Microblading 101: Does It Hurt? How Much Does It Cost? Everything You Need to Know Before Your First Appointment

Are you tired of constantly having to fill in your eyebrows every morning or your makeup vanishing mid-day? Say goodbye to the hassle and hello to the exciting world of microblading! This semi-permanent makeup technique involves simulating the natural shape of your eyebrows with precision strokes that mimic the direction of their growth. But that’s not all – with the right choice of colour that matches your natural hair, the end result is a hyper-realistic and incredibly natural appearance that will leave you feeling confident and beautiful. No more worrying about smudging or smearing your eyebrow makeup – microblading is the perfect solution for long-lasting, flawless brows. Here is Microblading 101: Everything you need to know before your first appointment!

Does Microblading Hurt?

If you’re considering microblading, you might be wondering about the level of pain involved. It’s a common concern for those who are new to the world of semi-permanent makeup. In this blog, we’ll take a closer look at the question “does microblading hurt?” and provide some tips to help you prepare for your appointment.

Let’s talk about the microblading process. Microblading involves the use of a handheld tool that implants pigment into the skin using small, precise strokes. The tool used is typically very fine, so the sensation of pain is often described as a scratching or scraping sensation, rather than a sharp pain. Most people find the sensation to be uncomfortable rather than painful, and many are surprised at how tolerable the procedure is! However, pain tolerance varies from person to person, so it’s difficult to say definitively whether microblading will hurt or not. Some people find the process to be completely painless, while others find it uncomfortable. The good news is that there are steps you can take to minimize any discomfort you may experience.

During the procedure, your technician will use a numbing cream to help minimize any pain or discomfort. This cream is applied to the area being treated and left to take effect for around 20-30 minutes before the procedure begins. Many people find that this cream makes the procedure virtually pain-free! While microblading may be uncomfortable for some, it’s important to remember that the level of pain varies from person to person. With the right preparation and aftercare, you can minimize any discomfort you may experience and enjoy the many benefits of this popular cosmetic procedure. So, if you’re considering microblading, don’t let fear of pain hold you back – the results are worth it!

How to Prepare for your Appointment

As we said before, there are steps you can take to minimize any discomfort you may experience! Preparing for your appointment can be nerve-wracking, especially if it’s your first time. We’ll cover everything you need to know and how to prepare so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy your new and improved brows!

  1. Research your technician: Before scheduling, do your research on the technician who will be performing the procedure. Look at their portfolio to see if their style matches the look you’re going for. Read reviews from previous clients to get an idea of their experience and satisfaction level.
  2. Avoid blood-thinning medications: To avoid excessive bleeding, it’s crucial to avoid blood-thinning medications like aspirin and ibuprofen at least 24 hours before your appointment. If you are taking any prescription blood-thinning medication, consult your doctor before discontinuing use.
  3. Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water for a successful and comfortable experience. Hydrated skin is more resilient and better able to absorb ink. Additionally, it can help reduce any swelling and discomfort during and after the procedure.
  4. Avoid caffeine and alcohol: Avoid caffeine and alcohol at least 24 hours before your appointment, as they can cause dehydration and increase sensitivity, making the procedure more uncomfortable.
  5. Skip the makeup: On the day, skip any makeup on your eyebrows. Your technician needs to see your natural brow shape and colour to create a customized look that best suits you. Additionally, wearing makeup can increase the risk of infection during the healing process.
  6. Don’t forget to breathe: It’s normal to feel anxious or uncomfortable. Deep breathing exercises can help you relax and make the experience more comfortable. Your technician will also apply a numbing cream to minimize any discomfort.

The Healing Process

Congratulations, you’ve just had your microblading done! Now, it’s important to take care of your eyebrows to ensure that they heal properly and look their best. Here are some tips on how to properly care for your eyebrows after your microblading appointment:

  1. Keep your eyebrows dry: Avoid getting your eyebrows wet for the first 10 days after the procedure. This means avoiding swimming, saunas, steam rooms, and sweating heavily during exercise. Water can cause the pigment to fade, so it’s important to keep your eyebrows dry.
  2. Apply aftercare ointment: Your artist will provide you with an aftercare ointment to use for the first week after the procedure. Apply a thin layer of the ointment with a clean cotton swab to your eyebrows twice a day to prevent dryness and help the healing process.
  3. Avoid touching or scratching your eyebrows: Touching or scratching your eyebrows can cause the pigment to come off and affect the healing process. Resist the urge to touch or scratch your eyebrows, even if they feel itchy or uncomfortable!
  4. Avoid wearing makeup on your eyebrows: For the first 10 days after the procedure, avoid wearing makeup on or around your eyebrows. This includes eyebrow pencils, powders, gels, foundation, or concealer. Wearing makeup can cause irritation and affect the healing process.
  5. Avoid direct sunlight and tanning: Sun exposure and tanning can cause the pigment to fade and affect the healing process. It’s important to avoid direct sunlight and tanning for the first 10 days after the procedure and to wear a hat or use sunscreen if you need to be outside.

