Updated: Dec 19, 2019
Microblading is semi-permanent makeup that is used to create the illusion of fuller and fluffier eyebrows. The process starts with a consultation, where you and your eyebrow technician will establish a great brow shape and then choose the best colour to fit your skin's natural undertone. Using a fine blade, tiny hair strokes are drawn onto the surface of your skin and a pigment is laid on top to create the perfect 'I woke up like this' eyebrows.
I come from a long line of eyebrow-less people and years of drawing on eyebrows had made me desperate for a more permanent solution. Looking all around me for inspiration, it was interesting to see just how many people were getting it wrong; some with a single line for eyebrows others with blocks for eyebrows. Microblading, naturally creates an extension of the eyebrows that you already have by drawing on individual strokes of hairs and creating stronger and more defined brows. Done properly, it's impossible to tell the difference between the real hairs and those that are drawn on. Whats more, is the fact that it lasts 18 months. This means wonderfully natural eyebrows that last in the gym, at work and on the go.
I came prepped with pictures of what I wanted my eyebrows to look like. I stalked the instagram of my favourite Victoria Secret model: Jasmin Tookes, who swears by microblading and brought these pictures to my eyebrow technician. We discussed the extension of her brows, the boldness and the colour. Once we had our design set, she numbed my eyebrows and we were ready to go. During the process, I didn't feel any pain but as the numbing cream wears off you do become more aware that something was scratching on your face. As soon as my eyebrows were complete, I was shocked by my instant perfect eyebrows that were so much bolder and fuller. After care of the eyebrows means that you can't get them wet for ten days which means you have to wash your face with face wipes and then you come back a month later for a top-up.
An important thing to note for ladies reading this with darker skin tones is that not every eyebrow technician knows how to perform this treatment on our skin types. The pigment used in microblading does not contrast so differently with our skin and so some people can damage our skin by more forceful attempts to input the pigment. Check the portfolio of your brow specialist and make sure that they've performed microblading on a range of skin types.
WHERE TO GO?
In London, Microblading is becoming more and more popular. Some of the best brow specialists in this field include: Browhaus, Tracie Giles, Debra Robson and Sian Dellar. The more experienced the specialist is, the more expensive the treatment becomes. Mine cost me £250. But if you ask me that's £250 well spent. Go check their pages out but make sure that you watch this space, as yours truly is taking a microblading course! I feel like a doctor commited to great skin (for all skin types), who knows the structure and anatomy of the face will be perfect for the job. So keep checking for brow updates!