Back in May, I shared all the details about my first microblading experience with Daina Stephens of Lipstick Empire. After allowing my brows to heal for about six weeks, I had my first touch-up one week ago today. The process was nearly identical, but result in a fuller, fluffier brow that I am completely in love with! Today, I’m excited to share a bit about the touch-up process, how things are healing so far, and even a few videos of the microblading as it happened (don’t worry if you are a bit squeamish, there is no blood involved and it’s not up close!). Once my brows are fully healed, around mid-August, I’ll share another update to give you a sense of the final product. Yes, it’s been a process, but one that is so totally worth it (and one that won’t need to be repeated for 12-18 months, depending on how I heal).
First things first, Daina did an initial examination of my brows, how they healed, how they retained the pigment from the first appointment. Daina is an amazing microblading technician who makes her clients feel comfortable and confident in the process at every step (read more about Daina here). She is a beyond-talented brow artist who takes the time to measure and perfect every brow before she even touches them with the microblade tool. True story – it took her about 30 minutes to measure and re-measure my brows to ensure they turned out perfectly symmetrical. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again (and I even said it during the appointment) – I have one brow that is hanging out at Walmart while the other one is browsing at Holt Renfew, so getting them even and perfect takes some time. But Daina is more than willing to take that time – it is seriously important to her to give you the perfect brows nature didn’t. Even more annoying than my Walmart/Holts eyebrows is the fact that my sparse brow hairs grow to crazy lengths in the stupidest places, so Daina took the time to trim them and get them all set up for a much cleaner look.
After examining the brows, determining where I needed more colour and shape, and what colour of pigment to use, on went the numbing cream. It was at this point that Daina let me know that this appointment was probably going to hurt more than last time. Well shit. I seriously hoped that wouldn’t be the case, but when you consider that the actual microblading process only takes about fifteen minutes total, it’s not that long in the grand scheme of things.
And by the way, it did hurt more. A LOT more. A tears-in-my-eyes lot more. But it was still worth every second of pain – more on that in a bit. Also, you should know that I am a giant wimp.
Next up was the measuring process, which I mentioned took a bit longer than normal. If your brows are very sparse and uneven, this is likely to be the case, but one of the best things about having Daina as your brow artist is that she will take the time needed to make them perfect. I cannot emphasize that enough – you will NOT get that everywhere (trust me, I’ve looked into it). And how about this for technology; there is an app that Daina uses that lets her know if she’s off even by a millimetre, a great way to ensure that things really are perfect!
And finally, it was time for the actual microblading. Ouch. The thing about eyebrow hair is that there are all kinds of hairs – fine ones, coarse ones, all mixed in together. I tend to have more coarse eyebrow hair. To make the coarse hairs, a bit more pressure is necessary. (oh yay!) The fine ones are easy, short strokes and these really aren’t too bad, as you can see form the video below. Another factor with the pain during this appointment is the fact that your body is still healing. It went through all of this six weeks ago, so your brow area is sure to be a bit sensitive, but I will promise you again, if a wimp like me can handle it, you can too!
The healing process is crucial to pigment retention. Keeping water away from your brows for 10-14 days after the touch-up appointment is a must (albeit a difficult one – washing your hair can only be described as a form of torture at this point). But it’s imperative that you don’t get water on you microbladed brows until the shedding phase is done (i.e. all the scabs are gone). Other things you need to do that are harder this time of year – stay out of the sun, avoid getting sweaty, and no heavy cleaning – all of which I accidentally did this past weekend. In my defence, I wore a hat so they didn’t get direct sunlight and it was so hot in my house that just breathing was making us a bit sweaty, so I probably couldn’t have done much differently anyway. Except for some rather heavy yard work on Saturday. Oops.
Ok, so here is the transformation of my brows from their original state to post touch-up:
Bear in mind that once the scabs fall off, they will lighten up significantly, so I’ll share another photo when that happens. That’s actually my number one complaint about all the microblading pictures I see everywhere these days – they don’t show the final product. But I intend to share that with all of you, so you can get a better sense of what to expect post-healing.
The bottom line is this: microblading, even after the first appointment, has saved me so much time getting ready (even the tiny spots I’ve filled in take seconds, compared to TEN MINUTES on my brows alone), has led to me wearing less makeup overall (foundation – bye!), and increased my confidence big time. Yesterday, I left my house and went to the mall and to Whyte Avenue with NO MAKEUP ON, a real first for me. That is huge and makes me incredibly glad that I finally went for it. Having polished brows that I can be proud of makes all the difference in how beautiful I feel, with makeup and without.
If you are considering microblading, I cannot recommend Daina Stephens from Lipstick Empire highly enough. She is a talented and experienced artist and will make you feel comfortable and safe in her hands. I talked quite a bit in this post about Lipstick Empire, my favourite Edmonton medi-spa (check out the giveaway I’m hosting with them over on Instagram) and I would encourage you to visit them for a free consultation and to find out more. Daina will let you know what to expect from the process and the results you could see, and I promise you, it will be worth it. Even if it hurts just a wee bit more the second time around.
Oh, and my brows? Yeah, they’re both hanging out at Nordstrom, my favourite store, looking at Chloe handbags. 😉
Enjoy the pretty things in life,