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My Experience with Microblading Brows

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!

Microblading by Ari Sonoma Studio Revival

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!

before microblading brows

after microblading brows Sonoma

PROCESS

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.

microblading process numbing

HEALING

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.

scabbing microblading

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! 😉

healed microbladed brows

Healed brows

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! 😉

microblading second sessing

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!

Microblading Arches Studio Sonoma

Arches Microblading Eyebrow Studio Sonoma

What are your thoughts on microblading?

Let me know if my post convinced you to go for it! 😉

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17 Comments

  1. Your microblading results were SO amazing!

    Published 10.11.18
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    • Paulina wrote:

      Thank you so much, Ashley! I’m so pleased with them!!! Now I don’t really have to touch them much when doing my makeup – what a time saver!

      Published 10.11.18
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  2. Looks great!

    Mira Audrey’s

    Published 10.15.18
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    • Paulina wrote:

      Thank you, Mira! I’m SO happy with the results! 🙂

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  3. McKenna wrote:

    Your brows look amazing!!

    Published 10.15.18
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  4. Cathy wrote:

    Your brows look amazing! She did a great job!

    XOXO
    Cathy

    Published 10.15.18
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  5. Danielle wrote:

    This was so informative! What a subtle yet AMAZING difference! I’ve been wanting to try microblading but have yet to find the right place here in NY!

    xx, Danielle | http://www.pineappleandprosecco.com

    Published 10.15.18
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  6. Wow they look so good! I’ve heard mixed things but looks like yours was a success!

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    Published 10.15.18
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  7. Lee wrote:

    Ahh your brows look amazing! I’m in the midst of doing microblading myself (had the initial session, but have the touch up in 2 weeks) and I can’t wait for the completed look. I hope they look as good as yours!

    Published 10.15.18
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  8. Tuyet wrote:

    WOW ! It looks so good!

    Published 10.16.18
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  9. I love the final effect! Fuller, better looking brows but still very natural. Ari did a great job!

    Published 10.16.18
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  10. Girl, your brows look amazing! They are so full and natural 🙂

    -xo, Azanique | http://www.lotsofsass.com

    Published 10.16.18
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  11. Kelsey wrote:

    Your brows look amazing!!! Microblading is on my list of things to try!

    Published 10.17.18
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  12. Jessica wrote:

    Your brows look really pretty dear. And this is super informative. Thanks for sharing your experience.
    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

    Published 10.17.18
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  13. Kristina wrote:

    They look great and still very natural!

    Published 10.22.18
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  14. Lindsay wrote:

    Your brows look great! I have had mine done as well and agree that it’s totally worth every penny!

    Published 10.22.18
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  15. Anna English wrote:

    Oh my gosh, your brows look amazing girl!

    Published 10.22.18
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