Dermaplaning vs. Microdermabrasion: Differences, Pros and Cons, Which One Should You Get?

By Daniel Mattia

  • Dermaplaning and microdermabrasion are cosmetic procedures that physically exfoliate to improve the appearance of skin.
  • Little research has been conducted into dermaplaning, but anecdotal reports suggest similar efficacy and side effects as microdermabrasion.
  • Choosing between both dermaplaning or microdermabrasion will depend on your specific skin concerns and needs.
  • Some providers combine both procedures to take advantage of each treatment’s unique benefits.

Skin rejuvenation is a means of restoring the skin’s contour and texture. Dermaplaning and microdermabrasion are two non-invasive cosmetic procedures that rejuvenate the skin through the process of physical exfoliation, scraping or peeling away the surface of the skin to trigger the body’s wound-healing process.

Once the skin regenerates, it is smoother and more uniform, with an improvement in the appearance of blemishes such as wrinkles, discoloration and scarring – including acne scarring. The process of exfoliation also removes dead skin cells, dirt and oil from the surface of the skin, all of which contribute to the growth of acne-causing bacteria.

Although dermaplaning and microdermabrasion are similar in action and results, both procedures differ in several ways.

Key Differences Between Dermaplaning and Microdermabrasion

Dermaplaning uses a sterile blade or scalpel, called a dermaplane, to shave away the top layer of the skin. Microdermabrasion uses either a diamond tip to buff or sand the surface of skin, or a spray of fine crystals to peel it away.

Despite the popularity of both procedures, more research has been conducted into the efficacy and processes of microdermabrasion. Dermaplaning requires more research and better documentation before its true benefits can be determined.

Research into microdermabrasion has demonstrated mild but clinically significant improvements to the skin following treatment, with patients reporting they are pleased with their results. Anecdotal evidence following dermaplaning treatment suggests similar results and patient satisfaction.

Benefits

The wound-healing process that follows a dermaplaning or microdermabrasion session stimulates collagen production, a protein responsible for giving skin its elasticity. New deposits of collagen help to rejuvenate the skin and reduce the visibility of surface blemishes.

However, due to the different techniques, while the benefits are similar, they are not identical. 

Microdermabrasion BenefitsDermaplaning Benefits 
Treats noninflammatory acne

Smooths wrinkles and fine lines

Reduces skin discoloration, such as hyperpigmentation and melasma

Decreases visibility of scars, including acne scars

Reduces appearance of enlarged pores

Manages appearance of stretch marks

Enhances transdermal drug delivery
Shaves away fine vellus hair or peach fuzz

Removes pockmarks and deep scars, including acne scars

Reduces milia and comedones

Smooths wrinkles and fine lines

Enhances transdermal drug delivery

No contraindications

Pros and cons

With both procedures, results are immediately visible but each requires a different number of sessions to maintain.

Microdermabrasion is generally intended as a preventative or maintenance-type treatment. At first, multiple weekly sessions are necessary before desired results are attained, then maintenance sessions can be scheduled as infrequently as once per month.

Dermaplaning requires more frequent sessions to maintain results, in general, about every three weeks.

Cost

The costs of dermaplaning vs. microdermabrasion are comparable and based on a per-session rate. In general, dermaplaning costs between $75 and $250 per session; microdermabrasion between $75 and $200 on average.

The cost of either procedure is impacted by the:

  • Location in which the procedure is performed
  • Skill level of the operator or provider
  • Optional extras, such as a massage or peel
  • Size of the treatment area

Because multiple sessions are typically required for either procedure, many providers offer discounts or package deals for booking a series of consecutive treatments. Likewise, discounts are often offered for bundle deals in which dermaplaning or microdermabrasion is performed in addition to other services, such as a chemical peel.

How to Choose Between Dermaplaning and Microdermabrasion

Choosing one procedure over the other will depend on your specific skin concern and needs. For example, if you wish to eliminate peach fuzz, dermaplaning is the clear choice; in contrast, those with enlarged pores will achieve better results from microdermabrasion.

