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Eyebrow Embroidery/Microblading: Q&A

Is Microblading for Me?

Eyebrow Microblading (also known as nanoblading, hairstrokes, 3D eyebrows, and Eyebrow Embroidery) is a fine art that takes years to perfect.  


Although  microblading is one of the top beauty trends of today, it has really  only become mainstream in the last few years. We've noticed various  celebrities like Bella Thorne and Mandy Moore talking about their  experiences with microblading, and really bringing it to the forefront  of the beauty and media industries. While people have been  using permanent makeup and cosmetic tattooing to enhance their  appearance for decades, any new beauty trend is bound to bring up  questions.

So since microblading is such a new beauty procedure, many  clients still have A LOT of questions about the process.  We've heard it  referred to as microblading, microfeathering and micropigmentation, but  these words are not as interchangeable as one might think. So in  this post we want to address a few questions and common misconceptions  about microblading, that you can share with potential clients, or anyone  you know who might be curious about the process!

Here are a few of our most frequent microblading Q&A's.

What is microblading exactly and how is it different than permanent makeup?

Permanent Makeup is a form of cosmetic  tattooing, also known as micropigmentation. It has been around since at  least the 20th century, but maybe even longer There’s even evidence that  Queen Cleopatra of ancient Egypt had cosmetic tattooing! It is a  cosmetic technique where pigment is inserted into the skin to resemble  makeup. It is typically achieved using a machine or manual hand tool to  create permanent enhancements to the eyebrows, eyes, lips, and body.

Microblading is a technique of cosmetic  tattooing performed specifically on the eyebrows. Like earlier methods  of cosmetic tattooing, it is done by manually depositing pigment into  the second layer of the skin (dermis). But what makes it truly unique is  the hand tool used.  The unique formation of needles allows the artist  to create the look of real eyebrow hairs by tattooing very fine  hair-like strokes in the skin.  

Q:  Do you have to shave off your eyebrows to get it done?

A:  No! Microblading is done to enhance what you already have to make  the eyebrows look as natural as possible. Microblading is a great  solution for people who have over-plucked their eyebrows, or who have  naturally very thin/light eyebrows and want to accentuate the look of  eyebrows on their face. It is not necessary, nor recommended for a  client to get rid of any natural hair he or she may already have.

Q:  Does Microblading Scar? 
A:  No. Microblading itself will not cause scarring. What can cause  scarring after a microblading procedure is picking at the healing skin.  This is why it is extremely important to make sure your client knows to  NOT pick at any scabs or flaking skin after they have had a  microblading procedure. Picking could result in the loss of pigment as  well as scarring.

Q:  How Much Does Microblading Cost?
A:  Having  a microblading procedure can be quite costly. A procedure can cost  anywhere from $500 - $1500, depending on the skill/experience of the  artist, where you are located, and on the demand for this procedure in  your location.  
Generally, Christopher charges between $950-$1500

Q:  What Can I Expect After a Microblading Procedure?
A:  The  healing process after a microblading procedure varies from client to  client based on many factors. This could include, but is not limited to:  the artist's technique, pigments used, aftercare instructions, whether  or not shading was done, as well as just overall how someone's body and  skin reacts to the procedure. Some of the most common things clients can  expect after a microblading procedure are:  

  • Tenderness in the area 
  • Pink or redness around the affected area
  • Swelling 
  • Thickening and darkening of the area
  • Moderate to thick scabbing 3-4 days after the procedure
  • Scabs will begin to flake off anytime between days 5 - 10
  • After scabs flake off, pigment color and strokes will look light, grey, and blurry 
  • After area is fully healed (4 weeks after procedure) the pigment will return to full color
Q:  How Do I Find a Microblading Artist?
A:  As with any cosmetic or tattoo procedures, the best way to find a  certified, reputable artist in your area is often by word-of-mouth  referrals or legitimate customer reviews. You can also do some  investigative research of your own on local artists. We've created a  guide outlining the Top Minimum Standards every microblading artist should be following, to help you in your search. You can read more about it here HERE.  Tina Davies also has a great directory that is growing every  day, featuring artists from all over the world called This site showcases artist's certifications,  client photos, and customer reviews of their services, making it easy to  identify great artists near you! Click HERE to go to the directory.

Q:  How Long Does Microblading Last?

A:  It really depends on the client and the health of their  skin, but microblading procedures should last anywhere from 1 to 3  years. Microblading is not supposed to last forever and will require  touch-ups when the pigment begins to fade. 

Microblading is a form of semi-permanent  makeup and is subject to fading over time due to exfoliation, sun  exposure and skincare products that may increase exfoliation of the  skin. Microblading should last anywhere from 1 year to 3 years before  requiring a touch-up. 

Q:  How Long Does Microblading Take to Heal?
A:  Just like a typical skin wound, microblading takes  about 10 - 14 days to heal before it can get completely wet without  disturbing the skin or the healing process. This includes heavy exercise  and sweating, showering, and face down swimming. The area will be fully  healed 30 days after the procedure was done.

Q:  Does Microblading Hurt?
A:  Because you are numbed prior to the procedure, the level of pain  experienced can be minimized, but in all honesty, there is definitely  some discomfort involved. The best way to describe the discomfort felt  during a microblading procedure would be similar to that of a continuous  cat scratch.

The skin near the front of your eyebrow is thicker, so this will  likely be a lot less painful than the tail of your eyebrow. The tail of  your eyebrow sits very close to the temple, where the skin is very thin.  The thinner the skin, the more likely you will experience a higher  level of discomfort. That being said, everyone's skin and pain threshold  is different, but during the procedure, there shouldn't be a point  where the pain becomes unbearable.

Q:  Who Should Get Microblading Done?
A:  Many factors decipher whether or not a person is a good candidate for  microblading. The most crucial deciding factors depend on the client's  skin condition and health. If they have any pre-existing health  conditions or are on any medications, it may be best for the client to  wait for a microblading procedure. 

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