How to Prepare for Microblading – What to Do and What to Avoid

By Emily M.| Last updated on April 2, 2024
How to Prepare for Microblading - What to Do and What to Avoid
⏱️ 5 min read

Just like all permanent makeup, microblading implies depositing pigments into your skin, and as such, the success of the treatment largely depends on the state of your skin at the moment of the procedure, but also the state of your system overall.

Here’s a simple checklist of microblading prep instructions: things to do and things to avoid in the months, weeks and days before your microblading appointment, along with explanations.

Here’s How to Prepare for Microblading

Microblading prep is something you need to take seriously. The treatment implies breaking the surface of the skin, and if you don’t follow prep instructions as closely as possible, things may not go according to plan.

Here’s what can happen if you don’t do proper prep before microblading:

  • There can be complications during the treatment
  • Your skin can have a dramatic reaction
  • The pigment retention can be poor

That’s why many artists insist you sign a waiver form confirming you’ve followed the instructions on how to prepare for microblading.

If you don’t, the treatment may not work out and you’ll need to repeat it. And pay for the do-over, since it’s not the artist’s fault.


Some aspects of preparing for microblading start quite a while before the actual appointment. So getting microblading can’t be an impulsive decision – you need to plan it in advance.

Normal, Pinpoint Bleeding During Microblading TreatmentImage source: Instagram @xara_beauty

First Step – Finding an Artist

The first step of microblading preparations is obviously finding an artist. Lately, so many artists have emerged it can be hard deciding on who to pick, so here are some tips:

#1 Don’t Get Fooled by Prices

Microblading isn’t cheap, but don’t let the price be the primary factor. Don’t get blinded by bargains and book with the cheapest artists you can find – this is your face we’re talking about and you don’t want a botched job.

But don’t be prejudiced either – there are many talented artists who are relatively new and are just starting out.

On the other hand, you shouldn’t automatically trust an artist just because their prices are high-end. Their style may not suit you.

The primary factor when deciding on an artist should be their work.

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#2 Research Portfolios

Microblading can be done in many different patterns, and every artist has their signature style. Find artists in your area and check out their before and after portfolios so you get a sense of their style.

#3 Save Pictures for Reference

It will be easier for your artist to get the idea of what you want if you show up prepared. Save some works you came across during your research and show them to your artists during consults. They can take that as a starting point and advise you on what will work best for you.

You can browse our Microblading Before and After Gallery for inspo!

Preparing For Microblading - Save Pictures For ReferenceImage source: Instagram @fernandahuerta_beautyacademy

How to Prepare for Microblading as Your Appointment Approaches

Here’s what to avoid at different stages of microblading prep.

1 Year Before Microblading

Obviously, you won’t plan your microblading a year in advance.

But what you have to know is that you have to be off Accutane for about a year before you can get a brow tattoo. Accutane causes skin sensitivity, and it takes a long time for it to recover sufficiently to be ready for a microblading treatment.

If it’s not fully recovered, it can get damaged by the blading.

1 Month Before Your Appointment

Your skin needs to be in the best shape possible for microblading, and that means you can’t use any thinning products at least a month before your appointment, to let it recover. Compromised skin doesn’t react well to the treatment – it gets irritated and overworked fast, and it bleeds more.

So, avoid:

  • Retinol (vitamin A)
  • Aggressive acne treatments
  • Salicylic acid
  • Aggressive chemical peels
  • Aggressive facials

If getting fillers or Botox in the forehead or eye area, you should do it at least 1 month before microblading. They need to settle into your face so the artist can give you the best brow shape possible.

Ideally, you should get microblading first, and fillers/Botox when it heals (more info here).

Another thing to avoid is henna brows and regular brow tinting.

10 Days Before Your Appointment

Avoid sunlight exposure and tanning beds for at least 7-10 days before microblading. These compromise the skin and it can react severely to the blading. Plus, if you get sunburnt, you’ll have to postpone your microblading appointment.

Wear sunscreen on your face when you’re going out.

Prepare For Microblading - Ten Days Before Your Microblading AppointmentImage source: Freepik

1 Week Before Your Appointment

If you normally get any type of brow grooming – tweezing, waxing, threading, or anything like that – skip it for 1 week before your microblading appointment.

Your skin can get irritated, and the artist needs to see your natural, untouched brows to give you the best bespoke shape.

And no, you don’t have to shave your eyebrows for microblading.

3 Days Before Your Appointment

Don’t take any blood thinning medication or supplements for 3 days before your microblading. If your blood is too thin, you will bleed a lot during the procedure, which can make the artist’s job difficult and the pigment won’t get retained as well.

If you’re taking blood thinners as part of therapy for a medical condition, check with your GP if it would be possible to pause use until you get microblading.

Vitamin E and fish oil are also blood thinners that need some time to leave your system, so skip that, too.

1 Day Before Your Appointment

The things you ingest a day before your procedure will still be in your bloodstream the next day and could affect the consistency of your blood. This will lead to more bleeding during the procedure.

So, avoid:

  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Aspirin and ibuprofen
  • Niacin (vitamin B3)

The Day of Your Appointment

On the day of your appointment, skip your workout. Sweat can remain in your pores even after showering, and the salt in it can affect the way pigments go into the skin and how they settle.

Wear comfortable clothing to your appointment, as you’ll be lying down in the same position for up to 2 hours.

On The Day Of Microblading AppointmentImage source: Freepik

Final Piece of Advice

An important part of how to prepare for microblading is to relax.

Clients sometimes get anxious as their treatment is coming up and turn into real control freaks, which is somewhat understandable as you’ll live with your microbladed brows for up to a year and a half and you want them to turn out as fab as possible.

But if you give off an aura of panic and make your artist’s work difficult by constantly checking on what they’re doing, you’ll both just get frustrated.

If you choose an experienced, reliable artist, trust them. They know what they’re doing!

Cover image source: Freepik



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