Thursday, June 28, 2018

My experience with Microblading

As most of you may have seen on my Instagram, I did microblading a couple months ago.  I have had so many questions, comments and interest in my experience so I wanted to put together a really detailed post explaining everything!  Let me start by saying that my brows before were not very all.  They were extremely thin and in many areas the hair was so light that you could hardly see it.  I always filled them in when I did my makeup but because I only do my makeup once or twice a week, I wanted to feel more confident on the days that I didn't.
A friend of mine went to Die Gorgeous salon here in Atlanta to have her eyebrows microbladed.   Her eyebrows looked amazing after she did it and I pretty much booked my appointment immediately.  I was totally sold!  Microblading is something that I had wanted to do for a really long time (I had to wait because I was pregnant and then nursing) so I was always paying close attention to anyone I knew that was having it done.  My friends brows were the most natural looking microbladed eyebrows I had seen and that played a huge part in why I went to Die Gorgeous.
Die Gorgeous is located in Atlanta, near Atlantic Station and Georgia Tech.  Adora is a the leading technician who has over 10 years of experience in the industry and has mastered the art of permanent cosmetics.   With a background in celebrity makeup, Adora's technique at shaping brows is one of the best in the business.  She measures your brows to align with your eye shape and ensures the most complimentary shape of brow for your face.  She uses fine, hair-like strokes to create a subtle blend that makes for one big transformation!

Onto the questions.  I tried to answer the most frequently asked questions that I get in my DM's but if I didn't answer one that you have, feel free to email me and I would be more than happy to help! 

What can I expect during my microblading session?

When you first get there, Adora will go over everything before you get started and make you feel more than comfortable.  Adora first applies a numbing cream to the brows.  Once that is finished processing, she will clean and prep your skin/brows for the treatment.  She measures your eyebrows and draws out the outline of where she will microblade according to what works best with the shape of your face.  When you both agree on the shape, she will start the microblading procedure.  I can't tell you exactly what goes on in this step of the process because my eyes were closed and covered.  From what it seemed, she draws thin hair-like strokes through the brows to create her signature natural brow.  This part is very quick!  Once she is done, she cleans up around the brows with tweezers, wipes off the brows and you are done!  You will go back in 6-12 weeks for your follow up/touch up session.  The same proceedure applies here but does take a little less time because you already know what to expect and there is less to draw on because this is a "touch up" session.

Does it hurt?
This is probably the number one question I get from everyone and I am here to tell you that it's really not that bad!!  I was scared out of my mind when I went for my first visit.  Like almost shaking!  Once she started, I quickly realized that the pain wasn't anywhere near what I was expecting.  I can't really compare the pain to anything because I don't know of anything else that feels similar.  It does hurt a little but it is very quick and when I say it hurts a little, I never had to take a break or ask her to stop.  It was totally bearable.  Your second visit (touch up) hurts even less.

Can I get my face wet afterwards?
Unfortunately, no.  Not for 7 days and yes I followed instructions and did not get mine wet for the full 7 days.  She will give you an ointment to put on your eyebrows the first night and after that it's no touching for a week.  I am big on washing my face at night so I would use a face wipe followed by a wet washcloth and wipe my skin to clean it.  I was very very careful to not go anywhere close to my eyebrows.  As for showering, I didn't really.  I honestly took this very seriously to avoid any infection and ensure the best results.  I washed my hair the night before, used a lot of dry shampoo and wore hats towards the end of the week.  I washed my body in the bathtub and was careful not to let the water splash anywhere near my face.  

How is the aftercare?
It's not bad but I would say that the worst part of the healing process is that they get pretty itchy and you can't touch them at all.  I would press on my forehead to somehow try to relieve the itch without touching my brows but that was about all I could do.  Sometimes scabbing can occur but mine didn't scab.  They did get a little flakey but nothing too bad.  

Do I still love my eyebrows?
YES!  I absolutely still love them!  I have to say that getting microblading was a game changer for me in many ways.  The most beneficially change was that it gave me huge boost in confidence when I leave the house without makeup on, which is the majority of the time these days.  I feel so much more put together even though I didn't do anything to my face.  Having more defined eyebrows has enhanced my facial features, makes getting ready much faster and has made me feel better about myself.

Do you still fill in your brows?
I do when I wear a full face of makeup.  I personally like filled in brows because I feel like it brings out the rest of my facial features but when I'm not wearing makeup or am wearing very light makeup, I don't fill them in.  They are not filled in in the first 2 pictures of this post or in the before & after.

Have they faded? / How often do you have to touch them up?
I asked the same question when I went in.  It really depends on the person.  She has had a wide range in timeframes and that comes down to personal preference.  My touch up was in May so it is too soon for me to tell when I will need one.

How much was it?
Die Gorgeous does sales often!  The best way to catch one of her sales is to follow her on Instagram because she always announces them there.  She is running one right now for $187 (what I paid!) if you check out with Pay Pal.  Code is PAYPALGAL

I will conclude with saying that if you are thinking about doing it, have been wanting to do it, whatever it may be...JUST BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT!!  It's so worth it, I promise!  I wish I had been able to do it sooner!

*This post was in no way sponsored.  Just simply sharing my experience and standing by the work at Die Gorgeous.  If you do book at Die Gorgeous, please mention me as your referral.

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