If you’re not familiar with Microblading, which I wasn’t until a few years ago, it’s the process of temporarily “tattooing” tiny hair like strokes for fuller, darker or even differently shaped eyebrows. As you can see in the above mug shot I naturally have very sparse, very light colored brows and could never get them to look even. My whole adult life I had longed for perfect face framing brows and I tried everything from growth serum and tinting but nothing worked quite like this!
Fun Fact: I was cast in a commercial several years ago for WunderBrow eyebrow gel, being that I was the poster child for wimpy brows.
I’m sure there are some out there who have had a less than ideal experience with this process but for me it was life changing. I can’t stand looking back at old photos pre-microblading and seeing my badly shaped and penciled brows. When I first heard about this amazing technique, I jumped at the chance to get my brows done by a pro and not have to deal with them anymore! I wake up everyday with perfectly shaped, face framing brows. In this photo you can see how my esthetician started out by measuring my face and then marked me up for optimum angles and shape.
Next the stencil goes on, it’s a little disconcerting to see such a dark, bold outline but the real “brow hairs” go inside this space. After the stencil, numbing cream is applied because yes, there is a certain amount of pain involved. My girl continued to add more numbing cream as she made the little cuts so it would sink in deeper and therefore be more effective.
The top photo is the before (with some of the marking pencil still on so it’s a bit darker and fuller than my natural brows) and in the after photo you can see the little marks that look like natural hairs. The day they’re done they look amazing but there is some aftermath one has to deal with, continue reading for more on that subject.
The next day the pigment gets really dark which for a blonde can be very scary, but trust me it does fade. For the next week you have to keep your brows completely dry, so when you wash your face or take a shower you need to protect your freshly micro bladed brows from getting wet. I know there are two schools of thought on this but the research that I’ve done as well as the belief of two different microblading experts I worked with it seems that keeping moisture, including lotions and creams off your brows will prolong the life of the pigment.
A few days later you go into peeling mode. It’s pretty unsightly but you do NOT want to pick at these chunks, just let them slough off naturally. Once the peeling stops you will notice your brows are really light, almost invisible but this is temporary and the true color will come through in the next few days. It sounds like a long and arduous process but it is 100% worth it. It will save you from having to struggle with tinting and drawing them in for years.
Microblading can last up to two years, sometimes longer. I’m coming up to two years on mine and they’re still holding strong. I love this process so much that Im sure I will continue freshening mine up until I’m old and grey. I hope this post has given you some insight on the art of microblading in case you’re considering it. Feel free to reach out with any questions!
Thanks for reading xoxo ~Zia
Makeup in final photo by Blushington
ps check out my TikTok video on microblading here