I Got My Eyebrows Microbladed (part 1)
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When microblading became popular, I was very interested to see this trend play out for a few years. I spent many nights scrolling Instagram and Pinterest, noting when it looked good when it wasn’t exactly right, and also watched to see how many people did it for a second or third time after it faded.
Microblading is a semi-permanent tattooing method for eyebrows. You can read more about the process here.
My biggest hesitation in trying it for myself was the idea that it could look bad and it would then be something I was stuck with ON MY FACE.
My eyebrows have always been on the thin side, and the “tails”, or the outer corners, were always a bit shorter than I’d like them to be. I practiced filling them in and got to a point where it was almost effortless to fill in and “finish” my brows.
But as I’ve gotten older, my brows have continued to thin. And on the days that I was skipping makeup, I felt uncomfortable when I left my eyebrows natural. I found myself rushing to pencil in a few strokes of hair at the outer corner just to help balance my face.
It took years for me to build up the courage and find someone I trusted, and I officially got my eyebrows micro bladed by Sheila, an esthetician I’ve been seeing for years.
The turning point for me was seeing the work she did on women with very, very thin eyebrows. I loved that I could see each individual hair stroke and that they followed the natural flow of the brow. When I discussed this with Sheila, I made sure to emphasize that my goal for this process was to simply “finish” my eyebrow in the most natural and realistic way. I wanted to continue to have the option to fill in my brows with makeup on the days I wanted a more dramatic eyebrow look.
We talked about the details of the brows at length, using photos of her past work to describe what I liked and what I didn’t want for my own brows. She listened to me and I felt very comfortable that we were on the same page about what my goals were before we started.
When she mapped out the brows, she basically drew borders around the eyebrow to show me where she was going to be working for the microblading. I gave her a thumbs-up, approving the shape, and she started the process.
She used numbing cream to help ease the pain of the incisions, and I would say the pain was a level 1 on a scale of 1-10. I will admit I have rather high pain tolerance, and this process just felt like cat scratches on my skin. It was actually a bit relaxing to simply lay on the table while she did her work!
One of the things that made me feel most comfortable is the fact that Sheila talked through every detail of the process, she included me in the pigment selection and told me that for a few days it’s going to look darker and I should expect it to lighten up. She gave me all the information about what to expect, and how to take care of my brows at home.
She’s not only a skilled professional, but she is a thorough communicator and I felt truly taken care of on all fronts.
Microblading has a long healing process, and a follow-up appointment is typically pre-scheduled for about 8 weeks after the initial appointment. We scheduled that already for January, which gives the brows time to heal and allows Sheila to see what (if anything) needs attention.
Overall, I’m so happy with the result! And even though they are still in the darker colored pigment phase, I have to admit I do not find it too dark for me at all. I’ll continue to share the process here, and on Instagram as well!
Just to be explicit, I paid for this service and did not receive any discounts.