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Brow Microblading: The Procedure


Earlier this year, I discovered a procedure called microblading that gives you perfect brows for 1-3 years. After doing a consultation and thinking it over for several months, I finally decided to take the plunge and get my brows done by Danielle at Lashes to Lashes. Here’s a peek into the procedure from start to finish.

First things first, this is what my filled in brows looked like before my appointment. I had them filled in a bit with the Sonia Kashuk Brow Definer in taupe and Glossier Boy Brow in brown. That’s been my go-to brow routine for over a year so if you don’t want to do microblading but want fuller looking brows, I highly recommend both of those products!

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Below are my natural, bare eyebrows. Danielle—my brow artist and the owner of Lashes to Lashes—said that they had a good amount of fullness in the body, and that we wanted to focus on adding “brow hairs” to the head and tail of the eyebrows.

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The first step was mapping out my face and planned brow shape, which makes it look like I was about to get some kind of plastic surgery.

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I snapped these a few moments before we got started—exciting and scary!

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Once my brows were mapped out and the color was mixed, we got things started. This isn’t a pain-free procedure, but it also doesn’t feel like what it really is—someone making cuts in your face. On a scale from 1-10, I’d give it a 5 in terms of discomfort/pain. We started off without any numbing and then put some of it on topically once she made some cuts, because it works better once the skin is broken. I was aware and felt it, but it wasn’t unbearable or making me tear up or anything. In all honesty, it hurt less than I thought it would, but it’s important to know that you will feel it.

After she did one of my brows, she sat me up and had me look at it and I was able to give feedback on where I wanted more “hairs” and how the shape was looking. The procedure was so much more dynamic than I thought it would be. We did that a couple more times and it felt great to have input throughout rather than feel stuck with whatever marks she made after mapping out my face.

When it was finished, my brows felt a little tender for a solid 24 hours, but I never got any redness or swelling and felt comfortable being out in public—I even went to coffee with friends right after! That being said, some people do get redness or swelling, so it’s good to either not make any plans the day of your procedure or only make plans with people who you’re close with :)

Stay tuned for my experience and what to expect in the weeks following the procedure, including the aftercare tips Danielle gave me to ensure the best outcome.

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  • Dailey
    November 16, 2016 at 6:36 am

    These look so great! What lipstick are you wearing here?? It’s beautiful.

    • Natalie Borton
      November 16, 2016 at 7:56 am

      No lipstick—that’s just my lip color ;)

  • Sarah
    November 16, 2016 at 11:28 am

    Your brows look great! I am so brow obsessed lately. How is this different than tattooing?

    • Natalie Borton
      November 16, 2016 at 2:55 pm

      Thank you! It’s done with a tool that has several tiny blades (hence, microblading) to mimic the look of real hair, and it doesn’t go as deep as a tattoo so it lasts for only 1-3 years.

  • Helen
    November 17, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    How have I never heard of this? I’m so lazy when it comes to brows – this is perfect!!

    • Natalie Borton
      November 17, 2016 at 6:26 pm

      It’s definitely not for the faint of heart, but it’s been so worth it for me!

  • Susan
    November 21, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    I’m anxiously awaiting your next post about the weeks following, and after care. I got mine done last Wednesday and currently at the scabs falling off stage. Not going to lie, I’m very nervous about how they are going to end up looking, after all the stages because right now it’s very iffy looking!

    • Natalie Borton
      November 22, 2016 at 8:28 pm

      Oh yes, I’m at the end of the flaky phase! I still have my follow up appointment and am excited to finish it all up, but now that the flaky part is nearly over I’m feeling good!