Permanent eyebrows that look perfect for 1-2 years? I’ve recently learned A TON about a cosmetic procedure called eyebrow microblading, which is also referred to as cosmetic tattooing, 3D eyebrow embroidery, semi-permanent makeup, or pigment embroidery. Today I’m sharing all I’ve learned about it, plus giving you the scoop on the consultation I had with a local brow artist!
A couple of weeks ago after seeing Jillian Harris’ snap of her friend getting her brows tattooed, I was fascinated and immediately went into full-on research mode. I always thought of permanent makeup as fake and intense looking. I had literally never seen something like this—her brows looked SO REAL and SO NATURAL, and her results were too good to ignore. Plus, the idea of not doing a single thing to my brows for 1-2 years seemed too good to be true. I had to know more!
The most helpful information I found was this article from InStyle and this one on Refinery29. I was starting from ground zero (as you probably are if you’re reading this), and needed to know all the info. Also, I started following @studiosashiko on Instagram—the studio where Jillian’s friend got her brows done—so I could see plenty of examples of what the result could be. Needless to say, I was super impressed (and also really sad that the studio was located in Canada!). Here you can see some of the images that got me really excited about doing this…
After all of my research, I felt like I was 90% sure this was something I wanted to do. Of course at first I thought, Am I crossing some kind of line here? Is this too vain? But then I thought about all of the time I waste week after week by filling in my brows in the morning and wiping the makeup off at night. If I could do something once and then not have to do any makeup at all, that would actually mean less time in front of the mirror. So, I continued to pursue the idea and that’s how I found Lashes to Lashes in Del Mar, California, a beautiful little studio just 20 minutes from my house.
Here’s a peek inside the studio, as well as a shot of the studio owner Danielle (who I had my consult with) in her element…
Danielle was so, so sweet and the consult was exactly what I’d hoped for. Informative, comfortable and overall pleasant. She started by explaining the two types of permanent makeup they do for brows, microblading and shading. Though both of them have really fabulous results, I told her I thought microblading might be more of what I was looking for since I have a more “natural” appearance and basically just wanted my brows to look God-given, not perfectly done. She then removed my existing brow makeup to get a full look at what we had to work with, told me I had “great brows” to work with (so nice of her), and also that she thought I was a perfect candidate for microblading since my base brows were really good. (I guess if you don’t have a lot to work with it can look too 2D and shading, or at least a combo of the two, can be a better approach).
She then used a pencil to fill in my brow shape again and give me an idea of my ideal end result. We agreed that the focus would be on adding “brow hairs” to the tail and head of my eyebrows to make them longer and optimize the face-framing magic of perfect brows. And of course, we discussed the nitty-gritty details. Cost, follow up appointments, how long the microblading strokes last, and timing the procedure right so you don’t have a special event the week after since there is a bit of healing involved.
All in all, I feel like I’m sold on the idea! I certainly will keep you updated if I decide to move forward with it and give you all the details about the actual procedure, follow-ups, etc.
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