The Truth About Microblading

March 9, 2017

UPDATE!!!!  It’s been one year since my first experience with microblading, and boy have I learned a lot!!  Do you want the bad news first?  Well, my strokes only lasted four months and the shadowing started greying around 6.  Needless to say I was pretty disappointed.  After digging around I learned there are a few things that cause poor color retention.  It could be poor pigment and technique, poor post-op care, or excess oil production.  Because getting my brows done every six months just wasn’t an option for me I decided to find a new artist who could give me a more natural shape and who used a different technique and pigments.  After looking around and getting multiple opinions, I found Tiffany from Enhance Artistry.  She has helped me so much!!!  I’m unfortunately needing to get laser tattoo removal because the shadowing is not semi-permanent like I had originally thought.  I’m soon going to take you through the process of what that’s going to look like for me, how we’re going to remove the top part of the arch and how Tiffany is going to fix the color.

My little sister just got her brows done from Tiff (that’s how I found out about her) and her experience was 100% different than mine.  She was numbed from the beginning so it was virtually painless, she was allowed to shower and get her brows wet from day 1, and her brows never scabbed.  There are so many techniques out there, and unfortunately there’s just not a ton of education available for the consumer on microblading!!  What is right and what is wrong?!  I will document the laser tattoo removal process, how it works and then since my sister just got hers done, we’ll use her as the guinea pig to see how well her color holds up.  Microblading is definitely a risk!  Would I recommend it?  Absolutely.  100%.  Even with the aggressive shape change + the color fading and strokes disappearing, I would still get it done.  They look SO MUCH better than what I had before.  And like I said in the original post, do as much research as you can!  Get consults, make sure you jive with your artist and never worry that you’re asking too many questions.  If you’d like, you can go follow Enhance Artistry — her feed is amazing and her work is so natural!!!! 

Have you had your brows microbladed?  What was your experience like?  Have you had a good experience with the color lasting?  I’m just a girl sharing my opinions and personal experience, that in no way makes me an expert.  We need more consumer education and people sharing their stories with the real truth behind microblading!


Today we are chatting allll about microblading.  Is it worth it?  How much does it cost?  Does it hurt?  In all honesty I wasn’t planning on doing a full blog post about it so I’m sorry that the pictures are mostly random selfies I found on my phone.  I’ve been asked by so many of you though to dish all the details so I thought it’d be easier to just come here and share my experience.

The good the bad and the ugly!!

What is Microblading?  It’s basically a tattoo for your eyebrows.  While it falls under the permanent makeup category it’s much less invasive than getting an actual tattoo and it’s only semi-permanent.  It can last anywhere from 1-3 years depending on various factors. 

Who was your artist?  Because my intentions are pure, and I don’t find joy in throwing people under the bus, I’m not sharing this information anymore.  I think she did a great job and she gives some amazing brows to so many people!  I just think our styles were different 🙂  Back to the original thoughts I wrote a year ago:

Make sure you do your research.  I had picked out two different microbladers at one point before I found ____ and I loved most of their work.  Most of it.  I loved certain brows but I was just so nervous committing to them because I felt like I needed to tell them the shape I wanted… like I couldn’t trust their opinion because I didn’t want them to give me those brows they gave that person or whatever.  Does that make sense?  When I was looking through ______ instagram feed it was literally every. single. brow was amazing.  She had this gift to transform peoples shapes and I loved that she was an artist first.  I feel like it’s important to have some sort of creative talent to start with.  So do your homework.  You want to be full on obsessed with your artist and their work before committing to them.  Shop around!  Make sure they have experience and that they are licensed.  You also want to see how their clients brows are holding up.  I have a lot of friends who after a few months have brows that have totally greyed out, they’ve lost their strokes or the color has faded.  Ask lots of questions before committing to your artist.

Did it hurt?  LIKE HELL.  And I never swear so that’s a big deal ha ha!!!  I think a lot of it had to do with the fact that I wasn’t prepared for it.  I was told by a friend that she was numbed for the whole thing and that it didn’t hurt at all.  But one of the amazing things about _____ is her color stays brown and amazing, it doesn’t grey out like a lot of other artists color.  And it’s because of the techniques she uses and her post op care.  She doesn’t numb on the first pass… it has something to do with blood flow?  Either way haha she didn’t numb me on that first pass.  AND IT HURT!!!!  It only took about five-ten minutes though and then she was able to numb me for the second pass so it was fine.  Put on your big girl pants, you can do this!!! (What I learned was that you can be dumbed and it shouldn’t hurt at all.  You just need to find someone who uses quality pigment)

