I remember first hearing about microblading in the Fall of 2015. Although it’s been around for many years, it’s recently become quite the phenomenon in the beauty world.
What is microblading exactly? Microblading is the manual method of semi-permanently tattooing eyebrows. Rather than using a gun, a tool with a row of very small needles is used to create fine, natural-looking hair strokes. Depending on your skin type and how well you care for your brows, the ink can last one to two years. If you have thicker, oily skin, your brows won’t be as crisp and refined as other skin types.
I had the absolute pleasure of getting my brows done by the amazingly talented Nicole Johnston. I did a lot of research beforehand to find someone who I trusted and who I felt was skilled to do my brows (I’m very picky). Nicole definitely stood out to me. With years of experience and quality results to show for it, she is THE gal to go to for Vancouver microblading. She’s so awesome and made me feel so comfortable during my whole appointment.
Altogether, my appointment was about two hours, which is generally the amount of time each appointment takes. There’s a lot of prep work before the actual tattooing as it’s important that time is spent mapping out the brows. Once they’re on, they’re on. Before anything, we went over what kind of brows I was hoping to achieve and the colour. If you’re unsure about colour, try something lighter first. You can always go for a darker colour at your touch-up appointment. I recommend finding some inspiration to bring in of eyebrows you like or want, particularly by the artist you’re going to.
Once I was happy with the shape Nicole had sketched on, the tattooing began. On a scale of one to ten, I would give the pain maybe a four. Of course, everyone’s pain tolerance will vary, but I found it manageable. To compare, the sensation sort of feels like your eyebrows are getting threaded. Certain areas were definitely a bit more sensitive than others, such as towards the inner brow. Nicole started by outlining the eyebrow and went back and forth between the two, building on them. The whole process seemed to go by quite fast and easy, I feel like I actually could’ve had a nap it was such a breeze.
The next little bit covers some useful information and tips about prepping and caring for newly microbladed eyebrows
Before getting your brows done, it’s recommended you give your face a good wash and use a mask as you won’t be able to wash your face normally for 10-14 days after. Also, shower and fix your hair before your appointment as you won’t be able to wash your hair for two days after the procedure.
Immediately after the session, the brows will appear quite dark and bold (left photo above). This will soften and lighten about 30-50% as they heal. In the first few weeks, they will appear lighter and less visible as the new skin settles in but will take on new strength three to six weeks post-procedure (right photo above).
It’s important to let the scabs and dry skin flake off naturally, DO NOT pick at them – the skin will naturally exfoliate. Your eyebrows are not to get wet for at least ten days after your session, so keep that in mind. As the brows heal, avoid physical activity and swimming as well as applying makeup to the area. For the best results, it’s very important to follow the aftercare instructions closely as failure to do so can result in a blurred tattoo.
Once the eyebrows are fully healed, about seven to eight weeks after the first session, you have the option to go back for a touch-up appointment if needed. This is if you want to fluff them up more, fill in any spots, make them darker, etc. The touch-up appointment should be at no cost, so make sure that wherever you go they offer that.
Over time, various factors can affect the brows. Sun exposure can fade and discolour them so applying sunscreen is highly recommended. Anti-aging creams, retinol products, proactiv products, glycolic acid, and face peels must all be kept away from the tattoo as these will cause fading. As mentioned, the better you care for your brows, the longer they will last.
Overall, I think getting my eyebrows microbladed was one of the best decisions I’ve made. Coming from someone who had very light eyebrows and couldn’t leave the house without painting them on every day, it’s so nice to literally “wake up like this”. And if you’re in the Vancouver area, I highly recommend Nicole Johnston Tattoo. Check out her Instagram to see her work for yourself.
Nicole also gave some solid advice if you’re considering getting them done: make sure you do your research, especially somewhere like Vancouver where people can take a two-day course and be certified to microblade. Because it’s become such a hot commodity and people are charging an arm and a leg, everyone is trying to jump on the bandwagon, so be careful.
A big thank you to Nicole for all of the awesome information and for providing me with my dream eyebrows. I’m obsessed. If you have any questions, I’m more than happy to answer, just drop a comment below!
*Keep in mind this post is a combination of my personal experience and recommendations with microblading and the information provided is from an artist who is highly educated and attended a reputable school.
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