Bold, defined brows are all the rage these days, but using a brow pencil, gel, and pomade every day to fill in your eyebrows is a time-consuming hassle. Because of this challenge, women everywhere have turned to microblading to achieve perfect brows without any of the daily work.
Microblading is a semi-permanent tattoo process that creates a fuller look and more shapely brows without adding extra hair. It’s an excellent solution for anyone who over-plucked their eyebrows or anyone who wants to wake up feeling put together and ready for the day.
Going to a salon for microblading can be expensive, so many people have learned how to create their microblading kit and DIY the process at home. If you’re interested in this beauty trend and want to know how to build your DIY microblading kit for a successful at-home process, keep reading for all the details.
What Is Microblading?
Microblading is a common cosmetic procedure done on the eyebrows that utilizes a small blade to create the look of more eyebrow hair. While technically a semi-permanent tattoo, the microblading artist uses tiny needles or a blade rather than a tattoo gun.
The final product is a fuss-free, long-term, and low-maintenance look that seems natural.
When microblading, you’ll experience minor pain or discomfort that comes with the normal tattoo process. Once done, it will take a few days to heal before you can see the finished look.
How Does DIY Microblading Work?
Getting microblading done at a salon or medical aesthetician’s office is the standard route for this procedure; however, it comes at a high cost. Many people will need to save up before they can afford microblading. That’s where the DIY option comes in.
It needs to be said that DIY microblading does come with a set of risks and complications. First, you won’t have the training that a professional does. You also may not be able to access the exact microblade tools needed or have as steady a hand as the specialized artists do.
It can be difficult to microblade yourself, as it is a bit painful. However, if you take the time to research the process and are careful not to apply too much pressure, it’s possible to do it to yourself.
Remember that these small incisions along your eyebrows need to be kept clean and sanitary while healing, or else you may face an infection.
As long as you’re aware of the risks and feel confident in your abilities to do a good (and safe) job, nothing is stopping you from using your own microblading starter kit to perform the procedure yourself.
To perform microblading on yourself, you’ll need to become extremely familiar with the process before ever trying it on real skin. Spend time watching Youtube videos and reading articles from experts to start. It would also be a good idea to take a class from a local expert to learn the basics from a professional.
You could also get certified to perform the procedure and get your tattoo license. That way, you’d be able to give yourself microbladed brows and then offer the same service to your friends under proper certification and licensing.
What You Need In Your DIY Microblading Kit
If you’ve determined that you have the skills and knowledge needed to create beautifully microbladed brows, the first thing you’ll want to do is gather everything you’ll need for your microblading eyebrow kit.
Here’s what you’ll need to include in order to create the best microblading kit:
- Cotton swabs and rounds – These are important to keep everything sanitized.
- Rubbing alcohol – You’ll use this for sanitization.
- Surgical gloves – Surgical gloves are of higher quality than other thin latex or nitrile gloves.
- Microblading tool – Do your research to find the best one you can. It is not the place to skimp on quality! The future of your eyebrows is in your hands.
- Microblading pigment – Pick a color that matches your natural brows for the most flawless look. Too dark, and your brows will look severe. Too light, and you’ll be able to see that your natural brows don’t match.
- Pigment holder – Many microblading artists use this to hold pigment as they work. It’s a ring-shaped object with a small bowl on top to store pigment.
- Stencils – You don’t want to freestyle your brows, so find a few stencils and use a brow pencil to fill them in over your natural brows to see how the final product would look. Make sure the shape compliments your face and eye shape. You may need to try a few stencils before finding the right one, but that’s okay. Taking your time to find the right brow shape is more important than getting it done quickly.
- Practice skins – While it might sound weird, you can get practice skins to perfect your skills before actually getting to your own.
- Numbing cream – Numbing cream isn’t necessary, but it can help reduce pain so you can focus while you do your brows.
Once you’ve studied up enough and have all of your materials ready to go, you can try your very own microblading.
Overview of DIY Microblading
You should get the majority of your instruction from microblading experts online or in-person, but here’s an overview of the process you should expect when you’re ready.
First, stencil on your eyebrows where you’ll be microblading. Make sure it’s perfect before going forward.
Apply numbing cream to the area, careful not to smudge the stencil. Let it sit as directed until the numbing kicks in.
Sanitize your tools carefully by soaking them in rubbing alcohol. You’ll also need to sanitize the eyebrow area and your hands.
Put your gloves on before you get to work. Then, add pigment to your pigment holder and get into position in front of a mirror so you can see what you’re doing.
Now you can begin tracing the stencil with small strokes of the blade, applying just the right amount of pressure to break the skin but not too deep. Use expert recommendations on how to angle each stroke for a natural look.
DIY Microblading – A Risky Alternative to Salon Services
If you want to achieve perfectly molded brows without a salon service’s price tag, you can give DIY microblading a try on your own at home. However, it’s important to recognize the significant risks associated with tattooing yourself and understand that your skills will differ from a professional’s.
If you feel confident in your own abilities and want to give it a go, follow the guidelines and instructions above to create your own microblading eyebrows kit and perform your microblading at home.