On Friday I got my eyebrows microbladed by cosmetic tattoo artist Emily Columbia.
I am positively thrilled with the results
The process lasted slightly under two hours but it flew by.
We started by discussing what I wanted to achieve with my eyebrow enhancement. I fill my brows in with make up everyday and was mostly satisfied with how I could make my brows look - which is essentially to create an arch that they don't have and fill in some gaps. One thing that I have never been able to fix with makeup was correcting the starting point of my right brow - for whatever reason it doesn't grow close enough to the center.
I knew Emily was really listening to my wants but she also used her own expertise. After our initial consultation she pulled out some measuring tools and her own brow pencil and went to work tracing the right shape for my face. Combining my wants, my bone structure and her professional guidance we landed on a lovely shape that felt natural but enhanced my face where my current brows were lacking. She also mixed a few different color options and showed them to me on my skin and talked about how each of them would change as they healed and made her recommendations. I felt completely in control and satisfied with the direction we were headed in.
My skin was numbed with some hard core topical lidocaine - I didn't feel any sensation initially. The very worst pain was still quite tolerable and felt like scratching already irritated skin. Emily was very aware of when I was start fidgeting and stop what she was doing and apply more numbing cream.
Afterwards my skin wasn't red but I don't think thats typical. I also don't get red when I wax my eyebrows so I'm a bit of an anomaly. My skin did feel quite tender for the rest of the evening so I curled up on my couch with some ibuprofen and a glass of wine. By the morning I felt completely fine!
Over the next few days the color will lighten a bit and in 4 - 6 I will go back for a follow up appointment where we will touch up any spots that need additional hair strokes and, if I want, darken the color. Emily explained to me that she prefers to be conservative with the color since the follow up appointment is included in the service so we can go darker once I'm adjusted to the shape of the brow.