Brow Love: My Microblading Diary

January 17th, 2018

I have struggled with my eyebrows for years. To be honest, I blame Drew Barrymore. I was such huge fan in the ’90s, and the second she tweezed her brows down to Marlene Dietrich-era thin lines, I was hooked. Years of tweezing and waxing followed. When bushier brows made a comeback in the early 2000s, I ignored the trend. Let’s call it blissful ignorance. But when beautiful defined brows became the focal point of so many faces in the past five years, I realized something had to be done.

I tried in vein to grow them back, which led to hopeless strays and patchiness (aka, not cute). Then a few makeup artist friends turned me on to various pencils and pots, and soon enough my brows were back in decent shape. Soon I found myself unable to leave the house without spending at least 15 minutes shaping and drawing in my brows, even just to go to the gym. Enough was enough.

Luckily, fate intervened. A friend introduced me to Stacy Matuszak, who owns Bare Beauty Med Spa & Skincare. I began helping her out with social media, and learned about so many amazing treatments that I had never even heard of, including microblading. In case you don’t know, microblading is a semi-permanent tattooing technique that creates hairlike strokes to fill in sparse or thinning brows. Celebrities swear by it, with even Madonna jumping on the microblading bandwagon. After chatting with Bare Beauty microblading superstar Amy, I decided to give it a shot.

The first of two sessions lasted about two hours, and consisted of choosing my color, collaborating on the perfect shape and the actual microblading itself. So many people have asked me about the pain, but the truth is — it was absolutely manageable. Amy numbed my brows beforehand, and any time I could start to feel her strokes, she numbed it again. Here’s a look at the process:

 

As you can see above, the before and after was quite amazing. But then the hard part begins. Healing takes about 10 days, and in that time you should limit exposure to water near your brows and keep them slightly moisturized morning and night with Aquafor. No makeup can touch them during this period — which is a pain when they are scabbing and flaking. But it’s just 10 days, and they honestly flew by.

When my brows were fully healed, I liked them a lot — but they were a bit too light. So, when I saw Amy for my second session, we chose a slightly darker hue, and she filled in my sparse spots with a darker color. The result was everything I had hoped for and more.

Today, I absolutely LOVE my eyebrows, and will definitely keep up with microblading as soon as they start to fade (in up to two years). With a $400 investment, I am saving so much time in my makeup routine and wake up every morning with perfect brows. Want to learn more? Simply call Bare Beauty and set up a consultation with one of their brow experts. Learn more: barebeautyskin.com.

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