Everything You Need To Know About Microblading

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With celebrities whose eyebrows are as famous as their names (Cara Delevingne and Brooke Shields to name a couple), those arches are in demand more than ever before. For any of you that over plucked your brows throughout the years or you just want a fuller effect without having to fill them in everyday, listen up...because Microblading may be for you!

What's cool about Microblading is that the results are subtle but definitely darker and filled don't want it to be too dramatic, as this is your everyday look.

So what else do you need to know about Microblading? (Besides the fact that it will give you ridiculously good brows without having to put in any daily effort!) I caught up with GLAM'D owner Brittani Sylvester in Chicago (pictured above with brow babe Gaby Raguso) to get the scoop on what this new eyebrow trend is all about.

What exactly is Microblading?

Microblading is a form of semi permanent make up which is implemented using a hand held tool comprised of between 6-14 micro needles hence the name microblade. 

How is it different than eyebrow tattooing?

Microblading is the process of implanting pigment into the basal membrane which divides the epidermis from the dermis layer of the skin to create fuller looking brows. Eyebrow tattoo is done with a motorized device whereas microblading is done used a hand held tool, also know as a pen. When it comes to the term microblading the hand tool is used to simulate hair strokes in the brow. Microblading artists also use pigment vs ink. Pigment has a thicker consistency while ink is more watery in texture and tends to have more staying power. Most pigment will last in the skin between 1-5 years, keeping in mind different skin types and the use of skin care products. There is no “spilling” under the skin which leaves the strokes fine and crisp. Naturally the pigment will exfoliate out of the skin over time causing the pigment to lighten.

Does it hurt?

Before the microblading begins, a topical numbing cream is applied to the area to minimize discomfort, followed by a liquid anesthetic. You might feel a slight discomfort but it is almost painless.

Can you describe what the first session in like?

During you first session (approximately 2 hours), we custom design your brow shape based on your bone structure, eye placement, face shape and other factors. The pigment choice is then selected. Once your shape and pigment are agreed upon, you will then be numbed using a lidocaine cream. 

You do not have to hide from the world after your service. Many clients can walk right out the door, ready to show off their new brows. Initially stronger in color your new brows will soften in 2-3 weeks. 

After your initial appointment, a touch up can be done between 4-6 weeks. It is not always necessary but it is helpful as it insures that the color is locked into the epidermis and doesn't migrate or leave the skin completely.

How long does it last?

Untouched, the service will last 12-18 months.

How has Microblading become so popular so fast? 

Trends change. Brows frame your face. The 80s style of full thick brows are back. Microblading is the fastest growing brow treatment in the world. People (yes, women and men) who have never considered permanent make up are getting it done. The option to change your look and style every 12-18 months, or change in personal appearance due to trends, helps people to not be afraid of the commitment like that of a traditional tattoo.

Is there anyone who isn't a candidate for microblading?

Everyone is a candidate, there are a few contraindications that may require a doctor's note in order to perform the treatment. A couple examples where a doctor's note would be needed are Cancer, Hemophilia, and Hepatitis.

Once of the most common questions we are asked is “ Can I get microbladed while I am pregnant?” We would not perform the service if you are pregnant or nursing. 


And now for the best part (everyone's favorite), before and after pics of happy GLAM'D clients.

Be sure to check out GLAM'D on Instagram to see even more Microblading results! And to schedule a consultation with Brittani or Gaby, call 773-564-0401.