Above is the before and after of my own brows.
You’ve probably seen microblading popping off lately. If you haven’t it is a new eyebrow trend where your brows are tattooed on by filling in the brows or reshaping them by drawing on tiny lines that look like individual hairs, leaving a beautiful, natural result.
Microblading is done with a hand-held tool, not a tattoo gun, it puts pigment into the skin, but doesn’t go as deep as a normal tattoo would. This means that it is semi-permanent, usually lasting about 3 years.
Growing up my brows were blonde, they eventually turned brown, however always lacked shape. I didn’t really notice them until they became such a big trend in the last few years. Then I began filling mine in every morning, never really having them match all the way. I never thought my eyebrows would truly be on fleek. Until I found out about microblading via Instagram beauty accounts.
My friend from high school whom I trust dearly began to post pictures of the brows she was microblading. She is an artist or a wizard, I’m not sure but I knew I needed to get them from her and only her. Below is the process I went through and then some FAQs I’ve already received from friends.
I let my brows grow out for about two months, no tweezing which was an absolutely daunting task for me. Then the day finally arrived, I went in and after many hugs and signing a waiver we got started. I told her my woes, how I really don’t have much of an arch, how I have a cowlick in one, and that the tail just stops short and we then discussed what I was looking for in the brows.
We lined up two different colors next to the brows and decided which one was best, then using a ruler (she could have been an engineer) she shaped my brows to match my face. After taking a look and agreeing that this they were the shape I wanted, she added some numbing cream, and we got down to business.
I will not lie it does not feel good, to say the least, and the sound is probably the worst part of the whole process. Also, you have to sneeze the entire time. It feels like someone is scratching you with a very sharp pen, with nails on a chalkboard sound.
Luckily for me, I didn’t have too much work to be done. It probably took an hour total of the small strokes till she was satisfied. I took a look and was amazed how even my brows finally looked! She then put Aquaphor on top to seal. And I was good to go! Now I just have to wait a few days till the color fades a little and I will be eyebrow pencil free for at least a few years! And I couldn’t be happier!
Does it hurt?
It is a tattoo, yes it hurts, yes there will be a little blood. But no pain no gain.
How much did it cost?
This will depend on your artist, but I paid $75 and left a $25 tip.
Becuase I know that filling them in myself I will never do them evenly and I like to sleep in more than I like to fill in my eyebrows.
They’re so dark, will they lighten up?
Yes, it takes about a week for the true color to come out. My roots grow in dark, so this is not a big issue for me.
What does the recovery look like?
Like with any tattoo, no salt water, chlorine or sweating for two weeks. And with the eyebrows no makeup either. I was told to wash with dawn soap and to put aquafor on three times a day and to not touch them. I will be going back in for a touch up after 6 weeks.
Was it worth it?
I woke up with perfect brows the next day, so the answer is yes. A million time yes.
Have you considered this procedure? Do you have any questions I missed? Comment below!