Eyebrows, I always believed, are the frame of a face. And as with every frame, you want your frame to bring out your beautiful eyes. My eyebrows were not great. It didn’t help that I went through the phase of tweezing, like it was very fashionable in the 90’s. Also I had a bicycle accident when I was 15 which left me with 3 stitches right in the middle of a right eyebrow. So since ever, I was using pencils and powder and any other possible tools to help shaping my eyebrow on daily basis.
So after a long research I decided that I want to give a microblading eyebrows a chance. But I admit, I was scared. I saw a lot of women around with overly done eyebrows and it horrifies me. I really didn’t want my eyebrows to look like that. What I really wanted is very natural look that even my closest won’t notice. For that I called Karen Betts. I made a lots of research and she came out as the best expert in this field. So here is what followed.
What is microblading
Microblading is actually a semi-permanent makeup, that lasts for about a year (depends on your skin type). It uses a technique in which a small handheld tool with several small needles is used to add semi-permanent pigment to the skin.
With such technique each hair stroke is created to produce a thin, natural-looking line that blends in with existing eyebrow hair.
The results should be natural looking eyebrow.
What happens during microblading eyebrows
The first and the most important step is to talk to the beautician. We have discussed the shape, the look and the colour I am looking for. Then My beautician, Geraldine took time to measure and draw the shape of my future eyebrow. We made few tweaks together, until I was completely happy with the shape and thickness. That took about an hour.
In the next step, she mixed the ideal colour for my skin tone and used the microblades to put on my eyebrows. Even though I had an anaesthetic cream, it did hurt a bit. However the pain was manageable. This whole step took about another hour.
As the last step, we discussed if I liked the result or if we need to make some tweaks (I was happy with result so no need for tweak). Then she applied a soothing cream and was ready to go home.
After 6 weeks, I had a retouch. The retouch is important, as the skin very often reject the pigment and the eyebrow can look patchy. The process is basically the same, minus the measuring.
I just had my retouch 2 weeks ago and I am really happy. I can’t see the full result just yet, as it takes few weeks to see it. but I am already confident wearing no eyebrow makeup at all. And that, for me, is very much worth it.
What you should know about microblading
I am one of those people who are anxious about any sort of procedures, especially when it comes to a face. What if I will not like the result? So if you are like me, here are things you should know and think of before you do microblading.
Think about why do you need it. Is it because everyone else does it, or because you are not happy with the look of your eyebrows and you are tired of using pencils everyday.
Choose the right practitioner. There are so many people now doing that, but not all of them are good. Make your research thoroughly, ask friends and read the reviews. I chose Karen Betts mainly because her credentials spoke for herself. She is not the cheapest option, but she has practitioners with different length of experience and therefore different price options. I paid £695 for the beautician with most experience right after Karen Betts herself, Geraldine.
Make sure you plan your first and second session in a time you don’t have any, or not much of a social commitments. First 4 days you will need to apply a soothing cream 4 times a day. You won’t be able to use eyebrow pencils or makeup for few more days after that. Also you won’t be able to wash your face with water. That means, that also washing your hair can be a struggle.
The eyebrows will look much darker in the first week, so it can look very fake. However don’t worry, this is normal. After couple of weeks the eyebrows will look quite the opposite, very light or patchy, but that is due to skin that needs to peel off before you will see your final results.
The procedure is not terribly painful, but it really can be quite uncomfortable. However you will have an anaesthetic cream, so you will be fine.
You will need to go to have a retouch every once in a while, in my case it will be in 9 months since the first appointment. For that reason, make sure you know how much you will be paying every time.
What are your thoughts about microblading eyebrows?
Have a chic day
PS: We took the last picture immediately after the first session, when my eyebrows were a bit sore and red. However the redness was gone in less then an hour.