When it comes to beauty, all aspects of the face play apart. One aspect that many may not realize is so important are the eyebrows. The way our eyebrows form really shape our whole face. And if you are a person who feels strongly about them, then you know eyebrows almost shape our physical identity from a beauty standpoint. This would make sense out of how much time we spend plucking and waxing and all things eyebrow maintenance. But there are so many different trends in the eyebrow shape and style that traditional tattooing is not the most effective way to go. But many people want a more permanent solution as opposed to the constant responsibility to keep up their brows. Another solution to this that gives semi permanent results is microblading. This method has become one of the go-to solutions for eyebrows that look perfect with minimum continuous effort. Even though it can get a bit costly, the popularity of microblading would make it seem that the benefits would way the expense. If you are interested in learning more about this technique, here are 11 things you must know before microblading your eyebrows.

 

It is similar to traditional eyebrow tattoos, but there are some differences.

Microblading gets its name from the method, which includes small needles inserting pigment onto the skin. “Microblading is a manual tattoo technique designed to create natural hair-like strokes,” says Liz Carey, an esthetician in Santa Clarita, California. “The difference between microblading and traditional tattooing is generally the depth the pigment is placed in the skin. When done correctly, microblading [uses] pigments that are designed to break down over time, allowing them to completely fade away.”

The difference between microblading and traditional tattooing is generally the depth the pigment is placed in the skin. When done correctly, microblading [uses] pigments that are designed to break down over time, allowing them to completely fade away.

 

 

There are two parts to the process.

Carey says that there are two parts to complete the total process. She starts her sessions with a discussion with clients about their desired brow shape and any other needs. “From there, I create a template based on my client’s facial structure and features,” she said. And then the actual microblading process takes about 45 minutes to an hour. She then has clients return after about six weeks to ensure the skin is healing properly. At this follow-up appointment, she will make any color or density adjustments needed.

 

 

Some pain is involved.

There is little to no pain typically — but most microblade artists do use a numbing cream to ensure that you feel no pain, should any arise. According to Carey, usually there is some swelling or mild redness.

 

 

Microblading isn’t the best option for all.

Some people are not the best candidates for microblading, such as women who are pregnant or nursing. Additionally, anyone who is undergoing chemotherapy or using medications like blood thinners are encouraged to talk to their doctors first beforehand.

 

 

Your skin plays apart in the final product.

Certain types of skin do better with microblading than others, according to Carey. “I find that drier skin types have the best results [as they] tend to retain pigment the best and keep the crispest strokes. Oilier skin types will work, as well, but tend to heal a little softer and less crisp [possibly due to more oils in the skin],” Carey said.

I find that drier skin types have the best results [as they] tend to retain pigment the best and keep the crispest strokes. Oilier skin types will work, as well, but tend to heal a little softer and less crisp

 

 

Microblading does not inhibit hair growth.

Many believe that microblading will stop natural hair growth, but that isn’t true. Carey says that it can actually encourage more hair growth, if it is done correctly.

 

 

Finding the right microblading artist is essential.

The skill of the microblade artist you use will directly impact your results. It is best to research the laws and regulations in the state you’ll be getting services. Researching the artist’s work is also important to know what kind of results you can expect.

 

 

Make sure your investment is with the right artist.

Microblading is no cheap expense, so it is important to be sure you find an artist that can meet the expectations you have for microblading. The procedure can easily get as expensive as $1,000, so taking your time throughout the process is highly recommended.

 

 

The healing process can take as long as a month.

The color is overly noticeable at first, and there is some flaking around day five, according to Carey. If scabbing does occur, it is important to let it heal naturally. “It is very important not to pick! Picking the flakes or scabs prematurely can pull out the pigment and lead to loss of or no color in those spots,” said Carey.

 

 

Following the after-care instructions will yield the best results.

Being sure to abstain from things like working out, submerging your face in water, or applying cosmetics directly to the brow will ensure the best results, according to Carey. Wiping down the brows with a lukewarm water dampened cotton ball is good to do three times a day to keep lymph fluid out of the fresh, small wounds. Carey also suggests using barrier cream a couple times a day, depending on skin type.

Wiping down the brows with a lukewarm water dampened cotton ball is good to do three times a day to keep lymph fluid out of the fresh, small wounds.

 

 

Avoiding the sun and retinol products is also recommended.

Direct sunlight and the tanning bed are two things you want to avoid following treatment, according to Carey. This is a great time to use SPF, and avoid products with retinol and AHA to extend the life of your microblading.