Raise Your (Brow) Game: Microblading 101

They say beauty is in the eyebrows of the beholder. Or something like that. If you know me, you know my eyebrows are a not just a prominent part of my face, but who I am. “Brows on fleek,” isn’t just a motto to me – it’s a lifestyle.

Before I go into my recent microblading experience, I want to divulge some very important aspects of my eyebrow journey. Once upon a time in place far, far away, (let’s call it “Everett” for now) I went to any random nail salon every 3-4 weeks to have my precious full eyebrows waxed and tweezed until just a few lucky stray hairs remained. In 2013, at the age of 21, I finally decided I had enough of it – why should I be ashamed of my bushy brows? I marched right up to a woman named Sheila at the Benefit Brow Bar at Macy’s in the Tacoma Mall and over the course of several months, we formed a partnership to grow and empower my natural brows.

Thankfully, my brows grew back; better, fuller and bolder. I even began seeing other eyebrow masters when Sheila was booked including Mary at Tacoma’s Mynx Aesthetic and Tomoko at the Benefit Brow Bar at Macy’s in Downtown Seattle. All of them experts in their own right.

With great eyebrows, came great responsibility. I was using every product I could find: Benefit’s Gimme Brow, Anastacia’s Dipbrow and Brow Pencil. I always seemed to be chasing the nonexistent “perfect brow.” And one day, the perfect brow to came to me in the form of microblading.

After months of researching the best microblading artists in the Puget Sound region, I found a gem right in my own backyard at Artful Beauty Studio in University Place. Owner and operator Brandi formerly served as an eyebrow guru for Anastacia before she opened up her shop specializing in microblading, lash lifts and waxing.

At my initial consultation with Brandi, we chatted for about 30 minutes while she waxed my brows so we could define the shape and I returned about a week later to have my first round of microblading done. After using grapeseed oil (provided by Brandi) for four weeks, I returned to have my final microblading session and within three weeks, I was able to see the final result! I wake up everyday with amazing, natural looking brows. No more block-like brows rivaling those of a comic book villain! Below is before and after:

I can’t recommend microblading enough, but here are a few things I’d consider before taking the leap:

  • Research, research and research some more. This is a long-term solution, be sure to select a reputable artist who you trust. If your consultation feels weird, trust your gut and keep searching!
  • Rome wasn’t built in a day, neither will your eyebrows. After both sessions, I walked out with very, very dark brows, which lasted for about a week. Then they peeled, much like a regular tattoo would. You’ll even experience about two weeks of “ghosting” where it looks like nothing is there; that is the skin still healing. Trust the process and stay patient!
  • Book everything ahead of time. Microblading is one of the fastest growing beauty trends and getting an appointment might be challenging. I narrowed down my microblading artist selections to two people before picking Brandi, but both artists were booked out for weeks!
  • Don’t be cheap! Yes, there were cheaper artists I could choose. But this is your FACE, people! I saved the cost of the service ($450 + tip) over the course of five weeks before getting my eyebrows done and it was more than worth it. This is not somewhere you want to try to save money. Remember, you get what you pay for.

 

Jasmine-Goodwin-Seattle-Socialites AVIJasmine Goodwin is a blogger at Seattle Socialites and can be reached at jasmine@seattlesocialites.com. She enjoys seafood, wine and taking selfies with her dog.

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