The art of achieving perfect brows has become easier, thanks to microblading. Microblading for your wedding will give you gorgeous brows that will last well after you exchange “I dos.” This semi-permanent cosmetic technique uses a tattoo pen to draw hair-like strokes along the brow, which creates full, natural-looking eyebrows. It’s one of the hottest beauty treatments right now and is also a fabulous choice for brides wanting to change their beauty routine. If you’re tired of using eyebrow pencils and want to give this latest beauty trend a shot, we’ve got you covered.

Here’s everything you need to know about microblading for your wedding.

Research various beauty technicians first.

You should definitely research and read reviews of beauty technicians before you make your appointment. Just as you would if you were booking your wedding hairstylist or makeup artist, you should know your technician’s experience level and price point. Microblading can cost up to $900 and results typically last up to three years, so booking an appointment with a highly-skilled professional is essential for getting gorgeous, wedding-day ready brows.

Book your appointment early.

Microblading isn’t the same as getting a spray tan or your nails done, so you should book this bridal beauty appointment well before your big day. We suggest getting your brows done at least three months before your wedding date. This will give you plenty of time to heal and, if needed, to make a follow-up appointment.

Ask for a patch test.

When microblading your brows for your wedding, it’s a good idea to do a patch test before the official procedure. Patch testing is advised for all permanent makeup procedures because it shows how a specific color or color combination will look on your skin, and how your skin will heal. This will rule out any sensitivities or possible allergic reactions to the pigment, while giving you a preview of how the color pairs with your skin tone.

Bring brow inspiration.

From Cara Delevingne’s power brow to Beyonce’s arched eyebrows, you’ll want to show your technician a few photos of how you’d like your brows to look. This will help your beauty tech know exactly how thick or thin they should make the hair-like strokes.  

Embrace the pain.

Will microblading your eyebrows for your wedding hurt? The honest answer is that you should expect some mild pain. While it’s nothing too extreme, microblading is performed with a hand-held tool that features tiny needles. These needles, similar to a tattoo gun, are used to apply the pigment to your skin, which is when you’ll feel some discomfort. If you’re really sensitive to needles and worried the pain will be too severe, ask your technician if they have any local anesthetics to use.

Remember that results aren’t immediate.

After the procedure, keep in mind that your brows aren’t going to look Instagram-worthy right away. You may experience some mild swelling and redness due to the application of the pigment and your brows may even appear darker, too. But don’t let that discourage you! Once your brows heal, the swelling will go down and pigment will fade to your desired color.

Follow the after-care instructions.

Aftercare is essential to keeping your perfectly bladed brows looking flawless. Like we said, you may have slight redness and swelling, so you should ask your technician if they have any kind of healing tips or ointments, like Vaseline, to recommend to promote healing. Microblading should be treated like an open wound, so keep your brows clean. Avoid using any makeup and try your best to not touch the area for a least a week. This will ensure that your brows will fully heal, so you can be selfie-ready for your big day!