Everything you need to know about Eyebrow Microblading

When you’ve tried every pencil, powder, pigment, gel, and stencil at Sephora and your brows are still sparse, microblading—a more permanent solution to thin brows—is the treatment that promises to change your brow life. Find out the facts and see for yourself why beauty experts are now obsessing over this trend.

Microblading is a form of tattooing

Unlike a regular tattoo, “microblading is a form of tattoo artistry where pigment is implanted under your skin with a manual handheld tool instead of a machine,” Alicia explains. “I draw hair-like strokes with the tool to mimic natural hairs in your brows. Even though it’s not as deep as the regular tattoo, it’s still a tattoo because pigment is implanted under the skin.”

You need to prepare

If you drink a lot, take aspirin, or use retinol, stop one week before your treatment. “Retinol makes your skin thin and then you bleed a little more,” Alicia says. “Avoid blood thinners, aspirin, and alcohol.”

It doesn’t hurt (too much)

Pain is relative.  You feel it, but it’s not unbearable. Alicia continues to apply a special numbing serum as you voice your discomfort.

Microblading takes time

“I don’t like to rush anyone,” says Alicia, who blocks off two, sometimes three hours for new clients.

Aftercare is essential

That means protecting freshly bladed brows from all moisture–no sweaty workouts or washing your face with water. Some patients experience itching and redness during the first week, which Vaseline can alleviate. Brows will look slightly darker at first, but the color will fade 30 to 40 percent. Aftercare ointments are provided during your first appointment. “Slight redness and mild swelling is normal”, says Alicia.

Results last up to three years

Depending on the skin and lifestyle, Alicia’s clients come back for touch-ups once every year.

Microblading is an investment

The first treatment can cost up to $900. While lower-priced services are available, Alicia cautions against visiting inexperienced technicians. Remember, microblading is a form of tattooing – it lasts forever, and you shouldn’t have to go through the hassle of getting them removed if they weren’t done right the first time.