Do you have that one thing that makes you say, “I’m not leaving the house without it.” >> It could be mascara. Or it could be earrings. Or maybe it’s fab sunglasses. That one thing for me is perfect brows, hands down. Ok and mascara, because lashes are amazing. You see my point. All of this has led me to a place where I say: I love microblading and I’m never turning back.
My eyebrows have always been a struggle. As a kid, I had the whitest blonde locks and fair skin. While I’ve kept that skin, my hair has gotten darker over the years (even recently too, what?) but my brows have stayed the same. Heyyyy see-through brows, I’m not a fan.
Here’s an example of said nekkid brows, with a cameo from Laurie‘s David from 2012. This was the first time I met him. So so cute. But can you see my eyebrows? Nope. I didn’t give as much of a fuck back then, I guess.
I went through the whole plucking-the-shit out of them in high school phase (RIP virgin brows). And later in life, I completely stopped plucking and started finding the ways of the brow pencil. Life changing. Here’s my brother and my penciled in brows at his wedding in 2015. Not bad, right?
Le sigh. But there was always the annoying things like: 1. it took too long to get ready, 2. they didn’t always look the same, and 3. what about beach and pool days? The struggle continued. Then I heard about microblading. What what this witchcraft? Tattoos but not? Kinda?
So if you’re unfamiliar, microblading is a form of tattooing, done with a manual tool. Just like traditional tattooing, microblading places pigment into the dermal layer of the skin, which holds the pigment there permanently. This is cosmetic, and fades over time, requiring a touch-up every 6-15 months just depending on how it fades, the oiliness of your face, and sun exposure, among other things.
I got my first round of microblading done in September of last year after a ton of research on not only top microblading artists, but customer experiences. See below.
Wowsa, right? So much better already. They totally shape my face and allow me to do nothing to enhance them. What you see above is 7 days post microblading, first round. They take a week or two to heal then you go back for a touch up about a month later. Why? The pigment won’t always stay, and inevitably, there will be areas to refine. Plus, if you need a tweak here or there, it’s good to go back again. The touch up is always less than (or should be) the initial session as far as cost.
Then there’s round two, as you’ll see below. This occurred a month later.
Heyyy, even better. Evened out, no work on my end required. Also, let’s talk about my amazing highlight, right? Ha.
Fast forward ten months and I’ve touched them up again. They were starting to fade, so I was using a little brow powder here and there but even still, they looked fab. But it was time. You can always play the timing part by ear. I worked with my microblading artist to ensure I got them done at the right time. And here’s the most recent pic of me from last week, with healed brows! Also that brow pop. It’s a gift.
I think they are the best yet, if you ask me. I had her darken them a little and make them a tiny bit thicker. Obsessed is putting it mildly.
Shout out to my girl Maegen for my fav brows ever! She’s local for all you Floridians who want the best in the biz.
What do you think? Want a little Q&A on the healing process and finding the right artist? The prep before and after? I feel like that could be a post in and of itself. Send me your questions! I am here to share it all. I’m not a professional, but I’ve done my fair share of research.
Are you thinking about microblading or do you love microblading as much as me? Tell me all the things! I promise I’m not paid to say any of this, I just love me some good brows.