Without a doubt, the biggest beauty trend of the past decade has been strong, bold brows. And, ever since natural brows made it big, our obsession with keeping them slaying 24/7 hasn’t stopped. The beauty world’s answer to the overly plucked brows of the 90s (not a good look for most of us) is microblading; a type of eyebrow tattoo that uses a small handheld tool to apply a line of semi-permanent pigment under the skin, using fine hair-like strokes. This gives the appearance of naturally fuller brows – AKA it’s a form of genius. So, if you have sparse brows that you’re tired of filling in, microblading is an amazing solution. Here’s everything you need to know before you make your appointment.
Appointment 1: During the first appointment, you’ll have a consultation with the brow artist. This is when you’ll have your #browgoals shape drawn on using a waterproof pencil. Once you’re happy with the shape, the artist will microblade the brow. It usually takes around two hours, depending on how much filling in your brows require. The process is relatively pain-free as your brows will be numbed. However, towards the end, you may experience some pain as the cream begins to wear off. Here’s how it works:
Step 1: Numb the brows with topical anesthetic for 20 minutes.
Step 2: Draw on your dream brows and perfect the shape.
Step 3: The microblading pen is dipped in ink before each hair is drawn. This can take 30 to 45 minutes.
Step 4: Once all the lines are drawn, the ink is applied all over the area to increase the pigment that can be absorbed into the skin. Let set and dry.
Step 5: Wipe away the excess ink to reveal your beautiful brows.
Step 6: If any touch-ups are necessary, the process will be repeated.
Appointment two: The second appointment will be a follow up at least 30 days after the first session; this will give your brows time to heal and the ink to settle. During this appointment, the artist will touch up any areas that your skin hasn’t received the ink.
The cost: Depending on the salon, microblading can cost anywhere between $400 to $800. After the first year, you may choose to get a top up which will cost between $200-$400.
We love this before and after from The Eyebrow Doctor, showing just how dramatic the results can be:
Before the appointment, there’s a lot of precautions that you need to take to ensure your skin is in the optimum condition to get the best results. Here’s what you need to avoid:
- Don’t drink alcohol 24 hours before or after your appointment as this will cause the blood to thin and will increase bruising. This makes it harder for the brow artist as the skin around your brows could become swollen and discolored.
- It’s also best to avoid caffeinated drinks the day of the treatment (which is actually harder than it sounds) because it also alters your blood pressure.
- Try to resist the urge to pluck, wax or thread your brows three days before, as your brow artist will be reshaping your brow based on the current measurements before starting the procedure.
- You already know you should wear SPF every day, but it’s particularly important to protect your brows leading up to the appointment. If your skin is sunburnt or it’s in the process of healing, it’ll be aggravated by the blade and will most likely bleed.
- You should actually skip moisturizing for the days leading up to the appointment as the drier your skin, the better the result. If you have skin conditions like eczema or rosacea, microblading could irritate your skin further, so you’re usually advised against microblading. Similarly, if your skin is really oily, the results can be less long-lasting and more temperamental, although you can get an additional shading style technique, which gives longer lasting results.
The first week: After your appointment, avoid getting your brows wet for seven days because it can alter the color of the pigment. So you can forget about taking long steamy showers, and you shouldn’t exercise for five days post-appointment either. You may also experience some scabbing, itching or flaking during the first week after the appointment, but try not to touch your brows, and definitely, don’t pick them. If you do, you’ll only interrupt the healing process, and it’ll take twice as long to recover. Once you’ve hit the seven-day mark, you should begin to clean the brow area with the post-care ointment that the brow artist provides.
The healing process: This can take up to six weeks. Also, it’s important to note that the pigment after the appointment will look quite light but will darken within 24 hours. So don’t panic if it feels like they’re not dark enough. Once the healing process is complete, always apply a high SPF to the brows when you’re in the sun, as the UV light can alter the pigment.
The Result: Defined prominent brows, round the clock. The results will last anywhere from one to three years depending on how you care for them after your initial appointment and how your skin receives the ink.
For more info on what a microblading appointment looks like, check out this post.