Microblading: Everything You Need to Know
If there is something new and popular out there when it comes to health, fitness, or beauty, I usually jump on the bandwagon as soon as I can and try it out for myself. I just really love trying new things. My husband always makes fun of me but he’s not really someone to talk because he does the same thing with technology, haha!
Before I try anything, though, I read SO many reviews and make sure I do my research. I really enjoy reading good, honest, and non-sponsored reviews from real people. So today I’ll be talking about MICROBLADING. All opinions are 100% my own and writing this blog post doesn’t benefit me in any way but I certainly hope it benefits you!
What is microblading?
So you’ve heard a lot about microblading recently, huh? Maybe you have a friends that had it done or you have seen a few before and after photos floating around Facebook or Instagram. It’s pretty intriguing, right? Like- what is this perfect brow magic?
Microblading is essentially a semi-permanent tattoo. Although, I hate to use the word “tattoo” because it looks nothing like a tattoo and it is done very differently. I’d describe microblading as the art of shaping your eyebrows by using pigment and a hand held blade to create natural, hair-like strokes in the skin. The blade is first dipped in the pigment and then they will create fine cuts in the skin so that the pigment stays in your skin.
For those that are curious- the blade looks like this:
Does microblading hurt?
This is the #1 question I’m asked when people find out I had my eyebrows microbladed. I would say that on a scale of 1-10, microblading is like a 3. I tell people it pretty much just feels like you are having your eyebrows tweezed- a little bit of a sharp and quick pain that quickly goes away. You will have a topical numbing cream applied to your brows before and during the process to keep any pain at bay.
You should be aware that you will bleed but not very much. If blood makes you queazy, just request not to have a mirror during the process so that you can’t see it. Out of everything, I found the SOUND of microblading to be the worst part. I suggest bringing some headphones so that you can blast your favorite tunes while you get your eyebrows done.
Your eyebrows will probably be sensitive and you may have a headache for about 24-36 hours after the procedure. A generic painkiller like Ibuprofen or Advil can help with that.
How long does microblading take?
My first appointment took between 2-3 hours and from what I’ve read, that’s pretty standard. The first hour is spent drawing on your perfect shape and making sure everything is even and then they will spend the rest of the time filling it all in.
I got mine done by Teagan Olsen at Raising the Brow and I really like that she took her time and made sure everything was PERFECT before I left. The 6-week touch up will take about half that time because you don’t have to go through the shaping process again.
How can I get the perfect brow color and shape through Microblading?
Obviously one color doesn’t fit all when it comes to eyebrows. There is a wide variety of pigment colors and you can decide how light or dark you want to go. In addition, most people will shape their client’s eyebrows based on bone structure and facial features (see the picture below) but make sure you tell them what you want.
IMPORTANT: Make sure you are included in the “shaping” process and be sure to give your input. Consider beforehand if you want bold, thin, long, short, high low, dark, or light… the options are limitless.
What does recovery look like after microblading?
After you get your eyebrows microbladed, you should wait 7-10 days before getting your eyebrows wet. I used a wash cloth to get my make- up off and Teagan gave me a Vitamin E cream to put on my brows to help with the healing process. Your eyebrows will seem very dark right after getting them done, but they will fade and begin to look perfectly natural.
Unfortuantely, they wont fade evenly so you might have a little panic attack when your eyebrows look blotchy. (I sent Teagan the picture below 4 days after my first appointment and I was almost in tears. Thank goodness it all evens out.) You will also notice some scabbing and maybe some itchiness but that will all go away.
After my first appointment, I did exactly what Teagan told me NOT to do and tried to peel off the scabs. Don’t do it! It pulled off some of the pigment as well 🙁 Just leave your pretty little eyebrows alone and then after 7-10 days you can resume your normal beauty routine. Your eyebrows will be fully healed 4-6 weeks after your appointment.
How long does microblading it last?
You will have your first appointment done and then you will see quite a bit of fading over the next 6 weeks. Don’t panic- that is normal. You will have a touch-up scheduled 4 to 6 weeks after your first appointment and then that should last you any where from 1-3 years.
Although there are outliers on both ends of the spectrum based on skin type, lifestyle etc. They will fade out naturally over time. To keep them fresh and dark get a touch up once a year. How great is that? A whole year without worrying about your eyebrows 🙂
Here are my microblading results:
Before microblading and right after first appointment: (Disclaimer- this was right after Thailand and I hadn’t touched my eyebrows for 3 months! So embarrassing…)
(Above: Eyebrows 6 weeks healed and then right after my touch up)
Completely Healed After Touch-up:
The Good Part about Microblading:
- I really didn’t know the first thing about shaping my eyebrows/filling them in before I had mine microbladed so I just didn’t know what I was missing out on. It’s incredible what a difference well-shaped eyebrows make. Definitely a confidence booster!
- It’s easy, fast, and mostly hassle free.
- It isn’t permanent! This is a huge win for me. I personally hope razor-thin eyebrows never come back into style but if they do, I won’t be stuck with anything I don’t like.
- It makes plucking and waxing your eyebrows SO MUCH EASIER because you have a very obvious shape to follow.
- If you spend a lot of time filling in your eyebrows every morning- you’ll save lots of time.
The Bad Part about Microblading:
- You’ll probably “freak out right after you get them done because they will be so dark. Then you will freak out again as your scabs start pealing off and your eyebrows look blotchy. It’s normal but that doesn’t mean you’ll like it.
- It can be expensive. Depending on where you live, you can expect to pay anywhere from $300- $700 dollars to get them done. I was lucky and got an amazing deal, but that isn’t the norm.
- You may not like them. Make sure you go to someone with a lot of experience and that you’ve seen their work beforehand. Microblading is really an art and you’ve got to find the right artist.
- You may still have to fill them in a bit. I find that make up can cover the pigment and I still like to run a pencil over my eyebrows. It is significantly easier to do, though, before you already have a shape to follow. It takes me about 30 seconds.
Would I recommend microblading?
Yes, absolutely! I have no regrets about getting my eyebrows done and sometimes I forget what an amazing difference it made until I go back and look at old pictures. Yikes!
Just make sure you find the right person to do your brows. I can’t stress this enough. Look at their work. Make sure to see it healed as well. If at all possible get a personal reference from someone you know, or even reach out to one of their clients on social media to hear their experience. Make sure they are licensed and working in a hygienic environment.
If you are Utah-based, I highly recommend Teagan Olson. You can check out her portfolio on Instagram HERE