My Microblading Experience: Was it Worth it?!

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. 

Pros:

  • 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!

Cons:

  • 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.

Before:

Emily Essentially | Beauty | My Microblading Experience
Emily Essentially | Beauty | My Microblading Experience

Immediately After:

Emily Essentially | Beauty | My Microblading Experience
Emily Essentially | Beauty | My Microblading Experience

Two Weeks Later:

Emily Essentially | Beauty | My Microblading Experience
Emily Essentially | Beauty | My Microblading Experience

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:

Salon: Salon West Dearborn
Technician: Houda Hourani - check out her Instagram to see her work!

Emily Essentially