One thing all beauty experts agree on when it comes to looking your best as you age is that having great eyebrows to frame your face makes all the difference. I plucked mine quite slowly as a teen (oh how I wish I’d ignored that mean girl who told me it looked like my eyebrows and hairline were about to meet!) and, like my grandmother warned me, at one point they stopped growing back. Throw in a thyroid issue in my late 30s, and here I was, aged 42, with more of a delicate whisper above my eyes, than a youth-enhancing frame. Rachael Bebe runs a Semi permanent makeup salon.
I knew microblading was the eyebrow trick of the stars (Michelle Keegan did a blog about hers for us here on HELLO!). Still, the idea of tattooing my face seemed rather radical – I chuck on some makeup and moisturize at night, but I’m far from a high maintenance beauty slave. But the topic kept cropping up, and when a couple of colleagues in my office admitted their brows (which were gorgeous) were the result of microblading, I decided to give it a go.
Karen Betts is one of the best – this I heard from a few well-connected friends I discussed the topic with. Celebs love her, and perhaps more importantly, her reputation among beauty editors was strong. I knew I wanted someone I could trust, especially if their work was to take residence on my face for the next 18 months to 2 years. But other than that, I didn’t do much research. And so, there I was, one Thursday afternoon, filling in a health questionnaire in Karen’s lush Harley Street clinic, a little nervous but other than that, utterly unprepared.
Ok, let’s talk about the Aftercare process for Microblading. I get a lot of questions about the aftercare, and I can’t stress enough how important it is for the final results of the microblading. How you take care of your eyebrows in the days and weeks following the procedure will determine how well they stay. There are, however, other factors that will affect retention. But for now, I will go over what to do to keep them protected and avoid fading.
For the first two weeks, it is crucial to avoid the following: Water, sweat, sun, sleeping with your face on the pillow and picking the scabs. Let me break this down for you.
5 Things To Avoid After Getting Microblading Done
Getting the Eyebrows wet during the healing/scabbing process is not recommended. Water will loosen and lighten the pigment and will not allow the microblading to retain in the skin. I recommend washing your face in the sink. Wash from the bottom of the eyes down normally, without splashing water on your face. The forehead can be washed using a face wipe. You can also take a cotton round, wet it, add a drop of cleanser, then circle it around the forehead. Make sure you are careful not to touch the eyebrows. Then take another cotton round with just a bit of water to clean off the cleanser.
For the same reason that water should be avoided during the healing/scabbing process after microblading, sweat should also be avoided. Sweat comes from the inside of the skin and can push the pigment out and cause the Microblading strokes not to retain. Even a “Light Workout” can cause you to sweat. You may think you’re “not a sweater,” but you can potentially cause the microblading to fade by working out. It is crucial to avoid sweating during these first two weeks. If you are still scabbing after two weeks, continue to avoid sweat until all the scabs/ flaking skin has fallen off.
Believe it or not, Sun exposure can affect the retention of the microblading. The UV Rays in the sun can make the pigment fade very quickly. For this reason, sun exposure should be avoided for a total of 4 weeks. For the first two weeks, it is recommended to avoid the sun completely. If there is no way to avoid being outdoors, I recommend wearing a hat that can block the sun. After the first two weeks (if you are still scabbing after two weeks wait until all the scabs fall off), you can wear sunblock on the eyebrows if you will be outdoors. It is still recommended to wear a hat to be safe.
I always tell my clients this is extremely crucial, but the most difficult part to avoid. When we sleep, we usually have one side of our face that touches a pillow. That is the case, no matter how you sleep. Whether you are a side, back or stomach sleeper. It is very important to try to avoid touching the pillow with your face because the pillow itself can rub against the eyebrows and cause the scabs to fall off prematurely. This will cause microblading strokes to fade completely. I recommend sleeping on your back and using a travel pillow to add some space between your face and the pillow.
If you got your microblading wet and you are freaking out, please don’t!
Or, if you are wondering what is “acceptable” or not after your microblading, then this is the article for you.
We are going to talk about why you don’t want to get your freshly microblade brows yet, what water does to your brows, what to do if you already got them wet, and more.
While it isn’t ideal for getting your brows wet during the healing process, you can’t go back in time and fix getting them wet now.
So, whatever damage was done will be done, and there’s not much you can do about it at this point.
What you want to pay attention to is just how wet you got them.
A small splash from water, a few raindrops that run down your face, or something minor like this will NOT cause any major issues.
But if you got inside of a sauna for 30 minutes, spent 45 minutes in spin class, or went swimming, then you probably did some damage to your brows.
The good news is that this problem can be addressed and fixed during your touch up.
The bad news is that your artist will probably have to do more work than normal, but the problem should be fixable.
So, if you get them wet, dab them dry (lightly) and then move on.
If you feel concerned you can always reach out to your artist and let them know what happened and they can give you some advice as well.
But there’s nothing you can do until your brows are completely healed because you can’t go back and do your touch-up while you are still healing.
Rachael Bebe also performs Cosmetic lip tattoo services.
What Water Does to Microblading Pigment
If you’ve spent hundreds of dollars on microblading, then it just makes sense to make sure that you do whatever it takes to keep them looking pristine and beautiful!
It always surprises me that women who get their brows done are constantly trying to push the line on what they should or shouldn’t do.
Don’t fall into this category!
The rules that exist for microblading are there to make sure that YOU get the best result possible.
I want your brows to be beautiful (and I’m sure your artist does as well!).
But I totally get it if you want to know why we make these recommendations.
So on that topic, let’s discuss at least a little bit what happens to your brows if they get wet.
Because microblading is a semi-permanent technique, the pigment used in this procedure doesn’t go as deep as your dermis (the depth that tattoo artists go).
What does that mean for you?
It means that the pigment (the colouring) is not very deep in your skin, and it is subject to being ‘pushed’ out by various sources.
This means that it is literally possible for your ink to ‘fall’ out of the wells that were created by your microblading artist!
What things make them fall out?
You guessed it… water.
Well, not specifically water, but water is certainly a big culprit.
Any liquid placed directly on the healing microblading area increases your risk of losing your pigment.
If you lose your pigment, then the ENTIRE procedure may have to be re-done.
And trust me, doing one extra workout is not worth another couple hour appointment and the use of a small microblade to get your brows looking good!
For this reason, me (and other artists) are very anal when it comes to making sure that you do NOT get your brows wet.
Most technicians recommend getting a “touch-up” of your microbladed eyebrows at least once a year. This touch-up will involve adding pigment to the outline of the brows that you have already.
After your skin is fully healed, you’ll want to protect your microblading investment by taking care of your skin. Applying a sunscreen to the microbladed area may help prevent fading. Like similar Cosmetic tattoo treatments — such as eyebrow tattooing — microblading is permanent but will fade. Fading may occur at a faster rate than brow tattooing due to the smaller amount of pigment used. Two years after your initial procedure, you’ll most likely have to repeat the procedure in its entirety.