I don’t do this often, but I’m going to begin this post with two warnings:
- Forgive me if this seems a little scattered; I don’t usually write on topics like this and I have a brand new, very curious, VERY playful kitten at my keyboard right now.
- Some of the photos you’re about to see show me wearing a funny pink hat/show off my blemishes under a fluorescent light. Totally understand that these are now free for blackmailing purposes.
…now that that’s out of the way, I GOT MY EYEBROWS MICROBLADED, EVERYONE! This comes after months of people sending me articles on microblading after reading my post about my history with trichotillomania (and subsequent struggle with sparse and wacky brows). I’ve never been very good at makeup (seriously, there’s like 5 things in my makeup bag), and the stress of knowing that I wasn’t very good at filling them in made my regular morning routine kind of stressful. One of the best gifts that anyone could have given me for my wedding is good brows, and thanks to Leah Dudeck (instagram: @leahrosied), I got them!
Here is a brief rundown of the experience:
- After filling out a bunch of consent forms (think getting a tattoo or piercing), Leah mapped out my brows using measurement tools and string. She was SO precise, which really showed the discrepancies that existed between my brows. From the looks of it, my left brow was a good half-inch shorter in the front than my right!
(Here you can see how she’s mapped out the frame of where my brows should ideally lay, as opposed to where they lay now. You can also see the sparse spots toward the bottom line where I typically would pull at them.)
- Next, we had to choose a shade. What’s awesome about microblading is that the colors can be mixed in almost any combination to match each person’s unique shade! Using my forehead as a palette (which made it easy because it’s right above my brows) Leah mixed three different combinations of “chocolate”, “chestnut”, and “dark chocolate” before finding the shade that was right for me.
- Finally, it was time to get started! I should mention that everything about this process is totally sterile and safe. Leah made sure to properly sterilize her hands and equipment throughout the entire procedure and wore gloves to ensure proper sanitation. When it was finally time to apply my new brows, I was a tad nervous, but mostly excited!
- The best way to describe the feeling of microblading would be to imagine being lightly scraped while you have a sunburn. Not the best description, but I promise, it wasn’t that bad! I never felt like I needed a break or like I was absolutely going to die from the pain. What DID surprise me was that the tool that Leah used was not like a tattoo machine…it did not turn on, buzz, and fill in color. It was just a tiny slanted blade that was dipped in pigment and lightly applied to the top layer of my skin. What also surprised me was that while my left brow was a breeze, my right brow triggered all kinds of stress reactions on my face; my eye started watering like CRAZY, and I felt a weird tingly feeling in the bridge of my nose, almost like I was going to sneeze!
- Throughout the process, Leah applied three “passes” on each of my eyebrows…a “pass” just refers to the process of applying the hair-like strokes over the brow. I thought the second and third pass would hurt significantly worse than the first, but it actually wasn’t like that at all! Despite being scraped repeatedly, no part of the process was unbearable.
- Once Leah was satisfied with them, she “masked” my brows. Basically, she applied a mask of the pigment over each eyebrow to soak in the pigment for 15 minutes. Then she wiped them clean and, after applying some healing-hustle butter, revealed my new brows:
WHAT. A. DIFFERENCE!
The pigment is more consistent with my coloring, the sparse areas are filled in, and that annoyingly rigid bottom line is now straight & pristine. Both brows are the same size, and meet at the same place above my eyes. The strokes came out very natural, doing an excellent job at mimicking real hair. And the best part? I DON’T HAVE TO FILL THEM IN. (Considering that I’ve been filling them in every single day for the past 13 years, that’s extremely liberating).
This may seem very minor, but the increase in my confidence since getting this done has been tremendous. I STILL look in the mirror and gasp at the fact that my eyebrows can actually look like this. All my life, this has been my biggest insecurity. Because someone somewhere decided to introduce microblading into the cosmetic industry, I can finally allow myself to deeply and fully love this face of mine…just in time for my summer wedding!
(Psssst…Leah also does lots of other things! Hair cuts, colors, you name it! She’s based in Kingston, PA. Hit her up on the insta @leahrosied).