Posted on May 19, 2021

The Ins and Outs of Microblading

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If you’re on social media, chances are you’ve seen friends, colleagues, and maybe family members come out and flaunt new rich, full, fabulous brows. Maybe you’ve followed along with their microblading journey or maybe they’ve only shared the end result and you’re now wondering what the process entails, how long it lasts, how much it hurts…Well, you are not alone in these questions. Like you, most women are seeking darker, fuller brows that they no longer have to color in every morning.

So, what is microblading and what are the deets?

Microblading is a type of eyebrow architecture in which a microblading artist uses a tiny blade to make featherlike strokes with medical grade pigment on the epidermis of the skin, creating natural-looking hair like strokes. Unlike a tattoo, the procedure is semi-permanent and lasts about one to two years depending on your skin type.

When you go in for your procedure, your artist will draw the brow on to create the perfect shape and shade for your face. Once you have the perfectly sketched brow, she will then make tiny hairlike cuts in the skin to create natural-looking strokes. Each stroke is basically a small cut in the skin where the pigment can settle in.

Does it hurt?

A topical numbing cream will be applied before the procedure starts. You may feel a little pull similar to a tweeze, but it should not be painful.

What happens after the procedure?

After the initial procedure, you should expect a healing process of about 4 to 6 weeks. Once you are fully healed, you will go in for a follow up procedure to correct any fading and to finalize the perfect brow shape. The first couple days you can expect to be a little red and uncomfortable. Around day 5-7 you will experience some good scabbing and peeling. The color will fade and change during the healing process and your brows may look patchy, but don’t panic! This is just how the skin heals.

Once the skin is done healing, you will go in for a follow up so the artist can add in any needed pigment and strokes to create the most fabulous new brows!

How long does it last?

Depending on your skin type, microblading should last for about 1 to 2 years. After that you will need touchups to keep your brows’ shape and robust color.

How do you know what shape of eyebrow you should go for?

Look through pictures of people that have similar face shapes as yours and see what eyebrow shapes they have. It is also important to look through pictures of your artists’ clients to make sure you like their work. Your artist will be able to help you pick the perfect shape for your face that goes along with your unique natural beauty.

Ready to schedule a consultation to discuss your microblading needs?

If you’re interested in microblading and have more questions, we would love to help you! Come see us at A. Samara Beauty for a private consultation. We serve people throughout San Diego and beyond with their microblading needs and would love to help you achieve the rich, full brows you desire!

Frequently Asked Questions

What you need to know before microblading.


Microblading is a semi-permanent tattoo, used for the purpose of reconstructing sparse eyebrows or simply to enhance already full brows. The proper ink is chosen and mixed to fit your exact skin tone to look the most natural and realistic. We then create small, hair-like strokes to perfectly mimic natural and gorgeous eyebrows.


Healed microblading results last anywhere from 1-2 years, depending on your skin type. If you have oily skin, results usually fade a little faster than those with dryer skin types. Touch-ups are required to maintain the microbladed look. First touch-up is included.


Please read the faqs page completely to ensure that you are an eligible candidate for microblading. Prior to your procedure: -Do not take Advil or other blood thinners such as Ibuprofen, Aspirin, Niacin or Vitamin E ,drink alcohol or take caffeine within 24 hours of your procedure, go tanning within 24 hours of the procedure, make sure to not have had facial fillers done at least 2 weeks prior to the procedure. Do not do facial fillers at least 2 weeks after the procedure.


-Anybody can get microblading done as long as the following does not apply. Those who are: Undergoing Chemotherapy (consult your doctor),Viral infections and/or diseases,Epilepsy, A Pacemaker or major heart problems, Had an Organ transplant, Skin irritations or Psoriasis near the treated area (rashes, sunburn, acne, etc.), Sick (cold, flu, etc.), Pregnant or Nursing. Please contact us if you have had any facial fillers in the past two months*. Please contact us if you have used any prescription acne medication in the past year*.


Microbladed brows typically take 6 weeks to fully heal. Within the first week the pigment will appear much darker, and your eyebrows will look very bold. Do not worry! This is part of the healing process and it means that you are healing properly. After the first week the eyebrows will begin to get lighter, as by now the scabbing should be taking place. This is also normal! Around week 2, most of the scabbing should be done, and you will begin to see your full and natural eyebrow shape come through. Let it heal naturally, and only begin to wash your eyebrows with a mild foamy anti-bacterial soap after 14 days.


There should be absolutely NO picking at your eyebrows for the first 10 days. The first 10 days are the most crucial for having healthy healed eyebrows. Let the epithelial crust and natural scabbing occur on its own. After the first two weeks, you are allowed to begin washing them again. Try to keep the area as dry as possible in the first 10 days. Do not swim in fresh, salt, or chlorinated pool water for at least 2-4 weeks following your procedure. Limit sun exposure for 14 days following the procedure. For the first two weeks, avoid:Water, cleansers, creams, makeup, heavy sweating in the brow area, tanning and heavy sun exposure, Facials, facial fillers, chemical treatments and microdermabrasion.


Discomfort is minimal, although a numbing cream is applied to alleviate any discomfort.