About 3 months ago I had the pleasure of getting to experience microblading on my eyebrows with the lovely Shaundra from Flawless Finish. I wanted to share my experience from start to finish for anyone thinking about microblading. Spoiler Alert: it’s life changing.
I should start by saying I was an eyebrow amateur. My eyebrow regimen consisted of me plucking any stray hairs, filling them in with a pencil and that’s about it. My shape was never defined and I really didn’t put a lot of effort into making my brows look like their best selves. So you can imagine how impactful this experience was for me!
So what exactly is microblading? Microblading involves manually implanting pigment with a small blade to mimic the look of real hairs. The strokes are ultra fine and once healed look extremely natural and blend in with your own eyebrow hairs.
The first step in the procedure is setting the shape of your brows. Next you and your technician choose the color of pigment that will be used on your brows. Then the eyebrow area is cleaned and the outline is done first. The most common question I have been asked is of course, “Does it hurt”? There is a numbing cream applied to keep the pain to a minimum. I will be totally honest that for some reason I don’t think the cream worked on me because Shaundra did my outline first with no cream to make sure it was perfect. Once she started after the numbing cream was applied it felt the same to me. That being said, it’s completely tolerable. It’s more irritating than anything, especially towards to end.
My first session took about two hours total including before and after photos, defining the shape and the process itself. Once we were done I was given an after-care sheet with instructions to follow on how to care for my brows. After-care is key to making sure your brows heal properly and all the pigment has the best chance of healing properly. First, you have to apply a thin layer of after-care balm a few times a day. Second, it’s best to keep water off your brows for the first 10 days. This means swapping showers for baths, which may seem like a pain but honestly wouldn’t you sacrifice a shower for killer brows? I know I would! You should also avoid heavy sweating for the first 10 days which really was just a great excuse to take some time off! Lastly you have to avoid makeup, creams and any products with Retin-A or glycolic acid as it can disrupt the healing process. The photos below are from Day 1 of my process on the left and then completely healed after the first session on the right.
After a few days your eyebrows will start to scab and then they will start to fall off. (This was definitely my least favorite part but again, pain is beauty right?). After the scabs fall off your brows will be quite a bit lighter than when they were first done but this is normal and it takes some time for the pigment to pop back up. After about a month my brows were completely healed.
Part of the microblading process is a second session to have them touched up. I decided to go a bit darker for the touch up because after finishing the initial healing process I thought I could have them a shade darker. Same after care process and a month later my brows were all healed up. The photo below is right after my touch up. You can see they are much darker here but keep in mind they lighten up quite a bit as they heal.
The biggest improvement for me with this process is that I now have a defined eyebrow shape that flatters the shape of my face. I can’t tell you how amazing it is to just have to brush my brows in the morning and they look perfect. You don’t realize how much your brows define your entire face until they are shaped properly!
These last photos are my completely healed brows. I really can’t recommend microblading enough and if you’re in the Edmonton Area you should definitely check out Flawless Finish. The entire experience was amazing and I can’t thank Shaundra enough for my new eyebrows! Shaundra is also offering 15% off microblading until March 14th so what are you waiting for, go get yourself some killer brows!
*Cover Photo via Vogue