How Microblading Became a Time Saver.
So, are you one of the lucky ones like me that can not grow your eyebrow hair? Yeah, fun times! So, I have always had thin, sparse, and blonde eyebrow hair but the 90's really had me destroy the little hair that I had. Thank you Pamela Anderson and Drew Barrymore for the pencil thin eyebrow trend! Oh yeah, I couldn't put my tweezers down back then. After the trend subsided...so did the growth of my eyebrow hair. So, I succumbed to a life where I would have to draw on my eyebrows each and every day. I would use 1 eyebrow pencil, 2 different eyeshadows, and a clear mascara to keep it all in place, and to help it last as long possible. My eyebrows alone felt like they took ten minutes to accomplish, and that was on a good day! We allllllllll have heard the saying, "they are sisters, not twins". Well, I often felt like mine weren't even cousins! Somedays I wanted to throw the brow pencil across the room, because I could not get them to match as well as I knew I could,. I mean I was a MAC cosmetics artist for crying out loud. I got paid to do makeup and my eyebrows drove me nuts, daily! I could never leave the house without my eyebrows on, for the fear of running into someone I knew would be too much of a risk that I was not willing to take. And on those few rare occasions where I wasn't in the mood to draw them on and, lucky me, I would bump into someone I knew....they would have usually said "you look tired", and I was all "no, you just have never seen me without my eyebrows on". Oh joy. Let me tell you how I do not miss those moments. And do not let me even begin talking about my eyebrow dilemmas when I would go to the beach or a pool! Which was often, because I live in sunny South Florida! Enjoy these gems down below...circa 2006 ish. I know, I know soooooo many things wrong with my style back then...but for now let's just focus on the bad eyebrows please! K, thanks!
I Decided to Microblade my Eyebrows.
So, what felt like a lifetime of having non existent eyebrows I started to hear a buzz about Microblading (or also known as Microshading, Ombre Powder Brows, Eyebrow Feathering, Micro Eyebrows, Powdered Eyebrows, etc. ). I started researching this new trend and I was getting excited. Although, I was not ready to pull the trigger just yet, because let's face it...getting a tattoo on your face can be a little scary, even for me. Yes, I now I am already covered in tattoos, but it was scary. Plus to be honest, since I was a makeup artist, and extremely picky about my eyebrows, I wasn't sure if I could trust another person to tattoo them how I liked them. A couple of years went by and one day I was at work talking to a coworker about eyebrows and how much I loved hers. She then proceeded to tell me that she had her brows Microbladed. I was happily shocked! She also told me that when she got her eyebrows tattooed she was a model that day for a Microblading training course, and that I should consider being a Permanent Makeup artist. Something inside of me went...aha! It was a moment that I will never forget! It was like I was getting a glimpse of my life's path in front of me, lighting up for me, calling me to come this way. You see, side note, for a while I felt lost in my career. I was a single mom working in a restaurant at this point in time and I wasn't sure what I wanted to do in life that truly made me happy, while also being able to keep the lights on for my son and I. I will save the details on that chapter in my life for another blog. Anywho, getting back to the brows! Where was I? Oh yeah, something clicked for me. I reached out to the artist my friend told me about right there in the restaurant. She and I spoke later that evening and I decided to pull the trigger on my eyebrows, and on the training. I am so that way! All or nothing, go big or go home...if you catch my drift. I was like F it! I know I am broke, but I will put it all on my credit card and deal with it later. One of the best decisions I have ever made. Even if I was extremely scared. I made a decision and I went for it.
I am Officially Part of the Tattooed Eyebrows Tribe.
Let's fast forward a little bit now to the real reason I decided to blog about my permanent makeup/eyebrow journey. The real reason is because I want my clients, and my future clients, to understand that I can relate to you. I am you, and I have been where you are. I know what it feels like to have no eyebrows and I know how annoying it is to have to draw them on everyday. I know what it is like spending money on eyebrow supplies (and sometimes it doesn't even match your eyebrow color) and stressing over making them "perfect". I also know what it is like to want to have them tattooed, but scared to actually make the decision to get your eyebrows Microbladed. Whether you are scared because of the pain you think you may feel, scared about spending the money, or scared that you won't like them....I get it! It was important for me to get mine done first so that I could not just talk the talk, but to also have walked the walk. After I had mine done it made me even more excited to become a Permanent Makeup artist and give others this amazing gift of an eyebrow transformation! I am not kidding you when I say that I don't even think about my eyebrows anymore. I just get up and there they are. I get out of the shower and boom...I still have eyebrows! I now feel like that old infomercial from the 90's..."I’m not only the Hair Club president but I’m also a client”. Do you remember those? Or am I just showing my age over here? As far as the pain goes, when you get your eyebrows tattooed, I was completely numb (I numb my clients the same way), and I didn't feel a thing. It was well worth every penny I spent on my eyebrows! Like I said, I don't have the stress of wasting time drawing them on every day anymore. In fact I save money because I do not have to buy the various makeup to fill them in daily anymore. And as far as being fearful of how they will come out.....it is important for me to tell you that you need to find an artist based on trust, not price. Look for an artist that will take their time to make sure they listen to your needs, questions, and concerns. Check their portfolio, education and credentials (in Florida you MUST have a tattoo license). This is your face that is being tattooed....remember! Also, look for an artist that is practicing proper health code regulation's by using quality, and mostly disposable products so you do not get an infection. This is after all a cosmetic procedure. When you trust your artist it will put your mind at ease. Do not search for an "affordable" artist because remember that "good eyebrows aren't cheap, and cheap eyebrows aren't good".
For my eyebrows I picked Combo Brows. This is a technique where I have both Microblading and Microshading (hair line strokes in the front of my eyebrows and shading through the arch and tail). When they healed they are lighter and less thick as they appear immediately after getting them tattooed.
Let's leave it here for today, because if you know me.....I can go on and on! I was literally gifted a shirt that says "Little Miss Chatterbox" when I was growing up! And if you have any questions or comments please feel free to reach out to me anytime! I literally love this, and I love what I do!
Ciao for now!