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Microblading your eyebrows can feel like a huge decision. It's one thing to apply brow pencil each day, knowing you can wash it away at night, but something else entirely to open your skin, deposit color, and let that skin heal over. This is especially daunting if you're totally tattoo-less, like me. In this post I'm going to talk about my decision to microblade my brows, from doing my research to getting it done. You'll even get to join me for the procedure itself! (read more)
MICROBLADING EYEBROWS YOUTUBE
As with most of my blog posts, I try to make a video, just in case you're not interested in reading. You can watch my microblading eyebrows video here, but I do recommend at least scrolling through the post as I've included pre-procedure pictures here that I wasn't able to easily include in the video.
WHAT DOES EYEBROW MICROBLADING MEAN?
Basically, when you microblade your eyebrows, the technician makes small cuts on your brow line (or even outside your existing brow line, as was my case) to enhance your current brow situation.
If you're like me you might have plucked your brows like crazy in high school, leaving the shape and thickness forever altered. Maybe you think your brows are too thin, maybe they're too far apart, or maybe they don't travel down your face as far as you'd like.
The reasons for microblading your brows are endless, but whatever that reason, microblading can help you out, as long as your goal is to have thicker, more defined brows.
For me it was simply a decision based on wanting to look more put together. I didn't love using brow pencil each day, I didn't feel like I was particularly good at it, and I wanted to feel less self conscious about my thin, patchy, barely there brows.
Here's a before shot.
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Even in that picture my eyebrows are darker than they normally appear. I had just applied a coat of Latisse (which I use to make my lashes thicker) so they were wet.
I started using Latisse on my brows years ago in an attempt to get them to grow, and it sort of worked. Some of my brow hairs were long, so long that they actually curled, and I'd have to trim them down.
Unfortunately it didn't really stimulate new growth.
After a few years of penciling my brows in, I started thinking about having them microbladed professionally. Most of the ladies at my nail salon had their brows done, so I knew what it was about, but still, the thought of permanent ink, or rather semi-permanent ink, was really freaky.
Let's talk about the process.
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HOW DOES EYEBROW MICROBLADING WORK?
What is eyebrow microblading? Simply put, it's the process of using a small blade to make tiny cuts in your skin, depositing color beneath the skin that the skin then heals over, leaving the pigment intact and visible.
What does eyebrow microblading feel like? Is eyebrow microblading painful? I'm sure this will vary from place to place, depending on how well they numb you, but if you go to a good place (do your research), there is no pain. On a scale of 1-10, most of my process was a 1 or 2. I say 2 only because there is a noise to the procedure. Kind of a velcro scraping sound that can set your teeth on edge if that sort of thing bothers you.
If going to the dentist and hearing them clean your teeth bothers you, you might have the same reaction to microblading.
Is eyebrow microblading permanent? Does eyebrow microblading fade? No, and then yes. Microblading is not permanent, but it is semi-permanent. My technician told me that it can last up to three years, with fading happening enough to really notice around 18 months. She also told me that if I go back at the one year mark to have it redone, it costs me less because they don't have to do the same amount of initial mapping and measuring. (I'll talk more about that later)
Does microblading eyebrows look natural? Not at first, no. I plan to take a video each day (or close to each day) up to day 30 of my healing process so you can see the progression. At first it doesn't look natural at all, but as your skin heals it begins to look very natural. I'm currently on day 13 of my healing process and there is no way you can tell my brows have been microbladed.
Is eyebrow microblading good? Is eyebrow microblading dangerous? Is eyebrow microblading safe? As with any procedure that involves breaking the skin, there are risks. You definitely need to do your research. Ask a friend who has great brows, see who they used. If you're like me and you're the first in your group to get your brows done, head over to Yelp. Once you find someone in your area you are thinking of using, check them out on Facebook. Text or call and ask them to send you before and after pictures (if there aren't any on their FB page or site).
If it's a good place, they will be happy to share their results with you, and chances are they'll have a load of before and after pictures on their FB page from happy clients.
I know for sure that I'll be talking about my procedure on Facebook, and I'll be tagging Flawless Skin Lounge when I do.
The important thing here is to do your research. Don't rush into it. Make sure you've picked the best person for the job, and be prepared for the cost, after care, and any downtime from makeup you might need to adhere to.
I'm going to tell you about my specific procedure, from start to finish, but if you have any questions once you're done reading, please feel free to ask.
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