It’s something I thought about for a long time. I’d just stare into the mirror, into my soul really, and think…..am I really going to do this? I prayed about it, talked to my friends and family about it and finally decided to do it. I got a tattoo….on my face. In case that intro was misleading, I had my brows microbladed! What is microblading you ask? I’ll let Marianne of Canvas by Marianne (aka brow goddess) answer that.
“Microblading is a new-age form of brow “tattoo” that holds for 18-24 months. Microblading differs from the brow tattoo, as it does not use an old fashioned needle and terribly pigmented color! We now use a hand-held tool that implants the improved brow pigments, to insert hair-like strokes under the skin. We also do not go as deep as traditional tattoos, as we know brow styles change and two years from now, you may want a different look.”
Come with me on my microblading journey…
It was a Tuesday morning and I was more excited than a real housewife with a book deal! Marianne asked that I not wear any brow makeup to my appointment so I took the day off from my rigorous beauty routine and basically showed up in pajamas wearing a baseball cap. I plopped down in the lounge of Breakstone Salon where Marianne immediately greeted me and slathered my brows in numbing cream. I flipped through beauty mags while the numbing cream went to work and thought about the power of a good set of brows. From old Hollywood dames like Audrey Hepburn and Joan Crawford to today’s starlets, Camilla Belle and Cara Delevigne, women have been resting on the laurels of their good brows for decades. Maybe I would become independently wealthy, famous, a Maybelline brow model or at least get them to spell my name right on my Starbucks cup!
Once I was sufficiently numb, Marianne took the requisite “before” picture and used a contraption I’d liken to a protractor to measure my brows. Marianne made some marks around my brows and told me she thought my brows had a good shape but one of the arches was a bit off and I had some sparse areas. She explained how she could fill in my brows and slightly alter their shape to perfect them. Next, she and I compared a number of possible brow colors to choose my perfect match. I have fairly dark brows for a blonde so I Marianne and I chose a color that matched my brows exactly. If you brows are light you can choose a shade or two darker. Lastly, I got into a comfortable reclining position and she got to work.
(I’ve had a lot of people ask me if it hurts and honestly, I’ve been more uncomfortable flossing, it’s really not bad.)
Like most ladies, I have an emotional attachment to my brows. On the rare occasion, I allow someone to touch them, I imagine the feeling is similar to handing your newborn to an overly eager aunt. For this reason, I was incredibly grateful that Marianne had me look at my brows on several occasions throughout the process. She would go over what she had done, what she planned to do and ask for my feedback. She made what I feared would be a nerve-racking experience relaxing and enjoyable.
Once my appointment wrapped up Marianne and I took a final look at my brows and she smeared them with an ointment that she also gave me to use over the next few days. This jelly like stuff could have been hair gel for all I knew, by that time Marianne could have converted me into Scientology (and I’ve read Leah Remini’s biography!) I trusted her completely! Marianne warned me that my brows would be a bit dark over the next few days (I nicknamed myself Jafar) but by day 3 they were on “fleek” like the kids say.
Six weeks later I had my follow-up apt with Marianne so she could touch up any areas where the pigment hadn’t taken and make tweeks to my brow shape if I wished. I honestly didn’t see the point in the follow up as I was already very happy with my brows (and clearly on the road to international fame and incredible wealth) but I wanted to make sure I followed her protocol so I could write about my experience as closely to the way others would experience it as well. Here is the text I sent Marianne a few days after my final follow up.
“I ******* LOVE my brows”
I think that statement says it all.