Last year for Mother’s Day I told my husband that I wanted eyebrows as a gift. You read that right. Eyebrows. Spoiler alert: I got a helicopter ride instead. Ahahahah. My husband the jokester.
Ok, so my eyebrows weren’t terrible but they didn’t have a great shape and were pretty scarce in some areas. I wanted more of a shape and for them to be darker. I could pretty simply achieve this look by filling it in with shadow or with a brow pencil. But as a pretty low maintenance person I wanted to eliminate those few minutes I would spend every morning to fill in my brows. I guess you could say that I have to do some high maintenance things at first so I can continue living a low maintenance lifestyle. That makes sense, right?!
(normal eyebrow fill with shadow)
(eyebrow with no fill)
So why microblading? What do you need to know? What are the pros and cons?
What you need to know:
- Although it is a tattooing method, microblading is not permanent. It can last anywhere from 18 months up until 3 years if you are lucky.
- They use a blade with lots of little blades and they scrape your skin. It hurts. A lot. They do put on a numbing cream before to lessen the pain. It still hurt. Ha.
- Sometimes you only need to go to one session. There usually are two scheduled: the initial visit and another one 6 weeks later to go over it again. One visit may not be enough.
- Make sure to see the pigment on your skin so you can see what it look like on. Seeing the pigment in the bottle isn’t enough.
- Request that the person doing your eyebrows outline your eyebrow so you can see the shape before hand and see what the template is she/he will be following.
- Sometimes the skin does not absorb the pigment well so microblading may not be for everyone. Make sure to talk to your esthetician about this.
- Some licensed microbladists recommend jojoba or grape seed oil for the healing while some recommend dry healing. I’d just do what your particular one recommends.
- Might look a little harsh at first but once it starts healing it looks more chalky and natural.(how I filled in my eyebrows before microblading; after second session)
Pros and Cons:
- Eliminates daily brow filling.
- Looks natural. The strokes give it a natural and textured look as opposed to one block of color.
- Not permanent. Brow shape trends change and you may not want it to be forever.
- Fades naturally and gradually. Meaning it won’t turn that weird blueish or orangey color when it starts to fade.
- Not uniquely to microblading but eyebrows shape the face. I’ve personally seen a change in myself with full make up and hair done and with/without eyebrows. The eyebrows have such a huge part in a finished look.
- Won’t wash off. Want to go swimming? Go. Want to exercise? Get it girl. It doesn’t rub or wash off and leaves your eyebrows looking awesome always.
- Great for fill-ins or even constructing a new brow shape.
- Not permanent. You’ll have to get it done again which leads to the next con.
- Can be expensive. Ranges anywhere from $250-$650 depending on where you live. What’s with the price discrepancy? Well I’ve seen people in Utah get it for the low end price because cost of living is just lower there.
- During the healing period it can look scabby/flaky.
- It hurts!This post was done in partnership with Crown Beauty Lounge but all opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog.
I contacted Alicia who owns Crown Beauty Lounge in Seattle. Crown Beauty Lounge is in 3 locations: Seattle, Tacoma and Bellevue. We chatted on the phone and I liked her immediately. She was funny, honest and totally got my high maintenance sacrifices to maintain a low maintenance lifestyle. She just got me. And as a mother of 3, she also understood that I was busy but still wanted to take care of myself.
At the first appointment I went in a little misinformed about one thing. I did not know how much it was going to hurt. Like, it felt like my eyebrows were all being tweezed at the same time. But I managed to live. My husband thinks I have pretty low pain tolerance but I have to remind him that I’ve given birth to real humans. You can see what happened in the first session in the video below. I was filming with my phone and using Instastories so I apologize for the emoji overload.
After the first session, my eyebrows healed pretty well. Getting closer to the scheduled second session I found that it wasn’t as dark as I would have liked it to be, the tails were a little shorter than I wanted and I wanted a more defined shape. Here is a side by side right before the second session and right after. While it heals, it will be a little flaky but make sure to keep them moisturized.
Here’s what happened during both sessions.
(almost 2 weeks after 2nd session and almost 100% healed)
And great news. Amazing news. For all you Washingtonians, I have a special discount on microblading with Crown Beauty Salon. She is offering all my readers a discount for a 2 part microblading treatment (initial and 6 week) for $375. That is one of the lowest, if not lowest, prices I’ve seen here in Seattle. Without my discount it is $450. When you book your appointment, just tell her my name and she’ll get you the discount. This offer is valid until February 28th, 2017. You just have to buy a treatment by that date to get this price but you can schedule it whenever. This would be an amazing Valentine’s Day gift to yourself or hint it to your significant other 😉 and just hope you get this AND a helicopter ride. Hahah!