What is Microblading?
WHAT IS MICROBLADING?
Microblading is a semi-permanent, manual method used to deposit pigment into the upper layer of the epidermis. Unlike traditional eyebrow tattooing, microblading is done with strokes to mimic the natural hair, giving you a very natural, fuller brow. Microblading allows the artist to correct, reconstruct, or enhance your natural eyebrow.
WHAT IS POWDER-FILL AND SHADING?
Powder fill gives you the illusion that you already have your brows filled in with brow pencil or powdered makeup.
Shading is similar to powder fill, but tends to look more natural, giving you the look that your brows are filled in while still seeing the microblading strokes. Shading can be done as light or as dark as the client desires.
HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?
Because Microblading pigments are not implanted deep into the skin, they will naturally fade overtime. Microblading typically lasts 9-18+ months depending on your skin type (oily, dry, normal, age). Results are dependant upon how closely the post care instructions are followed. Everyone’s skin takes and holds the pigment differently. Avoiding sun exposure, exfoliating the skin, chemical peels, glycolic acid, retinol will help prolong the pigment.
HOW OFTEN DO I NEED A TOUCH-UP / COLOR BOOST?
With Microblading, touch-ups/color boosts are recommended every 12-18 months to keep the integrity of the shape, the color fresh and the strokes crisp. 12-17 months qualifies for the touch up/color boost price and 18+ months is full price.
DOES IT HURT?
A topical anesthetic is used to numb the area before and throughout the entire procedure. Most people do not feel it at all once they are numb.
WHAT SHOULD I DO TO PREPARE FOR MY PROCEDURE?
Leaving your eyebrows alone for a week, or longer if you wish (no tweezing, waxing or removing the hair) is preferred to see how your hair grows naturally. You may come to your appointment with or without makeup. Sometimes it helps to see how you like to draw on your eyebrows, but pictures will suffice as well. Once you have booked your appointment, I will email you all the information you need.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
The procedure takes roughly about two hours to complete. Please allow that time for the appointment. We likely won’t need that much time, but this isn’t something we want to rush.
WHAT WILL I LOOK LIKE RIGHT AFTER THE PROCEDURE?
Your brows will appear darker and possibly bigger than expected for the first few days. The color and edges will gradually lighten up to 60% during the complete healing process.
DO I NEED TO TAKE A DAY OFF OF WORK?
No. There is no downtime associated with this treatment. Redness will dissipate within an hour after (but it is normal for the area to be red and sore for a day up to a few days). Your brows will appear darker initially, but not so dark that you will be prevented from your activities of daily living.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO HEAL?
Healing time varies from individual to individual (usually about 7-14+ days).
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT THE DAY AFTER MY APPOINTMENT?
Microblading is a two step process, consisting of a first session and then a perfecting session/touch-up done 6-12 weeks after the first session. After we take your before pictures, we choose your custom brow color, administer the topical numbing cream to ensure comfort, do your consultation, talk about your brow likes and dislikes, and shape your eyebrows, and when we are 100% sure about the shape, we start microblading.
*During the healing process, it’s normal to experience some pigment loss; this is why we have the perfecting session/touch-up in place. The process is considered to be complete 4 weeks after the touch-up.
DO I NEED A CONSULTATION BEFORE THE APPOINTMENT?
No, your consultation will take place the day of the appointment.
WHAT IF I'VE ALREADY HAD MY EYEBROWS MICROBLADING OR TATTOOED?
Please contact me if you have your eyebrows tattooed by another artist.
HOW DO WE DECIDE ON AN EYEBROW SHAPE?
First, we take into account many things such as facial shape, facial features, facial measurements, growth of your natural brow hair ect, then we take into account your likes and dislikes on brow shapes.
WHAT DOES THE SHAPING PROCESS LOOK LIKE?
I use a method called Brow Mapping - your bone and face structure always tells us a story on where your brows should grow for symmetry. Brow Mapping is always a team effort between myself and my clients. We use a wax pencil and draw on your shape. I then have you sit up and we talk about what we see, then we continue to refine the shape until it’s exactly what you’re wanting. When we both agree, we start the process.
HOW DO YOU KNOW WHAT COLOR TO USE?
We always match to the natural color of your brow hair. I have many color options and we can mix to create your perfect color combination if necessary.
IS THE PERFECTING SESSION / TOUCH-UP NECESSARY?
YES! Microblading is a two step process. Everyone’s skin heals differently and the outcome will vary. Your results will last longer and your color will be more even. More importantly, your perfecting session is when we add the final details to make your brows perfect!
WHAT SHOULD I NOT DO AFTER THE PROCEDURE?
You are advised to keep the skin clean and dry - that means no swimming, sweating, or otherwise getting the area wet; Avoid extreme heat and contaminated bodies of water (such as sauna, Jacuzzis, steam rooms, pools, lakes, and places with hot humidity) no tanning or prolonged sun exposure; no picking or peeling the tattoo. You can still wash your hair and face and once they’re healed up, you treat them as your own. After your appointment, view the post procedure instructions that were sent to your email when you booked your appointment.