I Got My Eyebrows Microbladed and Here’s What Happened
I’ve always had pretty scarce and bare nothing like brows. Plus, I remember wearing a pair of Ray-Ban sunnies one summer where the beginning of my brows always got caught in the sunglasses and would literately rip out. I’m not sure if that is that even normal? I’m sure that’s contributed to my arch’s disappearing act.
What’s more, I pencil in my brows every day and I do this even on a lazy Sunday morning. Cue the cruel cycle of wanting to be able to swim or workout with Cara Delevingne-like brows but slowly and surely losing the effort involved in creating these every day.
I longed to wake up with Brooke Shields brows — so I instantaneously called up not just my local brow expert but one that’s highly suggested and recommended in any forum online, you type in ‘micro-bladed brows in the Surf Coast’ and wah-lah cosmetic tattoo specialist, Chrissy, shows up (aka the eyebrow queen from Peep Studio and I shortly booked myself in for an appointment.)
I’m not going to lie, I was kind of shitting myself about the whole semi-permanent part of this procedure but at the beginning of my appointment, Chrissy reassured me that’d she’d draw in my brows first to make sure I was into them. Plus, Chrissy’s looked amazing, so I knew I was in good hands.
These are my sparse eyebrows (below)
I had an initial appointment with Chrissy from Peep Studio (https://peepstudio.com.au/) and a follow up list of what to do ‘pre treatment’. The list of instructions were as follows:
Client pre- care to appointment:
• No alcohol 24hrs prior to apt as this effects normal blood clotting.
• Limit caffeine intake as it causes you to bleed more and we need your pigment to stay within the skin.
• Minimum 4weeks prior to apt, you can not have Botox, injectables, chemical peels or any other skin treatment. If so, please check with your therapist.
• Avoid blood thinning medications 72hrs prior to apt. This includes Vit E, Asprin, Niacin, Ibuprofen & fish oil.
• Avoiding sun exposure 4 weeks prior as can impact on pigment absorption.
• Wash your hair the night before or morning of apt as you can not get your brows wet for 7 days.
To start, Chrissy began to outline my brows and create the shape that she would eventually work within when she began microblading my arches. It was like I had Da Vinicis Vitruvian Man of the golden ratio drawn on my face. The brows are drawn up with a waxed pencil as as she explains, “this gives her a frame to work within”. Once the drawing is complete, she begins to blade.
Gloved up, with a disposable pigment ring on her finger that she dips the blade into to scoop up the pigment. Then she blades the pigment into the skin. Starting at the beginning of the brow, she begins her first lot of hair strokes and follows through to the arch and finishing at the tail of the brow. After the first pass, the brows are soaked with the pigment to get into the small incisions. She then begins the same on the other brow. She will then do a ‘second pass’ on the brows. This is filling in any gaps. Once finished, the brows are soaked again for 10-15min. The pigment is removed and the liquid bandaid is applied. I realise this all sounds super-painful, but I promise it’s not; if you’ve ever gotten your eyebrows threaded, microblading feels unusually similar.
The whole procedure took about two hours, she would show me a mirror to make sure I liked my results, and if I wanted another hair or two here and there, she made it happen for me. Straight after the MB treatment, Chrissy applied a liquid bandaid immediately after the treatment. Chrissy explains that its ‘an antibacterial sealer and prevents any bacteria from penetrating, & reduces crust & scab formation. It also allows the colour to adhere to the skin better. Chrissy explained that “in the next coming days, the brows will tighten and a slight scab will form over the wound” and that “the colour will still look dark. Little flakes start to form and this is caused by the natural cell renewal of the skin.” She continued to say that when the flakes, flake off, the brows will then look patchy & the result will be 40% lighter (see photos below I was very concerned during this stage). I was also told that during this stage, do not use any cosmetic products, soaps or oils to the area. Do not rub, scratch the treated area.
She then supplies me with take home aftercare which includes 2 sterile water wipes & aftercare balm. 2-3hrs after my appointment, I gentle remove the liquid bandaid with the water wipes provided. 1 for each brow. Then I leave them till day 3. Day 3 I start to apply the balm on my brows morning and night, for 7 days. Not too much, as it can inhibit the healing process that needs to take place. After the 7 days, a shiny layer of healed skin has covered the area, I can now wet my brows.
Details of MB
MB is the art of drawing fine like hair strokes into the skin to create a natural brow. It’s done by using a small hand-tool which consists of micro needles positioned next to each other to blade fine hair strokes into the skin. It’s a very precise and quite difficult procedure. The pigment needs to be placed into the basal germinal layer. To shallow, in the epidermis, the pigment will fall out. She listens for a scratching sound on the skin, and the blade should glide through like butter. It should not be painful and unbearable. It feels much like scratching on the skin.
My eyebrows au natural.
Immediately after my first session.
What the actual fuck has happened to my eyebrows?
oh dear lord… Chrissy did warn me they’d go dark at first!
A week after my eyebrows calmed down and started to flake away!
After my second session where Chrissy filled in the missed sections and I was that happy!
I am told I need to not wash my face for a week and apply an ointment on them morning and night for a week. She did warn me that the pigment gets SUPER dark the next day and to not freak out as it’ll fade and scab within the next week. I must say I woke up the next day and I was freaking out, they were dark. I knew she pre warned me but they were so dark. I fought every urge to send a panicked txt message to her. It felt like my boyfriend couldn’t even look at me or that I was the laughing stock of Coles. I felt like I was meant to come out looking like Cara or Brooke. What happened? After a few days, it was like the heavens opened. Everything faded and my brows looked maybe 5 shades later. I was so pleased. I then had to go back after a few weeks for another session to fill in any missed spots. I must say I LOVE them and I am ready for Bali and a 5 minute makeup routine!
The most important product you can use after a microblading treatment is sunscreen. As Chrissy from Peep Studio explains “the pigment will last anywhere between 12-24 months, depending on the clients skin type and lifestyle factors. The more care you take of your brows the longer the colour will last in your skin. This can be done by using a SPF on your brows, as the sun will fade the pigment if exposed for long periods”. Like with other tattoos, sunscreens helps extend the longevity of your brows and prevent against fading from the sun. As Chrissy stated in the intial consultation “Tattoo balm, such as ‘Hustle butter’, can be applied everyday (evening), to keep the brightness of the pigment. Treat your tattoo brows the same way you take care of the skin on your face, moisturise daily!”
All in all I am VERY happy with my brows and bring on Bali!