For those of you who have seen “microblading” around the internet, but are still wondering what it is, then today is your lucky day. I’ve been wanting to try it for years and I’m so happy I finally took the plunge. Thanks to the AMAZINGLY talented Carrie Hunt of The Browtique, I now have the eyebrows I’ve always wanted.
To give you some background, microblading is a semi-permanent makeup that gives your brows a fuller look. It can either fill in “balding” areas (for me, the outer parts of my brows were thinning), or it can simply fill in your existing brows to make them more bold. The technique creates hair-like strokes throughout your brow instead of one single “block” tattoo. The look is incredibly real and very convincing. Before I got mine done, I had seen it done on others and completely thought it was their real brows.
So now that you know what microblading is, I wanted to give you some pointers on what the process is like and my experience at The Browtique. Here’s what I learned:
It’s a Marathon, not a race
If you’re wanting perfect brows in a day, microblading isn’t for you. It’s a 2 step process that takes time to heal. The first time you get them done, they will look VERY bold (and you might want to cry) but they fade anywhere from 50-70%. That’s why you have to go in for a second time to get them filled back in. And yes, the second time will also fade, so no need to panic if they’re still too bold.
It’s intended to look natural
Unlike a block tattoo, microblading is intended to look like real, but full, eyebrows. If you follow beauty bloggers online that are always posting full-makeup posts with perfectly filled-in brows, that’s not what microblading looks like. Well, unless you fill them in of course! I typically don’t fill mine in on a day-to-day basis because I like the natural look, but when I go out on a date night with the hubs, I’ll fill them in since I’m getting all dolled up!
It hurts, but only for a minute (literally)
Ok so it does hurt. But only for a very short amount of time! Your brows will be numb for the majority of the session, but the first minute or so has to be done without the numbing cream. Beauty is pain.
Know the style you want
There are so many different styles of eyebrows, so bring in a few examples of what you’re wanting. If you don’t know and want the expert to lead the way, then that’s ok too. That’s what I did and I was very happy with the outcome. They are trained to know what eyebrow shape is appropriate for your face type. They even map out your face before they start microblading.
You can combine microblading with airbrushing
I wanted my brows to look natural but also slightly bold. Thanks to Carrie’s team at The Browtique, they suggested combining microblading with airbrushing. Airbrushing is similar to a block tattoo, but MUCH lighter and far more natural looking. I was so happy they suggested combining the two!
The permanent makeup artist you choose makes all the difference
I did a TON of research before choosing my makeup artist. I mean, think about it, you’re getting a semi-permanent tattoo on your FACE. You want the artist to be legit, right? For about a year I followed many artists online via Instagram to insta stalk their portfolio. It was clear that Carrie (and her entire team) at The Browtique was incredibly talented. Their microblading style was very natural looking, which is exactly what I wanted. I followed a ton of artists all over the Dallas/Fort Worth area and her team was by far my favorite.
You can see their instagram portfolio here: @theofficialbrowtique
It’s worth the cost
Sure, microblading is expensive. But you want it to be! You want the BEST artist you can find with years of experience and a strong portfolio. Remember, this is a semi-permanent tattoo that you’re getting on your FACE. Please don’t choose the deal of the day because it’s cheaper. I promise, you won’t be happy.
As I’ve gotten older, my brows have thinned significantly. I believe it’s due to my thyroid disease, which means there’s not much I can do to thicken my brows naturally. I was having to fill them in every day. It was exhausting. Since I’ve gotten my brows microbladed, I only fill them on occasion. It’s so nice!
It’s not the same healing process for everyone
Some people don’t experience the same healing process. For example, my skin really sucks, so I experienced a lot of peeling. Yup. You heard that right. Peeling. On about the tenth day or so, your brows might start to peel off. This doesn’t happen for everyone, but it did for me. Just whatever you do, don’t pick at your brows! You might literally peel the ink out of your skin.
