Is Microblading Actually a Really Bad Idea?

Cher's brow artist says it is.

Celebrities—and one of our own intrepid reporters—swear by microblading as a way to get the perfect arch. But, not everyone recommends the technique, which adds tiny tattoos to the brow line to give the illusion of a perfect shape. We recently dished all things eyebrows with Ramy Gafni, creator and C.E.O. of Ramy Cosmetics. Ramy, whose clients include Britney Spears, Nicole Richie, and Cher, is known as the "celebrity brow guru."

And, the outspoken artist is no fan of microblading. Actress Bella Thorne had it done, and in Gafni’s opinion, “the results are tragic. It’s an example of a beautiful young woman ruining her appearance by doing a permanent or semi-permanent technique on her brows.” 

As a rule, he doesn’t recommend doing anything permanent to brows be it tattooing or laser hair removal. “Our brows change over time and 95% of clients I’ve met regret doing anything permanent on their brows,” he says. Besides, “There are great tools to help anyone easily achieve perfect brows today.”

For example, legendary brow queen Anastasia has a pomade with a cult following, which comes in 11 shades so it's easy to find a good match for your own hair. (Proceed with caution, though: this stuff is intense!) Ramy also recently patented his Brow Master Stencils, which are the world’s first customizable eyebrow stencils so you can adjust the thickness, length of template to help you shape or fill in your brows perfectly. Best part? It’s impossible to get the arch in the wrong place so you can’t create the dreaded hook or tadpole brow even if you wanted to!

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