What I wish I had known about microblading before I did it – Microblading & Review 101 with Pictures
BEFORE THE APPOINTMENT
Be aware that your eyebrows may look crazy to you for the first few days
Do Not Book it during the week if you can. Book it on a Friday afternoon or some stretch of time (about 3-5 days) where you don’t need to go out because you will feel very self conscious the first days for sure, as the dye is still there and hasn’t disappeared.
You may not want to go into work feeling like you have done something horrible to your face.
I went in on a midday because I worked from home the whole week so I can afford to not have to go out until the next week, including avoiding weekends.
Plus you have to avoid the sun for a week until it heals, so it is best to be indoors all the time or have to wear a hat constantly.
No caffeine for sure, as it makes you more sensitive to the pain, but I also think if you also exfoliate a lot like I do, the pain was rougher. My skin was a lot thinner.
Get the supplies you need beforehand
Make sure you buy a small stock of makeup pads (to clean your face with, as you cannot wash your face normally afterwards), Q-tips and some makeup remover like micellar water, or makeup wipes if you need it.
I got back home and realized I had no cotton pads. O_o ….
Go with a super clean, bare face
Do not go to your appointment with ANY makeup or sunscreen on.
You will not be able to wash your face properly or easily afterwards. I wish I had known this and I should have I guess, but I wish they would have told me to come with a scrubbed, CLEAN FACE.
It is much easier if you don’t have anything to remove like sunscreen (I wear mineral sunscreen and usually use oil to remove it), and had I known this, I would have washed my face before going, and gone with a bare, clean, zero-makeup, zero-sunscreen slate.
Also, bring a hat
You cannot expose these brows to sun or any kind of UV damage or rain because they have to stay DRY and CLEAN for 7 days at least.
You don’t want to wear the hat they’ll give you, it looks horrible.
DURING THE APPOINTMENT
Does it hurt?
F#%*K YES IT DOES.
I am really sensitive to pain. I even do micro-needling on my skin, and found THAT difficult but this was a completely different level of pain.
They don’t do the numbing lotion the first time around so that the dye adheres better, and the feeling of the microblading is like dragging a tiny sharp razor brush through your brows, making a skritching kind of velcro sound.
The pain is really unbelievable because it feels like they are scratching over the same section over and over again.
Imagine making a bunch of cuts in one spot, then making cuts AGAIN in that same spot over and over again.
Really, the pain is only for really 20 minutes or so as they are working, but #%#% it hurt.
That was the first pass but it was EXCRUCIATING for me.
The second time around to add more, no problem, because once they put the numbing gel on just like an epidural during a C-Section, I didn’t feel a thing.
Just pressure. I relaxed and could breathe again instead of cutting my fingers into my hands to distract from the pain.
She also used a little compass for the optimal / golden ratio of beauty and perfection and that’s how she managed to get my brow shape and arch.
AFTER THE APPOINTMENT
Does it hurt afterwards?
Not really in the sense that I don’t feel sharp stabbing pains or anything, but I do feel a bit of a numb, an ache in that area.
A dull pain as if that area has gone through a little trauma (which it kind of has).
When I did the after-care for the eyebrows, I feel the dull pain and ache when I apply pressure with the Q-tip.. but it is okay, because I know it will heal over and be just fine later.
Wear your hat
If not, they will give you a sun visor to shield your brows…
Your brows will look really scarily dark. Like kabuki brows, and you will feel a shock when you look in the mirror because you’re like:
OMG WHAT DID I DO?
THEY TURNED ME INTO EUGENE LEVY!
But it will be fine. It will lighten up a bit after 5 days, about 40%.
How to clean yourself without getting brows wet?
I washed my hair in the sink, and used a washcloth in the shower without the shower actually on. I bathed with a tub of water on the side, some soap, and did an Army shower.
You wet your body once, then scrub with soap and the cloth, then rinse with the bucket, all while avoiding the brows.
As for the face, I just had to use a makeup wipe, put some oil cleanser on there, go VERY CAREFULLY AND GENTLY around my forehead and around my brows (I got a droplet on my brow and freaked), and then did the same thing with a regular cleanser.
Then I just washed the bottom half of my face under my eyes regularly (where I get the most pimples is on my cheeks anyway), and was careful not to splash water everywhere as much as possible.
Follow the brow-care routine
For every hour the Day Of for the next 3 hours, I had to clean the brows and add a special balm on it to keep it hydrated but not to oversaturate, otherwise the pigment won’t adhere well and all that pain would be for naught.
- 13:00 – Brows are done
- 14:00 – Clean and hydrate brows
- 15:00 – Clean and hydrate brows
- 16:00 – Clean and hydrate brows
Then the next day for the next 7 days, it is twice a day, in the morning when you wake up, and before you go to bed.
As it is a semi-permanent tattoo, there will be flakiness and redness for the next while.
