YAAAS. Because Kilay is LIFE. Okay, so they won’t exactly last “forever”. But they should stay on for a veeery long time if I take care of them like I should. I’ve given in to trying this beauty trend, read on to see how my microblading experience went!
BEAUTY IS PAIN. LIKE, LITERALLY.
For the past few years, we’ve witnessed how beauty gurus, makeup artists, and, I guess, women, in general, have given emphasis on eyebrow styling. Without a doubt, the brow game has grown stronger than ever, revolutionizing the art and science of selfies.
I’m not going to get into much detail about how microblading came to be. You can Google all about it, if you’re interested to know. Apparently, it’s been around for yeeeears. All I’m going to say at the moment is that it definitely is a game changer. Microblading, along with its other names: Eyebrow Embroidery, 3D Eyebrows, or Semi-Permanent Brows, is very different from the Eyebrow Tattoo made popular in nineteen-something-something. The ones our grandmothers and mothers are still sporting–sadly, some of which fading to a sorry shade of bruise-green.
In a nutshell, Eyebrow Tattoos use a machine to draw on a block of brow, whilst Microblading is all manual–meaning, it is all done by hand. Several accupuncture needles are lined up to form a very fine, slanted blade. This blade is dipped in ink and “hair strands” are etched into your skin. Yes, just like traditional tattooing. Hmm…
Brow Embroidery by Whang-Od, anyone? Yeouch.
MOVING ON.. When I say “etched“, I mean it. You can hear this scratchy, etching sound every time the artist draws on a strand. And boy, did it hurt after a few passes. Brow Embroidery IS NOT WITHOUT PAIN. One of the ultimate tests of tiis-ganda (an expression for “no beauty without pain” in my native tongue). But I’ll get to that later.
So! Who was the hapless brow artist subjected to my sissy whining?
A dear friend, of course!
Apart from being one of the best makeup artists in the industry (yes, a personal favorite), B Delgado also does Microblading. And trust me when I say, with absolutely no bias, that she is one of the best.
I was lucky enough to be born with moderately bushy brows. Meaning, I have thicker-than-average strands. And although they’re quite short at the tail and the arches are far from perfect, I can honestly go out without having to shade them in at all and still leave the house with decent face-framers. But, alas! Vanity has stricken one day and I’ve come to realize that I. JUST. HONESTLY. WANT. PERFECT. BROWS… EVERY DAMN TIME. WITH ZERO EFFORT. BECAUSE I’M LAZY AF.
So, one night, I texted my friend and told her… it is time.
(Yes I actually said that, verbatim.)
At the time of this writing, B does not operate from a studio but, instead, does home service for microblading. Apparently, you don’t need scary equipment for this sort of thing. She came to my house like Mary Poppins, everything she needed to work her magic was in her kit. Oh, and she brings her ring light, too!
What I like about B is that she does EVERY SINGLE THING HERSELF, from beginning ’til end. She may bring the occassional minion to assist her once in a while, but all the dirty work is on her. There are some microblading artists who delegate work to their plethora of staff: like, who gets to shape, who gets to put the EMLA cream, blah blah blah.
I like having my artist’s full attention. No, I’m not willing to share her focus with three other clients. Knowing that your artist’s only focus at that given time is you leaves minimal room for mistakes, and, unsurprisingly, regrets.
Nothing was rushed when it came to my experience with B. Every step ended with the question “are you happy with them?” before she moved on to the next.
The session starts with
mindless chit-chat, banter, gossip (we’re friends of course we’re not just gonna start cold) with grooming and shaping. This took a lot of time because it let’s you see, more or less, how your eyebrows are going to look after the whole procedure is done.
One thing I should point out is that she alots more than enough time for the EMLA cream (a topical anaesthetic) to do its job. I’ve heard horror stories about other artists leaving it on for less than the recommended time. If I’d already experienced discomfort with mine–and trust me when I say I felt my brow area go numb AF, I can’t even get myself to imagine how much theirs would have hurt.
I had to undergo three passes for the session. This means the artist goes over the strands 2 more times with the inked blade. Numbing gel (different from the EMLA) is applied in between passes, making it all the more bearable. It really stung at the tail since that’s a more sensitive area. The last pass is the most painful. On a scale of one to ten, with 10 being the most painful, I would put this whole procedure at 6.5. Pain tolerance is different from person to person. Who knows? I might just be sissier compared to you. 🙂
Bleeding during microblading is as normal as bleeding after being wounded from falling off a bike. Your skin is cut, so, naturally, you will bleed. But you should avoid drinking alcohol several days to a week before your brow session to keep your blood from thinning. Also, it is not recommended to take pain killers such as ibuprofen before getting microbladed because the ingredients fight the efficacy of the EMLA cream. The last thing you want is for the EMLA cream NOT to work. Seriously.
Gorgeous brows for the next XX months/years thanks to B’s lovely work! Here are the final photos and a closer look at the details.
B offers free touch-ups to her clients after three months. Microblading is a two-step process. This means, you WILL need to go back for a touch up. This is to go over the parts that have faded too soon, additional strands you’d want to put. It is, generally, a necessary session to keep that brow game strong.
Also, this isn’t the kind of procedure that only takes one day to see final results–like, as simple as gettting a haircut or a mani/pedi. Yes, the first time you head out you will have AMAZING brows. Afterwhich, they will get darker. Then they will itch. Then you will see a difference in the color payoff. Basically, what you see right after the session is NOT the final look.
HOLY PANTS I’M SERIOUSLY SO HAPPY WITH THEM.
Thank you, B! It has been almost 2 weeks after my microblading session, and my brows are healing nicely. You just gotta follow the caresheet she leaves with you. It did reach a phase where they were getting itchy as they were healing, but nothing unbearable. ALSO, LEAVE THEM THE HELL ALONE. DO NOT PICK. DO NOT RUB. And for the love of eyebrow perfection, DO NOT SCRATCH! You don’t want the pigment to come off leaving you with bald spots.
My makeup time has been cut in half because now I realize that all I really need for an Insta-worthy face are brows on fleek, some waterproof mascara, and nice, clear skin (although this one’s habit-dependent). And that’s it!
If you’re thinking about having brow embroidery done, B has my full recommendation. You may inquire, book, or reach her through the following:
Instagram – @bdelgadomua
Facebook – facebook.com/bdelgadoMUA
Mobile – 09369523803
Thanks for reading and if you have any microblading stories, do share them with me! I’d love to hear them!