When I was 12 years old my mom took me to get my eyebrows waxed for the first time. I remember asking her if it hurt with her answer being “no.” I am forever thankful for that moment because what middle school girl wanted to walk around with bushy eyebrows? Even if it did hurt it was worth the pain. At the age of 20 I discovered threading through a friend. Her eyebrows were always perfect (before the Kim. K days) and I figured I’d try it. Did it hurt? Absolutely. Was it worth it? Yes! With that tiny thread they are able to get the perfect shape – the perfect arch. Like many other beauty things I was hooked. Every two weeks (I am Italian – they grow fast!) I would go to the threading salon and for $7 I would walk out with killer eyebrows. I was always complimented on them and I rarely used an eyebrow pencil.
I’ll just get to the point. I made a mistake and let someone at a nail salon wax my eyebrows (EEK) because I couldn’t get to the threading salon. Being #thedermdiva I used my resources and tried different remedies, but nothing was working. My eyebrows had no shape, weren’t growing in the right way, and were unable to look good even with Anastasia’s #browwiz. It is SO true when they say your eyebrows shape your face because. I felt like my facial features were off, and my makeup looked terrible. I started looking into the latest eyebrow trend-microblading. It was definitely going to be an investment because every place I was looking into charged on average $600 and you would need a touch up within 2-3 months. After searching and searching I found BROWSBYEYE who specializes in 3-D Organic Microblading. We scheduled a time to meet at her Great Neck, NY location for a consultation and treatment.
What is #microblading you might ask? I will quote and give credit to Eve as she explains it perfectly on her website:
“Microblading, also known as Eyebrow Embroidery is a procedure categorized under permanent makeup, but unlike traditional cosmetic tattooing, it is less invasive and is considered semi-permanent. Microblading typically lasts 1-3 years, depending on skin type and skincare routine. The procedure is done by using a hand tool with ultra fine needles and each ‘hair’ is gently etched into the skin, giving an incredibly natural and realistic look.”
Eve agreed that my eyebrows were way too thin for my face and asymmetrical. Within an hour that all changed and I couldn’t be happier. Take a look at some of the pictures and videos from my day with the fabulous BROWSBYEVE.
A few things to mention:
- A clean face prior to the procedure is a must!
- No topical acne treatments (differing gel, tretinoin, retin-a, salicylic acid, etc.) or chemical peels at least 1 week prior to the procedure.
- No neuromodulator treatment (Botox, Dysport) for at least 3 weeks prior.
Prior to the procedure Eve uses a topical numbing cream (lidocaine) and leaves it on for about 20 minutes. After the eyebrows feel nice and tingly it’s time to create the perfect brow! Eve created a template by drawing on my eyebrows, and then matched the correct pigment. Once the pigment was a match (‘espresso’ was mine) she tints the eyebrows by leaving the ink sit on the eyebrows for a few minutes.
Once the brows were a perfect shade it was time to start to process! I was prepared for Eve to use a hand-held machine almost like my microneedling pen. When she started I was shocked! Picture a sterile blade inserted to the top of a handle. Yep, I know. Don’t worry it doesn’t hurt. Remember the numbing cream that you read about? I barely felt each stroke of the blade. That’s exactly what she does – she creates strokes with the pigment. Watch the video below to see my microblading in action!
The whole process took about an hour. I was so eager to look at my new brows once we were finished. The final result did not disappoint!
Don’t panic! It is totally normal for your brows to look this way. They will appear darker for the first few days. After about a five days they will scab, and by a week or so they will look natural and FLAWLESS.
When I see this picture I ask myself WHY I waited this long. Anyone can do microblading regardless of skin complexion. Eve did say those with a darker complextipn may need two touch up appointments instead of one.
After microblading your eyebrows may be sore, and you may notice a tiny amount of blood after gently washing your face. Try not to get them wet immediately after, and do not use harsh facial products. I used Aquaphor on my brows while they were scabbing which helped with the mild itching. The better you take care of your new brows the longer they will last. Make sure to wear SPF daily as the sun can make the pigment fade quicker.
I highly recommend Eve. She is great at what she does and truly enjoys her work. In fact she started doing this because someone very close to her lost all of their hair from chemotherapy treatment. She got her license so she could not only treat her beloved family member, but others who were receiving chemotherapy treatment at the same office. How amazing is that?
Be sure to check out her Instagram by searching BROWSBYEVE and by clicking HERE to visit her website! You will find all her contact information on her website so you, too can schedule your microblading appointment!
I will make sure to post my new eyebrows as time goes on. In a few months I will need to go back for my final touch up. Stay tuned!
BTW-I am getting SO many compliments again about my new eyebrows!