If you’ve decided to get your eyebrows microbladed, you are probably anxious about the results. You may be afraid whether you’ll like it and whether it will meet your expectations.
Microblading is a form of a tattoo, and it will stay on your face for months, even years, so it’s normal to be worried. Today, we’ll give you some useful microblading tips to get the best of the treatment and end up head over heels with your new brows.
Top 10 Microblading Tips
Here are the best microblading tips to follow to ensure great results.
Tip #1 – Choose the Artist Wisely
The first one on the list of our microblading tips is something that clients tend to take for granted. They sometimes get seduced by low prices or good marketing and book an appointment without doing the research first.
What you should do is carefully choose the microblading artist. The best option is to ask your friends who’ve already had microblading if they’re satisfied with the artist. If that’s not possible, online reviews will work, too. But don’t just trust the reviews on their website – they will obviously choose only the good ones. Find the Google reviews of their business as well as Facebook and Instagram pages and check what the clients say.
If it’s hard for you to find them online, and you don’t have access to their before-and-after photos, avoid that artist.
Tip #2 – Book Consultations
Just to make sure you’ve made the right choice, visit the salon before you book a treatment, to check the conditions – everything needs to be spotlessly clean and sterile. Book consultations (most of them are free) and ask the artists everything you want to know about the treatment. That’s the way to see if your communication is going well and you’re on the same page.
The artist will assess your skin type and medical history, and tell you whether you are a good candidate for microblading. They need to listen to your wishes and be honest about whether they can meet your expectations.
For example, people with oily skin aren’t the best candidates for microblading. Most artists will advise getting powder brows instead. Don’t insist on microblading if you’re not a good candidate for it – you may end up completely unsatisfied with the results.
Tip #3 – Prepare for the Treatment Properly
One of the most important microblading tips we can give you!
The artists usually provide a list of things you should avoid prior to the treatment. To prepare well and prevent bleeding and other complications during the treatment, here’s what you should do:
- Stop using retinol, chemical peels, or Vitamin A products 1 month prior.
- Don’t get Botox injections for at least 2 weeks prior.
- Avoid facials at least 2 weeks prior.
- Avoid sunbathing or tanning 2 weeks prior.
- Stop plucking or waxing your eyebrows at least 1 week prior.
- Don’t take alcohol, caffeine, ibuprofen, aspirin and fish oil supplements for at least 24 hours prior.
- If you take blood-thinning medication, consult your doctor and see if it’s possible to discontinue the use for a few weeks prior.
Tip #4 – Do a Patch Test
Patch testing is important, especially if you already have some allergies. The microblading pigments will go under your skin, and if you are allergic to some of the ingredients, it can get really bad.
Also, numbing solutions are used in the treatment, and you may also be allergic to some of the ingredients, too. So, visit the salon at least a day before the procedure for a patch test.
Tip #5 – At the Appointment
We have a couple of microblading tips while you are at your appointment:
- Come to the appointment on time, don’t be late. The artist will book you for 2-3 hours (they will assess how much time they’ll need) and if you’re late, they may need to rush to make it to the next appointment.
- Speak your mind about your expectations – the artist will do a pre-draw to show you what your eyebrows will look like after the treatment. Feel free to say whether you like it or not, whether you want them to be thinner or bolder.
- Don’t check your brows every minute – if you chose the artist carefully, trust their work.
- Constantly checking your brows in the mirror will make them nervous.
Listen to the aftercare tips carefully.
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Tip # 6 – Follow the Aftercare Tips Religiously
The artist will tell you what to do after the appointment to make sure your brows heal properly. The healing process lasts up to 6 weeks, but the aftercare routine is about 2 weeks long.
In case you forgot what to do, read more about microblading tips for aftercare in our guide.
Tip #7 – Wash the Brows Regularly
Microblading artists advise clients to stay away from water for 10 days, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t wash your brows at all – that just means that you should avoid swimming, saunas and exercising, i.e. getting your eyebrows soaking wet.
After the treatment, you will notice some lymph coming out of your freshly microbladed eyebrows. Blot it with a clean cotton pad and keep the brows dry. Start washing them from day 2, but gently, with a little bit of sterile water and recommended products (usually green soap) to make sure you remove the bacteria and lymph build-up. Then apply the healing balm, if the artist recommended wet healing, or leave them dry, in case they recommended dry healing.
Not washing your eyebrows can lead to an infection and heavy scabbing and the results may not heal as expected.
Tip #8 – Trust the Process
The healing period can be an emotional roller coaster – your brows will be too dark at first, then scab, and then too light. All of that is normal, just accept it as a part of the healing period. Be patient and avoid checking your brows in the mirror all the time.
Tip #9 – Don’t Skip the First Touch Up
Microblading is a 2-session treatment and the first touch up is mandatory. It is done after the brows are healed, i.e. 6-8 weeks after the initial treatment. The artist can add more pigment if it healed too light and correct all that needs to be corrected.
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Tip #10 – Book Regular Touch Ups
The final of our microblading tips has to do with long-term maintenance.
To keep your microblading looking good, you will need to refresh it from time to time, depending on how fast it fades. Some people need touch ups more often, while others can have the first touch up after 12-18 months.
If you are not sure how often and when you need a touch up, read this article: Microblading Touch up After a Year: When Is the Right Time for a Color Boost?
Microblading is a perfect way to get low-maintenance (but not no-maintenance) brows that won’t come off after you wash them. But you need to play your cards right and follow these microblading tips, you can expect great results.
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