This article first appeared on Popsugar Beauty by Kirbie Johnson
Last September, I got microbladed for the sake of journalism. Since the video hit the internet, it's generated millions of views and thousands of comments. The service sounds like a godsend: with a few cuts of a knife, you'll wake up each morning with perfectly coiffed, full, and filled brows.
This is a relatively new service that differs significantly from tattooed makeup of the past: the look emulates actual brow hairs and the color matches better, too. Instead of a tattoo gun, superficial cuts are created and filled with ink.
This treatment is hands down the one I'm asked most about. How long does it last? What's the cost? Does it hurt? There wasn't much information about the process or the procedure when I had this done in 2016. Here are a few things I wish I'd known ahead of my appointment — things I think will help out anyone looking to get it done themselves.
1. It doesn't hurt, but there's a catch
Any good technician will numb your skin before your procedure after they map out your brows so you're happy. For me, it felt like tiny paper cuts. You can feel the blade, but it's more annoying than painful. The sound was more off-putting than anything. After the numbing cream wears off, your brow area with ache and feel sore. I took an ibuprofen to help with the pain.
2. You can't wash your face properly for a week
After you get your brows done, you can't wash them for a week straight. (Cue the screams.) I know, it's weird — and extremely difficult, especially if you wear makeup. I know what you're thinking. "Don't wear makeup!" That isn't an option, unfortunately, as I have to wear at least a little bit for my work on camera.
I used a foaming face wipes to remove my makeup, and although I'm not the biggest fan of wipes in general, they got the job done. Q-tips were used to remove liner and mascara, and when showering, it's imperative you face away from the shower head — the right way, in my opinion — to wash your hair and body. (Duh.) The point is that your cuts will scab over and fall off, and if they're constantly saturated with water, that will affect the process.
3. It's itchy as hell.
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