The Ultimate Guide to Microblading Eyebrows Before and After

The Ultimate Guide to Microblading Eyebrows Before and After

Microblading has been one of the eyebrow industry’s go-to procedures for a little over two decades now. With at least 25 years since its development, the treatment has only gotten more advanced, safer, and more accessible around the world.

If you are experiencing eyebrow hair loss and thinking of getting the procedure for yourself, this guide on Microblading Eyebrows Before and After tells you all there is to know about what to consider before the treatment, what you can expect during the process, and how you can effectively apply aftercare for long-lasting results.

During Procedure: What is Microblading and How Does it Work?

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Before diving into pre-treatment considerations and aftercare, let’s discuss what you can expect during a microblading session.

Microblading is a semi-permanent cosmetic tattoo procedure that is minimally invasive and can be done in 2 hours. It uses a hand-held device that deposits pigment right under your skin. While it is expected to feel mild discomfort during the treatment, the pain is said to be bearable, often being compared to the level of pain when waxing the brow area.

Unlike permanent tattoos, the pigments used in microblading eyebrows are only inserted in a shallow layer, which helps lessen the pain and allows it to naturally fade over time.

Before Procedure: Deciding if Microblading is Right for You

Consider the importance of getting the right brow artist, having your skin properly assessed, what costs are involved, and weighing the pros and cons to set realistic expectations.

Eyebrow Tattoo vs. Microblading: Understanding the Difference

Eyebrow Tattoo vs. Microblading
One of the most common misconceptions of microblading is that it is the same treatment as eyebrow tattoos. In reality, they produce very contrasting results.

There are two main differences between eyebrow tattoos and microblading. The first is that eyebrow tattoos are permanent while microblading only lasts about two years. Secondly, eyebrow tattoos use ink, which tends to discolor as it fades to a lighter shade while microblading uses pigment, which does not discolor and fades out evenly.

Eyebrow tattoos are also more susceptible to poor and unnatural-looking results while microblading creates a more holistic outcome that blends well with the face.

Choosing the Right Brow Artist for Your Microblading Experience

Microblading is a minimally invasive procedure but still has its fair share of risks involved such as allergic reactions, infections, scarring, pigmentation, and more. Because of this, it is important to choose the right brow artist who is not only knowledgeable but also supportive in your healing stage.

The factors to consider when choosing the right microblading professional are:

  • If the artist is licensed and insured
  • If they have ample experience in the field - with before/after photos to show their work
  • If they have the proper tools and equipment - and if they keep these sterilized
  • If they have multiple positive reviews and testimonials from previous clients
  • If they can achieve the right technique and style you are going for
  • If they are professional in communications, transactions, and appointments. The artist should be able to answer your questions and walk you through the process with patience, professionalism, and confidence.

Consultation with a Brow Artist: Setting Realistic Expectations

Consultation with a Brow Artist

Once you have a brow artist, the next step is to set up a consultation. This is a crucial part of the process as this is where you can discuss what you are looking for in terms of brow shape, size, shade, and more.

Your brow artist should also get a better understanding of how you wear your brows every day in order for them to enhance it in a way that supports your lifestyle best. If you have any references, showing them photos of your ideal brow can help keep you on the same page.

Assessing Your Skin Type and Lifestyle: Is Microblading a Good Fit?

Another reason why your consultation is important is to assess your skin type and if it is suitable for microblading. While this procedure is generally safe and effective for all skin types, it can be more efficient for some than others. Here’s a quick summary of what your brow artist may explain in detail:

Normal Skin - Brows will heal well and evenly, and can last a little over a year.

Dry Skin - Brows can last a little longer due to lack of moisture.

Combination Skin - A slightly oily t-zone may cause more fading, but not too much.

Oily Skin - The oilier the brows, the faster they fade.

Sensitive Skin - More prone to irritation and negative side effects.

Pros and Cons: Weighing the Benefits Against Potential Drawbacks


  • Realistic and natural-looking results
  • No longer have to draw on brows every morning
  • No longer need to purchase brow products
  • Waterproof and sweatproof
  • Depending on skin type, aftercare, and lifestyle, it can last up to 2 years before requiring a touchup


  • Can be a bit painful
  • Expensive
  • Each session is about 2 hours
  • Allergies and infections are the main risks
  • Requires diligent aftercare
  • Take up to 8 weeks to heal
  • It eventually fades in 1-2 years

The Cost of Getting Your Eyebrows Microbladed

The Cost of Getting Your Eyebrows Microbladed
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Another crucial factor in your decision-making should be the budget restraints.

Similar to powder brows and other cosmetic procedures, microblading does not come cheap. It is a treatment that requires special tools, ample expertise, and quality products - so if we’re being honest, you don’t want to rely on a cheap offer anyway!

Reputable and trustworthy brow clinics would typically charge between $400 and $800 for a session. To keep your brows fresh, you will need a touchup every 1-2 years and while some may charge less for these, others may charge the same as a regular session. It is best to get all costs out in the open before deciding on the procedure.

Why The Price Can Vary: Factors Influencing Microblading Costs

5 main factors influence the cost of your microblading sessions:

  • Licensing and Insurance
  • Level of Experience
  • Tools and Equipment
  • Location
  • Competition in The Area

We discuss each factor in detail here: Microblading Eyebrow Costs

After Procedure: Healing Process, Aftercare, and Maintenance

The first two weeks of your healing process require diligent aftercare to lessen the risk of infections and negative side effects. Here is what you can expect day-by-day while your brows recover:

Microblading Healing Process

Days 1-3: Tender, redness, swelling, and mild bleeding. Brows will look very bold and full.

