My eyebrows have been a problem for as long as I can remember. When I was younger, my mom would try to brush the sparse eyebrow hairs I had into place. I tried waxing but when your eyebrows are already on naked mole rat levels, removing more hair isn't a great solution. And for the past few years, after acknowledging the big difference having my eyebrows done made for my face...almost every day I get up to fill in my brows with my beloved Milani Easy Brow Pencil.
Enter in, Microblading.
Microblading is a semi-permanent eyebrow tattoo applied using small razor blades to manually deposit the pigment under your top layers of skin. I first remember hearing about microblading on an Instagram account that was on my Explore page some time this past summer. I knew this was something I needed to look into and consider getting for myself.
During my consultation, I asked a ton of questions about what to expect and got to explain how I wanted my eyebrows to frame my face. I had a couple of photos showing days where I loved my eyebrows (rare occurrence). I let my eyebrows grow in for over a month so that the technician could see everything I was (and was NOT) working with. My technician asked a few questions about my medical history to make sure I was a good candidate for microblading.
Once I felt that all of my questions were answered and I finished all of my paperwork, I was ready to get started! First, she drew a design for my brows directly on to my face. I was able to look and ask for any adjustments. She measured everything for symmetry and made sure the brows truly complimented my face just the way I liked. I have sharp sparse lines like brackets for my natural eyebrow shape, but she drew a softer, curved, fuller shape that I loved. After I gave my approval of the eyebrow design, she applied the numbing cream and while it set, I selected a color of my brows.
Now, for the initial questions people have had for me about the process:
DID IT HURT?
Yes and no. My technician used a numbing cream and once she got started I felt some pressure and light pinching of the skin that felt no worse than having my eyebrows tweezed or threaded. I had some barely noticeable soreness after she was done and it pretty much disappeared after a few hours.
How long does it take?
It normally takes about 30 minutes for basic microblading. This doesn't include the numbing, color selection, and brow design. My procedure took a bit longer because I chose a feather touch-powder combo look (which I'll explain more in a follow-up post!).
How much is microblading?
Rates usually start at $400 and I've heard of folks paying as much as $1200 to get the microblading done.
How did you pick your technician?
TONS of research. I take someone using needles on my face quite seriously so I searched for months before finding someone I liked. I went to Recy Wang of Perfection Permanent Makeup. She has over a decade of experience and does beautiful work. (If you reach out to her, let her know I sent you!)
What is the aftercare like?
I was given some antibiotic ointment to apply to my eyebrows every couple of hours for the first three days. I was told to not allow my eyebrows to get wet for the first seven days - that includes sweating so I have to hold off on hitting the gym for now. Some light scabbing and flaking and itching is expected as the skin heals from the minor trauma of the blades cutting the skin, but I should take care to not touch and pick with my eyebrows at all.
Do you like how your eyebrows turned out?
YES! I'm still getting used to having eyebrows I didn't draw on. They are very early in the healing process, but over the next week or two, I'll get a better idea of how they will look.
I'm really excited to see how my brows will look once they finish healing. It's only been two days but so far, so good. I heard the slightly ugly stage is in the next few days where there is some peeling and crustiness to be expected. I have an optional touch-up session scheduled for mid-June once the pigment settles more and I can decide if any areas need a second application.
Have you heard of microblading before? Would you try it? If you have any questions that you'd like me to answer in my follow-up post, please drop them in the comments below!