If you haven’t been able to tell already from my previous blog posts, I try to find as many shortcuts as possible when it comes to getting ready in the mornings. Any extra time I get to sleep is a win in my book.
A couple friends of mine, Brittany and Ashley referred me to Sheila Bella Permanent Makeup in Hollywood to get my microblading done for my eyebrows. They both had a great experience with Jeanette at Sheila Bella and I’m so glad that I listened to them! I truly had an amazing experience from beginning to end with Jeanette at Sheila Bella both for my initial appointment and touch-up appointment. There are places in the Bay Area that I’m sure do a great job but since I hadn’t known anyone else who had gotten microblading done, I decided to take a trip to southern California with my mom and not risk going to a random place that would mess up my brows. This is my face, after all!
What is Microblading?
When I first heard of microblading, I was instantly intrigued. Not having to fill in my eyebrows every morning? Yes, please. Microblading is semi-permanent, meaning it lasts 1-3 years depending on how your skin takes to the ink. I’m not going to lie, it’s an uncomfortable procedure. But I’m a total baby and still cry when I have to get a shot, so if I can do it, you can definitely do it! Plus they numb the area, so that helps a lot. Microblading can sometimes be compared to getting a tattoo but its technique and look are both very different. Tattoos use a mechanized needle and can look a lot harsher but microblading is used with a blade and looks very soft and natural. The artist makes little strokes using a small blade giving the illusion of hair strokes filling in any sparse areas.
What to Expect
When you first arrive at your appointment, there will be several “before pictures” taken of your eyebrows and forms to be signed. After that, the artist will draw and shape your brows. You are able to make any changes to the shape, thickness, or color before the procedure begins. Make sure you’re honest about what you want and if you’re not happy with something, tell them before they move forward. Once you are satisfied with the shape and look of your brows, they begin the numbing process. The numbing “poking” part is probably the most painful. They repeatedly poke your brows with some sharp object (I never wanted to look at what it actually was) in order to puncture the skin for the numbing cream to really soak in (this is a good thing so it won’t hurt as bad later). This is uncomfortable but it’s finished in about 2 minutes. Just breathe it out and you’ll be fine. Then they let the numbing cream soak in for about 15-20 minutes.
After you’re nice and numb, the blade strokes begin. I didn’t think this was that uncomfortable because I was pretty numbed up. There were still some areas that I felt some pain but it wasn’t terrible (if you can get a bikini wax, you can do this). In between the strokes, the artist will allow the ink to soak in. They will then remove the ink and continue doing additional strokes and then let more ink soak in and so on until they think your brows look perfect.
After that, there will be some “after photos” and you’ll be done! The whole procedure takes about 2 hours from beginning to end (even including photos, shaping and numbing). After your first appointment, your brows are only considered to be about 70% done. You’re supposed to come in within one year to complete your brows with a touch-up appointment. I came in almost a year later but I suggest coming in earlier than later.
After your procedure, you can’t get your eyebrows wet for 2 weeks. This sounds like a pain and it kinda is, but you get used to it. In the shower, I would lean my head back to rinse out shampoo/conditioner. I wouldn’t wash my face in the shower and would just wash my face with a washcloth after my shower to avoid any water touching my brows. Seriously though, don’t get your eyebrows wet. 48 hours after your procedure, you are advised to put a little bit of an oil on your eyebrows morning and night for 2 weeks (they give you the oil to take home at your appointment). I would highly recommend doing this. After a few days, your brows are going to scab and darken. Don’t freak out. The scabs will eventually fall off and your brows will lighten but DO NOT TOUCH THEM until the two weeks are up! I barely touched mine and I really think it helped them turn out better. My brows held the color really well!
Session #1 Initital Appointment (Before/After): April 2017
One week after Session #1:
About a week after my first appointment, I freaked out because a big chunk of my eyebrow was way lighter than the rest. They told me not to worry and about another week later, the rest of my brows scabbed off and were completely even with one another.
Session #2 Touch-Up (Before/After): February 2018
6 Weeks After Session #2:
I am so happy with my eyebrows and think it’s completely worth the money and time! I love being able to not wear makeup and still feel put together. TIP: do not go by the pricing they have on their website!!! Follow their Instagram: @sheilabellamicroblading and they ALWAYS have special pricing!! Tell them I referred you and you might be able to get a special discount. 🙂
Feel free to ask me any questions and let me know if you end up getting microblading done!! You won’t regret it!