Over two months ago I started sharing my microblading experience with you on Instagram and since then, I got a lot of questions regarding this process. As of today, my eyebrows are fully healed after two sessions and I can’t wait to share with you the results!
If you want fuller, natural looking brows without any effort, then microblading might be for you! In today’s post, I’m sharing my experience along with the close up of before and after photos, what to expect and all about the healing process.
Before I dive in, specials thanks to Ari (Studio Revival) who took care of me during this process and made sure I get exactly what I want!
Left: first session before + after, Right bottom: after second session
What a difference, right?! Going into my brow appointment I have to admit, I was nervous. I am a kind of person who doesn’t invest a lot of money into those kind of beauty treatments, so to go in knowing that I’m essentially tattooing my new brows was quite scary. Although I was having justified feelings, I can now honestly say I was silly to worry so much!
I don’t know about other artists and estheticians but Ari was the sweetest, most caring person! She not only made sure I know everything about the process beforehand, but she also paid attention to exactly how I wanted my new brows to look like.
Again, I’m all about the effortless, natural looking brow, so we made sure to mostly just give my brows a better arch and to fill in the spots that were missing. If you’re someone who needs more of a brow reconstruction, Ari can do that too!
One of the most common questions I got regarding microblading is whether the whole process hurt. Now, to answer this question as accurately as I can – it all depends on your pain tolerance. I’ve had 3 tattoos done on my body in the past and quite frankly loved the feeling on my skin. I feel like microblading is definitely not as intense but essentially it still involves tiny needles cutting into your skin, so you will definitely feel something.
Below is a picture of me waiting on my brows to get numb. Yes, here’s your saving grace – numbing! In fact, that’s probably the longest part of the whole microblading process because you have to wait about 30 minutes for it to work. After that, the tattooing part is really just drawing short strokes in place of your brows so even if you still feel something, it’s not bad at all.
When it comes to the shape of your brow, you can always add more strokes for a fuller or longer effect. Ari made sure that I liked my shape before she started tattooing AND after, and I think that’s a very important factor to your overall satisfaction.
Speaking of your expectations, the healing process is a crucial part in getting perfect brows. Basically, the results of your microblading session are up to you. If you follow the artist’s instructions and take care of your brows, you will end up with perfect looking brows. Here’s what to expect when healing…
Scabbing. Scabbing is a part of the healing process because let’s be honest – microblading means cutting into your skin. They say during the (about) 10 days while your brows are healing, you will see them go through a lot of stages. You will also feel different about them each day. Why? Because at some point your brows might look non-existent due to scabbing! Sounds scary but this too shall pass. Luckily for me, I had barely any visible changes (pictured below). Yes, my brows looked a bit more patchy once but it all cleared out itself.
Another sign of healing is when your brows get lighter. Typically, your brows will be much darker the first few days after you get them done. No worries though because they will fade into your natural color later. To make sure you keep your strokes in place (not shrinking completely), you are not allowed to touch them/ pick on them during healing, use water on them for the first 24 hours, be in the sun or use any lotions.
Below is a photo of my healed brows right before my second session. As you can see, they all faded into my natural color and shrunk a bit. That’s why you shouldn’t be worried about ending up with dramatic looking brows! It’s all natural, baby! 😉
And here’s me right after my second session. All Ari did was filling up a few more spots and accentuating the arch. She also made sure the strokes were a bit longer so when they shrink a bit, they’re perfect.
How long will they last? Up to a year and a half! Once again, it all depends on how you treat them. Don’t skip that sunscreen! 😉
As for the price, it will all depend on the artist/ location and whether you had any previous work done. Yes, it is not the cheapest process as it can cost about $500 but since the results last a long time, I say it’s worth it!
STUDIO ARCHES in Sonoma
I loved my experience with Ari so much I wanted to share a few more details on where you can find her! She’s currently located in Sonoma in this adorable studio called Arches. Don’t get confused when you book an appointment with her, because her own practice is called Studio Revival.
Make sure to follow Ari’s work on Instagram, too! She posts before/afters almost every day and often offers special discounts!
What are your thoughts on microblading?
Let me know if my post convinced you to go for it! 😉