My Microblading Experience
What is it?
Last summer, I got my eyebrows microbladed and I’ve been waiting to share the experience with you! If you haven’t heard of microblading yet, it’s a semi-permanent makeup technique that deposits pigment just underneath the skin using brushed strokes that resemble real hair. I’ve been considering it for ages, mostly for the convenience factor, before I finally took the plunge. Now that it’s been 6 months, I think I’m ready to give a full review of the experience.
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I booked an appointment with Chloe at The Beauty House, after looking at her work on their Instagram. It’s so important to look at the artist’s portfolio to make sure their work aligns with what you’re looking for. For instance, I found some artists’ lines too harsh, but some were too soft or blurred. Something I personally do not like is when the microbladed strokes look too defined at the inner corner, and that was something I wanted to avoid. And I definitely did not want harsh brows that looked drawn on. Chloe’s looked like the perfect mix of what I wanted my brows to look like: soft but defined strokes that blended easily with natural brow hair.
I think I ended up spending more than 3 hours at the consultation / first appointment. 80% of the appointment was perfecting the shape, which in my opinion is the most crucial part. Some of the adjustments were so subtle, but I knew I may regret it if I didn't speak up then. Chloe was so patient the entire time, drawing and making minor adjustments to the thickness and height until they were perfect and what I wanted.
Before I go on, what I should share first is some history about my own brows. Let’s just say when left alone they’re these sad little things which are practically non-existent, and also unbelievably uneven. I knew they were uneven but until I didn’t realize how severe it was! Seriously, when Chloe had finished drawing in the shape my right brow was about half a cm higher than my natural brow line! I'm not even exaggerating. Let’s just say I was quite excited to have them as a set of siblings than distant cousins…
In the end I opted to go with a natural arch, and Chloe recommended for our first appointment to go thinner and lighter than I would otherwise. This way we can look at the shape firstly, and in follow up appointments we could always go thicker and darker - but it would be much tougher to do the reverse. Better safe than sorry.
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The one thing I wasn’t ready for was the pain of the actual microblading procedure. I’d read from other blogs that the pain was very manageable, almost a firm scratch. When it started - Oh. My. God. I thought I had a decent pain tolerance but for whatever reason it friggin’ hurt! Not to mention the sound was this unpleasant scratching that I did not know skin was capable of making. Haha, I’m making this sound like a horror story but I’m probably overdramatic. There is a numbing cream applied before and during the process. You can also ask for more throughout which helps ease the sensation. Some areas are definitely more sensitive like the arch bone area, whereas some I could barely feel through the numbing cream. Okay—considering the whole thing only lasts about 20 to 30 minutes, it wasn't that bad.
I’ll post some before and after photos of the immediate results down below but as you’ll be able to see, it was very natural and thinner than I would normally go. Mostly I was so not used to seeing myself with evened out brows, I kept thinking I looked surprised! Not to worry, this all gets sorted out at the follow-up :)
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For the first 3 to 4 days, be prepared to go out (or stay in) with some bold brows. I don’t really mind, and I didn’t think it was that bad overall. You’re supposed to try and keep it dry for as long as possible, but by about the 4th day I gave in. Chloe also gave me some ointment to apply morning and night... but truthfully, I only managed to keep that up irregularly as well. Obviously I’m not a very good patient.
By day 3, the area had started scabbing over and flaking. It’s so important during this time to not pick at it, because the pigment is in the scab so if you scratch it off you may end up with gaps (the horror). The hardest part… trying not to scratch the itch that came with the scabbing! It only lasts about a week though and just mildly irritating at times.
After all the scabbing falls off by itself, I read that you may see the colour pigmentation disappear then come back in a week, but this never happened to me. Once the scabbing finished, that was it. The total recovery time was about two weeks.
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My second appointment was 6 weeks after the first one. By this point I pretty much had no pigmentation left in my brows, which was supposed to be perfectly normal. The second application “locks in” the pigment and after that, you shouldn’t need another touch-up for another 8 to 12 months to maintain the same colour. I was still kind of paranoid that I was an exception though, since I could only find the faintest remainder of the first microblading session.
After having a month to mull over the final shape, I decided to go with a thicker, straighter shape and to deepen the colour. Again, most of the appointment was spent drawing in the shape with the actual microblading part taking only around 30 minutes. The pain was the same, sorry to say, but 30 minutes of that is definitely worth it to me.
After the first appointment I was still getting adjusted, because it was a bit of a different shape than I think I normally go for, not to mention the added symmetry took some time to get used to. After my follow-up though, I was so much happier with the final shape and results. The area healed after two weeks, and the strokes softened after the first month. Since then, I really can’t say I’ve seen too much change—which is just amazing. Chloe also has a video of the transformation on her Instagram, linked here.
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Since the follow-up appointment, it's been about 6 months. I took these blog photos back at the start of December and even now I don’t feel the need to go for a touch-up any time soon. Occasionally I’ll brush some light brow gel through if I have darker makeup on, but 95% of the time this is how they look like.
At the end of the day, I’m so glad I went through with the whole process. It’s shortened my weekday getting ready so much—most days I don't wear any makeup and it’s the most refreshing feeling ever. In my case it’s also improved the symmetry of my face in such a positive way (once I got used to seeing it, I don’t think I could go back now). I could never achieve this by makeup alone, and especially not if I was in a hurry. If you’re in Toronto, I would recommend Chloe from The Beauty House in a heartbeat. Honestly, as much as I moan about the pain, it's worth it and I’ll definitely get a touch-up once it fades. If you have any questions or are thinking about it, feel free to email or DM me on Instagram :)
Disclaimer: I received a small discount on my appointment at The Beauty House in exchange for this blog post.
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