The Microblading Process (Updated 2021)
Updated: Mar 17
Have you been thinking about making your brows thicker, shaped, and defined?
Do you want that I-woke-up-like-this moment every morning?
your answer is yes to any of the previous questions, you might want to consider microblading.
What is Microblading?
Microblading is a semi-permanent makeup that deposit pigment into your skin using a small blade, drawing out hair-like strokes. This is a popular and convenient way to enhance your existing brows. If you are interested in microblading, let’s take a look at the process.
Although microblading for eyebrows is the most common and the most popular type of microblading, there are other places of the face where this procedure and method is employed.
For example, you can choose to have your lips tattooed, or have a semi-permanent eyeliner tattoo that is created through a method that is very similar to microblading eyebrows.
The convenience of having semi-permanent make up done for such essential parts of the face far outweighs the few hours it takes to receive the procedure and to receive touch-ups. Some people also wonder if the cost of microblading is worth it, but many of the reviews of past clients are positive about the lasting effect of microblading.
Requirements for Microblading
If you are considering getting your eyebrows microbladed, you first need to know its requirements.
If you are taking prescriptive medicine or undergoing serious medical treatment, consult your doctor first if you are allowed to undergo the procedure.
You must be at least 18 years old
The procedure is not recommended for individuals prone to keloids scar, pregnant women, lactating mothers, or individuals who are taking blood-thinning medications
If you suffer from skin conditions such as eczema, rosacea, or you have sensitive skin, other procedures like power brows might be more suitable for you
If you passed all the requirements mentioned above, then you are good to go!
After booking an appointment and going through the consent form then you are ready for microblading.
What is the Microblading Process?
On the day of the procedure, your technician will start with an in-depth consultation and will be asking you question such as:
What are your goals for your eyebrows?
What is your lifestyle like? Do you wear a lot of makeup?
Based on your answer to these questions, your technician will confirm the procedure that will best fit your lifestyle and proceed with the brow design process.
Step 1: Cleaning
Your technician will clean your brows. This is the most time-consuming portion of the procedure and can take between 20 minutes to an hour. They will use various tools to ensure that your brows are as even and symmetrical as possible.
Step 2: Finalizing Pigments
After getting your approval for the shape of the brows, your technician will choose the colors by swatching them on your forehead, to compare the pigment color and your natural brow hair. After confirming the shape and color, then you are ready for the actual microblading process.
Step 3: Microblading
Microblading is manually done by using a handheld blade equipped with tiny needles that cut through the dermal-epidermal junction where the pigment is deposited. This is where your technician will draw hair-like strokes. Topical numbing will be used throughout the procedure so you will feel minimum discomfort. On a scale of 1-10, the majority of clients rate the pain tolerance level to be around a 2-3.
Step 4: Healing
Immediately after the procedure, you (as well as the majority of the clients) will express that they felt their brows looking bold and dark. That is normal. First, you are not used to seeing yourself with actual full eyebrows so the new look might be overwhelming. Second, the color will deposit darker than you would like to allow room for the healing process.
Once healed, the colors will lighten by 20-40%. If you walk away with the perfect color, the healed result will be too light. So don’t be too alarmed and trust the process.
After the procedure, it is important to remember all the aftercare instructions that your technician will give you. Common aftercare instructions will be:
Please be gentle with them and treat them like an open wound.
Avoid sun exposure as much as possible. (There will be scabbing, yes, but intense scabbing is due to sun exposure.)
Do not put any makeup on for the first 2 weeks.
For the brows to fully heal, it takes approximately 4 – 6 weeks.
For clients with mature skin, it’s recommended to wait around 6-8 weeks for the brows to heal.
Once the brows are fully healed, clients can decide whether or not to come in for a perfection touchup. For microblading, a perfection touchup is recommended for 90% of the people. This is because microblading is comprised of individual strokes being manually drawn on your brows. Not all strokes will heal uniformly. Also, everyone’s skin is different. We can never predict how your skin will heal. That’s why the touch up is recommended to perfect the brows.
Once the touch up is done, it’s recommended to get a color boost on the brows every 8 months to 1.5 years.
What's really important with microblading is the personal after-care you do and how consistently you up keep it. Keep our handy infographic on microblading aftercare saved and go ahead to our extensive guide for even more warnings and things to keep in mind.
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