I finally did it. I took my sad, little blonde brows and transformed them into fleek-tastic beauties that are structured and sexy! How did I manage to do this? I had them microbladed!
For those who aren't familiar with microblading, I'll give you a quick run-down of the process: some pros, cons, what to expect and my final thoughts below. Also, I'm sharing a few before/after shots so you can see how the healing process has been going after this first round. But first, check out my video documenting my entire experience here:
What is Microblading?
Microblading is essentially a semi-permanent makeup tattoo. By using a handheld tool and applying ink with hair-like strokes, a certified microblading technician is able to bring your brows to life!
What to Expect:
- I know what you're all wondering...the pain level is tolerable, especially once the technician applies the heavy-duty numbing cream.
- The microblading process takes about 2 hours from start to finish and includes:
- A consultation on shape, brow-to-face framing and color preferences
- Drawing on shape/outline and measuring for maximum symmetry
- Color matching to current brows and/or personal taste
- 1st round of microblading to open the skin and get the overall shape in place
- Applying numbing cream to reduce discomfort
- 2nd round of microblading to add more hairstrokes and texture
- Expect your brows to be very dark at first, and be very light after peeling. The brows will then settle into a more true representation of color pigmentation. The skin went through some trauma, so give your body time to heal.
- Longevity. The ink lasts 1-3 years depending on your skin type and how well you take care of your brows.
- Time Saver. No more money and time spent on filling in your brows with hard-to-master products. You will now have perfectly coiffed brows for years to come.
- Semi-permanent. Even though this process will last at least a few years, you aren't committed to something as permanent as a full tattoo of your brows. If future trends change (shape, fullness, arch), you don't have major regrets!
- Relatively painless. You do feel the first round of microblading, but if you've ever had a tattoo, it's not anything you can't handle. Once your artist applies the numbing cream (lidocaine), you won't feel a single thing!
- Natural. I've always struggled with shaping my brows to look natural when filling them in due to the way products apply. The microblading technique is comprised of lots of tiny hair-like strokes so they look super natural, and fill out any sparse areas in your natural brows. No caked-on powders or pomades - just a little brow gel is needed to lock your actual hairs in place!
- The sound. One thing that bothered me personally was the sound...since it's so close to your ears, you can really hear the blade "scraping" the skin and it's a little cringe-worthy. If you're sensitive to things like that, strike up some small talk, or ask your technician to play a little music.
- Cost. If you boil this procedure down, you're essentially getting a semi-permanent tattoo...on your face. Expect to pay tattoo-type prices to have this done and done the right way! My biggest suggestion is do your research when selecting a technician.
- Two-part Process. Even though I'm super pleased with the initial progress and improvement to my brows, I will have to go back in another month for a touch-up. It isn't the end of the world, but it is a process to get to the final result, so be patient.
Two Weeks Later:
I hope you found this post and video helpful for those of you who may be on the fence about getting your eyebrows microbladed! I have to say that so far I am 100% satisfied with the results. I will definitely post an update in about a month when I go back for my touch-up! If you're interested in having this done and you're located in the metro-Detroit area, here's where I went: