My Experience with Microblading (aka permanent makeup)

Eyebrows are so in right now. Out of nowhere BOOM – eyebrow gel, eyebrow pencils, eyebrow mousse. I don’t know who exactly brought them back, but someone said, “What the hell is with all these skinny ass eyebrows, ew, gross, get out of here.” and then everyone started obsessing over them. I would say most of us, at least the adolescent-struggling types, went through many stages of eyebrows. Just look at this wonderful Buzzfeed article proving that even famous people, with lots of money and people to tell them what to do, struggled at one point with their brows.

For me, I started off blonde, bushy, and lost at how to shape them in my pre-teen years. So like any rebellious teenager, I plucked them all out. No unibrow…or any brow for me! And the years went by and the plucking continued. It was a real vicious cycle. Until one day I woke up and was like, how the f*ck do I get my eyebrows back!??! (It was actually someone over social media making fun of me that made me question my brow choices. F*CK THEM, but thank you at the same time). So I stopped plucking completely, started drawing them on and looked like clown until I got the hang of it. It was a real learning curve. And still is.

Today I want to tell you a little about microblading, what it is, the myths and exactly what I thought of the whole experience. I think most of us know very little about it since it’s come so far in the past years, so I want my experience to tell you what it’s really like. I think brows really shape a face and give dimension. The more I have become more interested in my own eyebrows, the more I notice how thicker brows really do make a difference! But sadly, not all of us are born with full brows or we pluck them or they are lost from an illness. And microblading gives us the opportunity to really shape our face and take control of our brows!

But first, let’s take a step back in time and look at the many stages of my ever changes eyebrows and face. Just FYI, I’m a natural blonde. I’ve been dyeing my hair since I was a sophomore in high school and never went back. That means my eyebrows are lighter in color naturally, as you’ll see in past photos.

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I think this was 1st grade. I’m not sure what my bangs were doing, but they had the same idea as my eyebrows. 

PaleOMG: My Experience with Microblading

Second grade, maybe? Eyebrows are in their full light colored, unbrushed, unplucked beauty. Along with my sun kissed blonde locks…that were rarely brushed.

PaleOMG: My Experience with Microblading

BOOM! Where’d they go?! Oh, the teenager in me got rid of them. And added in some gauged earrings. I was so cool. 

PaleOMG: My Experience with Microblading

Bye bye, blonde hair! More eyebrows have been plucked at this point. And half side bangs were very in. Along with preppy collared shirts from Abercrombie.

PaleOMG: My Experience with Microblading

I had been thinking about getting permanent makeup for quite some time, probably for about 3 years now. But, of course, I had my doubts. First, I thought my eyebrows would turn out like permanent marker thin lines that you see women in jail with. Just google “bad tattooed eyebrows” and you’ll see what I mean. I also thought it was an actual tattoo and based on my experience with tattoo regret, I didn’t want that to happen with my face. Or to feel that same pain. I also thought it lasted forever, like a normal tattoo. I was wrong with all of these things. So let’s squash some of the rumors out there and get down to the fact.

First, what is microblading? Microblading is the technique of using a handheld tool to create hair-like strokes in the skin to deposit dye into the dermal layer. They numb your skin beforehand and then it feels like they are just scraping your skin a bit. After they create these individual hair strokes, they rub a dye into it to set into that dermal layer. If microblading is done by a person who knows what the hell they are doing, you don’t need to worry about those permanent marker eyebrows that we know so well.

How long does the process take? When you go in for your first appointment, it’s usually just to test the color and if you will have an allergic reaction, so just a few hair strokes are drawn on. A week later, you come back in, numbing cream is applied for about 30 minutes then she draws on the shape of the brows. The shape can take 5-20 minutes to draw on and really figure out what works for the face. After that, the hair strokes are drawn on which can take 30+ minutes. So plan on being there for about 2 hours or more. After that appointment, you apply ointment to your eyebrows for 7 days while they heal, just like a scab. Then you go back in after 4 weeks for a touch up since they can fade a good amount and that appointment for me took far less time and I didn’t even need to be numbed.

Does it hurt? I didn’t think so. Sure, it’s kind of annoying if the numbing cream wears off a bit, but it’s not bad. I had my profractional treatment just a week before my microblading and really nothing compares to that pain, so it felt like nothing in comparison.

Is it obvious right away? YES! It’s very dramatic after you get it done. You feel like a clown. But it fades a ton so you gotta be ready to not love how you look for a few days while you get use to a different shape and wait for it to fade a bit. That being said, don’t have any big plans or events to go to for a week after your appointment. And don’t freak out when you see it. It will absolutely fade.

Hong long does it last? I’m told it usually last 1-3 years, usually 1 if you live in a dry climate like Colorado. So no, it’s not completely permanent.

Is it expensive? Well obviously it depends where you go and what you think expensive is, but yes, I think it’s relatively expensive. But someone is cutting into your face and putting dye into it…so the person better know what the hell they are doing. I’ve heard prices from $300-$500 (and more) depending on the state.

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Now let’s talk about my own experience! I recently found out about Lea Curry at Oxford Hotel Spa through my amazing esthetician Shawn. When you meet Lea, you’re pretty mesmerized by her own eyebrows, that aren’t microbladed at all. They are just perfection! She immediately makes you feel super comfortable and like you’re talking to a best friend. She applies a numbing cream to the eyebrows and places saran wrap on top and you hang out for about 30 minutes. Afterwards, she uses a eyebrow pencil to draw on your shape. For me, I was nervous because they looked so big compared to what I was use to, but I trusted her and I obviously didn’t know sh*t since I did this to my eyebrows in the first place! After she draws them on, she begins the miroblading process. With the first eyebrow, I didn’t even feel it because the numbing cream had worked so well. The second eyebrow, I felt a little more but it wasn’t ever painful, just annoying. Afterwards, she puts on some ointment and sends it home with you to apply throughout the day. You put nothing else on it for 7 days, just the ointment.

I absolutely loved my brows at first, then about 4 days in they began to fade and come off pretty quickly, which Lea told me would happen. I began to have pretty spotty brows as they healed and I couldn’t wait to go back for my 2nd appointment 4 weeks later. It’s pretty sad when you fall in love with how they look and then they fade, but that’s how it goes. Here is what it looked like at the first appointment. The top is my normal brow, no dye, no makeup. And the lower photo is right after the appointment.

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At the second appointment 4 weeks later, she ended up tinting my brows and lashes since I keep my hair so dark and she used a darker ink, doing less strokes but with a darker dye. This photo below is a week after my appointment with no makeup on and then with makeup on. I still have to fill my brows in a bit but not nearly as much as I use to.

PaleOMG: My Experience with Microblading

I had my second appointment a couple weeks ago and have a third appointment coming up in 2 more weeks for another touch up. Lea recently went to another training for a new digital device so I’m going to try that out! More than anything, Lea showed me what my shape SHOULD look like. When you’ve seen your face for so many years, it’s hard to know how else you should look. After the first appointment, I was able to see the shape she intended, even though it faded, and I was able to continue to draw on that shape because of seeing it for a few days. When I went in, I hoped that I wouldn’t ever have to pencil in my brows ever again, but I now know that won’t be the case (and Lea said that most people still pencil in some). I’ll still have to pencil them in a bit BUT when I have absolutely no makeup on, I  don’t look like a different person now since my brows are darker and the spots that were missing were filled in. So when I’m at the lake, I’m not constantly thinking about how I look different without makeup on.

And that was really my end goal. When I used to have cystic acne, all I want to be able to do is be comfortable without makeup on and proud of my skin. Through the help of accutane and my amazing esthetician Shawn (Text Shawn for an appointment at Cherry Hills Facial Aesthetics 720-459-7960- she is not the same person as Lea), I’ve been able to get closer to that. But with the help of Lea, I feel even more comfortable in my skin and feel like I look like myself when I wake up! I’m excited to go in for one more appointment to really fill in any areas that didn’t take AND to talk to her about permanent makeup on my lips. I have pretty thin, light colored lips and it would be great to make them look a little bigger without doing filler or any of that jazz. But that will have to be for another post if I decide to go through with it!

In the end, I’m extremely happy with my experience with Lea and would absolutely recommend her to anyone in the Colorado area! You can contact Lea Curry at 720-252-3182. If you’re not in Colorado, just make sure to do your research and see if they have maybe an instagram page or other social media that show their past work! Just know what you’re getting into beforehand and trust the person. It’s your face, for gosh sakes!

If you have any questions, please leave them below and I’ll answer them as quickly as possible. I get back to comments on the blog much quicker than email so be sure to ask questions here! Excited to try more things out in the future and share it with you guys!

Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


149 thoughts on “My Experience with Microblading (aka permanent makeup)”

  1. hey juli! looks great! i know you said you still have to pencil in some areas, but what about plucking/threading? i get my brows threaded every few weeks, that would still have to happen because there’s still growth, right? i’m totally looking into booking a consult!

  2. Thanks SO much for sharing your experience! I always get complemented on my brows but I have spots where they are thin from that teen tweezing that we’ve all done. WHY DID WE DO THAT??? I’ve been mulling this over for months now and this has moved me to get it done. Now to save the $700-$800 it will cost me in Chicago!! Love you, love your blog! Hope to see you in Skokie at your book signing!! Hugs!!

  3. Thank you so much for posting this info!! You rock!!! Your brows look great girl so good job on doing this research for all of us! haha

  4. I had a nightmare experience for my first time microblading but got my eyebrows fixed yesterday and love them so much! Yours look great also!

    1. So did I! Please share… my eyebrows are 2 different shapes and the hair like strokes look more like smeared on make up. I don’t think the woman was experienced like she said she was… I don’t know what to do now… it’s been almost 3 weeks… and am afraid to go back to her.. she could make them look worse!

  5. They look amazing Juli!! I’m so happy with mine too, Lea is the best!! I can’t wait to go back for my touch up… She’s going to use that new “fluffier” machine on mine. ????

  6. Hi Juli! I just had mine done as well, literally just had my retouch appointment this past weekend. I’m so happy with the results! Everything you had to say was spot on! If anyone asks me about my experience, I’ll just send them your link, haha. Thanks for saving me time, wink! Thanks for sharing!

  7. OMG I was so excited when I saw this post was up after seeing your snaps yesterday!! I think every single girl born between 1980 and 1995 plucked their eyebrows to almost one line of hair during middle/high school….such a shame I didn’t listen to my mom on that one. I had the biggest bushiest caterpillars over my eyes but I just couldn’t stop plucking!! I’m in the process of growing to form a new shape with the help from my waxer but I really really really want to get microblading!! I am waiting to see a friend’s and then decide if they look good enough to go to that person to do mine. I LOVE all of your beauty tips, secrets, etc….it’s really helpful to know what other girls are using and doing because walking into to Nords and Sephora is way too overwhelming and expensive if you buy a product and end up hating it!

  8. I got mine micro bladed last month and wore a hat to the gym for the first 3 days as they were super dark. But by day 4, they looked a lot better. best decision ever.

      1. “Did you work out after you had them?? All the instructions are so strict about sweating …did ypu have any problems

        i couldn’t find an answer for this on this page while scrolling. i do hot yoga 6 days a week and i’m not sure if i want to give it up for 10 days!

    1. Chantal Collins

      Did you work out after you had them?? All the instructions are so strict about sweating …did ypu have any problems

  9. Thank you for sharing this!!! Love all the photos of you growing up too, haha that was the best. I’ve been in love with eyebrows for the past 5 years, and when i first started buying eyebrow pencils, there were like 2 options! now i go into a drugstore and there is an entire section dedicated to them which is awesome. I have been curious about microblading for a while and so i’m so glad you published your experience. Thanks Juli!!

  10. I know my MIL has always wanted to do this because she can’t see very well without her glasses so it’s hard for her to do eyeliner and eye make up! I sent this to her but now I’m thinking I want to do it!

  11. Thanks for posting this Juli! Will you still have to do touch-ups and tweeze/wax/thread etc for areas outside the microblading?

  12. They look awesome! My biggest fear is going in there and walking out super unhappy with it, but they draw it on prior to actually micro blading it right? Do you think that gives you a really good idea of how they will actually look once it’s done?

    1. definitely gives you a good idea what it will look like. it’s shocking though and you’re worried when you walk out that it’s not going to look great since it’s so dramatic, but you just have to trust the process and the person!

  13. How does the process of figuring out the shading work? (Not to add to the blonde comments BUT…) I have blonde hair and I’m worried they’re going to end up some weird yellow shade. Ive never done microblading, but after watching your posts I’m starting some research on how to narrow down who is “good” and who is just going to permanent marker my eyebrows!

    1. the first appointment she tests out some colors to find what is best for you. and if you have someone you trust, you don’t need to worry about a yellow shade. they won’t do that to you!

  14. I´ve been obsessing over your eyebrows since you started talking about them on snapchat! Thank you for sharing this LOVE LOVE LOVE! I also really appreciate all your beauty tips!

  15. Hi Juli!
    Did the lady show you what your eyebrows were going to look like before the “permanent-ing” occurred? Was there any kind of discussion between you two? Or were you like “I trust you! GO!!!” ???? and you didn’t see the shape until afterwards?

    1. yes, she shapes them and you have to agree to them before she gets going. it’s definitely a discussion and she explains why she shaped it a certain way!

  16. Ok so if I’m blonde, do they have colors that will work? I feel like most pictures of seen of microblading are dark/dark hair.

  17. Hi Juli!

    Thanks so much for the information. I’ve been curious about this for so long but afraid that it wouldn’t look right! I have seen people with microbladed eyebrows lately where their eyebrows look nice and full but they’re noticeably shiny/glossy. Have you had the same experience? Thanks again!


    1. they are usually shiny and glossy the first week because the ointment that has to be put on them while they heal. not sure why they would look that way afterwards other than maybe the product they use to fill them in more? i haven’t had any sort of shiny/glossy look after i stopped using the ointment!

  18. Is this the same as brow embroidery? Also is the estimated cost you stated for all follow up appointments or just the initial? Very interested to find someone reputable here in Arizona.

  19. I’m so glad you shared your experience! I had some of the same thoughts as you about it (tattoo eyebrow mug shot…lol). Ever since i hit the magical age of 25 my hair has been thinning, especially my eyebrows. I hate filling them in bc i’m not so great with makeup so this is def an option for me!

  20. Juli,
    Quick question. I know that you mentioned your skin’s reaction to eggs. Have you noticed an overall improvement in your skin since cutting them out of your diet entirely? Are you still cutting them out? I have a similar reaction to nightshades and have considered ditching eggs temporarily.

    Btw your brows and skin are looking gorgeous! Thanks for the helpful insight into the microblading process.


    1. yes, i notice an improvement within days and as soon as i eat eggs, i tend to get a break out, so i’ve kept them mostly out of my diet. the only time i really eat them is when i’m out to breakfast or brunch and eat them more as a treat, i just know my skin won’t be its best after!

  21. OMG I have wanted to do this for years as well but have always been too nervous. They look amazing!! Does it look odd until you finish your second visit? I’m just wondering b/c I’m sure I would have some event or something between the two visits and wouldnt want to look like a weirdo. Also, Does the second visit heal really fast?? Thanks for sharing!

    1. after the first appointment, after the heal up in about 7 days, it looks weird, but you’re able to fill in the spots that have gone away. i don’t think anyone else but myself really noticed when i filled the spotty parts in

  22. Thank you for this post. I have been very interested in your developments on SnapChat! i have wanted to do this for a while now and I think I will do my research and make an appointment. your brows look amazing all the time!

  23. I just want to say that I’ve been following your blog for a couple years now and I LOVE how happy you’ve become. From what I’ve read in your blog it’s seemed like you, like every woman, have had self esteem issues. With your body, with your skin. I’m so happy to see you so happy with yourself. You’ve grown so much and it’s been great to be a bystander. You are a beautiful, funny, awesome person!

    And I love your dog. He makes me want to cry because he is so cute.

    Just wanted to leave you a nice note.

    1. thank you so much, jordan! i think some people get annoyed with the changes on the blog but they are just from growth and becoming more happy, therefore wanting to branch out in other ways from the confidence i have gained. i want others to experience that as well!

  24. I’m literally on same exact healing schedule as you! Same story–plucked my brows into oblivion and now left with sparse brows and microblading has come in and made me look normal again! and yes girl, YOU ARE A BRUNETTE BITCH (per your snapchat, which i died laughing at). I’m one too though 😉

  25. You are beautiful, inside and out. Thanks for being an authentic person and honest about your beauty tricks! I’ve had similar struggles with my brows, as their shape is so bushy when I try to grow them in. (Thanks to my Dad and our Italian heritage!). I will definitely consider micro blading in the future!

  26. Thanks for sharing your experience, I love your snapchats! Look forward to them everyday, always makes me laugh 🙂 my 7 year old loves to see jackson. Thanks for sharing all your recipes!

  27. This is soon cool! Really happy you posted about it. I’m only 19 so I might be young to already do something like this, but I have very blonde hair & I’m constantly filling them in! Sometimes my skin/eyebrow area reacts big time even with something like waxing, so I didn’t know if yours scabbed for anything like that? But I know you said yours healed easily. Thanks for sharing! And your eyebrows look awesome!! 🙂

  28. Got my done two years ago, best decision I’ve ever made!! No more worrying about my eyebrows disappearing in the rain..sweat/Crossfit..water… etc. She’s in NH if anyone needs a recommendation 🙂

  29. I think they are beautifully amazing! You’re right- they really frame your face and give it a dramatic look! LOVE IT! I’ve plucked the hell outta mine too so this is making me think I need to do this! Thank you for sharing!!!

  30. I had no idea you were a natural blonde! This is not an eyebrow question but a hair question…I’m a natural blonde as well but love darker hair so much better on me, but after spending years dyeing it my hair started to lose its natural curl and started drying out, so I eventually went back to my natural color and regained a little of it’s health back. But looking at old pictures I really miss my darker hair. How often do you have to dye it? My hair just seems to want to be blonde so it would lighten within a couple of weeks of dyeing even without washing, and my roots always grew in fast and very blonde (maybe the frequency of how often I had to dye it to keep it dark was what damaged it). How do you keep it so healthy looking through dyes?

    1. i have to dye it every 3 weeks because my roots become pretty obvious after that. i’m willing to go to my hair stylist that often because that’s how much i don’t want be blonde hahahaha! i use unite brand hair products including the 7 second leave in conditioner, diamond serum, sleek & straight and i also use a Moroccan oil! it has become so much healthier since i started using those products!

  31. Suggestions for finding a medical aesthetician in my area? Like, are there certain credentials I should look for? Should the person be associated with a dermatologist or a salon or does it matter?? What questions should I be asking? I don’t know of any of my friends who currently use a medical aesthetician that I could get a recommendation from, I’m relatively new to my area and don’t really have many local friends, and I don’t want to ask for recommendations on my social media page from the few people I know anyway.

    1. you know, i’m not totally sure. i first went with a esthetician that was recommended from my dermatologist but found them extremely expensive with little or sh*tty results. so if i were you, i would probably just use good ole google and start searching in your area and looking at some of the reviews that people have left about them. sure, there will be negative things everywhere, but most places that are good will have more positive reviews then negative. where are you from? you never know if someone on here may see this comment and have a recommendation for you!

  32. Hi Julie!

    How do you think this would turn out on blonde girls? I don’t know why I feel like blonde wouldn’t look as nice as the brown looks, but I have that feelin… Have you seen anyone with lighter hair get this done?

    1. i know they have different colors for all hair colors and i’ve seen blondes have it done, too, so i’m sure it would be great for lighter colors!

  33. Thanks for sharing your experience!! I love the idea of microblading and your brows look AMAZING!
    Brunette looks good on you and you just continue to do what you love!
    I have enjoyed reading about all of your experiences and delicious things! Killin’ it!!

  34. Your email/blog post today was serendipitous! I’m actually getting this done tomorrow!

    I’m planning to come to the book signing in Phoenix on Tuesday, so I guess I’ll be showing off my scabs or something. I bought your cookbook as an e-book months ago, but I guess I won’t be asking you to sign my iPad. 🙂 See you then!

  35. I had mine done in February of this year and I AM SO HAPPY. It is the absolute best beauty decision I’ve ever made and the best money ever spent. Mine were about $700 in the Seattle area, but the lady was amazing. My left eyebrow stops growing at about the midpoint (piercing…ugh, haha) and they are suuuuper blonde and sparse. Like you I’m a natural blonde but have been a dyed brunette since high school and plan to stay that way. So I’ve been filling in my brows since I was 12 – so 15 years of it! I still touch them up a bit, especially when I go out (I don’t wear much make up day to day) but it’s life changing to wake up with brows. Or go swimming and have brows! AHHH. So amazing. Yours look FANTASTIC on your face. Yes I’m very enthusiastic. Thanks for sharing your experience and enlightening people 🙂 Love your snapchats btw… never change.

  36. Juli- Love this you gorgeous lady! Can we talk about Lashes? Which ones do you use? Have you used extensions? I need the scoop, please.

  37. I got mine done a few weeks ago, and I am also super happy with my experience – I agree with everything you said Juli, especially the part about them being super dark and thick the first few days – I felt like Selma Hayek in Frieda for the first week, but now I LOVE them and I haven’t even gone in for my touch up yet. The only thing I will say is that it hurt for me quite a bit – still TOTALLY worth it, but I was clutching my fists and biting my lips during the process. My eyes were watering like crazy….
    With that said, I would do it all over again in a heartbeat – I can’t believe the way my eyebrows looked for so long…embarrassing to look at pictures even from a few weeks ago, before I had this done.

  38. I have been wanting to do this for years and have never taken the plunge so thanks for this post! So far I have been looking for a technician based on before and after photos like you had mentioned and also the reputation of the salon or clinic they work at, but just wondering if Lea mentioned any other criteria that might be important when selecting a technician? Or if there are certain product lines/brands of dye that are less effective or tools and techniques to watch out for? I guess if you have someone you trust she might not have regaled you with horror stories to prove she’s the best, but thought I’d ask just in case!

    1. i honestly have no clue with that sort of stuff, but i’m sure lea would be happy to answer any of those questions if you emailed her! she’s so so nice!

  39. What eyebrow pencil do you use? I’m having a tough time finding one that 1. stays on most of the day, and 2. doesn’t irritate my skin or feel itchy a couple hours after applying.

  40. Hi Juli,

    Love your skincare/makeup/ treatment posts! Just wondering if you’re aware if any of the products you use are cruelty free?

  41. My huge worry with getting mine done, and I have hair loss and uneven eyebrows so I desperately need to do something! Is not being about to workout for a week. Did you stop working out? What were you told about sweating the week after threatment?

    1. no, i didn’t workout the day of (or i worked out before my appointment) then i just made sure to not get sweat in my eyebrows, so i wore a hat or a thick headband!

  42. i would honestly talk to your microblading person about that. everyone is so different. mine were really dark for about 3 days then started to calm down and really started to lighten up after 7 days. but everyone’s skin and probably dye is even different. i think mine weren’t as intense looking because i dye my hair black and so my eyebrows just looked like i dyed them a bit. so i would just put on more makeup to make up for the extra dark eyebrows. but definitely talk to you person that did them!

  43. Hi Juli,

    Thank you so much for sharing your microblading story!!! I just had mine done on Wednesday and absolutely LOVE them! I have blonde hair and even blonder eyebrows… seriously looks like I have a 7 head when they are not pencilled in.

    Anyway, I wanted to see if you took time off of working out in the first week while they were healing with the ointment on them? I was told not to get sweaty for a week to keep the moisture out of my new brows. I can do low impact workouts where I won’t sweat, but I’m already getting ancy.

    Thanks for your help love!!
    XO, Kara

  44. Thank you for sharing this experience. She shaped your brows really nicely. I would love to hear your experience if you go through with the lip colour too. I’m very fair skinned and have almost no lip colour so I’d be interested in you being the Guinea pig so to speak. 🙂

  45. Hi! Thank you for sharing your post! What was your post-care like? I’ve heard no water/sweat/working out for up to 10 days. Is that true and how strictly did you follow that for best results? Also, were you happy with them after your third appt? No more touch ups (for now…)?

    1. i don’t remember my eyebrow lady saying 10 days but she definitely doesn’t want you to get sweat in it for a while. i worked out almost the next day (not condoning this, just FYI) i just wore a hat or a headband for a while to keep the sweat for dripping down my forehead. but for best results, listen to your lady for sure! and yes, very happy! there is only one spot on one eyebrow that didn’t really take the ink as well as the other spots, so i always fill that in, but that’s about it! i now just go in monthly or every 6 weeks to get my eyebrows tinted since they are such a light color, it really makes a difference with getting the full potential from the microblading!

  46. Hi Juli! Do you also tip for this procedure like you would at a salon? Or is it just a flat rate? Wanting to book mine soon! Thanks!

  47. Hi Juli,
    I started reading the comments to check you hadn’t already been asked this…..but then realised there were sooooo many comments. So I’m sorry if you’ve already been asked and answered this.
    I’ve looked into getting this done, but a few of the places say you can’t workout (or at least get super sweaty) for 7 days after. Was this the case for you?
    Thanks, Nellie

  48. I had my first visit and I am now on day 12. I did not have any scabbing and did not get them wet until yesterday briefly, but it was after day 10. For the past 2 days, it seems like my brows are almost gone and today, day 12, I actually had to pencil in where it’s bald. I am freaking out and scared that mine did not take. Is this normal. I try to find pictures that look like mine, but can’t.

    1. first – talk to your eyebrow lady!! i was texting mine constantly afterwards. but know that’s super normal for the dye not to take completely the first time. that happened to mine and then the second appointment fills in all the spots that didn’t take. it’s hard to know what you mean by this comment, but i’m hoping you’re not saying the hair is falling out, that did not happen to me. but talk to your lady! she will have th answers for you!

  49. Hi Juli! Were you strict about not using Retinol 30 days before the procedure? I did not know this was suggested and I use prescription strength retinol every night. Although I doubt I really apply much to my eye brow area…

    My appt is tomorrow but now I’m thinking I should reschedule!

  50. I just reread your post since it was first posted because I just booked my microblading appointment! My question is, did you still work out during the 7 day/can’t get your brows wet phase? How did you wash your face during this time?

    Thanks so much!

    1. i did, i just wore a hat or headband. and i just quickly rinsed my face under water and dried it. or i would scrub my face and wash it off with a washcloth

      1. Hi! I had a follow-up question to this… how important is it not to get your eyebrows wet? What exactly happens? It fades? I’m really interested in getting my eyebrows microbladed but I’m currently training with a triathlon club… so that means swimming, biking, or running every day. I need to be realistic with how much time I’m willing to take off.

  51. Hey Juli – I stumbled upon your blog and I have question for you. We have very similar brow shapes! I just had mine microbladed a 10 days ago and I’m happy overall. However, I’d like mine to come in closer to my nose and at more of a soft angle. I see that yours do that and I was wondering if that was something she adjusted at your touch up. It seems like the shape changed a bit between your inital procedure and the touchup. I’m hoping my lady can make that change for me. Thanks and talk soon!

  52. I got my brows microbladed last night, and am suffering the immediate post-treatment clown permanent marker brows at the office today ha! I had done research before but wasn’t expecting my esthetician to be QUITE so strict on the no working out for 10 days thing. Did you workout at all post-treatment?! I’m kinda freaking out about 10 days “off” (I see many planks and isometric holds in my near future). Thoughts?

    1. i did, i just wore a hat or headband. but i would listen to your esthetician because she knows best and you’ll get the best results by listening to her, not little ole me!

  53. Just scheduled an appointment for microblading after hearing about your experience, and I can’t wait! Etiquette question, do you tip for microblading? If so, how much? I always tip my hairdresser at 20%, but that seems pretty pricey for a $350+ service. Then again, it’s totally worth it for something that permanent.

  54. So happy to come across your post. I got my brows done last week and loved them for about 4 days and I feel like they have completely scabbed off to nothing now 🙁 I am worried it is something I did.. I did workout but I am not much of a sweater in the first place! And I can’t not wash my face because I am getting over some pretty bad acne from last year! I hope they will come good on the touch up appt but at the moment I feel like I have wasted a heap of money 🙁

  55. I noticed there are a few people asking about working out and sweating. I will provide what I have learned from my own experience with microblading. Hopefully, my feedback will help others in the future to reduce complications. The main reason we are supposed to avoid water and sweating 10 days post treatment is because if you expose the freshly microbladed brow to water or salt will push the dye out. For example, they actually will use a salt solution if someone does not like the end result and wants it removed. . I have had microblading done 5 times now and have learned a lot over the past 6 months. I am hoping that the one I had last week will take. It’s been a challenging and frustrating but at the same time trying to be hopeful that this one is goining to work! ???????? Mine keep scabbing off, however I live in AZ and I think my skin has a tendency to become more oily in the T Zone to compensate for the drier environment. I was also told that oil draws the pigment out too so I am not using the ointment daily like some other people do. I only use the ointment when the scabs form and use it sparingly. I also noticed that after the first time I waited 7 days to work out when now I need to go at least 10 because the sweat can trigger the scabs prematurely and not give the ink time to sink in. Hope all of this info helps! I wish I would of done more research at first in regards to working out and how the salt from sweating can have a negative impact on the pigment settling correctly.

  56. I am curious what your brows look like almost a year later. How much do they fade? When do you think you’ll need to touch them up again soon?

    1. well it hasn’t been a year quite yet but it’s getting close. i’ve had a touch up one time since my second session just to fill in a couple lines that didn’t stick. and i definitely still love the outcome! i still go in regularly to get my eyebrows waxed, trimmed and tinted and that really helps with the look of the brows for sure! i probably won’t touch them up for another year or so and if i do, it will be in just a couple spots

  57. I had my eyebrows micro-bladed 6 days ago… Did yours peel/scab off and look uneven and crazy? And where they peel off the color is like non-existent so I’m worried the pigment didn’t stick! Also, I see you have been off of Accutane for like 3 years now… Is your skin still good post Accutane? I finished too and my oily skin is back and some spots so I’m scared!

    1. yeah after the first appointment, it feels like they scab almost completely off, but the next appointment changes everything! and my skin started breaking out after a year off accutane so i got on spironolactone and cut out nuts and eggs and that has really helped. definitely check out my other skin care posts because the products i use now have made a huge difference

  58. After your eyebrow scans pealed, and they looked faded, did the color come back? I’m at day 7 now and I know I need to be patient but I’m dying to see my end results! Yours are amazing.

  59. I have my microblading appointment next week. But, I am feeling some uncertainty if it’s the right thing to do….you know the old “too good to be true” concern. I trust that the artist will do a great job for me. But, what I’m concerned about are long term issues. I’m 42 and what if for whatever reason I can’t maintain it — (can’t afford it, move to an area where I can’t find an artist {We are a military family}, or I just don’t like the process)? I’m worried that the spots that are microbladed, where there was no hair, will have some discoloration that won’t go away, after everything else is faded due to the tattoo ink. And then I’ll look worse than I do now. Also, I’m worried about scar tissues forming. At 42, I will probably want to look my best for many many more years to come. And with having to get touch-ups every 1-3 years, that’s a lot of repetitive “damage” to the same areas of skin. I would imagine that would make it harder to tattoo the area, and if, again, I’m not able to maintain it through the next couple decades, I will look worse than I do now, with all the scar tissue. I know you can’t promise me that everything will turn out okay :), (and clearly I have been doing a lot of thinking about worst case scenarios), but still yet, I would love for there to be some hope, that all these concerns, though valid, should not be as concerning as I worry about them to be. Did you wonder about these things and if so, how did you make peace with going ahead with it? I would so appreciate your feedback, as I have been scouring the internet for articles, you tube blogs, etc. and I’m having a hard time finding information about people’s feelings about their experiences who’ve had it for more than a year.

    1. i think these issues and concerns/questions should be for your esthetician, not just little ole me! she/he would have much more information about that! if anything, getting this done has showed me how my eyebrows SHOULD look. so even when they fade, i will still be able to fill them correctly with the right shape for my face. who knows if i will want to get them done again, but now i know how they should look and it makes it much easier moving forward to create the shape that i want! i hope that makes sense! but i do recommend you talking to your esthetician for those tough questions!

  60. Nicole Carrillo

    Hello! First of all, you’re my fav because you make me laugh every single day. You’re hilarious! Love that you do you no matter what. I just got my brows microbladed and I’m having a tough time following this 10 days no excessive sweating rule. I see that you’ve had a ton of questions about this already, so my apologies. I also do Orangetheory, like you, and was wondering if you thought that would be too much? I’m willing to wait a week(ish) but 10 days seems like forever. You know how drenched in sweat you are coming outta that orange light sauna of Hades…too much sweat for them brows? Thoughts? I know you’re not a professional, but I respect your opinion 😉

    1. yeah orange theory is definitely tough and i would be careful because the salt from that much sweat could definitely mess with the dye

  61. Hey! How did you go
    Without working out? I have an appointment in a few days and don’t know how I’ll do the no sweating thing!

  62. Hey juli,
    I just got my brows microbladed and the artist said I’m not to work out for a week +….were you working out during the healing process at all?


  63. I hope you reapond back!
    I recently got my eyebrows done here in Colorado. The girl did my natural shape. Although it looks fuller I feel is much thicker from how I was used to having before. Everyone tells me that they look good and that I feel weird because I’m not used to seeing myself with fuller eyebrows. I have chosen not to do a retouch and I hope they fade quickly. It makes me feel better when I read that they don’t last forever. I’ve also heard that using retinol creams help too. Have you heard of this? And, which would you recommend?
    Thank you!

  64. My only fear is that I decide to stop doing it in 10+ years and it fades to a weird color, any clue if it actually goes away COMPLETELY, or if you’re stuck with a tint eternally haha

    1. the ink is very different nowadays then it was back in the day. if you didn’t do any touch ups, the ink would fade completely within 5 years!

  65. Hi Juli,
    I could have sworn you did a post on permanent eyeliner that I can’t seem to find… who did you go see to have it done and what has your experience been since you got it done?


  66. Hi Juli!! You are amazing!! I love everything you post!!
    Please I have a question…. my daughter needs microbladin she has very little hair in her eyebrows, she lives in Florida do you think the person who did your eyebrows can recommend someone there??
    Thank you!!

  67. How are you doing now with your brows? Are you still loving them? I’m seriously considering doing this, just curious after your initial appointment are you getting yearly touch ups?

    1. i need to do a little update on this post, sorry about that! brows are great! i usually do a small touch up every year, especially on one particular spot where I have some scar tissue from a cut when i was a kid, the ink doesn’t stick there quite as well. but everywhere else looks great. i get my brows tinted every three weeks and i feel like that just really keeps the brows looking their best!

      1. Hi Juli,
        I see that you’re still responding to comments on this post from a couple years ago. That is awesome. I would like to get microblading done soon but I am on spironolactone for acne and I see from your other post you also have been on spironolactone. My question is were you taking spironolactone daily when you had microblading done? I know they say no to accutane but what about spironolactone?

        Thank you for sharing your story 😊

  68. thank you for sharing your experience with microblading.
    I had microblading 5 years ago and when it was gone I tried powder brows
    I love my eyebrows a lot


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