Powder Brows with Blakeley Shea

Happy Wednesday babes!  I am SO excited to share my experience of getting PMU (permanent makeup) Powder Brows with my girl Blakeley of B Shea Vanity.  I think there are a lot of questions and confusion over the whole process, so I’m going to break it all down for you!

First of all, the term you have probably heard/seen the most is Microblading.  It is a form of permanent makeup that uses a needle to cut the skin and deposit pigment, creating tiny hair strokes.  This is NOT what I had done, but Blakeley does also offer this service IF that’s the right service for you!

I have never been a huge fan of the look of Microblading; I have thick eyebrows, so I don’t really need to mimic more hair.  My eyebrows are very light and I like the look of a dark, filled-in brow, so I was really excited when Blakeley started offering PMU Powder Brows.  PMU Powder Brows is also permanent makeup, but it’s a totally different technique from Microblading.  The Powder Brow technique punctures the skin with a needle to deposit the color.  And the finished look is a ‘powdered brow,’ like you have used a pencil to fill it in, rather than individual hair strokes.

Here is how it all went down!


First, Blakeley tweezed my eyebrows to shape them a little.  I get my eyebrows waxed by her every 3 weeks, so there wasn’t much she needed to do!

Next she puts a measuring tool on my face to use as a guide to make sure she gets my brows as even as possible.

She takes a piece of thread that has color on it and using the guide, makes lines on my face so that she can draw the shape of my brows.

They look thick, but she is filling INSIDE the line, so they end up thinner.

Next up, numbing cream.

She lets that sit a minute, then wipes it off and goes to work!

One brow down, one to go!

And after!

I’m going to answer some common questions!

How long does it last?

The color will soften/fade over time, usually 1-10 years depending on the person.  It is recommended to get color boosts to freshen up the permanent makeup every 2 years or as needed.

Was it painful?

I was very pleasantly surprised that it did not hurt!  I honestly expected that it would, but she treats you with a topical anesthetic cream to numb you before the procedure.  I was starting to have a little bit of pain towards the end…and I wouldn’t even really say pain, it was more like heat.  Blakeley applied another topical anesthetic (designed for skin that is open since it was during the procedure) and then it didn’t hurt at all.  My eyebrow area was pretty sensitive that night, but nothing crazy.  It felt better the next day.

How long does it take to heal?

Healing time varies from person to person.  The treated area will begin to soften/lighten up within 3-30 days and it is recommended to have your follow up appointment 6 weeks after the initial appointment.  The color does fade as it heals (so my finished brows will be much lighter than pictured above).  This is the pigment on Blakeley’s hand to give you an idea of what it looks like when you first have it done (on the left) and what it will end up looking like after it heals (on the right).  The color will vary depending on skin tone.

There are very specific before and after care instructions that you have to follow to insure proper healing.


Do not workout the day of the procedure.
No sun exposure or spray tanning for 3 weeks prior.
Do not take Aspirin, Baby Aspirin, Niacin, Vitamin E, or Ibuprofen 48 hours before the procedure and Fish Oil 2 weeks prior to the procedure.
No coffee or alcohol for 48 hours prior to the procedure.


No workouts for 7 days post procedure.
No saunas, steam rooms, or swimming pools for 2 weeks.
Avoid smoke, dust, dirt, and debris for 7 days.
No sun exposure for 4 weeks.
No tinting, chemical peels, dermabrasion, laser, or botox for 3 weeks.
No makeup or cosmetics on treated area for 10 days.

As the area heals, a light pigment film will form after 4-7 days.  It will become dry and itchy.  DO NOT peel or flake off any of the areas that are peeling.  Blakeley provides an aftercare cream that you apply 1-2 times a day.

This is a sign at B. Shea Vanity describing what to expect as you heal from the procedure.

How much does it cost?

The prices vary depending on what service you get.  For exact pricing, email my girl Blakeley b.sheavanity@gmail.com.  If you are interested in this service, put PMU Brows as the subject line.

The number one piece of advice I can give on having any type of beauty service done: trust who is doing it!  When you are having something done to your face that is permanent, you don’t want to bargain shop.  It’s something worth spending a little more money on to make sure you are getting the best result possible.  You can see a bunch of before and afters on Blakeley’s Instagram page HERE.  Obviously she does incredible work!  I seriously cannot recommend her highly enough.  In addition to PMU, Blakeley does waxing and tinting, too.

If you have any questions about my experience, feel free to email me: Megan@shopboem.com.  And please reach out to Blakeley if you have any questions about her services:  B.sheavanity@gmail.com.  Thanks for reading!

  1. Blakeley Shea

    February 8, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    What a great blog post Megs!!! This is going to help answer so many questions for my clients and I can’t thank you enough for doing this and always trusting me with your brows xo

    1. megan@shopboem.com

      February 17, 2018 at 9:55 pm

      Of course!!!! You are the bomb.com and I love my brows sooooo much!

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