If you are like me, you probably spend time filling in your brows and doing everything you can to ensure they are even. I finally decided to ditch the use of brow pencils and brow gels for microblading. Microblading is a semi-permanent form of eyebrow tattooing.
Eyebrow microblading has recently become popular. While the results can be beautiful, there are some things you need to know before deciding if it’s right for you.
In this post, I’ll cover everything from how long microblading lasts (and what happens when it fades), who should get microbladed, the various types of eyebrow tattoos, and where to get your first appointment.
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WHAT IS MICROBLADING?
Microblading is a form of semi-permanent makeup which uses fine hand tools with blades to create thin lines on the skin. The process is done by a trained professional who will map your brows to determine where and how many strokes are needed to create the desired shape or pattern.
Microblading gives more defined results than traditional tattooing because the needles are placed so close together (in most cases). This means less time spent healing and more time showing off those gorgeous new arches!
The result is a natural-looking hairline that can last anywhere from one year to five years, depending on your skin type, lifestyle, and how you maintain your brows.
HOW LONG DOES MICROBLADING LAST?
Microblading lasts for about two and a half years. After that, the ink will fade over time, or it can be refreshed at any time during the first year if it starts to look faded.
WHO SHOULD GET MICROBLADING?
In the case of microblading, it’s a good option for people who want a temporary fix for their eyebrows. If you’re someone who has uneven eyebrows or even minimal eyebrows, this is great for you. If you are tired of spending time filling in your brows, you would also be an excellent candidate for microblading.
The great thing about microblading is that it will last anywhere from 12-18 months before needing another touch-up session.
IS MICROBLADING PAINFUL?
Microblading is not painful. However, it’s important to understand that any cosmetic procedure with a needle going into your skin will be uncomfortable. Many options for reducing discomfort include numbing cream and taking pain medication before the procedure.
Many people find that the sensation of microblading is more like getting a tattoo than having their eyebrows pierced or waxed. In my opinion, it felt like I was getting my eyebrows threaded. While you may feel some pressure as the technician moves across your skin.
To avoid any potential issues with sensitivity or infection, follow the artist’s instructions carefully—and if anything doesn’t feel right during your appointment, speak up!
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MICROBLADING VS. MICROSHADING: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
Microblading and microshading are both methods of tattooing the skin with tiny strokes that give the appearance of hair-like strokes. The difference between the two methods is in how they are applied and their longevity.
Microblading is a semi-permanent cosmetic procedure that uses a handheld tool to deposit pigment into the dermal layer of your skin, creating tiny linear strokes. This method requires multiple passes, which allows for better shading and depth of color than microshading.
Microshading is also a semi-permanent cosmetic procedure that uses tiny strokes to shade your brows, but it does not cut into your skin like microblading does. Instead, technicians use an ink pen or brush to apply pigment directly onto your skin—no cuts involved! The result is a softer look than microblading.
WHERE CAN I GET MICROBLADING DONE?
Microblading is a safe procedure that can be performed in a salon or an aesthetic studio. However, it’s important you find the right microblading artist for you.
You’ll want to check the credentials of any microblade artist before making your appointment and do thorough research. Most experts recommend finding someone with at least two years of experience.
I went to Paris Brow Bar in Alpharetta, Georgia. This brow bar offers microblading, microshading, and combination brows.
SHOULD I GET MICROBLADING DONE?
If you are anything like me, the answer is simple: yes! Microblading can give you a more defined brow shape, fill in gaps in your brows, and avoid needing eyebrow pencils. For those who have sparse or thinning eyebrows, microblading can also help with this issue.
The result looks natural and beautiful with microblading done correctly by a skilled professional!
The after-care process is a very important part of microblading. Healing takes approximately 10-14 days but can take longer depending on your skin type. The results of your microblading will be more vibrant and longer-lasting if you follow these simple rules:
- Avoid hot tubs and swimming pools for at least two weeks after your microblading procedure.
- Do not pick or scratch your eyebrows even if they scab.
Avoid using Retin-A (tretinoin), glycolic acid peels, or certain medications during the healing process. Speak with your brow artist before your procedure about any medications you are taking.
- Microblading is NOT recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women due to the lack of research regarding their safety during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
Now that you know more about microblading, it’s time to make an informed decision. You may have heard horror stories about eyebrow tattoos gone wrong, but remember that these can happen with any cosmetic procedure.
I believe microblading is one of the best ways to get beautiful, natural-looking eyebrows without having them done by a professional every two weeks. Plus, most people who try this method love their results so much that they go back for touch-ups every few months just so their brows don’t grow too thick! Watch my TikTok video to see the entire process.
Not Ready To Try Microblading? Try these!
These are my go-to long-lasting brow pencils.