Ideal candidates for dermaplaning

Dermaplaning is an effective skin rejuvenation procedure for those seeking to treat or reduce the visibility of:

  • Vellum hair or peach fuzz
  • Photoaging, or damage caused to the skin by sun exposure
  • Pockmarks and deep scars, including acne scars
  • Milia and comedones
  • Wrinkles and fine lines

Dermaplaning can be used on all skin types and tones. This treatment does not have any contraindications, so those with conditions such as rosacea or telangiectasias can still undergo the procedure, although consultation with a medical professional is recommended before treatment.

Ideal candidates microdermabrasion

Candidates for microdermabrasion are those individuals who wish to reduce the signs and visibility of:

  • Photoaging
  • Uneven skin tone and texture, such as hyperpigmentation and melasma
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Enlarged pores
  • Atrophic scars, or indented scars, including acne scars
  • Stretch marks

This procedure is safe for all skin types and tones, including dark skin. However, people with rosacea, telangiectasias or sensitive skin should consult their dermatologist to determine if an alternative treatment is a better option.

Dermaplaning vs. Microdermabrasion for Acne

Acne breakouts occur when dirt, debris and oil become trapped in pores, forming a clog. Clogged pores become breeding grounds for bacteria, which eventually manifest as acne lesions.

Both procedures effectively remove dirt and debris from the skin’s surface. This reduces the likelihood of acne-causing bacteria growing in your pores and helps prevent acne from forming.

Because dermaplaning shaves away vellus hair, there’s less material for debris and oil to cling to and linger on the skin’s surface. As a result, pores are less likely to become clogged and filled with acne-causing bacteria.

Microdermabrasion helps prevent acne breakouts by reducing the size of pores and removing loose debris by means of the microdermabrasion tool’s vacuum attachment. This results in a smaller pore size and less room for clogs to develop, which in turn, reduces the possibility of an acne breakout.

Although both procedures help prevent acne from forming, results are limited. Furthermore, neither procedure is safe to use on those with active acne breakouts. In many cases, alternative treatments may be more effective or safer to treat acne.

Acne scars

Despite claims of its potential for minimizing the visibility of acne scars, there is no significant research to support the efficacy of dermaplaning for acne scars. However, it is theorized that the increased cell turnover and stimulation of collagen production helps fill in scars and pockmarks. In addition, it may also be possible for this procedure to shave away existing scar tissue.

This same theory is said to apply to microdermabrasion. While improvements to acne scars following this procedure are mild, for best results, some people achieve better results by undergoing an alternative treatment.

Blackheads

Blackheads, or open comedones, are manifestations of acne that form when pores become clogged with dead skin cells and oil. They appear on the skin’s surface as a bump with a darkened head.

As forms of physical exfoliation, both procedures remove dead cells and sebum from the surface of the skin. In the case of microdermabrasion, this material, including oil, is suctioned up from the skin. After either treatment, the likelihood of developing blackheads is reduced. 

However, once again, there is little supporting research into the true efficacy of dermaplaning for blackhead prevention.

Dermaplaning vs. Microdermabrasion for Hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation is the appearance of dark spots and patches on the skin. This discoloration is caused by the overproduction of melanin, a pigment that gives skin its color, during a process called melanization.

Hyperpigmentation may manifest as melasma, sunspots or age spots. It may also develop after an injury, inflammation, or as a side effect of a number of other, more rare conditions.

Because both procedures resurface the skin, they may have some positive effect on reducing skin discoloration. In the case of microdermabrasion, there is some evidence of clinically significant improvements to mottled pigmentation.

There is no research into the efficacy of dermaplaning for hyperpigmentation; however, because dermaplaning is similar in nature to microdermabrasion, some estheticians and dermatologists may perform this procedure to treat hyperpigmentation.

Safety Profile of Dermaplaning and Microdermabrasion

Dermaplaning and microdermabrasion are each considered safe and noninvasive cosmetic treatments. Sedation or anesthesia are not required for treatment, and both procedures are suitable for all skin tones and types.

Potential side effects following dermaplaning include:

  • Skin redness
  • Whiteheads
  • Skin flaking

 Side effects following microdermabrasion include:

  • Skin redness
  • Skin tenderness and sensitivity
  • Petechiae, or small coloured spots indicating bleeding beneath the skin’s surface
  • Dry skin

There is no downtime following either procedure and any side effects, if they do occur, usually clear up within hours of treatment. Patients must avoid direct sunlight for 24–48 hours after treatment and use generous amounts of sunscreen for as long as the skin takes to heal – about three weeks.

