My Microblading Experience

I recently had my eyebrows “microbladed” and although I posted a YouTube video (here) on the process and what not, I know that some of you would prefer to see before and after photos in blog post form. So here you go!

This post isn’t sponsored, however the services I received were complimentary.

I went in to my first session in January and had my eyebrows “micro-feathered” rather than “micro-bladed”. The micro-feathering technique gives off a more natural fluffy look, rather than the thicker blade used for microblading. It also doesn’t last as long as microblading because the strokes are much finer to resemble natural hairs. I had my touch up appointment in the beginning of March, about four weeks after my first session. During my touch up we decided to do the microfeathering and add on microshading to get a more “filled in” look.

What is microfeathering?

Microfeathering is a form of microblading, a technique that uses a very fine blade to deposit pigment into the skin. Essentially it is a type of semi-permanent tattoo that aims to resemble a natural eyebrow. Microfeathering is ideal for someone look to add a bit more “fluff” to their already full brows.

What is microshading?

Microshading is a technique that is done by an electric hand tool and creates a powdered look, which resembles eyebrow powder. This is ideal for someone who is looking to create a brow that is “done”.

Does it hurt?

In my opinion, these services do not hurt. They do tend to sting sometimes, however it is completely bearable. During the session my technician applied one layer of numbing cream before the procedure, and one more layer of it halfway through the procedure. Pain levels depend on your tolerance for pain and whether or not your appointment is around your “womanly time of the month”. If your appointment is during or after (sometimes right before) your period, then you are more likely to feel a bit of pain. The feeling is like getting your eyebrows threaded!

How long do they take to heal?

Ideally you want the scabs to stay on for 2-3 weeks, but this is only possible with good care. After my first session, the scabs stayed on for about 10-12 days, however I know I could have cared for them a bit more. I did get them wet a couple times and accidentally pulled off a front scab with my wash cloth. The earlier the scab comes off, the less pigment there will be underneath. Below are a couple tips on how you can take care of your brows.

How To Care For Them

Caring for your eyebrows depends on your skin type. In my case I have combo/oily skin so I’ve been doing dry healing. Dry healing means that you leave the brows alone during the entire healing process. I refrain from applying any skincare, makeup and even water until the scabs come off. People with dry skin are advised to apply coconut oil once in a while or an ointment given by the technician to ensure that dry flakes don’t cause scabs to come off prematurely.

It’s good practice to remove makeup with a cotton pad or makeup wipe so that you can avoid the eyebrows. If there’s makeup around my eyebrows (foundation, concealer, eyeshadow) I use a q-tip and micellar water to clean the area. I also like to use a warm face cloth to cleanse my skin after removing makeup, rather than lathering and applying a cleanser.

After my touch up session I was more careful of my eyebrows and refrained from applying makeup near them. This included foundation and eyeshadow.

How much does it cost?

Depending on your technician, these services can really range depending on experience and skill level. The service I got done (microfeathering) is $300CAD and includes the first touchup. The added on microshading during my second appointment would probably add on $50-100 as well. If you’re in the Lower Mainland and are interested in getting your brows done, you can use my code “HALEY110” to get $10 off your service.


I’m so happy with my results and so relieved that I don’t need to use makeup anymore! This in addition to eyelash extensions makes getting ready a BREEZE. Below are the before and afters of both of my appointments.

TOP (natural brows before 1st session); BOTTOM (after 1st session of microfeathering)
LEFT (4 weeks after 1st session); RIGHT (after touch up appointment for microfeathering and microshading
LEFT (before touch-up appointment); RIGHT (right after touch up)
LEFT (before touch up appointment); RIGHT (after touch up appointment)
Both eyebrows 8 days after the touch up session. At about day 6 they began to get flaky so I started applying some coconut oil. Here they are in the horrible patchy stage.

If you have any questions about my microblading experience please comment your question below or DM me on Instagram (@haleyestradaa).