My Struggle: No Eyebrows
I was the Mayor of “No Eye Brows-ville” before I took the plunge to be microbladed.
Growing up and as long as I can remember, my eyebrows have NEVER been thick, full, caterpillar-like, unibrowed or out of control. And in recent years, my eyebrows have began moving towards retirement. Most women get their eyebrows waxed or threaded every 6-8 weeks. I was more like every 6-8 months. It was so bad that I kept having to re-introduce myself to my eyebrow lady each time we had our appointment 1/year appointment. She legit thought I was a new customer every time. It was soooooo awkward.
Having my eyebrows microbladed changed my life
In fact, over the years, having thin eyebrows hasn’t been much of a problem. Most of my teen and young adult years were spent in the 90’s and early 00’s (yes, I’m old. Moving on . . .) During this time, thin eyebrows were in and I was naturally on-trend. But as time progressed and trends changed, thicker eyebrows became en vogue.
So what’s the big deal? You can always pencil them in, right? Yes, but every girl that has thin eyebrows knows the struggle. It’s the daily struggle of praying to the eyebrow gods for favor in hopes that today, I will have a “good eyebrow penciling in day”. You also begin to pray that your faux eyebrows will match each other in size, height, thickness and believability. You pray that they will be like bookends or twins and not distant cousins 2x’s removed. This was my daily struggle. Once they finally matched, I made damn sure to stay away from any source of heat, humidity, perspiration or any other act of nature that could instantly divorce me from the artwork of my temporary eyebrows.
What is Microblading?
A semi-permeant make-up technique. Microblading employs the use of a hand-tool that holds about 6-14 needles. Those needles are simultaneously used to drop pigment into the skin’s basel membrane while making individual strokes. These individual strokes simulate hair strands of the eyebrow.
Microblading vs Tattoo What’s the Difference?
There is a big difference. Tattoos use ink/microblading uses pigment. The consistency of ink is watery compared to the pigments used in microblading. Ink tends to move under the skin causing the strokes not be as clear and crisp as a microblading pigment. Tattooing is executed with an electric needle/microblading uses a microblading pen with multiple needles. Strokes will be clearer and more defined with a microblading pen vs and electric needle.
That’s Great but What are the Benefits?
Great brow days EVERYDAY! Seriously, who can’t get excited about that? Now you can truly sing along, in good faith, with Beyonce when she says, “I woke up like this!” Not to mention, the tools you previously used everyday to fill your brows in can now take a backseat. I only fill my brows in when I want to and not because I need to.
The Process: Does Microblading Hurt?
Numb, ouch, ouch, ouch, numb, ouuuuuuuuuch and done!
Sooooooo, everyone wants to know, “Does microblading hurt?” In short, “Yes, it HURTS like HELL!” (to be exact). As a disclaimer, I must admit that I have a very weirdly low tolerance for pain. With that in mind . . . That sh*t hurt.
A topical numbing agent was placed on my brows for a period of time. After, my eyebrows were thoroughly examined and measured to find the perfect arch, shape and thickness for my face and bone structure. To insure accurate measurements, a special ruler was placed on my forehead (and would remain there for the duration of the procedure). My new brows were temporarily drawn on my face. After I confirmed the shape, it was showtime.
There were 2 rounds of microblading. With each round being very very similar in execution. Individual strokes were made to mimic my eyebrow hair strands. Annnnnnnnnnnnd I’m not gonna lie, this really hurt. The best way I can describe the feeling is if someone cut you and kept scraping that cut over and over again. Once Round 1 was done, we rested (and I needed it too). I was able to view the progress and adjustments could be made if needed. Despite the pain, at this point I was ALL SMILES. Round 2 consisted of additional numbing cream and more individual microblading strokes.
That day, lemme tell you, I was too excited! I wanted to go everywhere with my new eyebrows. Sadly, I only managed to hit up the grocery store. So sad!
How Long Does Microblading Take?
Initially, microblading consists of 2 separate sessions with a 3 month resting period in between. Session 1 was roughly 2 hours and Session 2 was about 1 hour.
After Care: Day 7-14
- Gently use clean fingertips to cleanse eyebrows with anti-bacterial soap, pat dry and apply A&D ointment sparingly to microbladed area.
- Do not wash your face in the shower. Instead wash your face either before your shower or 1 1/2 hours after you’ve showered. Heat from the shower cause the pores to open and become prone to pigment loss.
- If a scab or crust forms, DO NOT pick it. Instead allow it to flake off naturally.
*Please consult with your artist for best results
How Long Does Microblading Last?
A color boost may or may not be needed within the first 3 months of microblading. But with proper care and maintenance, untouched (non-color boosted) microblading can easily last 12-18 months.
How Much Does Microblading Cost?
My total cost for the initial microblading appointment and the second microblading touch-up was around $300.
Things to Remember
1. Do Your Research
I cannot stress this enough. Although Microblading is a semi-permeant process, it’s still permeant enough. Unfortunately, a large chunk of Michelle’s business is correction work. Currently, a person with a tattoo license (this includes nail salons) is able to legally perform microblading. As previously discussed, microblading is very different from tattooing.
2. Cheaper Isn’t Always Better
Honestly, sometimes you get what you pay for. Be very cautious of low-priced microblading services or places with just stock photos of microblading. You need to see the work done on actual clients.
*Remember, a large majority of Michelle’s work includes corrections services.
There’s this phenomena called “Clouding”. I am so glad Michelle gave me the heads up because I would have been freaking out. Clouding occurs primarily in ladies of color but can happen with anyone. Clouding is when your microblading strokes begin disappearing within your first 2 weeks of the procedure. Then after a few days, they magically begin to reappear. It’s very weird but could happen.
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*Microblading Artist: Beso Make-up by Michelle Martinez
*Worth Noting: Michelle Martinez of Beso Makeup has the distinction of creating and owning the 1st school that is accredited by the State of Louisiana. She travels between Houston from Metairie every few months.