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My Microblading Experience

My Microblading Experience

Today I’m sharing my experience and review on getting microblading done here in Toronto!

Microblading is something I’ve been wanting to get done for a little while, and I finally got my eyebrows microbladed almost 2 weeks ago.

I’ll be reviewing what it was like getting my eyebrows microbladed and what I think of the final aftermath of my brows.

Microblading is different for everyone as everyone’s skin is different, and this is just how my microblading experience was like.

It likely won’t be the same experience for you, but hopefully this will give you some insight on what it’s like to get your eyebrows microbladed here in Toronto!

Without further ado, here’s my review all about my microblading experience in Toronto!

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Review of my microblading experience in Toronto


Brookfield Place in Toronto Financial District

What to know about microblading

What is microblading?

For those of you who don’t know exactly what microblading is, it’s a semi-permanent cosmetic procedure where hair-like strokes are drawn on to mimic real hairs.

It’s essentially eyebrow tattooing, except it’s semi-permanent and a lot less painful than an actual tattoo.

At least if the numbing cream works on your skin, because it doesn’t for everyone – in which case it will be painful.

While microblading is most commonly used for the brows, it can also be done along the hairline above your forehead.

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If done well, microblading looks really natural!

However, if you want a softer, more powdery look, microshading might be something you’re looking for instead.

What’s the difference between microblading vs. microshading?

For microshading, instead of drawing on little hairs, they draw on little dots to create a gradient on your brows.

It creates more of a makeup effect, if that’s what you’re looking for.

You can also do a combination between microblading and microshading!

Microblading can last anywhere from two to three years if you do regular touchups and take care of it.

Microshading can typically last longer, at around four years.

Since microblading does fade quicker than microshading, touchups need to be done sooner and more often if you choose to get your brows microbladed.

How does the microblading process work?

Microblading is done using a little handheld tool with multiple blades.

My brow artist described it as giving mini paper cuts.

She drew on shapes of what my brows would look like, and started the actual microblading process once I was happy with it, after applying numbing cream.

At first it stung like crazy, but halfway through she put more numbing cream on, and I didn’t feel a thing afterwards.

Although I couldn’t feel the pain, I could still hear the scraping, which sounded a little gross tbh.

My whole microblading appointment took under 2 hours, but the microblading process itself was actually only around a half hour.

Most of the appointment was the artist giving me the rundown of what she’d be doing, putting numbing cream on my brows, and giving me papers to sign and read over.

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Do you need to touch up for microblading?

After your microbladed eyebrows heal, they will fade a little bit.

The touchup appointment is for fixing up any areas that might need to be touched up and to get them looking exactly how you want them.

Don’t stall on booking your touchup appointment!

Your microblading artist might get booked up by the time you’re due for a session, and you’ll have to pay extra fees for your touchup.

Most artists include free touchups in their pricing, but if you don’t do it soon enough, your brows will fade more and they’ll charge you for the touchup!

This happened to me, so I didn’t end up getting any touchups at all.

My microblading experience and review in Toronto, Canada!

How do you find a good microblading artist in Toronto?

Be sure to do your research when searching for microblading artists.

Microblading is a semi-permanent procedure on your face that you really don’t want to mess around with.

While microblading isn’t permanent, it’s still something you’re going to have on your face for at least a year or more.

It’s not something you want to cheap out on or get done just anywhere!

Go on Instagram and look at as many before and after photos before picking the artist you want to book with!

Many microblading artists feature their work on their Instagram profiles, and not all of them do the same work.

You’ll probably like the work of one artist over another’s, so it’s better to find one with a style you like.

I did a ton of research before I finally picked where I wanted to get my brows done here in Toronto.

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Microblading artists in Toronto

The price of microblading varies in Toronto depending on the experience level of the artist and whether they have an office or home studio.

You can get your eyebrows microbladed for around $300 with a less experienced artist and pay around $700 for a more popular and experienced artist.

Personally, I get almost all of my recommendations (beauty, restaurants, travel, etc.) on Instagram, and that’s exactly where I searched for a Toronto brow technician.

I looked under hashtags like #torontomicroblading, and I ended up booking an appointment with a local Toronto microblading artist.

I actually followed her for a few months before I was brave enough to book an appointment!

There are tons of eyebrow microblading artists in Toronto, and here are a few I think are excellent, based on what I’ve seen on Instagram:

  • Hayley from Mini Brow (my sister got her brows microbladed from her)
  • Phybe from Beauty by Phybe (she’s actually Mississauga/Oakville based)

How microbladed eyebrows look right after they've healed
This was how my brows looked immediately after they healed from the microblading!

