By now I am sure you have heard about microblading. Microblading is a beauty trend that is all over the internet. Whether you have seen the good, the bad or anything in between, I am sure you have heard of it. If however you have not heard about microblading, I am here to help catch you up to speed.
What is microblading?
Microblading is a form of semi-permanent makeup that fills in an individual’s eyebrows or reshapes their brows with tiny lines of ink that looks completely natural.
How long does it last?
Microblading lasts between 1-3 years since the pigmented color does not go down as deep as tattooing.
How much does it cost?
The price range varies depending on where you live as well as the permanent makeup artist you choose, with the average cost ranging from $350-$800 according to www.browsandbeauty.com.
Where can you get the procedure done?
To start your microblading process, it is best to begin with a licensed permanent makeup artist. It is always good to stalk Instagram for permanent makeup artists in your area so you can look at pictures of their work or even testimonials their former clients have posted as well as Google the company once you have decided who will be your artist.
What are the benefits?
I don’t know about you, but I was not born with perfectly arched, amazing eyebrows. For this reason, I started getting my eyebrows done many years ago. I began with getting them shaved then waxed and eventually progressed to threading. With many years of eyebrow abuse under my belt, you can say my eyebrows were in desperate need of a makeover. Enter microblading… With microblading, I don’t have to fill my brows in at all. Every now and then, I pluck some stray hairs out but other than that, there is minimal upkeep. With me not filling in my brows, it has cut down my makeup routine in half in the mornings.
What is the difference between microblading and tattooing?
When eyebrows are tattooed, they are there for life, permanent and if a client is not happy with their results, they have no choice but to deal with it. With microblading, the pigment is semi permanent and will eventually fade which allows clients more flexibility if they are not happy with the end result to change the shape or thickness with their follow up procedure.
My personal experience…
At the end of February, I finally took the plunge and decided to get my eyebrows microbladed. I had been toying around with the thought for over a year when I met my amazing friend and makeup artist Cali. I would always ask questions and tell her I was going to do it but I would talk myself out of it thinking of how painful it would be. Finally in February 2018, I got the nerve to do it. I texted her and told her I wanted to make an appointment to get it done and I wanted HER to be the one to bless my face with her work of art.
She set the appointment up and from that day until my appointment day, I watched so many videos and testimonials of girls who had gotten their brows done. What I saw was flawless brows that looked so natural. At that point, I knew I made the right decision.
THE DAY OF THE PROCEDURE…
On the day of my appointment, I was instructed to not…
- Take aspirin, vitamin e or ibuprofen
- Drink alcohol or coffee
AFTER THE PROCEDURE…
- No cleansers, creams, makeup or any other products on the treated area
- Let scabbing and flaking occur naturally
- Avoid sun exposure 3-4 weeks
- Avoid sleeping on your face
- ***Return 4-6 weeks after the initial procedure for a touch up***
My permanent makeup artist is Cali, a former parent and friend of mine who is based in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She is beautiful both inside and out and is an amazing permanent makeup stylist who is skilled at what she does.
When I got to her office, she gave me a rundown of what she would be doing and asked if I had any questions. I did not have many since I had drilled her for over a year and dr.google had answered all the questions that came about prior to my appointment. She then took a before picture and put some numbing cream on my brows to sit for a few minutes before beginning the procedure.
Once the numbing cream had set, it was time to start. I was SO nervous. During the procedure, my leg kept doing this weird reflex thing that I seemed to not be able to control when she would begin each stroke. Eventually, I got used to it and was able to sit still for the remainder of the session. About two hours later, I was done with minimal pain. I felt a little stinging once I got home, but nothing that was too much to bare.
That evening when I got home, I continued to look at my eyebrows, I couldn’t help it. They were finally dark and thick the way I always wanted them. I made sure to follow my post care procedure outside of the coconut oil because I wanted to be sure my brows would take all the color in with minimal fading.
After six weeks, I went back for my touch up and she was impressed with how well my brows kept the color. I required minimal color and was on my way in less than an hour.
I absolutely LOVE my brows. It has helped me to shave time off my morning makeup routine and on the days I don’t feel like putting any makeup on, I still look halfway decent because my eyebrows are groomed.
If you have ever considered getting your brows microbladed, take the leap. If you have not and you still are getting your brows waxed, plucked or threaded, consider microblading. I promise you will not regret it.
If you are in the Ft. Lauderdale, Miami or South Florida area, pay my girl Cali a visit. You can check her out on Instagram… @calihalie_beautytherapy. She is amazing and you will love her. On her page, you can see other people’s results and you can also dm her for any questions or inquiries you have.
If you decide to take the leap and get your brows done, I would love to hear about your experience! That’s all for now…