I’m just obsessed,” says Caitlin Horak of her elegant new acquisition. “All my friends want it. They’re jealous.”
The 26-year-old cosmetologist from Westchester County isn’t talking about the latest must-have bag or designer dress, but her (faux) sculpted eyebrows.
She recently underwent 3-D brow embroidery — a semi-permanent tattoo technique also known as microblading — and is thrilled with the precise, realistic results.
So is Lena Dunham, who wrote in Vogue recently that she was “too stunned to speak” when she first saw her impeccable arches, carefully reconstituted by French “NanoColor Infusion” specialist Dominique Bossavy at Manhattan’s Dangene Institute of Skinovation.
Like the “Girls” creator, Horak overtweezed her brows in junior high, and they never recovered. She spent a decade filling in the sparse areas with pencils and powders but found the process time-consuming and the results obviously fake-looking.
“Now I don’t have to do anything. It’s so natural, it looks exactly like hairs,” she says. “Nobody would ever guess.”
Microblading originated in Asia and is gaining traction in the US, where defined “Instagram” brows are trending.
The procedure is done by hand with a disposable slanted blade made of about 12 needles. The cosmetic pigment is deposited 1 millimeter to 1.5 millimeters in the dermal layer, as opposed to traditional tattoos, which go deeper and can create the dreaded “Sharpie effect.”
The downside to the shallow technique? The color fades after six to 24 months, making periodic — and pricey — touchups a requirement.
Brow specialist Kim Kaeppel has been microblading for almost a year at the Art + Autonomy salon in Soho (bookings via firstname.lastname@example.org). She charges $650 for two sessions.
First, she maps out the client’s ideal brow shape, numbs the area with topical anesthetic and strokes in the fine lines,…