Whether you’re just warming up to the idea of getting your brows microbladed, or you’re fully committed and ready to go; I’ve put together a comprehensive guide to help you understand exactly what microblading is, how to prepare, and what to expect during your appointment!
What Is The Microblading Process?
Microblading is a type of semi-permanent tattoo for your eyebrows. The artist uses tiny needles to create hair-like strokes, thus giving the look of fuller, perfectly shaped brows.
Physically, microblading is much more superficial in the skin than a true tattoo. The typical microbladed eyebrow will fade after about 1-3 years, vs a true tattoo, which will remain on your skin for the rest of your life.
The procedure begins with a consultation with the artist, mapping out the brow shape, and then choosing a custom colour; at the end of the appointment, the artist will give you a guide for microblading aftercare, and usually have you book a touch-up appointment.
Microblading: What To Expect
It’s great to be fully prepared going into your appointment with as much knowledge as possible. This way, you can ask your microblading artist as many questions as you want if there’s something you don’t understand.
A typical microblading appointment begins with a consultation. Many studios will include this as complimentary to your appointment. Here the artist will assess your skin tone, the texture, and plan the style and colour of your brows. If you have an idea of what you would like, share it with your artist (you can even bring in photos). Together, you and the artist will decide on the best brows for you.
From here, precise measurements of the brows and face are taken, in order to get the brows as perfectly symmetrical as possible. These measurements will be custom for your facial features and structure. The artist will use a reference grid and draw the outline of your new brows with a marking pencil. Both your preferences and facial structure are taken into account here.
For the pigment colour, a custom hue will be created based on your skin tone, hair, and preference. A topical numbing cream will be applied; typically, the client will have little to no discomfort during the microblading process. Numbing cream should be applied as necessary. The procedure will take around 2 hours, as the artist will be creating fine, precise hair strokes, and placing the pigment in the skin.
At the end of the procedure, you will view your new brows; congratulations! The initial brows will be slightly dark and will fade in colour during the healing process. The colour may fade anywhere from 30-50%. A touch-up is recommended 4-6 weeks after your first appointment, after your brows have healed.
How To Prepare: The Do’s & Don’ts
Before diving in and booking an appointment, please take the time to carefully read through the following list to make sure you qualify as a microblading client. The brow and area around the brows must be strong, healthy, and non-irritated.
For health and safety reasons, you may NOT have microblading done if you:
- are under the age of 18
- get Keloid scars
- are pregnant or breastfeeding
- are anemic/have low iron levels
- have been on Accutane within 1 year
- have irritation of the skin of any kind (blemishes, pimples, rash, psoriasis, eczema, rosacea, sunburn on the area of procedure)
- are on Retin-A or Retinols (be off 14 days before appointment, and avoid 30 days after procedure)
- are diabetic (consult your doctor)
- have HIV, Hepatitis or any other viral infections and/or diseases
- are undergoing chemotherapy (consult your doctor)
- have epilepsy
- have a pacemaker or major heart problems
- have had an Organ transplant
- you don’t heal well and develop infections easily
If you are able to have the microblading procedure, please review the following to make sure you’re properly prepared for your appointment:
- Do not tweeze/pick/wax/thread/perform electrolysis on your brows 1 week before the procedure
- Do not tan 2 weeks prior, as this will affect the outcome of the healed colour
- Do not drink caffeine less than 24 hours before
- Do not drink alcohol less than 24 hours before
- Do not take Advil, Aspirin, Niacin, Vitamin E and/or Ibuprofen (unless medically necessary) 48-72 hours prior to your procedure, as this thins the blood
- Extra strength Tylenol can be taken if you have low pain tolerance
- Botox should be done 1 month before or 2 weeks after the procedure
- Do not exercise the day of procedure, as this will open up the pores
- Please note that you will be more sensitive during your menstrual cycle, do not book your appointment during this time
- Immediately following your procedure, the microbladed area will appear to be darker, bolder in color, and more sharply defined. Over the next 2 days it will appear even darker and thicker as scabs begin to form. You must let the scabs naturally flake off bit by bit. It will take up to 14 days for scabbing to be over
- Do NOT get the area wet for too long or apply any kind of products for at least 2 weeks after
- Only apply provided aftercare products for the next 2 weeks
- NO makeup on the area for 2 weeks
- If you’ve had laser removal of previous work done by someone else, the treated area has now more scar tissue and can affect the outcome of the result; more treatments may be necessary to have the skin take the colour
At your microblading appointment, be prepared to lay still for an extended period of time. Wear comfy clothing, and arrive wearing no makeup.
You’re All Set!
Congratulations! Now that you know exactly how to prepare, what to expect, and what the microblading procedure consists of, you’re ready to take the next step and book your microblading appointment!
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me here. You can leave a comment, or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To book an appointment with me, please reach out by email and I will get you all set up!
I’m looking forward to helping you achieve the brows of your dreams!
Cheers to beautiful brows,