Microblading 101

Do you fill in your eyebrows? If so, this post is for you. You may know by watching my Instagram stories that I am obsessed with my eyebrows always looking on point. I’ve shaved, waxed, threaded, you name it! Naturally, I was intrigued by microblading.

Eyebrows are sacred, beautiful little hairs that shape your face so I was afraid to let someone do something to my face that would last a while. As soon as I went in for my appointment, I knew I was in the best of hands with Rita with Beauty Marked Brows. She takes the time to listen to what you’re looking for and lets you check-in every step of the way.

Measuring the actual shape of the brow and the color were really important to me! I typically fill in my brows with a grey eyeshadow (more common for blondes). With a legit measuring tool, she mapped out what would be best for my brows. Here is a picture of my eyebrows mapped out when I was happy with their shape, super cute.

What is microblading?

It’s a cosmetic procedure that creates a semipermanet tattoo done manually (not by machine) by putting pigment underneath the skin. This is done by using a tool made of tiny needles clustered together to mimic a blade.

How do you prep for your appointment?

Before your microblading appointment, you want to try to avoid the following as best you can:
• Do not drink coffee, alcohol or energizing drinks on the day of treatment.
• Do not take Aspirin, Niacin, Vitamin E or Ibuprofen 24 hours before treatment.
• Do not take omega3 (fish oil) 1 week before treatment.
• Do not tan or have intense sun exposure 3 days before treatment.
• No waxing 2-3 days before treatment.
• No chemical peels, dermabrasion, laser or any other intense treatments 2 weeks before treatment.
• Shower and fix your hair as you need to take extra care not to get your brows wet for several days.

Does it hurt?

This was my heavily Googled question before I went into get my eyebrows done. Before the procedure, Rita put numbing cream on the area and allowed enough time to make sure it kicked in. She also added more when we switched eyebrows. I have a pretty high pain tolerance so it didn’t hurt; it was just uncomfortable. There’s this really odd scraping noise you can hear and you know it’s your skin, so that’s a bit cringey.

What does it look like right after?

My eyebrows appeared as if I filled them in a bit darker than I normally do and obviously a bit red. Brad said I looked like Frida Kahlo minus the unibrow part because they were darker than usual. Rita was so funny because she said that I’d go through some emotions with my brows as they healed. Here is the funny chart she gave me with Kimoji’s!

How was your healing process?

It took about a full week for my brows to go through the healing process. They were dark for the first three days, scabbed for the next three days, and then they came around. I had to slather on tons of Aquaphor to keep them moisturized (I have very dry skin and I was in the mountains). You can’t exercise or jacuzzi which was a great excuse for me to be lazy so my brows didn’t get infected. All in all the healing process is super easy, just make sure you’re keeping them hydrated!

Does it damage your skin?

Microblading is created by scraping the pigment into the skin which may cause scar tissue to form when healing, but is not visible on the surface of the skin. If you are prone to Keloids, then microblading is not recommended.

How long does it last?

Depending on your skin type, the pigment will slowly fade over 18-24 months. Oily skin tends to fade the pigment faster so is not as good of a candidate for microblading.

How many touch-ups are needed within the year of having microblading done?

You’ll get one free touch-up 4-6 weeks after your initial appointment. Your next touch-up is usually sometime after 18 months, again depending on how well your aftercare routine is.

Can you wax or thread your eyebrows after microblading?

Once your brows are healed, you can continue to wax or thread them as you need.

How do I book an appointment?

If someone would like to book an appointment with Rita, the best way is through text at (951) 236-4767. You can also book on her website at www.beautymarkedbrows.com!

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