How long did it take to heal? So what happens is your artist will cut strokes into your skin with a scary knife like tool haaha and you’re gonna bleed.  The strokes will scab and it’ll take up to two weeks for them to fall off and heal.  When your strokes turn into scabs your brows are CRAZY dark.  This picture below is the day after I got them microbladed and the scabs turned jet black.  (You shouldn’t scab.  Scabs mean your brows are gonna fade)

If we are being totally honest I hated the shape for a handful of weeks.  I thought I had ruined my face.  I’ll do a comparison further down but she actually shaved off my tails and lifted my brow arch so that I had more eyelid to play around with.  I have very hooded eyes and my brows came super close to my eyes.  I knew it, but I was used to seeing myself a certain way and brows can change the way a person looks dramatically!!  I felt like I didn’t look like me anymore!!!  Obviously I was being ridiculous.  More on that soon.

Anyway, it took about 5-6 days before the scabs started falling off… exhibit A

She used a shadowing technique because she’d taken off my entire tail and strokes weren’t going to be enough to make my brows look natural.  Because of that, and I’m not a microblader so I’m just assuming here, but the eyebrow turned into one huge scab.  About 8 days after I had my brows microbladed the scabs started peeling off.  Kinda gross.  Don’t plan on any photoshoots or blind dates while this is going on.  It’s honestly not that bad, you can easily fill them in.  The color lightened immensely, almost too much and I was still on the fence about my brows at this point. I was warned though that I wouldn’t be thrilled with my brows until the six week touchup.  So I was prepared.  Thank goodness!!!

They basically turned into this picture below.  The strokes disappeared completely and the color went a grey color.  You can see pretty well here where my brows were shaved off! I was filling them in like normal, which was fine, not ideal, but it was fine because at least I had a shape to draw over. And I was hopeful it’d get better at my six week touchup.

So here is a comparison on how my brow shape was transformed.  Do you see on the right how my tail angles steeper down?  It sits right on my brow bone instead of right on top of it like it does on the left. 

And a little bit closer up!! Disclaimer: I filled that selfie in on the left using photoshop.  I wanted you guys to have a good side by side to comparison and the scabs were falling off in that picture!

To me the shape was so dramatically different that I kind of freaked out.  It took me a couple months to get used to it but eventually came around to the new shape and now really love it!

What is post-op care like? No showers.  No exercising.  No healing ointment.  I was told to put bandaids on the tails at night to keep them protected and that once the scabs fall off, I could resume regular activity.  Since my initial experience I’ve learned that vaseline on the brows is recommended by a lot of microbladers including Tiffany.  Scabs = Poor pigment retention. 

Six weeks after my initial appointment I was finally ready for my 6 week touchup.  I was so excited because she told me this was where the dream brows were made!

She was  right.  I told her how the strokes had fallen off, that the color went a little bit grey and that I felt like you could see where my natural brows ended.  She added warmth to the color, made more strokes in the arch area to help blend the natural brow and microbladed brows and refined the shape.  “Recovery” was much better with the 6 week touch up and the appointment only lasted an hour.  I actually didn’t even notice the scabs this second time around, I kept waiting for them to fall off like they did the first time and they were just unnoticeable.  The color was darker but I actually really loved that the second time around!  I’ve had them done new for a few weeks and the color hasn’t faded to grey like they did with the first appointment.  If things change I will definitely give you an update.

So here are a few comparisons:

Here’s what my brows looked like filled in. See how they go a tiny bit grey?  It’s always bothered me and despite using the best products I knew of I couldn’t figure out how to avoid it. 

They look SO much better!  I finally have room to play around with eyeshadows!!!  It actually took me a couple weeks to adjust how I applied my makeup!  I finally have a brow bone to highlight!  It’s literally the best.  No, the best is waking up with my brows totally done!  I can literally get ready in five minutes now, a little bit of HACing, some lipstick and mascara.  Done.

I’m wearing Bella on the left, which we just ordered 30 of so email me at to pre-order it.  It’s gonna go dang fast!!!  And then on the right I’m wearing sheer berry which is still out of stock :(.  Sorry, back to the brows haha!  Do you see the shape difference?  And the color?  The microbladed brows are so warm and totally symmetrical.  The minutes in my day I’d spend trying to get my brows symmetrical guys… you don’t even wanna know!

Was it worth it? Yes. 100x yes.  It was annoying to go through the whole scabs falling off process, not being able to workout and shower (I bathed sillies) but it was totally worth it.  It’s shaved off a good five minutes of my routine every morning, which is a big deal considering I only have a few minutes to get ready as it is!  I don’t look like I’m dead when I wake up, swimming this summer will be amazing and just over all I’ve really enjoyed my new shape!!

