This post has been about six weeks in the making, but I’m so excited to finally share my microblading experience with you all and if you have no idea what microblading is, let’s start there first. Microblading is a semi-permanent tattooing technique that creates hairlike strokes to fill in sparse or thinning brows.
This should be obvious, but make sure you DO YOUR RESEARCH! Don’t make an appointment with the first person you find on Google; make sure you see plenty of photos of their work, make sure they have stellar reviews, and be certain they are a highly trained microblading professional. After all, this is your face!
This leads me into where I decided to get my microblading done, which is Makeup by Cody Lynn. Cody is the *oh so amazing* artist behind the brows, and I cannot say enough good things about her and her work. I have been following her on Instagram for about a year and was in awe of every before and after photo she would share. Following Cody Lynn made my decision to sit in her chair that much easier.
Upon arrival to the appointment, Cody took some before photos and chatted with me about my eyebrows. We discussed whether or not I wanted to keep the shape that I walked in with, what pigment I wanted for my brows, and the overall look I was going for (natural is key). I went in to the appointment telling her I wanted to enhance the shape I naturally had and she was totally on board!
After a lot of measuring, stenciling, and chatting- she started to work her magic.
Once we nailed the shape, she applied a topical gel which sat for about 20 minutes to numb my brow area. Since I’m a red head and we are resistant to all things numbing/pain medication- I needed a double layer! I’m thankful this is an option with Cody because it was smooth sailing after 2 layers of numbing cream.
Okay, so let’s talk pain, which was the number one question I received about my microblading experience. The good news is there wasn’t any after the numbing took effect. The best way I can describe the discomfort of it would be a “scratching” or “scrapping” feeling. I think the sound was the worse part- which really wasn’t too bad 🙂
The first appointment took about 90 min. from the time I arrived until I left; so it’s not an hour and a half of microblading! For my appointment, a great deal of time was spent measuring my brows. So don’t worry, you won’t be poked at for 2 hours straight 🙂 The after care was quite easy and very manageable. My brows were a little red and slightly itchy a day after the appointment but that is to be expected. Healing time for your brows is about 14 days. The hardest part was not getting my new brows wet for a few days. It’s also very important to NOT PICK AT THEM, which includes any scabbing or fallout that might occur during the healing process (both are totally normal)
Here is my BEFORE
And here is AFTER!
The Follow up: Everyone’s appointments will vary based on the work your brows need for both sessions. After Cody examined my brows for the follow-up session, she decided to add more “strokes” and worked on the shape a little more. They were truly perfect at this point! I love this card she gave me about the healing process, it truly made me LOL (and it was SO true!)
If you’ve been on the fence about getting your eyebrows microbladed, I cannot encourage you enough to go for it. As I said above, it makes a huge difference on days I don’t want to wear makeup, but they also look SO GOOD when I do pull myself together. I know microblading is an investment ($500 with Cody Lynn) so I would recommend saving up “X” amount of dollars every month until the cost is covered. It’ll really help ease the blow to your bank account if it’s something you’ve been planning for and you have the funds dedicated to it!
In addition to microblading, Cody offers lip blush (not your typical permanant lip tatoo!), powder brows, and microshading. Find out all the details, pricing, and to book with Cody HERE