Also – know that your brows will be patchy during the healing process. Don’t worry, they will even out once they’re healed. Don’t be tempted to put makeup on to cover the patches! They need time to properly heal. Refer to your care instructions if you have any doubts about the healing process.
Fading will also occur like I mentioned earlier. Mine faded a lot! I actually might go back a third time to get a bolder look.
Follow the care instructions given by the salon
Carrie and her team at The Browtique made it super easy for me to care for my brows after I had them done. They had a print out for me and a little care packet that I took on my way out. Every salon has slightly different instructions, but here is what The Browtique suggests:
WHAT TO EXPECT:
- Immediately following your procedure, the tattooed area will appear to be darker and bolder in color and more sharply defined. This can last up to a week after the treatment while the initial healing process takes place. The treated area may feel a bit like sunburn afterwards but there should be minimal discomfort.
- During the initial healing period, there should be minimal scabbing or flaking of the skin. If there is some scabbing or flaking, do not pick, and allow the scab or dry skin to come off on its own.
- The complete healing process takes about 6-8 weeks, at which time the true color of the tattoo is evident. During this process, your tattoo will soften and lighten. Be patient, even if you think too much color has been lost, as your skin is still regenerating and naturally exfoliating. Wait at least 6 weeks to see the true color, as it seems to take on new strength, and it is only after 6-8 weeks that your touch-up/adjustment can be done.
WHAT NOT TO DO:
- You may shower or bathe normally, but avoid getting any soaps, shampoos or other cleansers on the treated area for the first five days as they can be detrimental to the bonding process that must take place for the pigment to stabilise in the dermis.
- DO NOT pick or scratch at the dry skin/flakiness; let the skin fall off naturally. Picking can cause scarring and premature loss of pigment. IMPORTANT: Once the flakes have fallen off, a shiny layer of healing skin will completely cover the hair strokes. It may appear as though the tattooed area has completely disappeared. Within 1-2 weeks, the hair strokes will slowly reappear at a lighter shade as your skin regenerates.
- DO NOT apply make-up to the tattooed area for the first 2 weeks. Cosmetics of any kind may interfere with the healing and color of your tattoo.
- DO NOT use Vaseline, Neosporin or other petroleum based products while healing.
- DO NOT bleach, tint or dye the tattooed area for one month following the procedure.
- DO NOT apply any anti-acne products (e.g. Benzoyl Peroxide, Salicylic Acid, Proactiv, etc.) or lightening creams (skin bleaching creams) such as hydroquinone to the treated area while healing.
- No anti-aging products or facial products containing Alpha Hydroxyls (AHAs), Retin-A, Lactic or Glycolic Acids
- Do not thread, wax, or use hair removal products on the treated area while healing.
- NO exercising and/or sweating for a few days prior to getting tattooed and for one week after.
- NO swimming pools, jacuzzis or other bodies of water for two weeks.
- Do not soak your face underwater in a bathtub or allow the shower to spray directly in your face for two weeks.
Here are a few pictures I had taken while I was getting the procedure done:
Here’s how my brows looked right after my first session (before the fading). Sorry for the makeup-free iphone selfie. I’m not much of a glam girl.
And here is a picture right after I had the second session done. Notice how harsh the color is? And yes, that’s another iphone selfie. And yup – new hair color too. But aside from that, you can really tell what a difference the addition of the airbrushing technique can make. It’s a much fuller look.
My brows have now faded and I love them so much! I randomly get compliments from strangers about my brows even when I’m not wearing makeup. Speaking of makeup, I rarely wear it anymore. I really feel like it’s because my face looks more complete simply due to my new brows.
If you live in the DFW area and are looking to get your brows done, I highly recommend Carrie and her team at The Browtique. They are fabulous and I cannot wait to go back for my followup session here in a few months.
You can also check out her super cute salon in person. I’ll be blogging about her studio on my design blog, The Blissful Bee, so stay tuned for more. Here is their contact info if you’re looking to make an appointment:
- Address: 1063 Foch ST, Fort Worth TX76107
- Phone: 817 – 782 – 9915
- Email: [email protected]