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Brow Microblading: The Consultation


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.

Leave any questions you have below!

(Top brow photos via Studio Sashiko / Studio photos via Lashes to Lashes)

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  • traci G
    March 17, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    Your post came at the perfect time! I am in remission from Leukemia and I lost my eyebrows in the process and I have been thinking about getting my brows done but I was worried it would look fake. I already found a place close to my house but I was just wondering if you could share what the cost is so I kinda know before I schedule consult.

    • Natalie Borton
      March 17, 2016 at 3:58 pm

      Oh yes, this would be PERFECT for you!! The cost at Lashes to Lashes is $500 but I’ve heard it can be as much as $700 depending on where you go. Also, check to see if the consult costs anything at your place. My consult was $59 but the cost goes toward the procedure, and since I already knew I was 90% sure I wanted to try it, the cost felt worth it to me.

  • Sarisa
    March 19, 2016 at 9:57 am

    This is fascinating! I saw an article last month about a woman in LA who does this and I’ve been totally intrigued ever since. Does it really look so natural in person? How much does it hurt? Based on the before-and-after pics, I would seriously consider having this done. Heck, I’m already going up to LA from OC to have my brows done.

    • Natalie Borton
      March 20, 2016 at 12:45 pm

      I haven’t met anyone (that I know of) who has had it done so I’d be curious to see it in person as well. I have watched some YouTube videos on it, though, and it does look totally natural on the people I’ve seen. I’m still on the fence—let me know if you try it!!

  • Carrie
    July 7, 2016 at 6:42 am

    I think you should go for it, I want to try it also, and I think you will look fabulous! i heard it is not painful, just like a scratch!

  • Fabienne
    October 13, 2016 at 4:29 am

    This post is nice. I think for people who have never heard of Microblading or are interested in you made a nice blogpost. Your before and after reult is a good example how a good Microblading should look. For everyone who is interested I can recommend to search for the right salon, you should feel comfortable and you should get a consultation before. Have you seen some pictures of the work? When you like it, and it is what you expect then you should not be worried. So let’s give it a try

  • mell beukes
    March 21, 2017 at 2:16 am

    Good day
    Where do i make appointment. I am 66 years and my brows get thinner by the day. Could you contct ne for a screening. I live in Krugetsdorp