Here are some frequently asked questions to help you prepare for future services.

What is microblading?

Microblading is a form of semi-permanent makeup that is implemented using a handheld tool comprised of various microneedles in the shape of a blade. It is achieved with two sessions (the second session is always included in the initial price). The second session is approximately 4-6 weeks after the initial procedure.

Can I get microbladed while pregnant or breastfeeding?

NO. Any form of cosmetic or body tattoo is not recommended for someone pregnant or breastfeeding. There have been no studies to show if pigment transfers to the baby and what the effects are. Another reason is if the mother should develop an infection after the tattoo, the infection could possibly transfer and endanger the baby.

Can I exercise after getting a cosmetic tattoo?

NO! Sweating is not recommended at all for two weeks minimum. If you sweat too soon after your appointment before the pigment has had time to settle and heal, you could negatively affect your results. The brows could have premature fading or heal to an ashy tone (similar to taking blood thinners). Artists know when aftercare is not followed properly. If you need a third session for optimal results either due to improper aftercare or a severely oily skin type, it is an additional cost and not the artists’ fault.

Can I get microbladed if I’m taking blood thinners?

NO. Blood thinners cause excessive bleeding during the procedure which can lead to premature pigment loss or ashy healed strokes.

How long does it last?

Results vary for everyone depending on lifestyle, skin type, age, metabolism, and proper aftercare. Average results last anywhere from 12-24 months after the touch-up. People with extremely oily skin or an active lifestyle (sweating, sun exposure) can expect to fade out faster than those with a dry skin type.

Should I clean up my brows before my appointment?

You don’t have to! The artist should see where the majority of your natural hair grows to create the most natural shape and results. Any hairs that fall outside of your new microbladed shape will be cleaned up by the artist. If you do plan on getting waxed or threaded before your appointment, you must do so 2 weeks before the appointment.

Does it hurt?

Most clients remain comfortable throughout the procedure, although pain thresholds vary. You are numbed with a topical lidocaine cream before starting to minimize discomfort. You will start to feel a “cat scratching” sensation once the numbing wears off, but at that point, a secondary numbing gel can be applied before making finishing touches. Most clients say the crunchy, velcro sound that microblading makes is the weirdest part!

Can you do my brows if I’ve had a cosmetic tattoo done before?

All clients who have had work done previously by another artist are required to send photos of their brows with no makeup on and in good lighting for approval. Unfortunately, not all brows can be corrected. If they are still too dark or the skin tissue is too scarred or damaged, it cannot be done. Going over someone else’s work will NEVER turn out as well as if they were virgin brows. It’s better to not run the risk because you never know how they will heal and it can end up making them look worse.

Will I still have to wear makeup after my cosmetic tattoo?

Cosmetic tattoo is designed to enhance natural beauty, not replace makeup. You can still fill in your brows once healed if you like a very bold/dramatic look or are going out for an event. However, when you are not wearing a full face of makeup, you want your tattoo to look natural and effortless so it doesn’t overpower your face and make it too obvious!

How long does it take?

Initial sessions take 2-3 hours. Touch-up appointments take 1-2 hours.

How can I prepare for my appointment?
  • Make sure your skin is not sensitive by avoiding peels, waxing, tanning, or Botox/filler for 2 weeks prior.
  • Avoid caffeine for 24 hours and any heart/blood-thinning medications (i.e., Pradaxa, Xarelto, Eliquis) and over-the-counter NSAIDs (i.e., Aspirin [Bayer, Bufferin, Ecotrin], Ibuprofen [Advil, Motrin], Naproxen [Aleve, Anaprox DS, Naprosyn], Celebrex).

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