What is Microblading?

woman with microbladed eyebrows

Microblading is a form of permanent makeup (also referred to as a cosmetic tattoo) where hair-like strokes are added to the brow area, adding color, definition, and shape to your existing brows. The artist uses a manual tool (the microblade) to gently etch hair-like strokes into the superficial layers of the skin, then pigment is deposited into the opening. As the skin heals, pigment is retained under the skin and results in a realistic hair-like pattern. During your appointment at KNS, your artist will:

  • Map your brows based on your natural measurements
  • Match the pigment color to your skin and undertones
  • Use the microblading technique to add shape, color, and definition to your eyebrows
  • Thoroughly review the healing process and aftercare instructions

At KNS, we strive to achieve the most natural and healthy healed results in the permanent makeup industry. As a client, you will be involved and informed during the entire process to ensure you receive beautiful brows that you are comfortable and confident waking up to, everyday.

How long does Microblading last?

Microblading generally lasts 1-3 years before requiring a periodic Touch-up. The duration varies based on factors like skin-type, lifestyle, and the color of the pigment. By sticking to our permanent makeup aftercare instructions, you will maximize the appearance of your microblading over time. 6-8 weeks after your initial Microblading appointment, an Initial Touch-up appointment is required to darken or fill any Microbladed areas that healed too lightly during the healing process. This ensures that your eyebrows look even and full over time.

One and done (not quite)! Periodic Touch-ups are necessary to maintain the color and density of your brows. Be sure you choose an artist that will prioritize the health of your skin over time (a foundation of all KNS artists). Last thing, don't be fooled by permanent makeup artists referring to Microblading as "semi-permanent cosmetic tattooing." Any time pigment is injected into the skin, it should be considered a permanent procedure. When microblading is performed properly, pigment is only inserted into the upper layers of your skin, and you can expect the results to fade over time (but should still be considered permanent.

How much does Microblading cost?

The cost of Microblading varies by artist and by region. In general you should expect to pay between $425 and $800 for a Microblading procedure. Beware of artists that fall well below this price range - the old adage "you get what you pay for" is often true when it comes to permanent makeup. Excessively low prices generally reflect low-demand in the permanent makeup industry. When searching for a Microblade artist, we do not recommend using price as a leading search criteria...this is your face we're talking about here. And it's permanent.

Kendra Neal Studio PowderBrow prices are listed below:

  • Lizzie - $475
  • Carlie - $475
  • Kendra - $575

Who is a candidate for Microblading?

Microblading is harsher on the skin than other forms of permanent makeup such as PowderBrow. The ideal candidate for microblading has:

  • Normal skin-type
  • Dry, or non-oily skin

Don't be discouraged if you do not think you meet me criteria for Microblading above. Our PowderBrow technique provides amazing results, and is suitable for most everyone. There are some factors that prohibit someone from undergoing a PMU procedure (really, a body-art procedure of any kind). Generally, you are not a candidate for permanent makeup if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • You are using isotretinoin (Accutane) or have used isotretinoin in the last year
  • You are undergoing radiation/chemo/chemoradiation therapy
  • Have a serious skin condition affecting the brow area

Microblading facts, risks, pain, and more

  • FACT: An artist's HEALED RESULTS are the most important reflection of the results you will receive; NOT results from immediately after the procedure. Choose an artist that features a portfolio of beautiful healed results
  • FACT: Microblading is a form of permanent makeup (cosmetic tattooing) that should only be practiced by experienced artists with a proven history of training and experience
  • FACT: The recovery for permanent makeup is simple with minimal redness and swelling. If you wanted, you could return to work the same day
  • PAIN: Most clients report feeling little to no pain during the Microblading procedure. Plus, we use an anesthetic to help block out any discomfort
  • RISK: Microblading is a form of body-art, which involves needles penetrating the skin. With that, there is a risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens. At Kendra Neal Studio, we use completely disposable and sterile tools, follow industry and health-department sanitation best-practices, and are annually certified on bloodborne tattoo infection controls
  • RISK: It is rare, but possible, for clients to experience keloid scarring as a result from a body-art procedure. Choose an experienced artist who has a history of healthy, healed results and who understands proper pigment depth

Before your appointment, aftercare, and healing

To prepare you for the best results, please see our 'before you arrive' instructions. Our Microblading 'aftercare instructions' detail how to best care for your eyebrows and what to expect during the healing process.

We realize PMU is a big decision and we are here to support you! Let us know if you need more information or have a question. Let's get through this together.

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