Microblading: What you need to know

I’ve always loved the idea of waking up in the morning and doing the absolute minimum in order to get ready. Whether it’s laying my clothes out for the day the night before, avoiding make-up on work days and opting for a messy bun hairstyle five days in a row, I’ll do anything just to optimise my very precious extra sleep time in the morning.

A real hindrance for this plan however, was my severe lack of eyebrows. Eyebrows are so important for shaping the face, and while I soon got over not having mascara-coated lashes and rouge lips every day, I couldn’t quite get past feeling a little insecure without my eyebrows shaded in with powder or pencil. Until I met microblading.

Microblading gives you natural looking brows via semi-permanent tattooing – a technician uses small blades to put pigment just under the skin in natural-looking hair strokes. The procedure has been growing in popularity in recent years, and although I was apprehensive, having never had a tattoo or facial procedure done before, I decided to take the plunge.

Now, nearly two months after the process with brows fully healed, I would definitely recommend it – but there are a few things you should know before embarking on the process yourself. Here are my answers to five of the most common microblading questions:

Is microblading expensive?

In short, yes. I went to the esteemed Sian Dellar, a permanent make-up specialist on Harley Street, and couldn’t be more pleased with the level of professionalism, cleanliness and support received from the practice.

When dealing with something so visible as your face, and as nerve-racking as a first ‘tattoo’, you want to go somewhere you can relax and feel like you are in safe hands, and Sian certainly provides that. However, with good quality comes expense – her prices range from £495 to £695.

Katie Nielen

Does microblading hurt?

Everyone I spoke to beforehand was adamant that the process didn’t hurt at all, but for me, that wasn’t the case. Even with a full coat of numbing cream left on for 20-30 minutes I could still feel the sharp scratch of the blade for around 70% of the strokes.

It’s not the most intense pain, and anyone who has endured a tattoo may laugh at the comparison, but personally, I found it to be quite an uncomfortable experience – but it’s a short-term situation for a long-term result.

How long does microblading take?

The process can take up to 2-3 hours depending on how full you want your brows to be. I was in the chair for about 45 minutes.

What is the healing process like?

After the numbing cream wore off, in came a dull ache which sometimes led to a mild headache. This lasted for a few days. I was strongly advised to avoid direct sunlight, increased sweating and washing my brows for 7-10 days – which is not the easiest of tasks!

I wouldn’t plan any major photo-op event during this time either, as you also need to apply a healing balm to your brows with a cotton bud a few times a day during this period. The brows peel as they heal, change colour slightly and then settle down to look and feel completely natural.

Katie Nielen

Will you need a top-up?

Yes. The experts advise having 1-2 top-ups a month apart to ensure that the pigment is truly embedded in the skin. After a few weeks I did notice some of the lines fade slightly, so did require the second appointment. After this, its anywhere from 6-12 months for your next top-up.

Now the part that everyone actually wants to see…

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Overall, I am really happy with the outcome of the process, and don’t think I could go back to penciling my eyebrows in everyday. Microblading is a great solution for anyone who is eyebrow-deficient like myself – a week or so of discomfort to achieve your dream brows for up to a year is a no-brainer!

Feature by Jessica Lawrence