Big, full eyebrows are one of the hottest trends right now, with stars like Cara Delevingne and Lily Collins rocking thick, statement-making eyebrows.Most of us spend our mornings filling in our brows, and it can become time-consuming. That’s exactly why some people turn to microblading to get the job done, but there’s a lot to know before you even book your appointment for microblading your eyebrow. But what is it exactly?
Microblading is a form of semi-permanent cosmetic tattooing. After numbing the area with a topical cream, the technician will create tiny hair-like incisions using a fine blade with needles, then deposit small amounts of pigment, which penetrates the top layer of the brow skin. This helps make sparse or patchy brows look fuller.
Most of us spend our mornings filling in our brows, and it can become time-consuming. That’s exactly why some people turn to microblading to get the job done, but there’s a lot to know before you even book your appointment.
- Finding a good technician is extremely important.
Getting your brows to look the way you want starts by picking the right microblading artist. The best way to make sure you’re getting someone with the right skills is to read reviews and look at their client’s “before” and “after” pictures.
Make sure that the artist does the kind of brows you are looking for (manicured, messy looking, sparse and natural, very dense, etc.). If the artist doesn’t have photos of healed work on their website or social media accounts like Instagram or Facebook, please ask for healed photos as it’ll show you exactly what to expect for the end result. Also, in most cases, the old saying ‘you get what you pay for’ applies. To get a skilled professional, you may have to wait a while for your appointment and pay a fair amount to get it done.
But it’s your face, and it deserves only the best.
A really good artist will most likely be booked solid, but don’t just go somewhere else cheaper and less busy… It’s your face we’re talking about here.
- Your skin type will affect the final product.
If you have sensitive skin, you may not be a good candidate for the treatment. It can leave you with more inflamed, swollen skin that takes longer to heal. The dryer the skin is the crisper and defined the microblade hair like strokes will heal. Oily skin can give a more powdery result if the brow area is too oily.
If you have an oily skin, follow your technician’s aftercare instructions, and blot the forehead several times a day to remove excess oils, which will help you avoid a powdery effect. Oily skin requires special skin care and special considerations when microblading. It could fade a little quicker and they’ll need more touch-ups. The strokes might also expand a little more than someone who doesn’t have oily skin.
If you have a darker complexion, we recommend following the same tips for oily skin types, along with avoiding applying any type of moisturizer to the eyebrow area.
For oily skin, microblading may not work well on clients with more oily skin types or large pores. Increased oil production can cause hair strokes to blur and heal lighter and more powdery than you would expect.
Mature skin tends to be thinner and more delicate which may increase the likelihood of bleeding and loss of pigment.
There may be less contrast and visible detail in the strokes for darker skin.
The previous tattooing must be nearly invisible. Scar tissue associated with previous tattooing or tattoo removal may affect pigment retention. A consultation is required if you have had your brows previously tattooed.
- It will take a few hours.
Set aside a lot of time for the treatment, but don’t worry — the large majority of the appointment is spent measuring.
Technicians want to make sure they get things looking as close to perfect as they can. Microblading is not a quick process. Prior to getting your brow game on, you’ll need to note that you’ll want to clear your schedule for a few hours and your brows will likely be red, so taking the rest of the day to work from home or getting your errands done prior to the treatment is recommended.
- No, microblading is not permanent.
Is Microblading Permanent? The pigment only lasts up to 3 years, which makes microblading not permanent. Because of this, you are able to change your style whenever it fades. It involves having pigment implanted into the epidermis using a fine needle – similar to a tattoo but the process is less painful, the “ink” used is usually mineral based and the results are not permanent.
When it comes to having microblading done, a technician will take six measurements on your brow bone to make out the perfect shape for your brows. The process usually takes between one a half to two hours and at least one touch up will be needed to get your final result. The healing process is relatively quick – but final results may not be visible until several weeks after your appointment because of how the skin heals.
- The mess can be fixed.
If you decided to get your brows done by your friend or someone you spot over on the internet for a cheap amount that took a class and needs clients, but she didn’t have enough formal training and now your brows look like Ernie’s brows from the infamous Bert and Ernie duo, well, no need to worry, brows can be fixed. Just ensure you seek out a better-trained artist the second time around. Don’t be afraid to ask for the number of clients or hours the artist has doing microblading as well as before and after photos of previous clients.
Again, always remember, you get what you pay for.
- It may hurt a little.
There is typically numbing cream applied to the area before the procedure, but expect it to be uncomfortable and even sore once the cream wears off at home. Some people are affected greatly by the sting of a bee, while others wouldn’t notice. That is the same when it comes to microblading, it depends on your level of sensitivity, but most people find it as a slight irritant rather than a painful process.
- Microblading lasts longer than waxing or threading.
Eyebrow threading involves using two pieces of cotton thread, wrapped against your skin and cutting through your eyebrow hair in a scissor-like motion. Waxing or threading your brows usually lasts around three weeks tops before you have to make another appointment. With microblading, the results are semi-permanent. Microblading is a great option for most men and women who want fuller brows because it only needs to be touched up every 12-18 months.
Please feel free to call us at 214-432-3077 to book your microblading appointment today!