Everything you need to know before getting your eyebrows tattooed.

March 20, 2018

Located in Los Angles, CA Marina Myshkina of the Supreme Brows specializes in microblading (also known as eyebrow embroidery, hairstroke brows, 3D brows), an innovative semi-permanent makeup technique. Using the natural landscape of the client's brows, Supreme Brows is committed to creating the most natural and elegantly classic looks. Launched in response to surging demand for meticulous and beautiful work, have the procedure done at the salon or have our artist come to you! 

 

By now you’ve probably heard the term “microblading.” Just in case you haven’t, here’s the 411.

 

Microblading is a semi-permanent tattooing technique that creates hairlike strokes to fill in sparse or thinning brows. The practice aims to give you an effortless full brow ― no need for expensive brow pencils or gels. Of course, this sounds great in theory. But it is a major investment: microblading can cost anywhere from $500 to $1,600. And if you’re going to get a tattoo, especially one on your face, you need to do your research.

 

Here are some things you should know before you book your microblading session.

 

1. No, it’s not permanent.

 

 

As we mentioned above, microblading is semi-permanent.

 

Cosmetic tattooing, unlike body art tattooing, is much more superficial to the skin. The pigments are also much more degradable. Your own immune system will digest the pigment and also push out the ink as well. Over time these looks tend to fade.

 

It lasts for one to three years depending on your skin and lifestyle.

 

Microblading does require touch-ups yearly or bi-yearly, but at least you won’t be stuck forever with eyebrows that you don’t like, in case you don’t like how yours come out.

 

2. Most people require two sessions to get their ideal brow.

 

 

 

Your average person needs about two sessions ― one first session, and then they can come back four - six weeks later for a touch-up session. They have to come back four weeks later because, depending on their skin type, their skin may push out a bit of ink and in some places the hair strokes won’t be as saturated as we want them. You can tell if there’s minor imperfections after the first session that need to be filled in.

 

3. Some skin types retain ink better than others.

 

Very oily skin types are the most difficult skin type to work with. They are at risk of rejecting the pigment, and more concerning, they are prone to pigment hydration, which is where the pigment fans into each other, the strokes might blend into each other and the final result will end up looking like a powder-filled brow more than distinct hair strokes.

 

If you have a tendency to scar or retain keloids very easily, you might not want to have this procedure. But we believe that even if your skin type doesn’t yield ideal results, it’s still a worthwhile enhancement. 

 

4. Microblading can take a few hours.

 

Marina takes up to an hour per client just to draw the brow. The drawing is the most tedious part and the huge majority of the session. No one thinks about their eyebrows as much as they do when they are about to get them tattooed. It takes quite a while for me to figure out what my clients are looking for, draw that on their face, but most importantly, take into consideration their facial imbalances.

 

We provide the client with all the necessary aftercare, which includes triple antibiotic cream for 48 hours and vitamin E oil for a week. Please note, clients should avoid sun exposure, increased sweating and getting their new brows wet for a week.

 

5. Your eyebrows will not look identical.

 

Eyebrows are sisters, not twins. This is very true and very important for people to understand so that they have realistic expectations. Nobody’s eyes are equidistant from the bridge of their nose so the starting points of your eyebrows are a little different. And your ocular cavities ― one side right above your brow bone is sometimes a little bit more flat or rounded. So there’s a lot to account for.

 

6. Yes, it will hurt.

 

It is a tattoo on your face; it’s not the easiest pain experience. Marina always pre-numbs her clients. A numbing cream makes your skin more vulnerable, more buttery ― overall more difficult for the artist to work on, but it also makes the experience more comfortable for the client. The patient might feel some pressure and a scratch-like sensation.

 

7. Your brows will lighten considerably after the first week.

 

If you’re afraid your brows are too dark and thick as you walk out of the salon, don’t panic.

 

Your eyebrows will look darker during the healing period. Trust the process and follow the aftercare instructions carefully.

 

The first three days are the darkest days, where your eyebrows look significantly darker. By day four and five those little scabs start to fall off and by days seven and eight you can actually see the result underneath. It’s about 50 to 75 percent lighter than the day one eyebrows. The look fades significantly.

 

8. If your brows get messed up, they can be fixed.

 

No artist is not going to make a mistake ever within their career. There’s a high probability that if an artist doesn't increase the depth of the stroke that you don’t like, that it might actually just fade out in the healing process. It is best to let it fade as much as possible. Then you can go back in and neutralize it with a skin color to make the stroke disappear. We don’t recommend removal on large areas, but certainly to refine a few strokes or something about the shape, correctional work can definitely be done.

 

9. Be prepared.

 

 

 

Do your research. Talk to your artist. If you don’t feel comfortable with it, you’re not ready for microblading it and that is OK.”

 

Do not make an appointment if you are not sure about doing microblading. We want all our clients to be excited about the process!

 

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