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When Can I Wear Makeup After Microblading?

by Gabbi

Microblading provides results that last, but your aftercare routine plays a crucial role in recovery. You may be advised to avoid spending time in the sun, showering, exercising, and wearing makeup for a few weeks following your appointment. 

The recovery process for microblading is unique and can take some time. Your brows can be prone to flaking, scabbing, or fading, which are usually normal. Taking the right steps after your service will ensure your brows fully heal and retain pigment. 

Most of the aftercare steps will prevent moisture from prematurely fading the brows, and it can prevent infection. Your brow artist may be recommended to come in for a touch-up appointment to ensure your results are crisp, even, and saturated. 

It’s crucial to avoid applying makeup for a certain time to avoid hindering the results of your microblading. Makeup can pose various risks, like increasing the chance of infection or creating patchy brows. So, it’s time to put down the brow pencil.

So when can you wear makeup after microblading? You may need to avoid wearing makeup for at least a couple of weeks following your appointment. This can also be affected by your follow-up appointment and healing journey.

Read on for all there is to know about using makeup after microblading.

Microblading Aftercare

Microblading is considered a non-invasive beauty service but requires specific prep and aftercare regimens. It can take a few weeks for your brows to heal fully, and you might need another touch-up appointment to see the final results.

You will be advised to avoid contact with water, sweat, and moisture during this time. Also, you may have to go without makeup temporarily. These elements can affect how your brows heal and how well the pigment remains.

Avoid Washing Face 

You may not be able to wash your face regularly. Instead, it would help if you made adjustments like cleaning the skin with cotton rounds. You’ll be advised to avoid intense contact with water, hot water, or steam during your recovery period.

High water pressure or high temperatures can cause premature fading or patchiness. Also, removing makeup and washing your face go hand in hand, so you may need to limit both habits.

Avoid Makeup 

Wearing makeup will also be prohibited during microblading recovery. Applying makeup, especially filling in your brows will pose a great risk. Your brows will feel tender, look swollen, or they can potentially scab or flake. 

Applying makeup over this area can increase the risk of infection or hinder recovery. As a result, it’s possible that you may not achieve your desired outcome.

Clean Microbladed Area Gently 

While you need to avoid washing your face vigorously, you must keep your microblading clean. Your brow artist will give you step-by-step instructions on cleaning and caring for your microbladed brows.

Cleaning this area is essential because you want to ensure it heals properly and no infections arise. In addition, it keeps bacteria, dirt, dust, and debris out of the way. You will need to clean your brows slowly and gently every day. 

Why Can’t You Wear Makeup After Microblading?

It’s not advised to wear makeup post-microblading. 

Your brows will still feel raw and tender and share many similarities with an open wound. In addition, it’s crucial to remember that microblading involves creating tiny cuts with needles to distribute the pigment.

Wearing makeup during this time will increase the risk of infection, premature fading, or trouble with healing. It can hinder your overall results and even take longer to recover from microblading. 


Unfortunately, makeup can quickly latch onto bacteria and transfer it to your face. This is one of the multiple reasons your brow artist will advise you to avoid wearing it. Expired or unsanitized products can quickly spread bacteria.

This bacteria can lead to unwanted infections of the brows. Your brows are under recovery and are similar to an open wound, so you shouldn’t fill in your brows or wear makeup during this time. It will also be challenging to remove.

Patchy Brows 

Another reason it may not be wise to wear makeup is that it can alter the pigment of your microblading. It takes time for your brow pigment to heal, and you may even experience a ghosting phase that influences you to fill in your brows. 

However, patience is crucial, and this ghosting phase will soon disappear. Filling in your brows or wearing makeup can alter your results, making your microblading look patchy.

Premature Fading

Wearing makeup can also result in premature fading. The more pressure, friction, or product you apply to your microbladed brows, the more likely the pigment won’t adhere. Lack of pigment can result in premature fading.

Your brow artist may recommend you to come in for a follow-up or touch-up appointment to keep your brow bold and even. However, wearing makeup in between healing can hinder this outcome. 

When Can You Wear Makeup After A Microblading Session?

On average, it’s safe to wear makeup after two weeks. However, it’s crucial to remember that everyone has a different healing journey; some may recover faster than others. You can also consult with your brow artist to discuss the right time.

You may also begin to wear makeup when all of your scarring and scabs heal. Once the brows are no longer an open wound, it should be safer to apply cosmetics. 

What Happens When You Wear Makeup After Microblading? 

Applying or wearing makeup can be a recipe for disaster, especially following the 24 hours. As mentioned earlier, wearing makeup can pose numerous risks like infection, patchy brows, and premature fading. 

It can also be challenging to remove makeup during this time. Another aftercare guideline is to avoid washing your face, which can be impossible if you apply makeup. 

Will You Need To Fill In Your Brows After Microblading?

The main goal of microblading is to mimic the look of natural brow hairs. This service is ideal for those who have sparse or nonexistent brows. It’s designed to create a full and natural look that doesn’t need to be filled. 

You can fill in brows over microblading, but often it’s not necessary because it’s also designed to limit the amount of makeup you need. 

How Long Does Microblading Last?

Microblading is a service that’s meant to last a long time. With frequent touch-ups and the proper care, your microblading can last on average 18-30 months. 

However, it also heavily depends on the prep/aftercare routine and the experience of your artist. Avoid wearing makeup during the healing phase to prolong your microblading results. 

Can You Wear Makeup On The Day Of Your Appointment?

You may be wondering if you can wear makeup to your microblading appointment. This can vary significantly by your brow artist or clinic. Some artists may not make a fuss, but others will advise you to come in with a fresh face.

This is another topic to discuss during your consultation. 

What To Do If You Wear Makeup 

What should you do if you have worn makeup during your healing phase? Limiting the amount of time you apply makeup as much as possible is crucial. You may spot-conceal or add tiny hints of makeup to the face, like blush or gloss.

However, applying anything on the forehead or eyes can get risky because it can move or transfer throughout the day. 

Remove Gently

Remove your makeup gently and with care. Avoid rubbing at all costs because it can aggravate your microbladed brows. In addition, rubbing or swiping can re-open any cuts, fade away pigment, or irritate any scabbing. 

Dabbing gently and without pressure will be the ideal way to remove or wash away makeup. This can be time-consuming, but it can save stress down the road. 

Contact Brow Artist 

When in doubt, contact your brow artist. They should know what to do in these scenarios and guide you through the proper makeup removal. In addition, they will understand your brows the best because they’ve worked on them. 

Consulting with your brow artist will ensure you don’t cause unnecessary harm to yourself or your microbladed brows.

Sanitize Your Products 

Finally, keep your makeup and tools sanitized. Clean them frequently to prevent bacteria from building up. It’s pretty easy for bacteria, dirt, and debris to get trapped within your makeup, and it can cause harm to your microblading.

So, disinfect your powders, gels, and creams with alcohol to prevent spreading bacteria. You can also wash your brushes after every use with an antibacterial soap. 


Overall, giving makeup up for a month or two at most will be worth it when your microblading results can last longer. 

However, it’s not wise to wear makeup during the healing phase of microblading because it can increase the risk of infection or fading.

It can take a few weeks to heal from microblading, and you can experience the ghosting phase, which can be a tempting time to apply makeup. However, the proper prep, procedure, and aftercare will ensure flawless results.

Always consult with your brow artist to ensure you have the correct instructions and that you’re on the same page to achieve your dream brows.

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