You should avoid either procedure if you are experiencing an active skin infection, including acne or herpes, or are prone to hypertrophic or keloid scars.

Can you get dermaplaning and microdermabrasion together?

Some dermatologists or aestheticians offer combination packages of dermaplaning and microdermabrasion. During a combination treatment, the skin will be lightly exfoliated while vellus hair is removed from the skin’s surface via dermaplaning. Next, your provider will begin exfoliating and resurfacing your skin via microdermabrasion.

Combining both treatments could give skin a smoother and more youthful appearance than could be expected after only one procedure.

Takeaway

Dermaplaning and microdermabrasion are cosmetic treatments in which the surface of the skin is physically exfoliated to trigger a wound-healing response. Once the skin heals, it is left more uniform, even-toned, and with a reduced appearance of dark spots and blemishes.

Both procedures can each be used to treat many of the same complaints, but with one difference: where dermaplaning shaves fine hair from the skin, microdermabrasion cannot. Instead, microdermabrasion can unclog and reduce enlarged pores, potentially making it a more effective treatment for acne prevention than dermaplaning.

Although there are more in-depth studies on microdermabrasion than dermaplaning, both procedures are commonly recommended by aestheticians and dermatologists for the purpose of skin rejuvenation. Patients have reported they are satisfied with the results of either treatment, although dermaplaning typically requires more frequent treatment sessions to maintain visible results.

The safety profile of dermaplaning vs. microdermabrasion is comparable, although patients with rosacea or telangiectasias should consult with their provider before undergoing microdermabrasion. In most cases, side effects following either procedure are temporary and clear up within hours.

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Emla-the over-counter numbing cream that works

At Feature Clinic we advise client to have Emla numbing cream prior to the Microblading/ Pigmentation treatment. Here are more details about the cream and how to use it.

  • What is ELMA Cream Used For?

EMLA Cream – 5g is suitable if you plan to use EMLA occasionally and if you only need to numb a small area of skin (microblading or pigmentation). Elma Cream can be used for tattoos and tattoo removal.

  • How does Emla Numbing Cream Work?

Emla Cream contains prilocaine and lidocaine, two active ingredients that help numb the skin for at least two hours.

When Emla cream is applied to the skin, the lidocaine and prilocaine help prevent pain signals passing from that area to the brain thus helping to ease the pain otherwise caused by needles or minor cosmetic skin procedures.

  • Emla Cream 5% instructions for application:
  1. Make sure that the area of the skin to be anaesthetised is clean and dry.
  2. Squeeze half a 5g tube of Emla cream (about 2g) onto the procedure site, over an area the size of a 50p coin. For more specific instructions, depending on age, part of the body or procedures, usage timings may be as little as 10 minutes, see the pack leaflet.
  3. Take one of the occlusive dressings and remove the centre cut-out piece. Peel the protective paper away from the underside. Cover the Emla cream with the dressing so that you get a thick layer underneath. Do not spread out the cream. Press down the edges firmly to avoid leakage.
  4. Emla must be applied at least one hour before the procedure and can be left in place for up to five hours for adults and four hours for children. The longer the cream stays on, the better the anaesthetic effect.
  5. When ready for use, remove the dressing and wipe off excess cream with a tissue.

(You can use clingfilm if you do not have the dressings )

Please make sure an appropriate occlusive dressing is used to cover the skin to maximise the absorption, and leave on the skin surface for adequate time (usually 60 minutes) ahead of the needle procedure. You can also ask your pharmacist to advise you on how much to use and where to apply. Please ensure the needle procedure is performed within the following four hours, but preferably as soon as possible after removal of the excess cream.

  • Emla Cream 5% 30g warnings:
  1. Carefully follow the instructions supplied with the cream.
  2. Wash your hands after applying the cream, unless your hands are the area being treated.
  3. Take care to avoid contact of Emla Cream with the eyes, as this could numb the eye and prevent its protective reflexes, resulting in irritation. If you accidentally get the cream in your eyes, rinse well with lukewarm water or saline solution and protect the eye until sensation returns.

