Small Details Make a BIG Difference
I’ve been performing permanent make-up now for more than 17 years, focusing exclusively on microblading over the past 5.5 years. In this time, I’ve completed over 15,000 procedures, including touch-ups, experimenting with numerous techniques to help my clients get better results. I have literally tried and done EVERYTHING.
What I’ve found is that the right pre-care and aftercare can truly make a MASSIVE difference in the results. Knowing just how important prep and aftercare are, I’ve researched and experimented with many techniques and combinations. I’ve done dry techniques, wet techniques, washing, no washing, etc. I’ve tried various products, creams, ointments… you name it, I’ve tested it.
To help you in your microblading procedure, I’ve outlined my lessons learned and provided a formula that will help to ensure that you get the best results possible.
If you’ve ever hired a professional painter, they will tell you that “it’s all in the prep”. Professional painters know that they get the best results when they spend extra time sanding, filling holes, making sure edges are smooth and applying the right primer. Well, microblading is very similar. You will get much better results when you properly prep.
It all starts with a good canvas! The eyebrow area must be healthy, strong, non-sensitive, and non-irritated. Here’s how to get your skin ready for the procedure:
- Do not pick/tweeze/wax/perform electrolysis one week before the procedure
- Do not tan two weeks prior to the service, or have a sunburned face
- Do not have any type of facial 2 weeks prior to the procedure
- Do not work out the day of the procedure
- Do not have botox 3 weeks prior to the procedure
- Do not take Fish Oil or Vitamin E one week prior to the procedure (they are natural blood thinners)
- Do not wax or tint your eyebrows 3 days prior to the procedure.
In order to avoid excessive bleeding and poor color deposit:
- Do not drink alcohol 24 - 48 hours before your tattoo
- Do not consume coffee before your procedure
- Do not take an Aspirin or Ibuprofen for pain relief (these also thin the blood)
Now that you know what NOT to do, it’s time to share my secret recipe for getting amazing microblading results! It's all in the aftercare.
I love a good acronym so here’s one to help you out, just think of: A - W - M which stands for Absolutely Wonderful Make-up or better yet: Absorb, Wash, and Moisturize!
The day of the treatment: Absorb
After the procedure, gently blot the area with clean tissue to absorb excess lymph fluid. Do this every 5 minutes for the full day until the oozing has stopped. Removing this fluid prevents hardening of the lymphatic fluids.
Days 1-7: Wash
Wash daily to remove bacteria, build up of product and oils, and dead skin. (Don't worry, THIS DOES NOT REMOVE THE PIGMENT!)
Gently wash your eyebrows each morning and night with water and an antibacterial soap like Dial Soap, Cetaphil, or Neutrogena. With a very light touch, use your fingertips to gently cleanse the eyebrows. Rub the area in a smooth motion for 10 seconds and rinse with water ensuring that all soap is rinsed away. To dry, gently pat with a clean tissue. DO NOT use any cleansing products containing acids (glycolic, lactic, or AHA), or exfoliants.
Days 1-7 Moisturize
Apply a rice grain amount of aftercare ointment with a cotton swab and spread it across the treated area. Be sure not to over-apply, as this will suffocate your skin and delay healing. The ointment should be barely noticeable on the skin. NEVER put the ointment on a wet or damp tattoo.
AWM should have you covered, but here are some extra tips to help with a smooth and easy recovery:
- Use a fresh pillowcase while you sleep.
- Let any scabbing or dry skin naturally exfoliate away. Picking can cause scarring or loss of color.
- No facials, botox, chemical treatments or microdermabrasion for 4 weeks.
- Avoid hot, sweaty exercise for one week.
- Avoid direct sun exposure or tanning for 4 weeks after the procedure. Wear a hat when outdoors.
- Avoid long, hot showers for the first 10 days.
- Avoid sleeping on your face for the first 10 days.
- Avoid face-down swimming, lakes, and hot tubs for the first 10 days,
- Avoid topical makeup and sunscreen on the area.
- DO NOT rub, pick, or scratch the treated area.
Remember, with the proper prep and aftercare routine, you will have much better results with your microblading procedure. Don’t forget your new favourite acronym: AWM - Absorb, Wash, Moisturize!
Important note about showering:
Limit your showers to 5 minutes so that you do not create too much steam. Keep your face/procedure area out of the water while you wash your body, then, at the end of your shower, wash your hair. Your face should only be getting wet only at the end of the shower. Avoid excessive rinsing and hot water on the treated area.
Thank you so much Tina! I really appreciate your information and everything you share with all of us in the industry. Congratulations on all your achievements!
Thank you so much Tina for sharing your knowledge with all of us! I’m about to take my classes tomorrow, and have been doing my prep work, and you are the first person that has said it is okay to gently wash the eyebrows after the procedure. I love your work, and appreciate all that you are sharing with the microblading community!
THANK YOU, THANK YOU Tina for sharing!!! This information is incredible and badly needed for all of us who are new to the industry. You have my eternal gratitude!
Susan Ruoff, Venus Beauty Lounge
Deluxe Brows Graduate
Current Phi Brows Student
Very helpful!!! I have been thinking to change up my aftercare and see what works best and this came at the perfect time.
Thank you for sharing,
Very helpful info! I will be redoing our aftercare instructions!?
Hi, I just got my eyebrows microblading on Monday and I HAVE to work out! What is the best way to protect my brows while doing so? I’m going on a trip soon so I really can’t skip working out for 10 days!
Absolutely love your work and love your character. Your passion shows in the art you provide . Thank you for being an inspiration and I PRAY TO BE BLESSED WITH YOUR TRAINING EXPERTISE ONE DAY SOON! ALOHA! Hawaii/SoCal gal here!
Thankyou so much for this information.Hear so many different versions of what and not to do .Was extremely helpful and can care for my eyebrows with professional knowledge.
I have taken class. Working on class number 2 thanks for all the tips and info. I will appreciate any and all info. I am trying to get ready to do my first client. I am an aesthetician for 8 years thanks again
Thank you soooo much,
Very useful information. Thank you, Tina, for sharing with us!
Hi Tina! Just want to say, What a Blessing You Truly Are! Thank You for All Your Hard Work, Experiments, Trial & Errors, Extensive Research, Awesome Tips & Super Videos! You Rock Sister!!!
Hi Tina! Just want to say, What a Blessing You Truly Are! Thank You for All Your Hard Work, Experiments, Trial & Errors, Extensive Research & Awesome Tips! You Ro
I live in South Dakota and am so far from alot of permanent makeup artist so I really appreciate all your hints and tips. Thanks so much!
Tina, the generosity you give with your expertise and knowledge is unparalleled and kind. It is illuminitive, supportive, and 100% feminist. I say feminist because you aren’t afraid to share your knowledge, and help build up the women who admire you and what you do in our industry. Thank you!!
Thank you so much for sharing your expertise! It is much appreciated!
I love, love, love your videos and your from the heart advise! Thank you soo much for sharing and guidance for all of us newbies!
You are heaven sent! Thank you for all your advice <3