For the past two years eyebrows have been dominating the beauty world; everyone is obsessed with them, and I am no exception.
For a long time I went to this amazing woman who specialized in threading, but then she moved and I didn’t have her number to get in touch so I started doing my brows myself – the old fashioned way with a pair of tweezers and a 3X mirror.
That, my friends, was mistake number one.
At some point, my tails were just not matching up. Now your brows should be sisters, not twins, but my tails weren’t even related. And, while, I continued to religiously use pomade and brow pencils my tails were just not cutting it for me.
And so I made the biggest mistake of my beauty life; I shaved off the tails of my eyebrows.
Now, don’t get me wrong, for a while I had a lot of fun doing my brows and experimenting with different brow products; I don’t want to toot my own horn but more often than not they looked pretty flawless.
But on the days when I had an early class, didn’t feel like going out with makeup on, or I spent 15 minutes trying to get my eyebrows to match up I truly regretted my decision.
About five months after I continued to shave my tails off, an aesthetician friend of mine approached me. She explained that she was taking a microblading class and needed a model. I jumped at the opportunity! Microblading was exactly what I needed.
Let me explain what microblading is as simply as possible. Microblading creates the illusion of eyebrows; brow hairstrokes are made by dragging curved needles across your skin in order to score it. The scoring provides a places for colour pigment to be delivered, again needles drag over the score area to deliver this pigment. It is ultimately a semi-permanent tattoo and is often referred to as a form of permanent makeup (although generally if you go a year without touch-ups the tattoo will fade.) Tada, that’s microblading for you!
The day of my service came and brought with it feelings of both excitement and anxiety. I’m not gonna lie, despite having multiple large tattoos, many piercings, and a high pain tolerance, I was a little bit nervous about having a series of needles scratching my forehead. But I swallowed all my nerves and took a seat in the waiting room.
Immediately I was handed a few pages of agreements which I was to sign; if you’ve ever gotten a tattoo or piercing you know the drill. Once I signed off on everything I was taken to a back room and we started the process.
It’s important to go into your service with no makeup on your eyebrows or brow area, you should honestly just leave your forehead makeup free the day of. The whole process is quite time-consuming and you don’t want to waste time on removing makeup.
Step 1: drawing out your desired eyebrow shape
Once I sat down for my service my microblading specialist marked three points on my eyebrows according to my face structure. She noted: where my brows should start, where my tail should end, and where my arch should be. These markers will provide you with the best brow for your face.
Next she drew out my shape and asked: did I want them thicker or thinner? Did I want them a little shorter than she marked or was that length okay?
I showed her a picture of the thickness that I wanted and she started drawing it out with a pencil just as she had the original marks.
It took us quite a few tries to get the shape right. But eventually she got my ideal shape and we were on to the next step.
My advice when it comes to sketching out the shape of your eyebrows is: be patient and don’t feel pressured! If you aren’t satisfied with the first sketch, that is completely fine, make your microblading specialist redo it. Don’t agree to move on to the next step until you are 100% satisfied with the shape. My specialist was really good and didn’t make me feel rush or pressured at all but if your specialist does: just ignore them. It’s your time and money!
Step 2: the needle.
My specialist applied a layer of numbing cream to the brow area and let it sit for 5-10 minutes before she started scratching with the needle. After she made the first scratch she asked if I was in pain or just discomfort. I said just discomfort. She explained that discomfort was normal and to be expected with this type of process but if at any point I was in pain I should let her know and she would apply more numbing cream.
So off we went.
Now I’m not gonna beat around the bush, the scratching wasn’t pleasant. At times I would tell my specialist to apply more numbing cream but after a little bit I wasn’t feeling the numbing effects and then the process became painful.
The pain could be compared to someone with long nails scratching your skin with medium to hard pressure. Now initially that may not seem very painful but after a while it gets to you. In my experience the thinner the skin being tattooed the more it hurts. It doesn’t get much thinner than forehead skin, ladies.
After she had been scratching for an hour or two we were finally done.
The most painful part was at the end of the service. My specialist wiped my eyebrows with a paper towel and water. I squirmed and let out “ouch,” my brows were raw and sore. You can’t blame me!
However, she then applied less pressure with the paper towel which made me much more comfortable, and applied a healing gel which was quite soothing.
I was able to look in the mirror and I really liked what I saw.
Step 3: the results.
My brows looked full, and natural! The color pigment was a perfect match and the shape was lovely.
Now, immediately after the process I saw some orange pigment and mentioned it to my specialist and she explained that sometimes warmer pigments will show right after, however, it will go away.
Before I left I purchased the healing cream, which my specialist had just applied and handout filled with care instructions.
I was not to touch my brows, I was to apply healing cream as necessary (whether that be 2 times a day or 10, I was to apply as needed regardless of frequency), I wasn’t to get my brows wet, I wasn’t to scratch…etc.
The healing cream I purchased was called, “Tattoo Aftercare Balm” and it contained aloe vera, evening primrose oil, and rose hip seed oil.
Just as my specialist had said the orange did go away after a day or two. After a week or two I saw that some of my pigment was fading, however, my specialist had said that I had to wait 6-8 weeks, I believe, before I could get a touch up.
For anyone considering microblading my advice is as following:
- Do your research
- When you are inquiring about microblading ask how much future touch-ups will cost as they won’t be free
- Go to a microblading specialist with a large portfolio and a great deal of experience
- Go someplace that has experience doing the type of eyebrows you desire
- Don’t be swayed by a deal
- Make sure the place you go is sanitary and has been health checked
- If anyone ever makes you feel uncomfortable – GET UP AND LEAVE
- Don’t let anyone pressure you (refer to my statement in the piece about taking your time when deciding on your shape)
- Lastly microblading doesn’t last forever it requires upkeep/touch-ups to maintain your desired brow – it is a constant investment Overall I was very happy with my service, my specialist did a great job and made my eyebrows look full and natural just as I had desired! I highly recommend this process to anyone who struggles with sparse or thin brows. It is definitely worth it!