with 'insecurities all her life'.

And Helen Mirren has revealed her secret to her age-defying looks, admitting she has got her eyebrows tattooed on.

The actress, 72, said she was 'fed up' with her sparse brows and confessed she has noticed a 'huge difference' in her confidence since undergoing the microblading procedure.

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