Microblading / Eyelash Extensions?

posted 1 year ago in Beauty
Post # 2
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Busy bee

I had microblading done over a year ago. Best decision I ever made. There’s an absolutely amazing artist in my town. Be VERY picky about who does it. Look at tons of their before and after photos. They should also offer a free consult. I’ve seen tons of before and after pics that look horrible so be very very choosy in who does it. Don’t cheap out either, good artists are worth their prices. 

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

ema1987 :  I haven’t presonally done either, but both my sisters got microblading done.  I agree that you def need to do your research and be picky on who the makeup artist is.  Both of my sister’s eyebrows turned out great and I know they really love them.

Post # 4
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670 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

I know a couple people who have done microblading and love the results, but they said it was uncomfortable/painful to have done. I also know several people who get eyelash extensions, and it’s great for them because their natural eyelashes are very short. I think they take some getting used to, but as a person with naturally long eyelashes, it’s enough of an effort for me to deal with false eyelashes that I can take off eventually. With eyelash extensions, they last a few weeks but I’ve been told you can’t get them wet (don’t know if this is actually true or not), so if you tend to be emotional then you obviously might want to speak with a technician before you pay hundreds of dollars to have it done. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I got eyelash extensions and loved them. I’d recommend getting a trial run a few months before your wedding to make sure you don’t hate them. 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

I’ve had both done and TBH, I’m not a fan of microblading.

They do look good in the beginning but after 3-4 months, those crisp hair strokes start to disappear and you’re pretty much left with a solid fill eyebrow tattoo.  It just looks tinted.  And it didn’t last very long on me as they’ve faded quite substantially after a year.  I won’t be doing them again.

I have an appointment next month to get soft powder eyebrows done and because it’s a different technique, should last longer.

As for eyelash extensions, I could go on forever.  But let me just say you CAN get them wet.  You’re supposed to wash them every day…otherwise you’ll get a buildup of dirt, oil, makeup etc…which can lead to premature fallout and possibly damage your natural eyelashes.  When taken care of properly, they can last longer.  I go in for my refills every 6 weeks and still have 40% of my lashes left.

I wore falsies for my wedding and wish I had gotten extensions instead.  They are lightweight and don’t irritate my eyes at all.  The falsies looked beautiful but were so uncomfortable and weighted down my eyes and it felt like I was half asleep.  I couldn’t wait to rip them off at the end of the night.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

My natural eyebrows are horrible – really thin and practically non-existent.  And I’m not good at filling them in or drawing them on.  I always wanted gorgeous full eyebrows with a beautiful arch.  I got that with microblading. I love them!  I couldn’t believe the difference they made to my face.  They are starting to fade now (it’s been almost two years) and I will get them done again.  All I can suggest is that you find someone that is really, really good at doing them and has done a lot of microblading and has a good reputation.  As for eyelash extensions, I’ve never had them done but I do enjoy getting eyebrow lifts from time to time. They last about 2-3 months and it’s lower maintenance.  For my wedding, I had false lashes added just for the one day and I really liked them.  But a lot of people I know get eyelash extensions and love them.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Microblading is painful,  but totally worth it. I have fine,  blonde eyebrows and I still fill them in,  but microblading gives me a shape to to fill them in.  I also like them unfilled when I’m  in the mood for a more natural look. 

Lash extensions are also worth it. I love not having to worry about mascara and yes, my lashes are fine and blonde too, so lash extensions make for quite a change. 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Kaneohe, Hawaii

I’ve gotten both done.. I generally “tattoo well” apparently in a sense that all of my tattoos are still very pigmented. I got my microblading done in October 2016 and it’s still good. It depends on a lot of factors if it’ll turn out well. The lady who did move mixed two colors together and they turned out to be a good match for my skin as they generally fade!

For lash extensions, I’ve gotten then done but it’s a lot of upkeep. I just use a lash serum to grow my natural lashes which are dark and long anyways. The serum is eyenvy and the best I’ve used. Instead of lash extensions, I get a lash lift instead. Which lasts 8 weeks and better than extensions in my opinion. 

2nd pic is how they look like now 1 1/2 yrs later. I still have the shading which I’m a fan of as they look super natural. Also lashes are my natural lashes after lash lift!

Post # 10
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Busy bee

I can’t edit my comment now but wanted to add a couple things. I was completely numb at the initial appt and the touch up appt. so I didn’t feel a thing. You can hear it and it’s pretty weird but no pain. Idk if everyone does two appts but where I went you have your initial, which is the full microblade and then 6-8 weeks later a touch up, that completely depends on how your skin took the ink how much she does over again. So I’ve had it done since October of 2016 and you can still see the individual hair lines. So fading very much depends on how your skin takes ink, how you take care of it, and your artist. Biggest thing I think is the one you can’t control and that’s your individual skin, as a PP mentioned hers faded quickly. 

as for the eyelash extensions I haven’t done them, but there’s a lot of people certified in it in my town now. Biggest issue I’ve seen is the upkeep/price for upkeep. Because as your lashes shed, of course the extensions shed with them so you have to keep getting fills. I’ve seen some pretty icky scraggly lashes where people had gotten them done but weren’t gong to do the upkeep so they start to look pretty bizarre when half your eyelashes are randomly long. I’ve been doing lash lifts as my lashes are so stick straight. But there’s cost and upkeep for that too so I just do it for special occasions. 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

summertime8 :  Interesting.  I always assumed fading was due to the technique.

My skin generally takes ink well.  I have 8 tattoos and have been getting solid fill eyebrow tattoos for the past 15 years and it usually starts fading after 3 years or so.  I think it’s due in part to the pigment being deposited deeper into the skin with needles as opposed to microblading, where it goes on top.

I also had 2 sessions and my hair strokes were done by hand.  Perhaps the digital method would’ve lasted longer…

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I have a friend who had microblading after losing her hair to cancer treatment – they look amazing and you’d never know they were not her real brows.

My husband looked into it too after losing all his hair to alopecia. He decided against it as (in his words) it made him look like an Egyptian Pharaoh. That is a different situation though as he had no other hair on his head.

ETA – my Mother-In-Law had her eyebrows tattood many years ago (also due to hair loss from alopecia) she actually reacted badly to the dye and has ended up with blue eyebrows which she pencils over every day.

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