My microblading experience: the healing process

How long does it take for microbladed brows to heal?

During the microblading healing process, your new brows scab and peel off, just like a brand new tattoo.

The microblading healing process can take anywhere from 4 days to 3 weeks, but the average is 7 to 10 days.

My microbladed eyebrows took 10 days to heal, and I had to wear a hat everyday because the scabbing looked so gruesome!

I would recommend getting your brows done during a time when you’re not busy.

Your eyebrows will become scabby, patchy, terrifying-looking caterpillars, so don’t plan on getting them the week before a fancy gala or anything.

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You’ll probably be living in baseball caps if you go anywhere, because they ain’t pretty when they’re healing.

They’ll also be super itchy, so you won’t want to go out anywhere anyways.

Luckily my office is casual, because I went to work every single day wearing a baseball cap.

How microbladed eyebrows look on day 1
How my brows looked the day after getting them microbladed – this is a screen grab from FaceTiming Adam lol.
How microbladed eyebrows look on day 8
How my microbladed brows looked on day 8!

What do the day by day healing stages of microblading look like?

Below are all the microblading healing stages day by day, from the day after I got my brows done to the day before all the scabs fell off.

My microbladed eyebrows got super dark until day 2 (my family said I looked like a character from Angry Birds), and started peeling on day 5.

Most of the scabs had peeled by day 9.

By day 10, the scabs were completely gone.

I didn’t go to the gym until they were all healed because I was afraid they wouldn’t heal properly.

I was also super careful not to get my brows wet whenever I washed my face.

Microblading day by day healing process

Is microblading your eyebrows worth the cost?

I’m very happy with the final results of my microblading experience.

I feel so much more confident and put together even when I’m not wearing any makeup!

It makes it a lot quicker to get ready in the morning.

And, it’s great for getting ready quicker while traveling!

I would say that microblading is definitely worth it, but find somewhere that’s both good and costs a decent price.

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My Toronto microblading artist definitely overcharged (I paid $700 plus tax lol), and you can find just as talented artists who charge a lot lower prices.

Just be sure to do your research!


Entertainment District, Toronto
How my brows look 1 year after microblading, without using any products.

One year microblading update

Hi, it’s me a year and a half later popping in.

My microbladed eyebrows have started to fade, but they still look decent.

I reckon they’ll need to be redone in another few months.

In the meantime, I still don’t feel the need to wear any products on my brows.

I never got my first touchup done, and my brows probably would’ve lasted even longer if I had.


So that was my review of my microblading experience in Toronto!

Microblading can be a pricy procedure, but it’s well worth it if you spend a lot of time doing your eyebrows every single day.

If you guys have any questions about my microblading review and experience in Toronto, feel free to ask them in the comments below!

Have you guys gotten your eyebrows microbladed before? Would you be willing to try it? Let me know on Twitter or Instagram!

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Jessica Lam | Toronto lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and travel blogger | Diary of a Toronto Girl, a Canadian lifestyle blog

All about my microblading experience, including photos of the healing process, things to note about aftercare, and how they held up over time!

Marcia

Tuesday 19th of October 2021

Hi Jessica, I have recently gone through chemo after being diagnosed with breast cancer so I am left with zero eye brows. I want to get micro blading done but terrified to pick the wrong place and or over pay. I live in Toronto... any direct recommendations?

Melissa Chee

Thursday 16th of November 2017

I love that you shared photos of all different days in the process! THey look great.

Deborah

Wednesday 15th of November 2017

Wow, I've never thought of getting my brows microbladed but your experience was eye opening. The healing process sounds brutal but they look so amazing now and you feel confident. I think that in and of itself is worth the hefty price tag!

Jessica Lam

Wednesday 15th of November 2017

It definitely is worth trying at least once! I'll have to see in one year if I'm willing to go back to drawing my brows myself again haha!

Christina Ropp

Tuesday 14th of November 2017

Your brows look amazing! I tried microblading for the first time in July and I am so happy I went through with it! I don't think I can ever go back to not microblading again!

Jessica Lam

Wednesday 15th of November 2017

Thanks Christina! It really is life changing, but I wish it wasn't so expensive!

Jennifer | MrsQBeauty

Tuesday 14th of November 2017

Your brows look great! I would love to get them done, but I am scared of the pain.

Jennifer | Mrs Q Beauty

Jessica Lam

Tuesday 14th of November 2017

Thanks Jennifer! My friend did it and the numbing cream didn't work on her so she felt all the pain, but if numbing creams work on you, you should be fine!