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EMLA is one of only a few topical anaesthetics available over the counter for clients, beside LMX-4 and Ametop. These products are ‘P’ medicines, which mean Pharmacy Only Medicine, and should be given under direction of the pharmacist direct to the user (client). That is why Feature Clinic always ask clients to purchase and apply their own anaesthetic and get them to sign a form stating that they are using anaesthetic on their own free will. Clients are always advised to stick to the recommended dosage and keep records of the amount applied, length of time applied and the products batch number for future reference. Clients will need to sign a form to state they are happy to use anaesthetic and are aware of all associated risks of doing so.

How to find the best PMU machine

A big question always being asked when you are new to permanent make up- What is the best machine to buy. I do not believe in the best brand of choice, but I do believe that a machine must be Suitable for the user.

Then you would ask again: How to I know if a machine is suitable for me? The answer depends on many factors, such as: how big is your hand? What do you use your machine for? Do you want to have one for the whole PMU career life or just to try?…Ask yourself as many question as you can then put answers to them, the more info you got about your ideal machine, the easier it will be for you to find the right one.

I have tiny hands that fit size XS gloves, so my choice would never be a big, chunky machine that will make me tired for a long treatment. Also, as my hand is small, I would choose a lightweight machine as well, same reason as the first one.

I have tried quite several different machines and still want to try more, and I have made this list to make your choice easier. Remember to go for the “Best value for money” not the cheapest. I will write more about cartridge in another post.

Happy finding machine!

Microblading License Requirement in UK and London

If you are planning to work in England and Wales doing Microblading (MB)and Micropigmentation (MP) you will need a license called Tattoo, piercing and electrolysis licence

This licence covers:

  • tattooing
  • semi-permanent skin colouring
  • cosmetic piercing
  • electrolysis
  • acupuncture

You must register both yourself and your premises with the local council.

 In Greater London (except for the City of London), you must get a Special Treatments Licence from your council instead

If you apply by post or in person you must send a copy of your application to the Metropolitan Police and the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority. You don’t need to do this if you apply online.

Restrictions

You can only work in the area where you’re licensed.

You must follow any local byelaws relating to staff hygiene and the safety and cleanliness of your premises, furniture, and equipment. Your premises will usually be inspected before you get your licence.

How to apply

You must provide details about yourself and your premises, as well as pay a one-off registration fee. These are set by the council and vary from area to area.

If approved, you will get a certificate of registration (or licence).

Registration lasts as long as you intend to work in the area. ( gov.co.uk)

* In London, however, you need to renew your licence regularly. This varies from area to area and can be every 18 months. You will have to pay a renewal fee.

Application Evaluation Process
In order to get the license you would need to follow a set of general condition for Special treatment license and requirement for MB and MP.

Some of the general conditions for a tattooing salon are:

  • The premises must be well ventilated an illuminated
  • The premises and facilities must be maintained in good repair and in a good state of cleanliness.
  • Only sterile single-use disposable needles may be used.
  • Staff must wear disposable gloves which are changes for each client.
  • A supply of the following must be maintained:
    • Disposable non-latex gloves & Disposable single use needle.
  • Any equipment that is not disposable shall be thoroughly cleaned with disinfectant after each use
  • Clients must be provided with information to explain:
    • The process of skin piercing or tattooing
    • The risks associated with the procedure
    • The aftercare requirements of the procedure

Each treatment room must have

  • A sink with hot and cold running water which uses non-hand operable taps (in some councils normal tap is acceptable)
  • A soap dispenser containing soap
  • A washable bench or chair with disposable paper sheets
  • A dispenser containing alcohol solution
  • A waste bucket with a pedal operated lid
  • A sharps container for storage of needles
  • A first aid kit

Other Health and Safety rules also applied:

  • Risk assessments ( if you have 5 staffs including yourself)
  • COSHH ( how to handle dangerous liquid )
  • Fire safety policy
  • Electrical safety procedures with electrical certificate and PAT testing certificate

Special requirement for Microblading and Micropigmentation in London:

+Each technician must have Level 4 VTCT certificate or equivalent in Microblading or Micropigmentation or both

More about the cost and route to get those VCTC certificate will be explained in next blog post

+ A specialise Autoclave (similar one that is used for dentist or in hospital) if you use reusable hand tools. If you do not have this Autoclave, then all the MB or MP tools must be single use only

+ Non latex gloves – in this case Nitrile glove or non-powder latex gloves can be used together if clients is check for latex allergy before treatments.

