If you follow me on Instagram, then you already know I had my eyebrows microbladed last week at Brows By Ems. Eyebrows, and having them is such a HOT trend right now. I can remember being in high school and college and it was all about getting them waxed to be thinner, with a good little arch. No longer my friends. Big full eyebrows are were it’s at right now. And for good reason. Having nice, clean fuller eyebrows really finishes off and completes your makeup look. It makes the overall look polished and clean. Since it’s become so popular, I thought I’d share about more about what Microblading is and what you need to know before your first appointment.
If you’re local I would highly recommend Emily! She is the sweetest, but more than that she is very thorough. The appointment from start to finish was a little over 2 hours, but that’s because we took our time figuring out the right shape, color and of course time to numb the area. My favorite thing is that she is also a Registered Nurse!Now I know you don’t have to have a medical license to get certified in Microblading, but I think it’s awesome to find an RN. I go into more detail below, but us nurses know a lot about keeping clean and infection prevention. I think it’s just a different mindset. Anyway, here is a look at the Basics of Microblading.
Microblading and What You Need To Know Before Your Appointment
What is Microblading
Microblading is a semi-permanent tattoo in hair strokes. It looks natural and doesn’t wipe off in the shower, pool or with your facial cleansing routine. There is no needle so the ink doesn’t go as deep as a tattoo, that’s why it’s only semi-permanent. But, just like I stated at the beginning, this is a good thing. Styles, faces and personal preference/experiences change all the time, so this allows for some changes and wiggle room later once it begins to wear off.
How Long Does It Last
This is a little bit of a tough question. Microblading can lasts any were from 1-3 years. I would say these are the broadspectrum numbers so it’s usually somewhere in the middle, 1.5-2 years. Things that affect the length are skin type, lifestyle and how you care for them…especially in the beginning. To keep them at their best, it’s good to touch them once a year, or as they start fading.
How Long Is The Appointment
I want to first say that Microblading is a 2-step process, your initial appointment and a touch up appointment 4-6 weeks later. So when planning your appointment, it’s important to look ahead at your schedule. So if you’re traveling for your appointment, know you’ll have to make two trips, and keep in mind your traveling plans so you can ensure you aren’t out of town during these crucial follow-up weeks.
I will do a whole post on the follow-up process and why it’s important, but know that they will fade within these first few weeks and the touch-up will even out and set your brows.
What will My Brows Look Like After
Likely if you are thinking about Microblading you are currently filling in your brows with makeup. This gives much more of a filled look. Microblading is giving you more hair strokes. With that said, you can do both the hair strokes and get some shading done. But, you may still want to fill them with makeup when you’re getting all galmmed up.
Finding The Right Artist
Knowing someone has been certified can only tell you that they understand how to do the technique. That doesn’t necessarily mean they have the skills to draw the perfect brown on your face! You have to be VERY careful when you pick your artist! I LOVED Emily and even better I love that she is a fellow Registered Nurse. I think this makes a difference. We know and understand how to be clean, careful and we all tend to be perfectionists. Ensure your artist is licensed and working in a hygienic environment. I know Emily isn’t possible for everyone, so do your research. Look at their work on their website, on social media and if you don’t have a personal reference, reach out to one or more of their clients through Social Media.
Find The Right Brow Shape + Color
It’s good to have a few ideas, maybe even examples of what you’re looking for. Also, bring in a couple of photos of yourself when you have your makeup done, including your brows. This gives your artist an idea of what you normally do, so you can create a look that matches that. Choosing the right color is crucial. I loved how Emily place a couple of options on my forehead, let them dry so we can really get a good look at how it’s going to look on my skin. This is so important because you need to ensure it’s not going to be the wrong color in either direction, too light or dark.
This is an important step for both YOU and YOUR ARTIST
The final thing that’s so important is to ensure your artist draws the brows. This is so you can see EXACTLY how they will look on your face. Whether you have a specific idea or bring in examples, you want to make sure it looks good on YOUR face. I can’t think of anything worse than having an idea, they do it, it’s permanent and it doesn’t fit YOUR face. It’s a good idea take photos of them once they’re on from different angles. Another thing that’s a good idea is to take a few minutes looking in the mirror, making different expressions to see how they’re going to move on your face. Really look at your brows on your entire face, not independently.
Questions to ask and answer for yourself are:
- Are they flattering on YOUR face?
- Do you like and accompany YOUR expressions
- Are they enhancing YOUR features and structures of your face?
- Is it fitting to YOUR personality?
Your face is unique, in fact doing aesthetics I’ve learned that each side of your face is unique and different. So your brows can’t be cookie cutter, they have to fit you properly. Make sure you take the time do your research, and find the right artist to do this for you!
If you’re local to the Bay Area, or willing to travel, Brows By Ems is offering my readers an awesome SPECIAL!!!! Emily is Offering $40 OFF ANY appointment/service. That’s amazing guys! Just be sure to mention my name or blog when you schedule your appointment!
I’d love to hear your thoughts on Microblading. Are you thinking about it, would you do it? If you are thinking about it and have questions please let me know either by leaving a comment, emailing me or sending me a message though any of my social media account. I will answer them, or enlist Emily to help me get your questions answered!
Thanks so much for stopping by! Get Out There and have a Gorgeous day!