It’s natural to want to put your best face forward on your special day—and nothing can transform a face like eyebrows. Microblading has been trending in recent years, and you may be curious about what it’s all about and if it will work for you. Here’s everything you need to know about the popular beauty procedure, plus how to decide whether or not it’s right for your wedding day beauty look.
Microblading is a semipermanent eyebrow-boosting procedure where individual strokes are tattooed by hand on the brow bone to mimic the look of hairs.
People with thin, sparse, damaged, overplucked, or problematic brows are ideal candidates for microblading.
The technique is incorporated with your existing brows to create a polished, effortless look. Brows that have undergone microblading appear softer, more lush, and much more natural than the solid brow tattoos of the past. You’ll be able to skip your daily brow makeup filling routine, and, even better, on your wedding day, you won’t need to worry about rain or tears removing your eyebrow makeup.
Experts recommend getting the first treatment three or four months ahead of your wedding, as this ensures plenty of time to heal and, if necessary, the opportunity to schedule a second, touch-up session two months or so before.
Refrain from anything that can thin or weaken the skin—including exfoliation, tanning, and anti-acne products—for two or three weeks before your appointment. If possible, hold off taking any blood-thinning medications, and avoid alcohol a few days before to reduce bleeding and help the pigment hold better. On the day of your appointment, avoid caffeine, and feel free to bring photos of brows you like.
But, remember that the photos you bring are for inspiration only, as everyone’s facial features are different, and the same brows may not work for everyone. You can expect some discomfort and mild pain; if you’re sensitive to needles or worried about the pain being too much, ask your technician about local anesthetics options. The entire process should take about 45 minutes to one hour.
You may experience some mild swelling and redness, your brows may appear very dark for the first few days, and then you can expect to peel for a week. After that, they’ll look lighter and even perhaps gray-toned. You should clean and apply an after-care cream to the brows at least twice daily. Avoid makeup and touching the area, as well as excessive moisture, exercise, and sun exposure for two weeks. The true colour will begin to appear within three weeks, and the skin will be completely healed after six weeks. A recurring touchup once a year will keep the brows fresh and flawless.
You’ll likely still need to use makeup on your wedding day—flash photography can make microbladed brows appear lighter. But, the good news is that your makeup artist will have the perfect brow shape to start with.
Instead of full strokes along the browline, microshading involves small points to create a kind of shade in the brow area. Through the use of a fine-tipped needle, the entire brow is filled with light pigmentation rather than the appearance of individual hairs, providing a look closer to penciling or powdering brows with makeup. The result is a fuller, airbrushed look with more depth and drama. Microblading can be combined with microshading for a more tailored and blended look.
Find a beauty technician that you trust. Just as with any other wedding vendor, read reviews, talk to friends, and do your research so that you know your technician’s experience level and price point. Microblading can cost up to $900, and results will typically last up to three years, so make sure that you find a highly skilled professional in advance of your wedding day.
Talk to your beauty technician about your brow goals. A consultation is essential, and they should be able to advise which brows best fit your face and personality.
Request a patch test. Before the actual procedure, a patch test will show how a particular color or color combo will appear on your skin and how your skin heals. It will also rule out any sensitivities or possible allergic reactions to the pigment and give you a sense of how the color pairs with your skin tone. A patch test is recommended for all permanent makeup procedures.
If microblading is a good option for you, it’s an investment that will last long after your wedding day. Plus, a microblading appointment makes a great gift for a bride-to-be for her “something new”—imagine worry-free brows on your honeymoon and for months to come.