+ Only sterile pigment or ink pre-packed in single use vials may be used for the activity of MP or MB, you can get a smaller package for each treatment or get enough pigment for one use in a sterilise containers

+ Disposal of needle must be carried out by a professional clinical waste company. A valid contract would be needed for a license.

+ Clients consent Forms must contain specific information about how long the colour would stay on client skin

+ Printed after Care advice for each client to take home

How do I keep my motivation during lockdown as a new salon owner

Being an owner for a brand new salon, to many people it is a dream come true. To me it is, indeed. However only one month from the salon grand opening day, it was forced to shut down as the lockdown came to effect on the 23rd of March 2020. Words could not describe my feelings: it is a mixture of sadness, disappointment, desperation , anger and depression at some points. The reason for all those feeling was because I was treating my new salon like my new-born child, and it is a very similar situation when you are on a desert and you had to abandon your child for a greater reason, for the sake of the whole community for example. Obviously the salon is not a child and it will not be hungry or thirsty , but there are still many things to worry about such as:

( some of them are silly, I know)

– What if I lost all my clients?

-What if I lost all my staff?

-Will my skills be downgraded? Or will my staffs’ skill be downgraded?

– How about rents and other expenses? How long can I cover them without income?

Thanks to the Government Grant for Small businesses, I can cover few months of my rents and expenses without taking a loan from my overstretched credit cards (used for renovation of the salon). But I am still having other concerns hanging in my head . Then I realised that if I do not do anything, none of these concerns would go away and I would slip into further depression.

I start to make a list during this lockdown and try to tick them off one by one, it seems to help me because as long as I still have unfinished items on the list, I feel like my time at home is not completely wasted. Here is my list :

1. Update all clients information, (from the client consent form), into the computer. Normally I am so busy I was always behind with this task. But it only took me one week.

2. Writing my online taster lesson for artists who want to do this job but do not know where to start. I am still working on this one as it takes forever and I am not sure if it would be better as a blog post or a long online lesson?!

3. Changing my website completely. I ended up just upgrading my website as the fee for the new website is out of my budget and you know that during this time spending is strictly prohibited or avoided at all costs.

4. Making my website look better. There are many things you can make you website look better such as rearranging the menu items, changing font colour or style, updating the testimonials. I changed all my photos using a photo editing software ( befunky.com) it costs nothing and it makes your photos look professional. I can write more about this software and how to start a website which looks good and costs minimum if you want.

5. Decorating the salon. I painted some of the unfinished bits on the salon walls and also tried to decorate the salon with some pictures. However the delivery takes so long during the lockdown, so far I only received 2 out of 6 wall art pieces that I ordered.

6. Start a blog– this is what I am doing right now and this task will last me well after lockdown, as I love to write about many things regarding my job as a Microblading, PMU artist . Writing is a way to ease my chatty nature and share my passion and knowledge and the same time.

I have ticked off 4 out of 6 items on my list and only two left. I just hope I can come back to work on the 26th of May following some newspapers’ suggestion. I finally see brows at the end of the tunnel!

