Eyebrow Microblading in Chicago

Microblading, also known as microstroking or semi-permanent makeup, is a tattooing technique that uses semi-permanent ink to enhance the look of your brows. Microblading can be used to reshape your brows, add volume, and darken their appearance.

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What is Microblading?

Microblading is a semi-permanent cosmetic makeup technique used to help achieve your perfect brow look. It can be used to fill in, darken, or reshape your brow area by drawing tiny strokes that look like individual eyebrow hairs.

During microblading, a trained aesthetician uses a tiny handheld device to create small, hair-like marks on your skin. These small strokes can reshape, enhance, and add volume to your natural brows.

Microblading is different from a regular tattoo because, instead of a needle, a small blade is used to manually draw hair-like strokes onto the skin. It is semi-permanent because the ink is not pushed as deeply into the skin as a traditional tattoo. The results look completely natural and those around you won’t be able to tell the difference.


What to Expect From the Microblading Procedure?

Before we start microblading, we apply a numbing cream to your brows for 30 minutes. This is to ensure that the microblading process will be painless.

While we wait for the anesthetic to set in, we’ll interview you about your goals for the procedure. We will likely ask you questions like—do you fill in your brows every day or only on occasion? Do you prefer a bolder look or something more subtle? These questions will help us design brows that perfectly fit your goals and lifestyle.

Once we have discussed your goals for your brows, we will sketch your ideal brows directly onto your skin. This will ensure that we have the perfect color and shape to match your expectations. Throughout this entire process, you will have a mirror in hand and will be able to give us feedback on what you do and don’t like.

Once your brows are totally numb and we have a solid sketch, we’ll begin microblading. The microblading process typically takes about an hour. One great thing about the microblading process is that it allows us to build up coverage gradually. This allows us to check in with you several times throughout the process to ensure everything is looking the way you want it to.


How Long Does Microblading Last?

On average, microbladed eyebrows will last 18 to 24 months. We generally recommend having a touch-up every 9 to 12 months as the color can fade over time. If you have had previous brow tattoo or microblading done on your eyebrows, please bring in a photo of your brows without any makeup so we can assess their original color and shape.



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How Long Does The Appointment Take?

About an hour and a half total, which includes numbing time, so let us know if you’re running late.

Depending on your skin type and lifestyle the longevity may vary. The average is 12-18 months.

Microblading is a two-part process. You come in for your initial appointment, then a follow up about 6-8 weeks after. From there, it lasts about 12-18 months and most clients find that they want a touch up around the 9 month mark. If you’re oily, in the sun a lot or super active you may need it closer to 6 months. If you’re dry, older or stay out of the sun you may be able to go longer and get your touch up closer to 12 months.

No! At least not usually :) Numbing cream is applied liberally and sits for about 30 minutes. Most people don’t experience much pain.

For starters, you can’t sweat or submerge the brows in water for a few days. We recommend coming with your workout out of the way and hair washed. You will be sent home with an ointment you’ll apply for a few nights after. The brows will go through a few different stages as they heal, but it is mostly noticeable to you, not the outside world. You will receive an email after your appointment that includes before and after pictures, as well as aftercare instructions tailored to your skin type.

During the appointment, the process is very interactive. You have the mirror in your lap the whole time and we ask multiple questions before starting so we can give you the best brow for your personal style. Also, it is done in phases, or passes as we like to call them, so it slowly builds on itself and you can see after each pass. Nothing happens without your approval and no one has ever jumped up and left the room half finished, so no need to worry about “not liking it” since we do it together!

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