Days 4-8: Scabbing, flaking and itchy. The brow starts to fade into a natural color.

Days 9-12: Scabbing, flaking, and itchiness subsides as the color starts to even out into a natural hue.

Days 13-21: The pigment settles in and looks even more realistic.

Days 22-30: Your brows fully heal.

Tips To Ensure A Smooth And Effective Healing Process

Three main factors can help ensure a smooth and effective healing process after your microblading treatment.

Consider Your Skin Type

Earlier on, we talked about how varying skin types can react to the treatment. By knowing ahead how yours may respond, you can better prepare for the side effects likely to happen. Your artist should be able to assess your skin before the treatment and provide you with relevant guidelines.

Keep The Area Dry and Away From The Sun

One of the most crucial aspects of your aftercare is making sure your brow line stays dry and away from too much sun. These elements not only slow down the healing process but can also cause pigment loss.

Heed Your Artist’s Advice

The professional in charge of your brows should provide you with a list of aftercare steps and walk you through each one. These keep your brows looking healthy as they heal.

Common Healing Process Concerns and How To Address Them

To help your microbladed brows reach its full potential of 2 years, it is good to prepare for the most common healing concerns and get ahead of them. These include:

  • Color change: Color changes are normal as the brows can change from overly dark and lighten up as they heal. There is no need to address the issue apart from continuing your aftercare routine.
  • Scabbing and flaking: This is also a common side effect of the healing process and should subside within the first week. The best way to deal with them is to resist that urge to scratch or pick at the brows as this can cause scarring.
  • Infections and allergies: Infections and allergies can happen but are not part of a healthy healing process. If you observe any of these, contact your microblading artist immediately.

When To Consider a Touch-Up: Longevity of Microblading Results

The longevity of your microbladed brows heavily varies based on your skin type, lifestyle, and aftercare routine. More often than not, they will last you an average of 1 to 2 years.

Those with oilier or more sensitive skin may observe the pigment fading nearing the first year post-treatment. However, those with dry skin who do not swim or go under the sun too often may require a touch-up around the 2-year mark.

Aftercare Essentials: Do’s and Don’ts Following Your Treatment


  • Keep them dry for at least 7 days, even in the shower
  • Keep away from saunas and other activities that cause excessive sweating
  • Keep your hair off your brows
  • Apply the medicated cream prescribed by your brow artist


  • Pick at scabs or scratch
  • Touch or rub the treated area
  • Wear makeup or apply skincare products for at least 7 days
  • Expose your brows to water and direct sunlight
  • Ignore aftercare guidelines

Maintaining Your Microbladed Brows: Skincare Tips and Tricks

In the first month post-treatment, let your brows breathe and heal at their own pace. After it fully heals, maintain the health of your microbladed brows by applying sunscreen daily, avoid applying products that contain acid or other harsh ingredients, and staying hydrated.

Once you notice them start to fade (usually within 1 to 2 years), you can book a touch-up appointment to help keep them bold and well-defined.

Microblading Before and After Real Transformations

Microblading Before and After
Microblading Before and After

The Impact of Eyebrow Microblading on Self-Esteem

Microblading is great for those with thinning brows or those experiencing brows falling out, but it can also significantly enhance natural brow hair and brow shapes. The impact a pair of well-groomed brows has on one’s self-confidence and overall happiness is huge. With the right brows framing one’s face, all your best features are instantly accentuated, making them a powerful mood booster.

What To Try Instead of Microblading?

If you feel that microblading isn’t the right fit, there are many more brow enhancement options to choose from. Here are some of our favorites:

Temporary Eyebrow Stickers

My Two Brows Temporary Eyebrow Stickers
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Temporary eyebrow stickers are a saving grace for us who don’t want to draw in brows every morning or undergo any treatments that involve needles, From the comforts of your own home, you can apply these convenient brows in 3 easy steps, lasting 3 full days before having to apply another. The best part is they come in multiple brow shapes, sizes, and hues.

Eyebrow Stamp Kits

Madluvv Eyebrow Stencil Kit

Brow stamp kits are as easy to apply as they sound. All you have to do is choose a stencil, and your hue, and gently dab it on. They can last you a full day.

Henna Brows

Henna Brows
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Henna brows is a process that involves applying dye on the brow hair and skin. It can last up to 6 weeks on brow hair and 2 weeks on the skin, making it a more effective option for those with present yet sparse brows or those with bald spots.

Powder Brows

Powder Brows

Powder brows are similar to microblading in the sense that pigment is applied onto the shallow layer of skin. However, the technique it is applied yields a different look, resulting in a more gradient or shaded style.

Growth Serums

Eyebrow Growth Serum

If you want to go the au naturale way, growth serums, supplements and other products that contain nutrient-boosting elements may help stimulate hair growth with regular application. Some common products include castor oil and Vaseline.

There are also OTC serums such as Rogaine or Minoxidil to help those trying to grow their brows back.


Eyebrow pencil
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There are many kinds of brow makeup for people of all skill levels. Eyebrow pencils are best for beginners while brow pomade, gels, and powder require a little learning curve to achieve.

You’re All Set!

Understanding the factors surrounding microblading eyebrows before and after treatment is important before making a decision. It is one of the most common brow-enhancing procedures today and is worth consideration if you are looking for semi-permanent options.

If less fuss and commitment are what you are after, My Two Brows offers a sample pack of eyebrow stickers to help you get your natural look back in minutes! This is a great option for those with little to no brows and waiting for their hair to grow back. Whether it is due to medical reasons, overplucking, or nutrient deficiency, investing in an affordable pack of temporary brow stickers can go a long way!

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