Microblading 101: What You Need to Know

Great eyebrows frame your face, accentuate your eyes, and can even make you look younger. But trends and genetics often take a toll on your brows. Restore your brows (or get the ones you always wanted) with microblading by La Belle Studio. 

Here's what you need to know.  

What Is Microblading? 

Microblading is a semi-permanent form of eyebrow tattooing performed by a skilled artist. By using a handheld tool to create hairlike strokes, the effect is a natural looking brow. 

Unlike pencils, wax, gel, and powder, microblading offers a longer lasting solution making it ideal for clients who want no fuss brows.   

How to Prepare

To ensure the best result, we recommend that our clients do the following prior to their scheduled appointment:

2 Weeks Before: Stop using skin thinners (e.g. Vitamin A, glycolic acids, exfoliation). If you plan on getting botox or fillers, do them now or wait 2 weeks after the procedure.   

1 Week Before: If you tint your brows, now is the time to get them done.

3 Days Before: Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and blood thinners (e.g. Aspirin, Niacin, ibuprofen). 

2 Days Before: Make sure you take care of any waxing or brow shaping. 

The Day of Your Procedure: Feel free to come in with how you normally draw your eyebrows. 

Disclaimer: You may experience hypersensitivity and more pain around your menstrual cycle. If you notice any blemishes or sores in the brow area, reschedule your appointment within 48 hours. We are not able to tattoo over moles. 

What to Expect

Perfection takes time. Don't expect your brow tattoos to be perfect after the first session. Microblading is a two-step, and sometimes multiple step process. Your brows will take up to 6-8 weeks to fully heal. Here's what to expect from start to finish. 

Immediately After Procedure: Your brows will appear darker, more solid, and more defined. Your brows may even look wet and painted on. This is normal and will last up to 2 weeks.

4-5 Days Post: It's normal to experience scabbing, flaking, and dryness. DO NOT PICK your scabs. Let them fall off when they're ready. If you pick before your brows are healed, you risk patchy brows. FYI: As your dermal layer heals, you may experience itchiness after first 10 days up to 2 months.

2 Weeks Post: During this time your brows will change and appear different from day-to-day. Don't worry, this is normal.  

6-8 Weeks Post: You may require a touch up. Not everyone's hair stroke brows heal clean and crisp. Those with oiler skin tend to heal more solid and powdery, while drier skin types heal more crisp and defined. If you tend to bleed more, you may also require more touchups since blood pushes the pigment out during the tattooing process. 

After Care

To ensure proper healing and color retention, after care is crucial. During the full 10 day healing period, be sure to follow these instructions. 

First 48 Hours: Let your brow tattoo DRY HEAL FOR 48 HOURS after the procedure.  

After 48 Hours: Apply a small amount of Aquaphor and press into brow to form a thin layer of moisture/protection. Repeat this process 1-2 times a day (as needed) for 2 WEEKS. Be sure to also use antibacterial soap with lukewarm water to gently clean your brow tattoo 1-2 times a day.

Touch Up 

Microblading is a minimum 2 step process. Your First Session will build shape and symmetry. The Second Session will perfect the brows and add density. 

Your First Touch Up/Second Session will occur within the first 6-8 weeks after the First Session. Be sure to book your touch up appointment ASAP. Due to high demand, it usually takes about 2 months to get a touch up appointment.

If you fail to schedule your Second Session in a timely manner, you risk tattoo fading which additional charges may apply. 

Long-Term Care

You've invested time and money perfecting your eyebrows. DON'T WASTE THE PRETTY! To keep your brows looking pristine, touch ups are required every 9-12 months.

Be sure to use at least SPF 50 to protect your brows from sun exposure, which can cause fading and alter the color of your tattoo. Also avoid chemical exfoliants on brows; they will cause brows to fade faster, too. And DO NOT LASER your brow area. Some lasers can change the color of the ink. 

Got questions? Don't hesitate to email hello@labelle.com or give us a call.