How much does it cost?  It’s a two hour appointment and costs anywhere from $399 – $599, just depends on your artist.  It’s definitely an investment.

If you have any other questions, if I missed something please ask me in the comments below!!  Have you had your brows microbladed?  Did you have a different experience?  I’d love to open up the comments below for people to go through and read different peoples experiences, so please comment and share!!!

  • sofaastrout

    Ah, I really want to do this but it’s a bit $$ (you need a touch up after 18 months right?) and a little nerve wracking! You look amazing though, what a difference! I’d never seen someone change the shape so much! Beautiful! Thanks for the great review.

    • Abby Smith

      haha! It definitely is quite a pretty penny. Yeah so at 18 months you’ll do a touch up which is $150 and then it could last up to three years. So we will see how it goes!! Thank you!

  • It really is such a transformation but they look great!! They really lift your eyes up .. also LOVE your peplum top!

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    • Abby Smith

      Thanks girl!!!

  • ugh I totally have hooded eyes too and I can totally see how changing your eyebrow shape can help that! your brows look amazing abby! also, I am expecting my lipsense any day now and I am just way too excited to try it!
    XO Lo

    • Abby Smith

      YAYY!!! So excited for you to try it!!! And yes, it dramatically improved the annoying hooded eyes!

  • Haley Marozas

    So what about eyebrow waxing? Or do you just pluck to keep your shape??

    • Abby Smith

      I’m just plucking any stray hairs. It’s pretty easy and my brows were super thin anyway so it doesn’t take much longer than what I already was doing!!

      • MissTaterTot

        Hi Abby! I got microblading done 2 years ago and loved it. Now they are completely faded and im contemplating to do it again or not. I would just warn you not to pluck the stray hairs from your original brow, over time they won’t grow back. My artist had to raise one of my brows due to asymmetry, instead of plucking the hairs that were out of my microblading shape I instead shaved them weekly with a brow trimmer. That way when your semi permanent makeup wears off you aren’t left with permanent hair loss in your brow. Just a thought. Also my artist said microblading can only be done so many times before scar buildup occurs. Then you’d have to go the tattoo gun route (still semi permanent but a little scary!)

  • Bob Bobbo

    Your entire face shape changed!!! Your eyes look so much more open and you look younger and more posh. I’d definitely say the $500+ was worth it. I am thinking about getting it done myself and loved your opinion. Thanks! <3

    • Abby Smith

      It really did!!! I was so surprised about that too!! And yes, it’s quite expensive but I can handle one time a year! Totally worth it for me!

  • Brenda

    I am so confused about micro blading. From your post it appears that it is akin to tattooing. But as members of the church we know tattooing is not pleasing to our Heavenly Father. At what point do we as daughters of Zion draw the line? Do we accept tattooing for “vanity” sake or do we avoid even the appearance of evil?
    I am wondering how much of todays trends in makeup, costly changes apparel, and time and money spent in the name of beauty is what the Prophet Isaish referred to when he foresaw our day and called us “the haughty daughters of Zion”.

    This just seems so extreme and not all that necessary unless you want to look like every other woman in the big and spacious building.

    • Abby Smith

      Hi Brenda! While I appreciate your comment, I can’t help but feel a little judged. I am a worthy and active member of the LDS faith and I believe it’s important that we try our best to inspire and lift each other up rather than tear one another down with hurtful and unnecessary comments. I don’t think it’s your place to assume I am a “haughty daughter of Zion” because I chose to get my brows microbladed.

      Next time, let’s give those who are curious about us Mormons a reason to want to know more. Because of our charity, and our kindness. Because we have a light in our eye and a beautiful perspective on this life. I am far from perfect and I will be the first to admit I’m just trying to navigate this life the best I know how.

      • Abby Smith

        In response to you being confused about microblading — it’s not a tattoo. It is not permanent. After doing your research on how it’s different, you can choose to look at it how you’d like. My perspective is that it’s going to speed up my routine in the mornings so I can spend more time being a better mom. I feel like it’s a bit different than plastering a word all over my back. You definitely don’t need to agree with me though! Just like some people go boating on Sundays and others feel staying inside reading scriptures is best. You do you!

      • Abby Smith

        In response to you being confused about microblading — it’s not a tattoo because it is not permanent. My perspective is that it’s going to speed up my routine in the mornings so I can spend more time being a better mom. I feel like it’s a bit different than plastering a word all over my back. You definitely don’t need to agree with me though! Just like some people go boating on Sundays and others feel staying inside reading scriptures is best. You do what you feel is best and try to be kind to others in the process.

