We get it. “Microblading” definitely doesn’t sound like something you’d want done on your eyebrows, or really anywhere near your face or body for that matter. But like many other cosmetic trends and procedures, the name is a lot more intimidating than the process. Of all the different cosmetic enhancements and procedures out there, microblading is actually a pretty low-key and manageable one when you weigh it against the results: no more grooming your brows! Maybe you’re on the fence about microblading but always wanted to try it, or perhaps you’re reading this with some major side-eye. Whatever your feelings may be, we’re diving into all things microblading so that you can walk into your next appointment with confidence or continue getting full, sculpted brows with makeup tools.
So, What is Microblading?
To put it simply, microblading is a process by which tiny, extremely fine-point needles covered in ink are repeatedly etched or scratched on the surface of your skin and subsequently deposit pigment under the skin’s surface. If you’re thinking, “that kind of sounds like a tattoo”, you’re not completely wrong. After this fine-point (and sterile!) needle is repeatedly moved across your brow bone, your brows will have tons of new, very real looking brow hairs, making them appear fuller and more sculpted.
But It’s Not a Tattoo…
While the method of using an ink-covered needle to bury pigment underneath the skin sounds exactly like a tattoo, microblading isn’t actually permanent. For anyone new to the microblading game, microblading is actually a semi-permanent form of tattooing; Over time, your body will metabolize the color and it will begin to fade away (more on that later). Microblading also doesn’t use an electric gun as traditional tattoos do. Most microblading specialists use a hand tool that allows them to create extremely thin and precise strokes to mimic the look of eyebrow hairs. The dye particles are also less concentrated than traditional tattoo dyes, and the strokes aren’t as deeply ingrained into skin so that you end up with very fine, lightweight and realistic looking brow hairs.
The Benefits of Blading
Aside from the obvious bonus of ditching your brow pencil and saying bye to tedious mornings in front of the mirror trying to perfect a sculpted brow, microblading is incredible for its ability to really let you achieve the perfect brow shade and thickness you want. For an experienced microblader, creating a shade that closely resembles your natural brow shade or even playing up that color is an easy feat. Similarly, filling your brows in to get that full, feathery look without the chunkiness or blurriness of a brow gel or pencil is easy to accomplish. Oftentimes a microblader will use multiple custom shades of pigment that match your hair color to make your brows look really natural and multi-dimensional. If it’s your first time getting microbladed, ask the specialist to keep things faint. Even if you feel completely ready to get your brows microbladed, it can always feel a little bit surprising or dramatic after you’ve gotten them done for the first time–– even if they are subtle. If you love it and you want your brows to look even fuller and thicker, have your microblader add fuller and more frequent strokes on your next visit.
The Nitty Gritty
If you’re ready to toss your brow gel out for good, there are a few more things you’ll need to get clear on before booking your first appointment.
How Long Does it Last?
On average, microbladed brows will last between one to three years, depending upon your skin type. For those with oilier complexions, expect your brows to fade the fastest, closer to the year mark. About a month after your first microblading appointment you should go back in for a touch-up to make sure your brows look the way you want them to. This appointment will cost far less than the original microblading procedure, as it’s mostly just for minor touch-ups. What you leave with is what your brows will likely look like for the next year, so loving their appearance is important! Your microblader should be able to refine the look and get them to the place you’ve envisioned before you set off for the next year or two with your new brows.
Let’s Talk Prices
Microblading is an investment, but it’s a procedure you pay for up front, and then enjoy for roughly the next three years. So while it’s on the steeper side, you won’t really have to keep up with it once it’s done and you won’t be spending money on other brow products, either. That being said, you should expect to pay anywhere from $250-$500 per session, and around $170 for a touch-up.
Post-Microbladed Brow Care
If you’ve taken the leap and you’re ready to get your brows done, understanding how to care for them after they’ve been microbladed is key. The basic rule with freshly bladed brows is to make sure they don’t get wet or sweaty. If your brows get wet or sweaty while they’re still healing, you can risk bacteria getting into the cuts and causing an infection. If you’re doing your best to keep your brows dry and sanitary but you’re still concerned about bacteria, simply dab a bit of antibacterial ointment on your brows for the first 24 hours, then follow up with Vaseline or Aquaphor for the rest of the week. You’ll notice that your brows will start to scab over slightly during those first couple of weeks. This is normal! Just make sure you’re not picking at the scabs as you can risk your brows not healing properly. Stay away from any harsh treatments like retinoids or acids during that first week of healing. Your best bet is to use a washcloth to wash your face each night. Try using a gentle soap that week and do your best to keep your brows dry! After a few weeks, the dark pigment color will have faded, the scabs should be completely healed, and you’ll be left with perfectly shaped brows that are easy to manage, full, and incredibly natural!
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