Beautifully curved eyebrows and well shaped eyebrows are a new beauty #goal for many women. Whether you achieve those well-defined, curved eyebrows with microblading and shading, threading, or trimming and tweezing, it can always be helpful to see a professional. And for beauty professionals, adding professional microblading and shading, threading, and other eyebrow enhancements to your arsenal means that you have a new skill set to show to potential employers. Luckily, there are quick courses (like a 5-day microblading course) or microblading seminars that can teach you what you need to know and help you hone your technique. Let's discuss why adding eyebrow care to your skill set is so useful as a beauty professional and what's involved with some of the most popular techniques like microblading or threading.
What's the Big Deal With Brows?
Interestingly enough, other than a cosmetic function, eyebrows are actually extremely important for how we recognize faces. MIT researchers showed participants pictures of famous celebrities without their eyebrows and found that they could identify less than half the faces! So it could be argued that eyebrows are a crucial part of what we look like -- perhaps part of the reason why more attention has been spent on them lately.
The usual eyebrow has around 250 hairs, but unlike your hair, which can last anywhere from three to seven years, our eyebrow hairs only last around four months. Those with bushier eyebrows may seek a sleeker, more tame look, while those with sparse (or light) eyebrows, might seek to fill them out and make them more apparent. Amping up your brow game can help make your eyes stand out, give your face more shape, and make one look more put together (even if you slept two hours and woke up in last night's clothes).
More and more women are seeking better brows, so as a beautician, shaping eyebrows is a good skill to have.
What Should I Know About the Most Popular Techniques?
Trimming and tweezing is the baseline for most eyebrow shaping and one that many people can maintain at home. However, a professional trim and tweeze sets a good precedent for what you want your brows to look like and it is something any aestheticians should know how to do.
Threading has also become more prominent, in which a thread is twisted into a double thread and then rolled over the area where hair should be removed, which plucks out short rows of hair all at the same time instead of just one hair at a time.
For those who have sparser eyebrows and don't want to spend time filling them out every morning, microblading might be a good technique to consider. Pigment is inserted in the top layers of skin to fill out and shape your eyebrows. This lasts for about a year and then the pigment simply fades away. This technique requires more time, but saves one more hassle over the long run.
Where Can I Find Courses?
Most makeup academies or beauty academies will offer some type of eyebrow styling course and thanks to technology, many of these can be taken virtually, so you can access them no matter where you are. If you are looking for a more advanced course, there are schools specifically devoted to eyelash and eyebrow artistry, and will likely have a host of other techniques to use to achieve the perfect curved eyebrows or right arch.
These courses can be anywhere from one to five days and can be conducted in person or online, depending on the academy or school offering the course. Whether you're interested in a beginning "quick start" course on eyebrows and lashes or a more advanced definition brows course, these places are where to start.
Get a leg up on your competition and see what courses you can take. They'll be another tool in your beauty kit -- and hey, you may even find a way to do your own perfect curved eyebrows or defined brows.