        • Tahnee

          Abby I had mine done 8 years ago when Soft tap first became more popular when I worked in a salon. I have always wanted to try microblading since. I totally agree (as an lds mom) It helped me forget about makeup and go faster on my way to work. Where this is your blog and you review things for our benefit I LOVE that you also encompass a loving spirit to share your light in each of your posts. i think you are someone to look up to and i am inspired by everything you are capable of and do on your blog love. I would LOVE to chat more about HAC-ing (I became an artist for maskcara when she opened it up and would love to talk lipsense with ya!) and can we just agree it is the bomb for early mornings!? xoxo keep spreading your light and making the internet and social media a better place. Because honestly it needs more people like you to be more positive.

      • Hayley Brown

        Yeah Abby, your chances of making the CK are over because of your semipermanent eyebrows 😂😂 you haughty naughty. My best friend has her license in microblading and have done many brows in her ward. I think if it was an issue with beliefs of the church, leadership would say something (ex. Having more than one ear piercing). Don’t feel bad. I love your blog. While I’ve seen other bloggers change with popularity, you have stayed the same which I love! Keep doing you 💕

    • Katie Cooper

      LMAO to this comment ^^^^^ And THIS is why Mormons get the bad rep that they do. WOW, how sad and such extremist thinking. Abby you’re beautiful, keep doing you girl!!! I just got micro bladed last week and am loving it. Also, God didn’t even strike me with lightening for doing so! 😉

      • Thania Cantarelli Lopes

        Exactly! I can imagine on the last day when we will be invited to present our life to God and Jesus Christ.
        Which of the people will be in a worse situation? the ones with microbladed browns or even tattoos or the people who judge others like the person above? Our God is a God of love, and He knows our hearts and how much we strive to be better.
        I just found this post while I was googling about it and if is there any officially source from the Lds Church about this, because of people that I know is judging me for have my brown microbladed.

        Abby you are so beautiful!!
        Thanks for you blogger so inspiring.
        hello from Brazil!

  • Andrea Cerullo

    Your brows look amazing! I’ve wanted to try microblading for a while now as my brows are very sparse. I don’t know how to go about finding a qualified artist though! I found a couple people in my area via Instagram but I don’t know if that’s the best route to find someone. Do you know if the microblader has to be a licensed esthetician or tattoo artist, or either/both? Thanks for sharing your experience!

    • Andrea Hamlin

      Anyone can take a class and call themselves a microblading artist, but I would for sure go to someone who was a licensed esthetician first because they take classes on makeup and facial structure and are way more likely to know how a brow should be shaped.

      • Abby Smith

        YES! Agreed. I don’t know if Kristi was an esthetician but she was a makeup artist for several years. You want someone who has experience with facial structure like Andrea said, someone that will know what brow shape to put on you! I’ll ask Kristi and see what she recommends on finding an artist near you! She might have some good advise!

        • Andrea Cerullo

          Thank you so much!

  • Crystal

    They look awesome! Looking into it in my area. Since it’s already so expensive, would you tip on this? If so, does the 15-20% rule apply? Thanks for your honest opinion and review!!

  • Erin

    First off your before and after are AHMAZING! You look so bright and refreshed with the difference in your new brow shape. Second thanks so much for the detailed info. I’m from Boston and haven’t had a ton of luck finding anyone that I’m 100% in love with to take the leap (similar to how you were feeling).
    One thing I’m unsure of, and I’m not sure if you mentioned it and I missed it, but how long does it last/how often do you need to get it touched up? AND what happens if you choose to not ever do it again? Does it look like a faded tattoo and all gross?
    Thanks again

  • Kathryn

    You skin looks AMAZING!!! I know you have struggled with it in the past, can you do a blog post or YouTube video over your skincare routine and how you cleared it up? Also, Love the brows 😁

  • Lo Bu RN

    That’s a lot cheaper than what I paid for. I live in NYC so I had it done here. She charged me $1500, but it was so worth it. I’m actually now going , but bc it has been a year, and since I got oily skin, it’s about time for a touch up.

  • Áine Ní Mhonacháin

    Hey, I just got mine microbladed 5 days ago, and the scab is starting to slowly come off now, I have a wedding to attend in 5 days though andI was wondering did you fill in the patches or just leave them entirely? So worried I will look like a freak at this wedding!

  • Genevieve Matsumura

    Thank you for sharing! I did not do my research and just did Microblading a few days ago. They are so dark I was beginning to worry. I was wondering what color your esthitician used on you?

  • Zach-Allyson Maughan

    So glad you shared this!! I just got my brows done a few days ago and I am at the point where they are too dark but a little bit of the scabs are falling off and they are looking patchy! I had to come read this again so I could feel better about what is to come! I am loving the shape of mine but I am looking forward to what they will look like finished!

