Move over, eyebrow pencils: Microblading is the new way to get perfect brows

Aug 1, 2016 at 10:40 p.m. ET
Image: Bella Thorne/Snapchat

Bella Thorne took her eyebrow game to the next level over the weekend with eyebrow tattoos.

And yes, they're pretty amazing.

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The 18-year-old actress documented the process — known as microblading — on Snapchat. The treatment fills in sparse or uneven eyebrows with tiny needles dipped in pigment, much like a tattoo. The technician draws on the hairs, making them look the same as your natural strands without needing extra pencils or powders to fill them in.

Image: Bella Thorne/Snapchat

The tattoos last for up to 24 months and are somewhat painful. “I think that’s my least favorite part,” Thorne said of coloring in her brows. It also takes patience, as the whole process can take more than two hours.

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"The first hour we’re drawing the shape in with removable pencil," microblading expert Nadia Afanaseva told InStyle in May. That’s the longest part and the most important step. During this time, the best customized shape for every client is chosen." There's no down time, but the healing process takes about 30 days. "After a month we recommend a 40-minute touch-up to most customers," she said.

Image: Bella Thorne/Snapchat

"Unlike eyebrow extensions, which you have to be careful about maintaining, microblading is low maintenance," Afanaseva added. "After healing, you can rub them and enjoy swimming. No special care is required, except for a brief touch-up once a year."

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It's pricey — sessions can cost $700 or more — but getting flawless brows like Bella's? Priceless.