Q& A before a Microblading/PMU treatment

  1. How long does the procedure take? If you can pre-numb using Emla- it is only takes 90 mins ( including discussion about the shapes, colour.., mirror check)
  2. What is the after care procedure? You will be provided with an After Care instruction for all the information needed.
  3. Will it hurt? It is a semi – permanent treatment ,so yes you might feel it but there are numbing creams and numbing gels to help.
  4. How long does the result last? With two treatments( the first one and a top up after 4-8 weeks depending on what treatment) the result will last for at least 12 months ( for microblading ) and 2 years ( lips, eye liners)
  5. What is the age limit for the treatment? You will have to be at least 18 to have the treatments and up to the age when you still want to look pretty.  
  6. I have a microblading/ permanent cosmetic treatment before, can I still do it? Yes, but you will need to have a assessment on how your former treatment healed, was it resulted in any scar tissue, how the pigment appears now and what your expectations are for this one.
  7. I am diabetic- can I still have my eyebrows microbladed? There are several types of diabetes, it is always a good practice to consult with your GP before going forward. In some instances, diabetic customers may not heal well  or have problem with excessive bleeding or have a sudden drop in blood sugar level.  Ombre brows treatment  is considered to be better for those with diabetics as it less invasive.
  8. I am pregnant, or nursing, can I still do it? Women who is in her second or third trimester of pregnancy may be unable to lie on her back comfortably ; in fact it has potential of negatively affecting the fetus in some cases.
  9. I have had cold sores, can I have my lips done? It is best to ask your GP to prescribe an antiviral medication to be taken prior to the procedure and a short period of time after the procedure. Proper use of an antiviral medication will assist in the prevention of the development of herpes viral eruptions on the lip tissue. Customer should be aware that permanent cosmetic lip procedure will require more than one session and that it would be appropriate to have adequate quantities of antiviral medication for at least two procedures: the initinal and 1 or 2 touch up.
  10. I have had some alcohol within the last 24 hours before the treatment, is that okay? Alcohol, especially wine, tend to cause more bleeding. Bleeding is normally minimal and controllable issue for an eyebrow or eyeliner procedure; however; if it is a lip procedure , rebook is recommended.
  11. I am allergic to Latex -is it an issue? For that reason we always use Nitrite gloves in our practice.
  12. What if I have had Botox injections? Botox injections can temporarily alter the eyebrows positioning. It is best to consult with the medical provider who conducted the Botox service as to appropriate timing for permanent cosmetic procedure.
  13. What if I am allergic to hair dyes? People who allergic to hair dyes may also be sensitive or allergic to ingredients in permanent cosmetic pigments. A skin test will be required before the procedure.
  14.  ​What if I use Tanning beds regularly? The pigment applied to clients who intentionally tan will face much sooner than that of a person who avoids UV rays. It is best to use less of this service for a better result.
  15. I just had a laser or chemical peel within six months, does that affect the procedure? These treatments thin the layers of the skin therefore customer might have a very sensitive skin. The laser and peel treatments do not normally directly affect the actual tissue that have the microbalding treatment on however to perform the permanent treatment, technician ,must stretch the skin surrounding eyes, brows, lips and do not want to cause any further skin irritation, therefore it is advisable to wait for at least 3 months after laser or peels to have other permanent treatments. 

What is the best brows shape for your face?

The first thing that you need to know is that there are around 6 kinds of face shapes. It is really important to know which is yours, so you can bring harmony to your look. First, figure out your face shape, and then check what kind of eyebrow looks best with it.

1. Oval face

First, let’s look into the features that an oval-shaped face has. The forehead is wider than the chin, the cheekbones are prominent, and the chin is narrow.

If this is your face type, the perfect eyebrow shape for you is the soft angled shape. That means it goes straight up, then gently curves at the top and goes down. It is important that you don’t have an arch that is too high, otherwise your face won’t look symmetrical.

2. Round face

The round-shaped face is known for being almost as wide as it is long and for having a wide cheek area.

If this is your face structure, you should go for an arched eyebrow. From the start of the eyebrow, go up until the middle of it, and then down. The lines that the brows create help make your face appear longer.

Since the goal is to make your face look less round, you should avoid an eyebrow that is too round or flat.

3. Oblong face

People that have an oblong face have a forehead, cheekbones, and a jawline that are about the same width, and a narrow chin.

If this is your type of face, the best eyebrow shape for you is a flat shape. The straight horizontal lines help make your face appear shorter, therefore balancing it. To achieve this look, try to make the bottom of your eyebrow as straight as possible, respecting its original shape, always.

If you go for an angled eyebrow, the straight lines going up will make your face look longer than it is, instead of balancing it. Try to avoid this shape.

4. Square face

For those with a square-shaped face, the forehead, cheekbones, and jawline are all about the same width. The squared jawline is the most present and obvious feature that this kind of face presents.

If you have a square face shape, it is recommended to go for a curved brow shape to soften the square jaw, that is your strongest feature. To achieve that, follow your eyebrow’s natural shape, draw in the arch but don’t draw it too strong or too high.

