If you haven’t heard of microblading where have you been? The microblading eyebrows beauty trend has exploded worldwide and is not going anywhere fast. The perfect arched brow is in high demand and this cosmetic tattooing technique seems to be the way forward.
Do you want a fuller brow without having to fill them in every day? Then microblading might be for you!
Getting tattooed anywhere on your body is a big commitment never mind the fact that it’s a tattoo on your face. Whether it’s a semi-permanent tattoo or not it is something that a lot of thought and consideration has to go into. That’s why we’ve done some research for you and put together a list of advice and tips for microblading eyebrows.
Here are a few things you should know before making that microblading appointment.
What is microblading eyebrows?
No microblading is not permanent, unlike eyebrow tattooing. Microblading is a form of semi-permanent makeup where a tattooing type technique is used to created hair-like strokes to fill in thinning or sparse areas of the eyebrow. A specially designed hand-held pen is used to draw on small, precise strokes that appear to be like real hair. The pen is comprised of between 6-14 microneedles, hence the name. A perfect natural finish is created with this technique and it requires minimal upkeep.
The actual microblading session usually lasts about 2 hours. During this time the technician will custom design the eyebrow shape to match bone structure, face shape, eye color as well as some other factors. Most people will need 2 sessions to achieve their ideal brow look. The second session will normally be 4 weeks after the first so any touch-ups or alternations can be made if required.
As microblading is semi-permanent makeup it lasts longer than waxing and threading. Microbladed eyebrows only need to be topped up approximately every 12 – 18 months, unlike waxed or threaded eyebrows which typically need to be done again every 3 weeks.
Some skin types work better than others for this technique. Oily skin, for instance, can be difficult to work with and there is a risk of it rejecting the pigment. The end result can look like more of a powder-like brow rather than the distinctive hair-like strokes.
Does Microblading Eyebrows Hurt?
Microblading is almost painless. It has been described as a scratch-like feeling as well as the added pressure of the pen. A topical numbing cream is applied to the area before the microblading begins to minimize any discomfort, followed by a liquid anesthetic.
Tips to Prepare for Microblading Eyebrows
Preparation is key that is why you should take some time to prepare properly before the appointment. The before-care is just as important as the aftercare.
- Do not tan 2 weeks before getting microbladed.
- Avoid tweezing and waxing at least one week before the procedure.
- Do not get a facial 2 weeks before the appointment.
- Avoid Botox 2 weeks before the treatment.
- Do not wax or tint eyebrows 3 days before microblading.
- Stop using any Retinol products or vitamin A 1 month prior to the appointment.
To reduce the risk of bleeding after the procedure do the following.
- Avoid consuming any alcohol 24 hours before treatment.
- Don’t drink any coffee before the procedure
- Try not to take any Aspirin or Ibuprofen before the session.
If you have low levels of iron or are anemic you must make sure you take iron supplements 6 weeks prior to microblading and also take them 6 weeks after the appointment. As the miro-pigments used for the process are iron-oxide based the retention of the pigments may be poor if you have low levels of iron. The low levels of iron may mean that you don’t get the desired look you want for the brow. The iron supplements will help with this.
Microblading Eyebrows Aftercare?
Eyebrows will appear dark for the first few days during the healing period. Don’t panic they will lighten. During days 4 and 5 the scabs will start to fall off and by days 7 and 8 the results underneath will be able to be seen. The darkness will reduce by about 50% from when the brows are first microbladed. The pigment will naturally exfoliate out of the skin and lighten up.
After treatment it is recommended you do the following.
- Blot any oily skin on the forehead several times a day to remove excess oils and to help prevent the brows having a powdery effect.
- The triple antibiotic cream should be applied for 24 hours after the session.
- Vaseline should be applied for a week after.
- Avoid hot showers for 10 days.
- No facials or chemical treatments for 1 month after.
- Avoid tanning or direct exposure for 1 month.
- Use a fresh pillowcase.
- Avoid swimming for 10 days.
- Don’t do any heavy exercise for 1 week.
- When showering avoid the water for 5 mins after turning it on as this will produce a lot of steam. Avoid using hot water and only wet your face at the end of the shower.
How Much Does Microblading Eyebrows Cost?
Microblading can cost anywhere from $500 -$1,600. However, it’s more of an investment. Think of all the money you will save as you will no longer need to buy expensive pencils and brow gels. Get those eyebrows on point with a more fuller low-maintenance brow that’s smudge proof!
Which Technician Is Right For You?
You should choose a microblading technician that’s right for you. Read their reviews and check out the before and after photos of the brows. Each artist has their own style whether it be a messy, dense or a natural style brow. Make sure that the style of the healed brow match the end result that you are after. Also, don’t be tempted just to go for the cheaper option. After all, you get what you pay for. Sought after technicians will be booked out solid. It’ll be worth the wait to get an appointment with someone that’s recommended and produces great results.
Once you have those beautifully arched microbladed eyebrows you should check out these stunning eye-makeup looks that will make you stand out in the crowd.
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