Eyebrow trends come and go, from thin and sharp to bold and bushy à la Cara Delevingne and basically every other model who’s been hot in the past few years.
Microblading is the semi-permanent celebirty secret to faking fuller eyebrows that look totally natural. It’s a hassle-free solution to spending hours pencilling in your eyebrows only to get the shape so completely wrong.
What is Microblading Exactly?
Microblading is a type of eyebrow architecture. It is all about creating the best shape for each face – a totally bespoke approach for each client.
Since microblading is such a new beauty procedure, many clients still have A LOT of questions about the process. It’s a technique of cosmetic tattooing performed specifically on the eyebrows. Like earlier methods of cosmetic tattooing, it is done by manually depositing pigment into the second layer of the skin (dermis). But what makes it truly unique is the hand tool used. The unique formation of needles very finely implants featherweight strokes with a medical grade pigment on the epidermis layer of the skin, creating fine, realistic and natural hair strokes.
How is Microblading Different from Tattooing/Permanent Makeup?
Microblading, unlike tattooing, is not in the deep layer of skin. It is more on the surface. This is also not permanent, and the color fades within 18 months.
The hair strokes are far more natural and finer than any tattoo, as a handheld needle/blade is used. There is therefore more of a scratching noise, rather than a buzz of a tattoo gun which pierces the skin so deeply.
Does Microblading Hurt?
It doesn’t hurt much, it is more a sensation. There is some level of discomfort. The process itself is not painful thanks to the numbing ointment that is applied. It’s sometimes the sound of the pins which people find worse – a small scratching sound.
The whole process is very quick – it’s actually the numbing and shaping which takes most of the time, you aren’t under the needle for the whole 2-3 hours.
The skin near the front of your eyebrow is thicker, so this will likely be a lot less painful than the tail of your eyebrow. The tail of your eyebrow sits very close to the temple, where the skin is very thin. The thinner the skin, the more likely you will experience a higher level of discomfort. However everyone’s skin and pain threshold is different. During the procedure, there should not be a point where the pain becomes unbearable.
How Long Does Microblading Last?
Microblading lasts anywhere between 12-18 months, but the longevity of the pigment will depend on your skin type. People with slightly more oily skin will tend to last around the 12 month mark before needing a touch-up, but those with normal skin can last up to 18 months.
It will fade over time due to exfoliation, sun exposure and skincare products that may increase exfoliation of the skin. Your brows will eventually fade away if you don’t continue with touch-ups every 18 months or so. There is no scarring or discoloration, so you wouldn’t know if you left them to fade out.
What Can I Expect Immediately After a Microblading Procedure?
The healing process after a microblading procedure varies from client to client based on many factors. This could include, but is not limited to: the artist’s technique, pigments used, aftercare instructions, whether or not shading was done, as well as just overall how someone’s body and skin reacts to the procedure.
Some of the most common things clients can expect after a microblading procedure are:
- Tenderness in the area
- Pink or redness around the affected area
- Thickening and darkening of the area
- Moderate to thick scabbing 3-4 days after the procedure
- Scabs will begin to flake off anytime between days 5-10
- After scabs flake off, pigment color and strokes will look light, grey, and blurry
How Long Does Microblading Take to Heal?
Just like a typical skin wound, microblading takes about 10-14 days to heal before it can get completely wet without disturbing the skin or the healing process. This includes heavy exercise and sweating, showering, and face down swimming. You will be fully healed in 30 days.
It is very important to know and understand that brows will be up to 40% darker in shade for the first 7-10 days during the healing process where scabs can form and flake off. Clients sometimes are terrified two days after that their brows are too dark. Please be patient – this is totally normal! After 7-10 days you will begin to see the final coloring.
The touch-up session happens after 6-8 weeks. This is the time where we can assess your brows, and add in any further strokes and add a darker pigment if preferred.
How Much Does Microblading Cost?
A procedure can cost anywhere from $300 – $1500, depending on the skill/experience of the artist, where you are located, and on the demand for this procedure in your location.
Our sessions are $500-575 and include consultation, the initial treatment as well as a touch-up treatment after 6-8 weeks.