Semi Permanent Makeup FAQ

If you have any questions about semi permanent makeup or booking me as your artist, here are some frequently asked questions that may help. If this page didn't answer your question or if you wanted to ask anything else please contact me using my online form and I'd be happy to assist. 

What is PhiBrows Microblading?

PhiBrows Microblading is a manual technique of semi-permanent makeup consisting of realistic hair like strokes. Unlike traditional cosmetic tattooing by machine, the procedure is done by using a hand tool with ultra fine needles and each 'hair' is gently etched into the skin, giving an incredibly natural and realistic look. Pigments are chosen to match the natural or desired brow colour, skin tone will also be taken into consideration. PhiBrows is ideal for those who have little to no eyebrows, thinning brows from age or over tweezed brows wanting to enhance the definition and fullness or to correct the symmetry.

How is PhiBrows Microblading different from regular Microblading?

PhiBrows Microblading differs from regular semi-permanent makeup as the training is so much more informative, detailed and specific. Most other microblading courses last just two days but with PhiBrows it can last up to 6 months as there are 12 levels each student has to pass in order to gain their certificate and become a PhiBrows Artist.

Artists are taught to master a variety of detailed brow patterns based on the different types of hair growth and as a result they look the most natural! The pigments used are of the highest quality which the manufacturer guarantees will not change colour over time. The disposable 18U blade tool is the best in the world for creating fine hyperreal strokes and can only be bought by PhiBrows artists. We also have access to an exclusive app where we take a photo of our clients face and check our pre-draw mapping symmetry.


How long does it take to heal?

The eyebrow area will be slightly red after the procedure and colour will appear very dark. This is normal for the procedure and part of the healing process. The colour will fade by up to 50% as it heals. In the following days, the eyebrows will continue to be dark and you will notice slight scabbing. Do not pick at the scabs as this may damage the skin and the outcome of the microbladed area. The eyebrows will lighten up in colour as it heals. No down time is required after microblading procedure.  It takes approximately 7-14 days for the brows to heal over, and about 1 month for the colour to fully set in. You'll notice the colour is very light right after the two weeks after healing; the skin will have an opaque milky looking quality to it. This is known as the milk skin and is common in tattooing. This is due to the the tissue still healing from the inside out even though the surface of the skin is healed. True colour will reveal itself once healed. 

How long does it take?

On the first PhiBrows Microblading session, the entire procedure should take about 3 hours. During this session, I will shape and style the client’s brows for client approval. I then follow with pigment colour selection.  Once the client is satisfied with the choices, I begin the procedure. The client is to come in for a follow up visit in order to have any minor necessary touch ups. The second Microblading session (included in the price) takes place 5-8 weeks after the initial session. This session will take approximately 2 hours to complete.

Is the touch up session necessary?

Yes! A touch up session after 5-8 weeks is necessary as everyone heals differently and outcome will vary. Certain areas may not pick up during first session and will need to be refilled.  Pigment colour may need to be adjusted, brow thickness and more strokes can be added. Individuals with oily skin often require a deeper shade during the touch up session as the oils tend to lighten the pigment. Most importantly, your touch up session is when we refine your brows to ensure it looks perfect and retains the color for the whole year!

Can I get my touch up session sooner than 4 weeks?

Touch up sessions should not be done earlier than 4 weeks after the initial PhiBrows Microblading session as pigment colour has not fully settled into the skin. Most importantly, this is to prevent scar damage as the tissue requires time to completely heal.

Is it painful?

The pain level for the procedure is considered mild and the feeling of the procedure has been described as light cat scratches to not feeling anything. After the procedure, redness and slight swelling in the area is normal and clients describe the area feeling similar to a light sunburn. Clients can take paracetamol but not aspirin or ibuprofen.

What are the pre-care instructions?

In order to achieve the best results, it is best to follow the pre and post care instructions. 

Prior to your procedure, clients are advised of the following:

  • Avoid alcohol and aspirin/ibuprofen and any vitamins that may thin your blood for 72 hours.  

  • Avoid tanning so we can assess your natural skin tone.

  • Avoid alcohol and aspirin/ibuprofen and any vitamins that may thin your blood for 72 hours.  

  • No botox or dermal fillers in the forehead or eye area for 4 weeks  prior and post treatment. 

  • No chemical peels at least two weeks prior.

  • Feel free to come in with their brow makeup on so the brow technician can see your every day look you prefer. 

What are the aftercare instructions?

In order to achieve the best results, it is best to follow the pre and post care instructions. 

After your procedure, clients are advised of the following:

  • Within 2 hours after the procedure, clean brows using a q-tip and lightly moisten with distilled or cooled downed boiling water. Gently wipe away the old healing balm and any lymphatic liquid (clear yellowish liquid) that may have built up. Lightly pat dry with tissue and using a new q-tip, re-apply healing balm to the brows.

  • Make sure to apply a light layer of healing balm morning and night to brows for at least 5-7 days.

  • Do not over apply healing balm. 

  • Do not immerse brow area in water for 14 days. When showering, make sure to avoid face area. When cleaning or washing face, make sure to avoid brows and clean around it.

  • Do not put makeup on the brow area for a minimum of 10 days. Microbladed area is an open wound, using makeup may cause infections. Avoid alcohol and aspirin/ibuprofen and any vitamins that may thin your blood for 24 hours. Brow area will feel slightly itchy as it heals and will start to lightly scab over. Do not peel or pick at the scabs as this can affect the outcome and pigmentation.

  • Do not go swimming, tanning or into saunas for at least 14 days.

  • No face scrubs or chemical peels at least 2 weeks after. 

How long does it last?

Since microblading pigments are not implanted into the skin as deep as traditional tattoos, the area will naturally fade overtime.  Microblading typically lasts 1-3 years, depending on skin type (normal, oily, dry), age (youthful/mature). Skincare routine will also affect the lasting effect of the pigment: patients who tan, uses products with AHA or Glycolic Acid with fade faster as your skin will resurface faster. Each individual's color retention within the skin will vary. To maintain the brows looking fresh, a touch up is suggested every 6 - 12 months. Clients can let the microbladed area fade over time, but please note a slight shadow may remain.