Eyebrow Microblading Review
Thank you Emily from Beauty & the Blade for my beautiful brows!
A few weeks ago, I got my eyebrows microblading and filmed a little bit of the process on social media. This is something I had been thinking about for awhile, but had a lot of questions and wanted to make sure I knew everything about it before pulling the trigger. I’ll add some of the questions I got at the bottom, and if you have any additional questions feel free to ask me in the comments below, or email me at Stefanie@accordingtoblaire.com.
PREPPING FOR MICROBLADING: You should wax, pluck or thread your brows a few weeks leading up to the procedure, so your artist can see the shape of your natural brows. You’ll want to stay out of the sun before to avoid any sensitivities, and avoid exercising and caffeine beforehand. These can cause your blood to thin, which isn’t recommended before this procedure.
A few months ago, right after I had Brooklyn, I was contacted by Emily from @beautyand_theblade about the possibility of getting my brows microbladed. I was really excited about the opportunity, but truthfully a little scared because I know its a semi-permanant procedure. At that time I was breastfeeding, and thought it would be best to wait until I was done (although it is safe without the numbing cream, you should always consult your doctor first!). First of all, let me just explain what exactly microblading is, because that was probably the question I got the most!
WHAT IS MICROBLADING?
“Microblading is a form of cosmetic tattooing also known as eyebrow embroidery, micro stroking, feather touch or micropigmentation. Unlike traditional cosmetic tattooing which is performed using a machine, microblading is done with a manual, handheld tool with attached needles that are fused together in a linear grouping. These very fine needles deposit pigment into the epidermis, replicating hair by following the natural growth of your hair, giving you a flawless, fuller brow.” – BeautyandtheBladeTattoos.com
In a nutshell, the different between microblading and tattooing are that microblading uses pigments and tattooing uses ink, as well as microblading is not too deep from the surface of your skin, where tattooing is much deeper.
The first main part of the microblading process is measuring your brows. Surprisingly, most face’s are not symmetrical, meaning your eyebrows are often shaped differently, naturally. It’s important that your artist measures your browns and outlines them to make them as even as possible. After drawing them out and getting the right shape and outline, we picked out the pigment color. She put a few different shades on my, and then recommended one that she thought would be best. They pigment may seem dark at first, but it does lighten over time so I recommend listening to your artist and going a little bit darker.
After that, Emily numbed my brows. It doesn’t numb them completely, but it’s definitely not painful with the numbing cream. If you are breastfeeding or have any medical reasons not to use the cream, this step would be skipped. After that she used a tool with several small needles. It almost felt like a slight scraping, not painful, but just enough so you could feel whats going on. Emily used strokes in the direction my hairs grow, making it look as natural as possible. To be honest, when I was done I had to look really, really closely to determine what lines were real hair and which ones were pigment. Overall my brows looked a lot more even, and a lot fuller.
I would say the most “painful” part was the actual scraping of the needle, but again, totally not painful. If you’ve ever had your eyebrows waxed or threaded, those processes are way more painful that microblading in my opinion. My eyes did water a bit during the process, just like they do when I pluck my eyebrows or get them done.THE HEALING PROCESS: The healing process really wasn’t that bad. When you’re all done with the procedure, you need to try to keep your eyebrows as dry as possible. Since I have oily/combination skin, she gave me some beeswax to put on my brows throughout the day over the next week, just too keep them from getting too oily or too dry. This was really important for me because I did peel just a little bit, and if I hadn’t used the wax then a lot of my pigments would have peeled off. When you wash your face you should use a mild soap and don’t rub on your brows or put makeup on near them for about a week. It’s recommended to have a follow up appointment approximately a month later just to finalize everything and make sure you are happy with your results. After that, you should make touch up appointments about once a year to make the microblading last as long as possible.
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS:
How did you pick the place you were going to have it done? – I was actually contacted by Emily, who has a studio in Arlington, Virginia. I had been contacted before about having this done, but after talking to Emily and looking into her work, I felt like I could trust her to give me the results I was looking for. Obviously you’ll want to make sure it’s a reputable place you’re getting this procedure done at, and that studio is neat and clean.
What should you look for in an a microblading artist? – Make sure that the person doing your brows is licensed. They should have gone through classes and be certified to do this procedure.
What’s the difference between tattooing and microblading? – Tattooing involves ink and goes deeper into the skin. Microblading uses very very tiny needles that brush along the surface of your skin using pigment.
Does it hurt? – Everyone feels pain differently, and it depends on if you use numbing cream or not. Using the cream, it felt like light scraping on sunkissed skin. I would say on a scale it was a 2 or 3 out of 10. Personally I think waxing and threading is a lot worse!
Would you recommend it? – I definitely would recommend it!! My brows are MUCH more even now, where before I was using brow liner and it would take me 10 minutes just to make sure they were even enough and I didn’t look like an idiot. My brows are a lot fuller now, and the best part in my opinion is that even though theres a huge difference start to finish, it’s so natural looking no one will know you had it done. It is pricey, but if you keep up with it every year, and want to save time every day – then it’s definitely worth it!
Can you get your eyebrows microbladed while pregnant or breastfeeding? – I’m not sure if you can while pregnant, I would suggest waiting until afterwards. You can get it done while breastfeeding but they will not use any numbing cream. However, it’s best that you ask your doctor about this and listen to their advice!
How long does it take? – The whole process takes about 2 hours. I was done after about an hour and a half since I wasn’t doing anything too dramatic, more so just filling them out to look fuller. Then you’ll want to go back in about a month to get the final touches and make sure they are exactly how you want them!
If you have any other questions please let me know in the comments below or email me 🙂 Thank you so much Emily, it was such a pleasant experience and you couldn’t have made me more comfortable!