Microblading is a simple two-session process; the initial appointment is about two hours and the follow-up can take up to an hour. “It’s not just a ‘you come in and leave’ kind of thing, because we are opening the skin and it needs to reseal,” says Kendra Bray, founder and owner of Better Brows in New York City. The first session includes a consultation with the esthetician, who will analyze your natural brow shape and color, and ask about your eyebrow preferences (do you like thick or thin, arched or more subtle?). Then she will map out the shape, measure it out based on your facial symmetry, and finally draw the eyebrow on. If both you and the esthetician are happy with the results after a look in the mirror, the tattooing will commence. The actual microblading typically takes no longer than 30 minutes depending on how thick or sparse your eyebrows are. Once your new brows are complete, you’ll return for a perfecting session (fine tuning the color or adding dimension) one to three months later, which gives your skin ample time to properly heal. In fact, most people come in at least a year later for another touch-up to maintain their color and strokes.