I’ve always had crooked brows. If you know me personally (or have been following me since day 1), you’d know that I struggle every single day perfecting my brows and looking for the HG eye product.
Today, I’ll be sharing with you everything you need to know before your first microblading and brow shading appointment.
- What is Microblading?
- Preparing for your First Microblading Session
- After Care
- Before and After Photos
- Pros and Cons
- Why is a Microblading Touch-up Necessary?
I’ve always had the worst set of brows ever since grade school days. I had a crazy meltdown and I basically shaved parts of my brows leaving me with messy and hard-to-manage brows.
As soon as I got in college and started earning money, I went all crazy with makeup products – eyebrow products included. I’ve had my fair share of love-hate relationships with brow products – whether I should use a pencil or powder, or what brand works best for me, and so much more! To this date, I still haven’t found my holy grail and the vicious cycle never ends.
However, that cycle ended when I heard about Microblading.
What is Microblading?
Microblading is a semi-permanent tattoo technique used to create the illusion of thicker and fuller brows. It involves using tiny needles instead of a tattoo gun. With the tiny needles, it makes up a small blade used to deposit pigment under your skin.
Preparing for your First Microblading Session
Prior to visiting Clair Visage Face and Body, I was informed of the things I had to keep in mind and what I need to do prior to my microblading appointment.
It all starts with a good canvas! The eyebrow area must be healthy, strong, non-sensitive, and non-irritated. Here’s how to get your skin ready for the procedure:
- Do not pick/tweeze/wax/perform electrolysis one week before the procedure
- Do not tan two weeks prior to the service, or have a sunburned face
- Do not have any type of facial 2 weeks prior to the procedure
- Do not work out the day of the procedure
- Do not have botox 3 weeks prior to the procedure
- Do not take Fish Oil or Vitamin E one week prior to the procedure (they are natural blood thinners).
- Do not wax or tint your eyebrows 3 days prior to the procedure.
In order to avoid excessive bleeding and poor color deposit:
- Do not drink alcohol 24 – 48 hours before your tattoo
- Do not consume coffee before your procedure
- Do not take an Aspirin or Ibuprofen for pain relief (these also thin the blood)
After the session, I was given a pamphlet of what I need to do during the first 6 weeks after my session.
- Use a mild soap such as Dove or Cetaphil to wash your eyebrows (or just do your whole face!) 3x a day. Apply healing cream afterward – this will be given to you by the aesthetician.
- Use sunblock at all times – not just within those 6 weeks but all the time!
- Avoid applying toner to the eyebrow area.
- Don’t pick or scratch the brows. Like a tattoo, if you see flaking, just let them be.
- Do not consume any alcohol, caffeine, or nicotine as it will interrupt the healing process.
Before and After Photos
Pros and Cons
Being one of the most sought after face beautifying techniques today, the pros and cons of microblading must be precisely understood.
Pros of Microblading
Very few touch-ups are required if microblading is done and we need not do it frequently as in threading. This semi-permanent makeup results last for up to 3 years, and very few touch-ups are needed. Furthermore, you can wake up with your makeup, that is, you need not draw your brows every time as you put the regular wake up. #wokeuplikethis
Cons of Microblading
Eyebrow microblading is done with a blade that cuts into the skin, and one session can require over 100 tiny cuts. If the person doing the microblading is not properly trained, they could cut too deep or skip important sterilization steps, this may potentially cause an infection. That is the worst-case scenario with microblading, of course.
Slightly less dangerous, but still scary, is the possibility of the eyebrow microblading technician just not doing a good job and giving you a crooked eyebrow shape.
Why is a Microblading Touch-up Necessary?
After 6 weeks, the skin will have fully healed from the microblading. This means that a new layer of skin has grown over the eyebrow embroidery pigment, so it will become anywhere from 30% to 70% lighter.
Many people leave their first microblading appointment worried that their eyebrows are too dark, however by the time their skin has healed the color should be perfect, or maybe even too light.
In some cases, the body totally absorbs the ink, and the semi-permanent tattoo totally disappears. In other cases, because of a variety of factors, including body chemistry, medication, or sun exposure; the pigment embroidery might even change color.
The touch-up is an opportunity for the microblading technician to fix any of the changes that may have occurred. And before you ask, yes, even changed ink color can be corrected! It’s also an opportunity for your permanent makeup artist to make any small corrections or changes to the shape.
So as you may have guessed, I went through with the process with Clair Visage Face and Body. I’m thrilled with my new eyebrows right now! They’re even and natural-looking. I don’t think I’ll ever go back to not having my brows done!
Clair Visage Face and Body
Address: Camangyanan Road, Sta Rosa II, Marilao, Bulacan
Number: 0917 179 8292