If you follow me on instagram you may already know That I had my brows microbladed by my rad sister. Microblading is like a semi-permanent tattoo in hair strokes. It looks natural and doesn’t wipe off in the pool or at night! It’s become so popular lately that I thought it might be nice for a lot of people considering it to hear from someone who has already had it done:)
Here is my before and after my first appointment (sorry about the fancy iphone pics):
1. It won’t last as long as a traditional tattoo.
There is no needle in this process so the ink doesn’t go as deep. To me it’s a good thing because faces change over the years and so do styles so I am glad to not be stuck with the same brow
Cause forever is a long time. How long does it last then you ask? Tough question. For most people its any where from 1-3 years. Although there are outliers on both ends of the spectrum based on skin type, lifestyle etc. They will fade out naturally over time. To keep them fresh and dark get a touch up once a year.
2. It’s a two part process
Your initial appointment + a touch up appointment 4-6 weeks later.
This is important to understand for two reasons. One, if you are planning to travel out of town for your appointment you should know you’ll have to make two trips and plan for that. And two, they will fade, often considerable and unevenly, don’t freak out. That’s what the touch up is for. It’s also a good time to address and tweaks you want to your brow if something is off to you.
This is my pre touch up brow on the left and post touch up on the right.
3. It looks more like hair than “filled brows”
If you’ve grown accustomed to the look of your brows with makeup on them you may still want to fill them when you’re getting all glammed up. I still fill mine from time to time even when I do ADORE having the hair strokes there because I know exactly where to fill and it takes much less time when that part is taken care of. (that goes for tweezing as well!)
4. It is an art, find an artist you can trust.
Knowing someone has been certified can only tell you that they understand how to do the technique. That doesn’t necessarily mean they have the skills to draw the perfect brown on your face! You have to be VERY careful when you pick your artist! (Rachel is amazing if you can use her but I know that’s not possible for everyone!)
Look at their work. Make sure to see it healed as well. If at all possible get a personal reference from someone you know, or even reach out to one of their clients on social media to hear their experience. Make sure they are licensed and working in a hygienic environment.
5. A few words tips on choosing your shape.
Make sure your artist draw in the brow first so you can see EXACTLY how they will be shaped before he/she gets started on the permanent part!
Once they do draw them on make a few expressions and look at them from a few different angles. Even having them snap a photo of you from the side. A big mistake I see people making is just staring straight at the actual brows to make sure they look the exact same. Or expect your brows to match those of a celebrity or friend. You will drive yourself (and your brow person) crazy if you obsess over this. Don’t just look at your brows independently, evaluate them as they relate to your face. When you look in the mirror are they flattering YOUR face? Do you like they way they accompany YOUR expressions? Do they fit YOUR personality? Do they bring out YOUR features and bone structure?
Your face is unique, in fact each side of your face is unique and different so your brows can’t be cookie cutter, they have to fit you properly. (This paragraph is making me see the reality of my brow obsessions! haha )
If you have more questions please ask them below, I’ll be happy to help, or enlist rachel if needed:)