If you go for an arched eyebrow, it will only make your features look more defined and strong, and that is the contrary to what we are going for.

5. Heart-shaped face 

This type of face is really similar to an oval one, the biggest difference is that people with heart-shaped faces have a pointed chin.

If you can relate to these features, the best eyebrow shape for you is a curved one. It creates a natural look that is soft and feminine. The curved eyebrow is simple to do, just follow your eyebrow’s natural shape and draw a soft arch. The lines should not be super strong, since we are trying to achieve a delicate look.

Avoid a super straight eyebrow, since it does not balance your pointed chin.

6. Diamond-shaped face

This type of face structure is not as common as the others. The face is highly angular and the forehead is short, while the face is widest at the temples.

If you are one of the people that has this kind of face, go for a curved brow. It is going to help soften your angles and give the impression that your face is symmetrical. To do a curved brow, just follow your natural eyebrow’s shape and make the lines as soft as possible.

You can have an arched brow, but avoid a strong one. Since your features are already really pronounced, you should try to balance them.

Source: Brightside

Microblading vs Nano Blading

What is Nano Blading and why it might be the best choice for your permanent brows treatment.

You have heard and read a lot about Microblading, more details are explained in our Service and Price list section of Feature Clinic website. In short, Microblading and Nano blading ( other names are Digital Permanent Make Up brows, 3D or Hair-strokes brows) are forms of eyebrow tattooing, but use different methods to implant the pigment into the skin. Microblading uses manual method and a Single use blade to create cuts into the skin which look like hair strokes.

Nano Blading use a permanent make up Machine and Nano needle to draw dots of colour that forms shape of eyebrows hair. This way it is more similar to tattooing process but less invasive and the colour used are semi permanent makeup pigments not tattooing pigments.

As Nano Blading only put dots of colour not cuts, it is more gentle to sensitive or mature skin type, even oily skin type. The name Nano Blading comes from Nano needled ( the finest single needle) that is used to perform the treatment. Nano needles are belong to Single or 1 point needle group and they have different sizes: 0.25. 0.20, 0.18( acupuncture needle).

Some artists call Nano blading is Microblading using the very thin microblade- also 0.18 . The reason is they confuse the thinness of the micro-blading blade with the size of the Nano needle that is used with a digital machine. As Nano Blading is less aggressive to the skin, it avoid bleeding and hence enhance the colour retention and last longer.

Lash extension: How to keep your lashes for 3 weeks or more

Some of us might not live without our lash extension, here is the details of what to do to look after your lashes extension.

1. NO steam

Avoid ‘steamy’ experiences for 24 hours afterwards. This includes saunas, steam rooms, the gym, hoovering, but also standing by the kettle waiting for it to boil, opening the dishwasher while it’s on and oven door while cooking – who knew these household dangers lay in wait ready to ruin your beautiful lash extensions?

2.NO get lashes wet

No washing hair for 24 hours, the shower will still produce steam and can affect the adhesive bond.

To wash or not to wash lashes straight after treatment is a controversial subject – we know some people say that washing straightaway can help prevent reactions, however, there is another group of lash artists who have found post-set washing makes client’s eyes sting. 

So best is keep them dry for 24 hours.

3.NO micellar water

Micellar water – full of lovely little micelles, perfect for removing make-up quickly and efficiently. People look at the word ‘water’ and assume it’s fine to use on lashes – but it’s not – a micelle is a lipid, i.e. an oil, meaning micellar water is one of the worst products to use on lash extensions.

4.NO makeup wipes

Makeup wipes are also a no-no – they contain fibres which will catch on the lashes and pull them off, and they are impregnated with oil which breaks down the eyelash adhesive.

5. NO waxy eyeliners

Lovely waxy eyeliner packed full of beeswax, form fillers, thickeners and oil – so difficult to remove and so good at breaking down cyanoacrylate. Instead use oil-free eyeliners.

6.YES  clean lashes daily

Clean eyelash extensions often. Every day you should be brushing through the lashes with a mascara wand and you should also be giving yours lashes a good clean! We recommend our Lash Cleansing Duo set, perfect for getting into the lash line to clean away any nasties! Get them for £19.99 in our salon