I’ve never lacked in the brow department, to be honest. However, and I guess this comes with age, the tail ends of my brows get thinner. My playing with my eyebrows when I’m nervous doesn’t help either, I suppose.
Also, I’m very lazy about makeup and I can’t always style my brows, be it with pencil, or whatever other brow-thing there is. I only brush them into place with one of the many brow gels I have, which is how I end up in the vicious cycle of wanting Cara Delevingne brows, but not wanting to put in the effort.
All of this stopped when I heard about microblading. In case you haven’t heard, manual microblading is this semi-permanent tattoo procedure with tiny needles (instead of a tattoo gun) that actually act as a small blade. This deposits pigment under your skin, an idea that I got obsessed with after a friend told me she doesn’t have to do anything to her brows anymore.
I’m sorry, what?!
Do you know how long I’ve been longing to wake up with perfect brows every day, without even having to touch them, ever?
So naturally, I called the makeup artist immediately. Piret Aava is a certified esthetician and a cosmetic tattoo specialist, aka the eyebrow doctor that my friend went to.
I was kind of nervous about the semi-permanent part, but she reassured me that she’ll only draw them first, to make sure I liked them. And my friend’s brows looked amazing, so I knew I was in good hands.
Here’s the cool thing about microblading. What I learned was that even if you have no brows, or ultra-faint brows, or you just need a little help filling in your arches – it’s got you covered. Piret even creates a custom color that matches your natural brow color and uses several shades. That’s how your brows look natural and 3D, you know.
You can see what she does on her Instagram, even watch my transformation:
Here’s my (hour-long) microblading adventure:
This is the story.
First, she asked me what I want to achieve. I said I want brows like Cara, Lily Collins and Queen of Brows – Brooke Shields. So, she began outlining my brows and created a shape that she would work when she began microblading.
She then showed me the hand tool that helps her create thinner, more precise, hair-like strokes. These aren’t that deeply ingrained in the skin, in comparison to what a tattoo gun would do.
When she was done with explaining, I lay down on a very sterile, hospital-like bed, which was very reassuring. She started creating these tiny, superficial cuts in and along my brow, and then deposited a pigment over them, so it would seep into the hair like wounds she had just created.
This may sound very painful, but it’s not, I promise. It feels like threading, if you’ve done that.
It takes about an hour, if you consider that she would show me a mirror from time to time, to see if I liked everything. And then, it was finally time to see the end result. Decide for yourself whether, or not I was immediately obsessed!
Of course I asked a million questions during that hour of work.
How long will it last? – One to three years. And I wouldn’t need a touch up for 12 months. However, after four weeks you have to, which is included in the $900 price.
Before I left, she made sure to go over the “after care”.
- Do not get your brows wet, or sweaty for a week.
- If you work out, cover them with ointment.
- Use antibiotic ointment on them for the first 24 hours, then a Vaseline like ointment for a week.
- Do not pick scabs that form from the tiny cuts
- Avoid using glycolic acids because they can fade the pigments.
After that, I took 10 selfies and went on to preach about microblading to the world.
Although a little on the pricy side, I could talk about this forever. It’s not like you have to do it, but after I’d done it, it’s been pretty relaxing to know that you have one (beautiful) part of your face you don’t need to worry about.
Guys! I just got my brows microbladed (a form of tattooing that lasts 1 to 3 years) by @eyebrowdoctor_ and I’m OBSESSED!! What’s cool about microblading is that you can get it done whether you have zero eyebrows or just need them enhanced a bit. I had bushy brows to start with, but the beginning of my arches (and the tail ends) were starting to look sparse. So, after @julie_schott got @shionat hooked, I booked my appt and streamed it live on Facebook for @cosmopolitan. To watch it all go down, head to Facebook.com/Cosmobeauty or peep the link in my bio! 👀
The #IWokeUpLikeThis hashtag has never been more true for me, and I’m super-happy that I’m now my own #BrowGoals.
So, get your appointment with Piret, or research about a brow tattoo specialist near you. Just make sure you do your homework and see the specialist’s previous work, pay attention to their work environment to make sure that you get the results you want.