Because the microblading process is relatively simple and not very painful, it is easy to forget that your skin has endured quite a bit of stress, and as such, will need plenty of time to go through its natural healing process. Perhaps the most important part of helping your skin to properly and completely heal after your microblading procedure is keeping the area around your eyebrows clean and dry, even from makeup.

Like soaps and lotions, makeup is another product that is not ideal during the microblading healing process. You can still wear makeup on other areas of your face, but none should be worn on the eyebrows in order to promote optimal recovery.

Makeup, including products from natural or vegan makeup lines, is easily absorbed by the skin, and can clog pores and cause the skin to produce excess oil. Additionally, touching this now sensitive area with either your fingertips or makeup application tools can further increase the risk of infecting or irritating the area. Because your skin needs to be as clean as possible during the microblading healing process, you should completely avoid wearing any makeup, moisturizers, or makeup primers around the area treated by microblading. You can apply as much makeup and other routine skin products as you’d like to the rest of your skin, but should be very cautious not to let any makeup or makeup removing products touch the skin around your newly microbladed brows.

Ideally, you should avoid wearing makeup and follow the other aftercare instructions provided to you by your microblading technician for at least 14 days after your procedure.

Though not wearing makeup on just a portion of your face might seem annoying or inconvenient, especially if you must go to work or a big event after your microblading procedure, technicians have carefully developed this widely accepted aftercare practice to not only preserve and prolong the results of your microbladed brows, but to also protect your skin from infection and allow it to naturally heal itself. Slight scabbing and flaking of the skin is normal under and around the tattooed area, as your skin regenerates following the procedure.

Even when you follow your technician’s aftercare instructions very closely, signs of infection, like abnormal redness, swelling, or bumps, may appear and should be treated very seriously. If you notice any signs of infection, call your doctor and alert your microblading technician right away.

Remember: microblading is permanent, and you should only have the procedure done at a location you trust and feel comfortable with. Furthermore, care needs to be taken in order to ensure the pigment stays as vibrant and stunning as possible. If you’re ready to take the next step toward perfect brows, visit