Other things to avoid
- No skin lotions above the brows for 7 days.
- No makeup. Eyes are okay, like eyeliner and mascara but nothing else.
- Avoid ALL moisture.
- Avoid tanning.
- Avoid the sauna.
- Avoid swimming.
- Avoid facials.
- Avoid exercising – this one was VERY easy LOL.
- Avoid sleeping on it, scratching or picking at it.
When will my brows look normal again?
After about 5 days apparently.
Will it leave pink scars like I have seen on other botched jobs?
Apparently not. This pink scarring is due to people going to actual tattoo parlours, or going too deep into the skin, and who use cheap pigments, and it is the metals that are leftover from these cheap pigments that stay in your skin and cause little light pink strokes or scars to appear.
Would I do it again?
During the first pass without the numbing gel, I was screaming inside: NEVER AGAIN WILL I DO THIS.. I AM A F*CKING IDIOT.
But now, after it is done, I am fine. I mean, it is only 20 minutes of pure, excruciating pain for a year of no-hassle brows…..
Hard to say.
I may do it again if I am back here for the summer next year… but not if I am not here.
Maybe a touch up but not a full pass again. That was really a lot.
Now for some pictures!
It is quite a shock. I mean, going from what I had (nothing) to THIS?
And it was so dark to me.
All I felt I could see were dark caterpillars on my face but I had done brow tinting before, and I remember what it was like, and then within a day or so it was perfection.
This, will take longer. Like 5 days.
When I got home, my mother lookedat me in shock and asked if I did something to my eyebrows, and my partner started laughing (not in a mean manner, but amused), and they were both making ME laugh because I know I look crazy.
I told them it would be fine in a week. They know I am really into skincare, beauty and vain AF, so this is par for the course, that I am trying out these beauty routines.
DAY OF BEFORE & AFTER
I am not thrilled as much with the left eyebrow (the one that is right in the picture) because it looks too ‘done’.
Too sharp, not curved enough, kind of like it was painted on..
The right eyebrow is perfect though. Absolutely perfect.
Somehow they look darker but that is the lighting i think. The pain has pretty much subsided. There is no numbing pain or any kind of dull ache like the Day Of.
I am finding washing my face kind of difficult. Obviously. I am carefully still exfoliating, and using water below my eyes on my cheeks, and so on.
I can’t wait until I can properly wash my face again.
You can see they lightened up a bit because I have been applying the solution to clean the brows, and then a light balm to keep them hydrated.
By about Day Five I am told they will look normal-er. Right now, on my face, I still find them very dark against my face and too strong.
I have a small patch of pimples on my left temple now, due to not properly washing my face or exfoliating. Ugh.
I also think the light pimples on my temple is also from the balm they are making my skin clogged. I had to resort to putting on benzoyl peroxide in an attempt to keep that skin clear and bump free.
This alone, may deter me from every doing this again. My skin was SO GOOD before this, save for a few pimples.
Okay the light flaking has started.
I can see dark brown patches flaking off. I suppose it is the skin is what was dyed as part of the microblading and that is what makes my eyebrows look so crazy dark.
Now that the flakes are coming off, my eyebrows are patchy looking but the parts without the dark flakes look normal-er.
The whole point is that the longer you leave the dye on, the more the microblading takes the pigment and keeps it. The problem is your skin is dyed underneath as well not just the microbladed parts, so it looks very fake and painted on for the next week after it is done and the skin heals and sloughs off the dyed flakes.
I am now seriously loading on the benzoyl peroxide because I accidentally touched my brow during sleeping and some of the balm got onto my cheek when I scratched my cheek and there is a massive pimple there now. Sigh.
The flaking has pretty much gone, and the eyebrows have healed. They still look very dark to me but I started off with almost no eyebrows so this is a change..
They are definitely lighter. I think I am okay with them being THIS dark. Not like the first day!
I AM DYING TO WASH MY FACE PROPERLY. I am washing around my eyebrows but I don’t feel clean and I can see bumps starting.
A little more black flaking came off.
Very light itching, small bumps, all fading now that I can PROPERLY wash my face (thank goodness) and I no longer need to tiptoe around the brows.
See those bumps on my face? All from not washing it or exfoliating properly.
I can see some patches on my eyebrows that have to be filled in when I go in for my touchup, but so far, I am pretty pleased with the overall result.
Would I do this again?
Perhaps. I don’t think I like how dark my brows are in general. I don’t feel like I look like myself. If they were 50% lighter but bigger (the way I shade them in), I would like them.
That said, some women (many) look WAY better after microblading is done. I may not be one of them.
Plus, the ‘cat scratch’ pain? It hurts like a MOTHA and I already went through childbirth, I don’t really want to relive 20 minutes of similar pain on my eyebrows every 6 months to a year…
Yes I’m a wimp, and I MAY draw the line here in the name of beauty. Beauty may be pain but I don’t think I can do it.