I’m happy to announce next month my eyebrows and I are celebrating our three-year anniversary together! Yes, you read that correctly. Three years ago, I barely had eyebrows. In eighth grade I was following a “trend” and plucked all my eyebrows out and they never came back. Thanks, fourteen-year-old Corri! Guess what? As adult, not having eyebrows doesn’t really work (especially with where the brow trend is today). Since this was my situation, I was quick to jump on the microblading bandwagon. A few years ago, I had never heard of microblading and no one was talking about it. One afternoon, I was on Facebook and an oversees friend posted about it. I was immediately intrigued. I did some research and before I knew it, I was laying on a table allowing a stranger to tattoo my face.
I was scared going into the procedure but once it was over, I realized it was one of the best beauty treatments I had ever done. I have always been insecure about my brows (or lack thereof) and each day it was cumbersome to draw them on. Microblading has done so much more for me than a facial or new haircut ever could. My eyebrows have made me feel better about myself and if I had to rank every beauty treatment I’ve ever done, this would be number one. If your brows bother you, microblading is a must. I’m going to give you all the details on what it is, how it works and a bunch of other tidbits you should know. If you live in Chicago, Danijela Milovanovic is your girl. She grew up in Serbia, learned the technique in Europe and is the master of microblading. I still see her once a year for my touch ups!
Above all else, if you’re getting this done, do your research! You should know everything about the person tattooing your face. I repeat, SOMEONE IS TATTOOING YOUR FACE – do your research. For instance, if you were getting an actual tattoo on your face (let’s say a nice lotus flower), would you walk down the street and choose the first tattoo artist having a special? The answer should be absolutely not. I’ll repeat it once more; this person is going to tattoo eyebrows on your face – do a ton of research and ask for recommendations. Ask the person for pictures of previous clients (at least twenty). Anyone who does this type of work documents it and should be able to prove they are legit. The last thing you want is to make something you’re already insecure about worse. No one wants funkier eyebrows than what they already have. If you’re in the Chicagoland area, see Danijela Milovanovic because she knows all.
Danijela did my original brows three years ago, which you can see here. She outlined my eyebrows and gave me the ones I have today. Since the brows wear over time, I visit her every nine to twelve months to have her touch them up with shading and feathering. They don’t ever wear off, but they do fade in certain spots. At the touch up, she makes them look new again! The best part? You only need to have the original microblading done once and the touch ups take half the time.
You can see the process in the video below (it’s a little crazy because the camera is so close). It shows exactly what she does but don’t be intimidated by the pain factor. She uses a topical to numb the skin and will give you as much as you need. The entire process is over in one hour, which isn’t much, considering you’ve potentially lived your entire life without eyebrows. It’s like a coffee meeting (but a little more intense). Kick off the year with new brows! If you have any questions, ask me in the comments below and I’ll answer right away. Additionally, be sure to check back each Friday because I’m starting a new beauty series. Every week I’ll feature a beauty service or tutorial (think facials, tattoo removal, hairstyles and more!). If you have something you want to see, let me know because I’m game to try anything.
What is Microblading? It’s a semi-permanent tattoo that uses a blade made up of little needles to create superfine strokes to color in eyebrow hairs. You read that right, it’s considered a tattoo even though it’s semi-permanent and will fade in spots over time.
If you go down the microblading rabbit hole of online research, you will see a few more terms pop up. One of those words is shading. Shading makes the brows look more natural and is done in tandem with microblading. It uses the same blade but creates a powdered effect instead of hair like strokes. It acts as a filler to make brows look full and natural. This is something I’ve had done and recommend it.
I can’t say this enough – you’re tattooing your face so do your search. Look at a ton of pictures and ask a ton of questions. It will help you evaluate if this procedure is for you.
Your First Visit: The first time you try microblading, you’ll have two appointments. The first appointment is the most time consuming and will last about two hours. Your technician will draw on the eyebrow shape that best fits your face, so it is not something you want to rush! Next, they match your existing eyebrow hair with the dye they will use. Once they sketch the shape and select your color, it’s time for business. The technician uses the blade to create hair like strokes within the outline, and then they add the color. The result is full, natural looking brows! When you walk out the door your brows will look a little darker, but don’t worry, in a few days they’re going to fade and will be the intended shade.
Post Care: Since this is technically a procedure, you need to take care of your new brows while they heal. For the first 24-36 hours, I recommend keeping your brows dry, just to be safe. I know what you’re thinking – I need to wash my face! Don’t worry, you still can. For the first day or two, gently remove your makeup with a wipe and avoid your brow area. During the first week, Aquaphor will be your new BFF. DO NOT use any type of exfoliant and don’t scratch them. Apply the Aquaphor at least 2-3 times per day to avoid scabbing. You want to keep the area moisturized. This will help them heal properly so they look their best.
The Follow Up: Six to eight weeks after your first session, you need to get your first touch up. This session is quicker and gives the technician a chance to see what needs to be filled in. Once your second appointment is over, your new brows will last for nine to twelve months. After that, schedule a touch-up so they look like new!
Like I said before, if you’re looking for Microblading Chicago, go to Danijela Milovanovic at Esthetic World Beauty. Check out pricing and schedule an appointment on her site! She is extremely passionate about this service and has a true gift. Her company has worked with over 2,500 clients and Danijela has carried her microblading passion into Microblading training. She offers a variety of classes for those who want to learn!