10 Surefire Ways To Make Your Semi Permanent Eyebrows Last

The success of your semi permanent makeup appointment is very much based on what you do before your appointment. Here is a list of things to be aware of and why.
Semi permanent makeup combination eyebrow treatment example

The success of your semi permanent eyebrows depends very much on the preparation you do before your treatment and the aftercare you take. Semi permanent eyebrows fade, but this should be over a period of 12 months , at which point you would visit your consultant for a colour boost and adjustment. Following the steps below will help guarantee that the semi permanent pigment takes to your skin, and that your fabulous new semi permanent eyebrows last for longer.

No eyebrow shaping

Any kind of eyebrow plucking or tweezering agitates the skin around your eyebrows. I need the skin to be relaxed and calm so that I can create beautiful hair strokes on it! I will be shaping your eyebrows during the procedure and the end result is to give you a defined, captivating shape. 

This also applies to after the treatment – there should be no shaping required anyway, but any kind of interference with tweezers can jeopardise the healing process.

No strenuous exercise on treatment day or the healing period

Please, no mega-intense HIIT workouts, as the sweat you produce can compromise the semi permanent pigment. This is an essential point particularly post treatment. Sweat contains salt – sodium chloride. A common procedure in the industry to remove semi permanent makeup using something called the Salt and Saline (Osmosis) method. It is even used to remove permanent tattoos.  It can be tempting to show off your new eyebrows at the gym, but stay strong – sweating will cause your semi permanent eyebrows to fade prematurely or not take at all.

Skin cross section illustration for microblading purposes
Skin cross section for microblading purposes, showing the 'sweet spot' in the epidermis.

Avoid blood thinning medication

Semi permanent eyebrow makeup involves making tiny incisions on the epidermis. It is normal for a little bleeding to occur on some of these. You can see in the cross section above that the blood vessels in the skin are arranged like little curved waves. A good SPMU artist should only touch the top of these waves, which is why the blood will look like tiny pin pricks on the skin. 

If you have taken blood thinning medication 48 hours prior to your treatment then you will bleed excessively. This can push out the pigment and prevent it from settling in the epidermis. The new eyebrow strokes will either not take, or will fade prematurely.

The semi permanent eyebrows can fade quickly if you take blood thinning medication after the procedure as well. The pigment can be pushed out while the area heals more slowly than normal, due to blood not clotting effectively.

Some example medicines:

  • Aspirin
  • Ibuprofen
  • Fish Oil
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin A

No Retinol Products 72 Hours Prior and 7 Days After

Retinol products or acids can make your skin more sensitive or thinner, which causes a similar effect to blood thinning as described above. The skin can tear during your treatment and this affects how well the pigment is retained. 

48 Hour Ban on Alcohol!

Alcohol thins the blood. For this reason, avoid anything alcoholic for the 48 hours prior and 48 hours after your treatment. If you think a ‘cheeky glass’ or a low alcohol option is OK, think again – it really can make a difference. 48 hours is a good guideline and is there to ensure you get the best possible result. It is really worth threatening your time and money for the sake of one drink?

24 Hour Ban on Caffeine!

I confess, this is a hard one for me. I start the day with a glass of water and then a coffee. However I have witnessed first hand what breaking this rule does. My client fell asleep during her microblading session and it was going great. She had a coffee 3 hours before her top up session and began to bleed, and not ‘sweet spot’ style. I couldn’t understand why the sudden change. When she admitted to the coffee, I realised I had totally underestimated the power of caffeine! 

Like alcohol and certain medications, caffeine thins the blood making it a substance to avoid before and after your treatment.

Keep your eyebrows dry

There are two main reasons for this. Firstly after your semi permanent eyebrow session, your skin will begin to heal. Small scabs containing pigment will form during this process. If you get those wet then they can fall off, taking away the pigment and causing premature eyebrow fade.

Secondly, your skin may still be open. Activities such as swimming and saunas will expose your skin to bacteria that could cause unnecessary complications.

Keep hair and makeup away from your eyebrows

As per the previous point, your shallow cuts must remain bacteria free. Keep your hair away from your brow line and avoid makeup. This will keep the area clean and will allow the pigments to settle into the skin.

Do Not Pick At Scabs

It is crucial that you do not pick, tug, or scratch the brow area. Scabs must be allowed to fall off by themselves during the healing process. Picking them will encourage them to fall off prematurely, taking vital pigment with them. 


If you have undergone a Botox treatment, please wait for 2 weeks before having an SPMU session. Your Botox needs to settle before we can begin the eyebrow mapping process (see How Semi Permanent Eyebrow Treatments Work – 6 Easy Steps)


I know these 10 steps sound like a lot,  but when you consider that you will be able to wake up with exquisite eyebrows every morning, I think you’ll agree that it’s worth it! If you follow these guidelines you can avoid fade and have semi permanent eyebrows that last.

Simone Curry

Simone Curry

Simone is the owner of Sublime Beauty, dedicated to helping women save time and look their best.  She trained at Harley Street Microblading Academy and The Eclipse School of Beauty in all aspects of semi-permanent makeup and has achieved the highest industry standard VTCT level 4 qualification in micropigmentation.

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Simone is the owner of Sublime Beauty, dedicated to helping women save time and look their best.  She trained at Harley Street Microblading Academy and The Eclipse School of Beauty in all aspects of semi-permanent makeup and has achieved the highest industry standard VTCT level 4 qualification in micropigmentation.

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