The biggest eyebrow trend right now is microblading your eyebrows. It’s a trend that picked up in popularity in the US a few years ago but hasn’t seemed to slow down. Microblading artists have only perfected their craft. And the best are constantly educating themselves. It took me years to finally decide to get my eyebrows microbladed and all I can say is, what took me so long! As you could imagine, I did a lot of research about microblading your eyebrows before finally deciding it was right for me. So, I decided to share everything you need to know before micorblading your eyebrows.
5 Things You Need to Know Before Microblading Your Eyebrows:
1. Pick the right microblading artist. Getting your brows to look the way you want starts by picking the right microblading artist. It’s important to look at the work they have done prior to selecting who you will be putting in charge of semi-permanently tattooing your face. Check out their portfolio to see before and after pics.
First, make sure that they show pictures straight on rather than just one brow per image. This way you can see if they are able to make their brows even.
Second, make sure they are able to achieve the type of brows you are wanting. Do you want them to look untamed, naturally full, straight, or curved? How about an arch, or thin? Are you looking for hair strokes only or do you want a filled in look with shading too? Then there’s a newer trend in microblading which is ombre shading – lighter towards the bulb of your brow and darker towards the tail.
2. Pick the right shape for your face. Just because a set of brows looks good on one person, does not mean it will look good on you. I sent in pictures of myself straight on and a left and right profile to give my microblading artist a good look at my face shape and current brows. This helped her get a good look before our first appointment. I told her what I was thinking and then she sent me some brow examples in advanced for me to look over. This helped not only me but also her get a sense for what I was hoping to achieve.
3. It’s not painful. I was so concerned that microblading your eyebrows would hurt that I put off something I really wanted to do for years. My brows weren’t super bad but I did have areas where hair just wouldn’t grow so I was always having to fill in those spots with powder. If I would have known it wasn’t going to hurt at all, I wouldn’t have waited so long.
Make sure that the microblading artist you go with has a good numbing cream routine. My artist, Emily from Brows by Ems, not only numbed my brows at the beginning of my appointment but after each pass on my brows. She used two different numbing creams, one that works well prior to making any incisions and one that was most effective after the cuts had been made.
4. Follow the steps. I didn’t have any issues healing and that’s because I followed all the steps to a T. As you can see in my youtube video, I made sure I was applying the ointment 3-4 times daily and washing my brows in the morning and at night. And I made sure not to sweat too much that first week. After my follow up appointment at the 6 week mark I did it all over again and followed the steps very carefully. Not to rub my brows to hard when washing them with soap and water and keeping my showers as short as possible.
PS if the microblading artist you are considering does not recommend getting them wet at all, I would go with someone else! It is so important to clean your brows with soap and water daily to keep them from getting infected! But prolonged contact with water like in a pool, hot tub, or the ocean is not recommended while they’re healing.
5. Your skin type will have a big effect on how long the microblading will last. From my first appointment to my follow up appointment I was able to retain about 75% of the hair strokes that were made. Emily, felt that was pretty good. She anticipated that I wouldn’t need a touch up appointment for at least a year, maybe longer. If you have oily skin they probably won’t last as long. If you burn easily, or don’t protect your brows with SPF when you’re out in the sun that will also have an effect on how long they last. After the healing process was complete, I’ve been applying SPF to my brows daily just like I do to the rest of my face. I just make sure it gets to my skin and doesn’t just stay on my brow hair.
Are you considering getting your eyebrows microbladed? If so, do you have any questions for me?! And if you have already gotten your eyebrows microbladed, what was your experience like?! Let me know in the comments!!
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