How Much Does Microblading Cost?

Now that you know how to properly care for your eyebrows after your microblading appointment, let’s talk about the cost. The cost of microblading in Toronto can vary depending on several factors, including the experience of the artist, the location of the studio, and the complexity of the procedure. However, on average, you can expect to pay anywhere from $300 to $700 for a single microblading session.

While a lower price may seem attractive, it’s crucial to prioritize the quality and expertise of the artist you choose. You don’t want to compromise work done on your face – it’s worth investing in an experienced and skilled artist. When looking for a microblading artist, it’s important to do your research and ask for referrals from friends or family who have had successful experiences. Look for an artist who is certified and has a portfolio. This will give you an idea of their style and skill level. Keep in mind that some studios may charge an additional fee for touch-ups or require a non-refundable deposit to secure your appointment!

Some studios may offer a package deal that includes multiple sessions or touch-ups, while others may charge separately for each session. At Hon Tattoo Studio, we have two pricing methods: by piece or hourly. Our minimum charge starts at $80. Please consult the studio for each artist’s rate!

Overall, the cost of microblading in Toronto may seem steep, but it’s important to prioritize the quality and expertise of the artist you choose. By doing your research and comparing prices, you can find an artist that fits your budget and delivers the quality of work you desire.

So why wait? Book your appointment with our talented microblading artist Ana Fernández today and experience the excitement and confidence that comes with perfect brows!

Ana Fernández – Artist Spotlight

At Hon Tattoo, we are proud to have Ana Fernández as our leading microblading artist! Residing at our Vaughan location, she is an excellent addition to the team and her extensive experience in both Spain and Toronto is unmatched! Ana is known for her exceptional microblading services, striving for natural results, she is sure to highlight your everyday beauty!

As a certified semi-permanent makeup artist, Ana has honed her skills and techniques through training with Phiacademy, the best beauty academy in the world! Her dedication to her craft is evident in the quality and precision of her Phi techniques, which have earned international recognition and make her one of the best of the best!

Ana’s commitment to providing the highest level of service is evident in her attention to detail and her ability to create natural-looking results. Whether you’re looking for perfectly shaped brows or a subtle enhancement, Ana has the skills and expertise to help you achieve your desired look.

Not only does Ana dominate the microblading field, but she is also a talented tattoo artist bringing to life precise and stunning script and symbol tattoos, take a look today!

Check out some of Ana’s semi-permanent makeup and techniques below & what she can offer you today!


Microblading is a semi-permanent makeup technique that consists of simulating the shape of the eyebrow, the strokes are always drawn in the direction of its natural growth. In the process, a colour similar to the colour of the natural hair of the eyebrows is chosen, achieving a hyper-realistic effect and a natural appearance. Although not recommended for oily skin, this procedure lasts approximately one year with proper care. Take a look at Ana’s work today!

Powder Brows

The powder brow technique creates a soft, powder-filled brow similar to the look of makeup. Ana works to make sure the gradient of darkness to light is perfect and is how this popular technique got its name. Density can be adjusted to your preference, and a colour similar to the natural hair of your eyebrow is chosen to obtain natural results. Ombré brows are suitable for all skin types and this technique lasts almost two years!


Ana also specializes in eyeliner micro-pigmentation, a type of permanent makeup procedure that places pigment along the upper and lower lashes to define the eyes and give the illusion of thicker, darker, fuller lashes. Your eyeliner design is personalized and within eye micro-pigmentation, we can find different techniques. Working on the lash line, a simple and delicate line is placed along your lashes to create a very natural makeup effect! This does not include a winged tail and is thinner than designer eyeliner. Classic eyeliner involves a solid line that is thicker and bolder with a winged makeup effect tail. If you’re looking for something more subtle, soft eyeliner creates a solid dark base with a smudged effect on top to give you that sultry cat eye!

All designs are personalized and you can check out some of Ana’s amazing eyeliner work right here!

Lip Blush

Lasting almost two to three years, micropigmentation of the lips is a technique designed to provide colour, contour and definition. With a fully customizable colour, you are sure to leave with the lips of your dreams. Although it does not provide volume, in the first hours after the procedure, the lips are slightly inflamed and the colour is more intense but you are sure to be left with a result that is jaw-dropping. Check out Ana’s lip blush work here!

We are proud to have Ana as part of our team at Hon Tattoo, and we invite you to book an appointment with her to experience her exceptional microblading services for yourself. You won’t be disappointed with the results!

For more information and to check out her amazing work feel free to check out her personal Instagram, portfolio Instagram, and our Hon Tattoo microblading page!