    • Simone

      How do your eyebrows look now? Had mine done the same day

  • Natalie Schwab

    Your brows look fab! I got mine done yesterday and actually took your photo in to ask for a similar shape 🙂 I kind of look like a cartoon character today because they’re so much darker than what I’m used to, but I love the shape. Thanks for sharing your process!

    • Simone

      How do your brows look now I had mine done six days ago

  • Christine

    I have just had my brows done- 2 days ago. Currently they are very dark and i am waiting for them to fade a little- i expected this.
    Once you are fully healed are you able to apply makeup as normal( over the area) and was your face/have a shower as normal. I have never had any form of ink on me before, and for some reason I am terrified of ruining them, or making them fade super quickly. The lady who did mine suggested using a high SFP whilst in the sun.

    • Leelee

      I just had my brows done yesterday and im kinda freaking out. Its too dark, too thick!! Reading this thread gives me some hope but currently I dont even want to walk out the door. I need them to scab or fade asap, I feel like I look completely ridiculous w these overly dark thick brows on my light skin. How long will they look like this???? When can expect them to start scabbing off? Help!

      • Abby

        Girl, how’s it coming? Just seeing this! I’m sure by now things are looking up? The first time and those first few days is a scary thing!

      • Melanie

        I got mine done yesterday and despite showing her pictures of what I wanted, I got super boxy looking brows. She never drew in a shape initially and just went over my uneven brows. There’s a really dark area in the beginning of my brow that I want gone and I complained about. I wish I had the same shape she got, which is what I wanted. When they scab over should I pick off the area where it’s so dark so my skin doesn’t hold the pigment?? SOS someone help please

  • Carolyn Unique

    Love this post I just started providing Microblading in Fort Lauderdale I love reading individuals experience. Thank you for sharing they look beautiful by the way!

  • NOW WHAT⁉️

    Does anyone know how to deal with the stray hairs that will inevitably grow in???

  • Sandy

    Hi, I have had my second appointment done. It has been 13 days now and my eyebrows have started to fade, getting patches and some scabs have not yet dropped off. I didn’t get them wet when I showered, I held a facecloth over my eyebrows. I haven’t applied any pencil on them, should I contact my my technician. I am really happy with the shape.

  • Tracy Spitler Hernandez

    You forgot to talk about the smell lol they smell so gross around day 5. Im super disappointed in mine. I cant see the lines at all even after touch up and I still have to fill them in. bummer

    • Kristi Emmons

      Who did yours?

  • Annalise

    They look great. I am taking a microblading class this week and feeling totally inspired by Kristi’s work. You look beautiful!

  • Katy

    I went to the best in the UK but 3 weeks in they still look too sharply defined rand have dark patches still. How can she fix this in the follow up?! Can they time down too dark bits?

  • TMOO

    I just had my eyebrows microbladed today and I am not happy. I know I have to wait for them to heal and then for the 6 week touch up, but can I fill them in with pencil or powder until then? I have an event on Friday and can not go out looking like this. Please tell me it is okay to fill them in a bit. It will be exactly 48 hours after the procedure.

  • Sunshine Winter

    a brain implant would have been better

    • Tracey Townsend

      Let me guess… probably a male who gushes over the beautiful women in Hollywood who all have their brows microbladed? Who needs the brain implant?

      • Sunshine Winter

        Go lick your dirty tampon.
        Fat pigs need to get back in the barn.

  • R Smith

    I had my brows done on 12/29 and I.HATE.THEM. The first week was great. After that, all heck broke loose! I would never do it again! Thank goodness I’ve been home and haven’t had to go into work or meetings…ugh! How did you ladies deal with the scabbing and work? Will the 6 week touch-up produce scabbing also? Ugh!

  • Andrea Hamlin

    My friend @danidoesmybrows did mine about 15 months ago and I still have great strokes! They have faded, and I could probably use a touch up but after this long that’s expected. I still don’t need to fill them in unless I’m doing a FULL face of makeup.

    I think the key isn’t just their good technique and your own good immediate aftercare, but also how you care for them once they are healed. Dani gave me a cream to use 4-5 times a day and I didn’t get mine wet for about 10 days until the scabs came off.

    Any anti-aging or anti-acne products you use will cause them to fade fast, as well as being in the sun without sunscreen or a hat. Yeah those products are great for the rest of your face but they make your skin cells turnover faster, encouraging new pretty skins cells to appear, which will fade a tattoo. So if you’re using anything like that take special care to avoid the eyebrow area! And always always put sunscreen on them!