Hey friends, I know this blog post isn't my usual style. But I am looking to branch out a little into fashion and beauty, in addition to design. And I thought blogging about my recent microblading experience would be the perfect start...especially because it sparked so much curiosity with my friends and followers. So let's get down to business!
I have always had what I would consider sad eyebrows. They are light blonde. They were over-groomed during my teen years, when I spent entirely too much time in the mirror. And I noticed them thinning out even more in early adulthood, as a result of my thyroid disorder. So I can't leave the house without filling them in with a brow pencil. I'll walk out the door without mascara or lipstick on, but NEVER without brow pencil! My mom always said "eyebrows frame your face" and that stuck with me. So now if I don't have my brows penciled in I feel extremely self-conscious to the point that I don't even want to look people in the eye or talk to them. I could get my brows to look halfway decent with some brow tint and make-up but it's very time consuming in the mornings.
So when I heard about microblading, I knew right away that I HAD to try it! What is microblading you ask? Microblading, also known as feathering or embroidery by some, is a form of semi-permanent make-up that allows artists to drastically enhance, correct, or fully reconstruct the brow. Honestly, I think everyone could benefit from it. Several people I've spoken with have compared it to tattooing. But unlike tattooing, microblading is performed by manually depositing FDA approved pigment under just the top layer of the skin with a special hand tool, and it will fade over time and need to be refreshed. Microblading also looks more natural than sharpie like tattooed brows because the technique involves drawing individual, crisp hair-like strokes.
I turned to Indy Microblading in Carmel, Indiana to give me "brows on fleek," as the cool kids would call them lol. I went there because they're the best, and I wouldn't trust anyone else with my semi-permanent make-up. The employees made me feel so comfortable throughout the entire process. We started with a consultation in which the color of my brows was analyzed. My artist mixed and matched a few different hues to to ensure that my microbladed brows would match my skin tone and natural hair color, something Mama Meadows was very concerned about lol. And from there we discussed the procedure and how to get the best results.
Next, she applied a topical numbing cream to my brows. This was done two different times. And it was left on for about 15 - 20 minutes each time to minimize any discomfort that I would feel during the procedure. One of the questions I've gotten the most was did it hurt? Because they are making a series of cuts in your skin. But I would say that the sensation was comparable to tweezing your brows. At one point during my artist's first pass through I felt my eyes start to water ever so slightly. But my pain level only went down as the procedure went on. I like to think I have a high pain tolerance though.
Then my brows were professionally mapped with a specialized pencil. This is done to make sure that the microbladed brows are symmetrical, natural-looking, and appropriate for each client's bone structure. Once I was satisfied with the shape, thickness, length, and arch, my artist began reconstructing my brows strand by strand. The thing that surprised me the most was the sound that the tool made with each hair stroke incision in the skin! In total the treatment took about two hours, with enough time to assess each step of the way. I could tell that my artist was a perfectionist and I appreciated that very much.
I went with a combination brow. The combination brow is microblading plus a powder fill. With the powder fill pigment is deposited all throughout the brow to give the illusion that I already have makeup on. It just increases the density of color and thickness of the microbladed brows if more is desired than just hairstrokes. And I absolutely love my brows. I can't believe how dramatically they enchance my face. It has been about a week since my procedure and my brows are almost fully healed. The scabbing was probably the most unpleasant part of the experience for me but every bit of it was worth it. I am just waiting for the color to reflourish. And then I will go back for my touch-up session after Christmas, since microblading is a two-step process and a touch-up is necessary to set the shape and color.
THE BEST PART of this is that Indy Microblading is offering my friends and followers a $150 savings on the $600 procedure. This brings your total for the initial procedure and touch-up to just $450 for the month of November if you mention my name when you book with Bailey. Bailey is a certified microblading artist. And when it comes to microblading, this is a great deal friends. So, if you're local to Illinois or Indiana you should NOT pass it up! Heck, I don't care where you live, they've had people drive from all over the country for their services! You can check out Indy Microblading's website here, and view Bailey's portfolio here.