Have you considered Microblading for your eyebrows? It is a great form of semi-permanent makeup that has many benefits. But you might be wondering, how long does Microblading last? And is it worth the cost?
On average, Microbladed eyebrows will last 1-2 years. There are many factors that determine the duration of semi-permanent eyebrows. Here is a short list of the most important factors. We will go into detail on each topic so you can figure out how long Microblading might last for you.
- Pigment Placement in the Skin
- Your Skin Type
- Type of Pigment Used
- Aftercare: Short-Term and Long-Term
- Touchups or Color Refreshing
Pigment Placement in the Skin
This is at the top of our list because it is the most important factor that determines how long Microblading lasts.
The important part to note is the Epidermis. The cellular turnover time of the Epidermal layer of skin is about 30 days for most people. This means that the Epidermis is constantly changing and dead skin cells slough off while new layers take their place.
When pigment is placed into this layer of the skin, naturally, it will fade away over time. In another blog post we wrote, we gave a simple analogy to understand this scenario.
Think of a bruise on your fingernail. Over time, the nail will grow out and the bruise will move up with it. Eventually it will be gone. This is how pigment works with Microblading in the Epidermis. As the layers of upper skin turn over, the pigment will go out with it.
Your Skin Type
Your skin also plays a great role in keeping Microbladed eyebrows. Is your skin naturally dry, oily, or normal? How old are you and what is the condition of your skin? Your skin is the largest organ in your body.
In tattooing, the skin is the canvas for the art. If your skin is very dry, you are shedding skin cells faster and the results may not be as long lasting as someone with oily skin. The maturity of the skin plays a large role in how a client heals and what the results will be.
Again, think of your skin as the canvas, someone that is in their 20's has tighter, smoother skin compared to someone in their 50's who may have sun damage, less collagen production and wrinkles. The same artist using the same strokes and pigments, will end up with different results simply because of the canvas.
If you are one that has the more mature skin, we recommend traditional cosmetic tattooing with a device that implants the color into the deeper layers of the skin called the Dermis. That is where the healing takes place so the results come out better for that type of skin.
Type of Pigment Used
You know that Microblading is implanting pigment into the Epidermal layers of your skin. But did you know there are many different kinds of pigments?
This is something a lot of people don't realize, but there are vastly different formulations of pigments available for Microblading and Permanent Makeup.
Here is a short list of some popular types:
- Iron Oxide Base
- Water Base
- Plant Base
Although the colors may looks very similar, the formulations have a great impact on how long the pigment will last in the skin.
We at Minx Mogul use and sell our own brand of Iron Oxide base pigments. Our Master Artist, Kathryn, has been using and making these pigments for over 30 years and has always had great results.
Iron oxide is essentially the original tattooing pigment base. It was used for hundreds of years through traditional body ink long before modern day Permanent Makeup existed. So it made sense. If iron oxide pigments work well on the body, why not the face?
Check out our animated video to learn more about our pigments.
When it comes to Microblading, there is a bit of complicated color theory involved in the form of "Modifiers." Modifier colors will play a part in the duration of your Microbladed brows.
Because Microblading work is done in the Epidermis, pigment placed there will naturally be cool. The reason is that the Epidermis consists of dead skin cells which are a bluish white color when you look at them under a microscope.
So to counteract the naturally cool healing brows, you will most often need a Modifier. We have a resource page dedicated to explaining modifiers which will provide more information on the topic.
But know that if a Modifier is used in the final color mix for your brows, that color will stay true for a longer period of time. If a modifier isn't used, your brows will turn gray or blue and will end up fading faster as a result.
Aftercare is as it sounds; caring for your brows after the procedure. This part is on you, the client. There are two types of aftercare involved in the Microblading process.
There is the short-term aftercare which occurs right after the procedure and for a few weeks following. Then there is long-term aftercare where you don't have to do much, but you need to know what to avoid and protect your eyebrows from to keep them in the best shape possible.
There are 2 basic schools of thought for Microblading aftercare. One is a dry heal protocol and the other is to use an ointment and lotion for healing. Your artist will give you instructions on how they best recommend your aftercare, but remember that your results will greatly depend on you following these instructions at home completely.
It is important that you listen to the recommended aftercare by your artist because that protocol will be determined in part by the products they are using.
The aftercare regimen that works for our clients may not work for you because we might be using different products.
When we say long-term aftercare, we aren't necessarily talking about products to use on your brows. Instead, we are talking about external factors that can affect the duration of your Microbladed eyebrows.
If you get a lot of sun exposure, know that your brows will probably fade sooner than someone who doesn't get a lot of sun exposure. For example, if you spend a lot of time at the beach or if you work at a job that has your outside during the day, then your brows might not last as long.
Another instance we see often is every day driving. If it's hot outside and your windows are up with the A/C on, if you aren't wearing sunglasses, the sun beams will probably feel hot on your skin.
A reasonable amount of sun exposure is good for your health, but be aware that too much can reduce the lifespan of your Microbladed brows.
Touchups or Color Refreshing
The standard time for Microbladed brows to heal is 4-6 weeks. In this time period, your brows will change drastically from light to dark and back again. But after 4-6 weeks, the skin will heal and the color will settle.
That healed result will last for a while, but again, because pigment is placed in the Epidermis, it will eventually fade.
To prevent this from happening, most artists include a Touchup or Color Refreshing session in their service. This touchup procedure is usually done 6 months after your initial procedure.
The Touchup procedure is quicker than the first appointment because the artist will be adding more color to the existing strokes. This will keep the color fresh and looking natural.
If you don't have a Touchup procedure, then the brow color will start to fade. Depending on all the aforementioned factors, the Microblading brow color will fade after 1-2 years if not maintained.
There are 5 major factors that determine how long your Microbladed eyebrows will last. The duration is different for everyone, but on average, eyebrow Microblading can last from 1-2 years.
Remember to understand the function of skin, the nature of your skin, the products used, proper aftercare and maintenance, and touchups every 6 months.